When I was contacted about this children’s picture book, I wanted to take a look at it because I love children’s literature, especially if it teaches a lesson. I think you, dear readers, will like this one, too. And now one of my lucky readers can enter to win this giveaway and add this to your own library! Just enter to win below.
From the back cover:
Benji wants to buy a giant orange kite. But it’s very expensive, so he works hard to earn the money by helping his mom in the garden. Finally, the exciting day arrives when Benji can fly his beautiful kite . . .
A picture book about making your dreams come true. For kite lovers ages 4 and up.
Every child can relate to wanting a thing so badly that they’ll do anything to obtain it. This book’s main character is no different. Benji absolutely loves kites. Kites of all kinds, sizes, colors and shapes. But when he sees this orange kite, he knows he must have it.
I really like that Benji helps his mom with the gardening chores in order to earn what he wants. You already know that I think it’s very important for young children to pitch in with chores. I also like that Benji perseveres even though he thinks the day will never come.
Another Great Message
It may surprise you to know that after all of Benji’s hard work, and after the joy of obtaining (and flying) his beautiful orange kite, he chooses to let it go. This goes against much of what our culture teaches our kids: you want something, you work hard to get it, and once you, do it’s yours to keep. Why would Benji want to give up his beautiful kite after waiting so long to obtain it? This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your child their thoughts about Benji’s decision. Who says young children can’t engage in literary analysis?
About the Author
About the Illustrator
Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, creates colorful illustrations for children’s books, magazines, postcards and more. She lives in The Netherlands with her partner Philip, her son Guus, daughter Fien, and their dog Jip.
As a homeschooling mom, I can say kids either love or hate Science. Sometimes us moms often struggle with ideas on how to keep our kids interested in science. One way that I have found that works for us, is through hands-on experiments. So, when I heard about the Mason Jar Science book, I knew I had to give it a try. Once the book made it into my house, the kids were instantly interested just by the image on the outside of the book. Now daily, the kids are trying new experiments, and I could not be more pleased.
About Mason Jar Science
The book Mason Jar Science, written by Jonathan Aldolf and consists of 40 different Science experiments for kids. These experiments cover many different areas of science so that kids can get an idea of all of the different types of science. When I say different areas, I am serious when I say the book Mason Jar Science covers a lot, Chemistry, Botany, Earth Science, Physics, and Biology are just a few of the different specialty areas that this book covers.
What Kids and Moms Love
Hours of family fun
I can say, that my daughter loved all the experiments that she has done so far. Even my boys are starting to get more interested in Mason Jar Science. One of my daughter’s most favorite experiments so far has been the “Make a Bug Vacuum” experiments. Basically, this experiment allows for kids to capture small bugs like ants in a safe environment, so they can use a magnifying glass to see the insects up close. Now, my sons have even come up with the idea that starting an ant farm would be fun. As much as that is not on my list of “wants,” it does make me happy that my kids are starting to expand their interests.
The book, Mason Jar Science also has great visuals. Couple this along with the very simple to understand instructions, and both parents and kids can participate in these activities with ease. Mason Jar Science includes many images of the setup processes, and how they should look at the end. To me, this is a win-win. Although I always recommend adult supervision, some of these could be done with minimal adult supervision.
Easy Experiments that entertain kids
Along with the great visuals, these experiments are simple and straightforward. One thing that parents dread is lengthy, complicated instructions for a kids experiment. We want easy, well-written experiments and Jonathan Aldolf has hit the nail on the head with how he has written this book.
Using the Scientific Method
One of the first things kids learn in Science is the Scientific Method. Well, Mason Jar Science explains the process of the Scientific Method, and why it is so important. I enjoy hearing my kid’s questions, hypothesis, and their experimental outcomes. The joy that is on my daughter’s face, when her prediction is correct, not only boosts her confidence but also makes her want to explore more in the Science world.
Easy to obtain items
One of the best aspects from a mom’s perspective is that most of the items for experiments are things that we already have laying around the house. I am not forced to make a trip to the store with a laundry list of items. By using things that we have around the house, not only am I able to repurpose items, but I am saving time. As a homeschooling mom, my time is precious, and I would much rather spend it with the kids, versus having to go shopping for hours.
My Final Thoughts on Mason Jar Science
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for all families. I can see where my homeschooling families can incorporate these experiments into their curriculum. I can also see where public school students can learn more at home too. With public schools cutting funding for Science experiments, kids can still learn.
Have you heard of Mason Jar Science? If so, what is your favorite kid’s experiment?
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