Making doesn’t have to be art and it doesn’t even have to be pretty to look at. To me “making” is about bringing something into being that didn’t previously exist. It might be useful like a machine or delicious as in dinner. These books about making are sure to inspire your kid inventor to make something new!
I am not a huge fan of subscription kits that come each month with a project to make inside. This stems less from the quality of said box contents and more from the fact that four kids and one box never equals peace. What I do love is inspiration. These books provide just that.
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No Wifi connection needed…
I’m a book lover; real books, audio books, the back of the cereal box. I read it all. In this age of technology it’s important to me to pass on to my kids what a treasure trove of information and inspiration books really are. You can learn anything from a book! (Click here for books about coding, books about art elements, or books about artists.)
Kid inventors and their agendas….
Does your kid inventor follow directions well? Mine doesn’t and I know I don’t. A giant box of Legos with instructions spanning multiple booklets or a recipe with more than three steps and I’m out.
Most of these books outline specific projects with materials list and step by step instructions. Do not feel obligated to make your kid inventor follow any such steps.
My kid inventor is easily overwhelmed. (I don’t know where he gets it.) If I asked him to choose one of these books, pick a project, and see it through to completion there would no doubt be a power struggle followed by a melt down, probably mine.
Apparently inspiration just doesn’t work that way. Annoying, right?
If books with interesting ideas, an assortment of trashy materials, and some free time happen to be available; watch out. I have to think my kid is not the only one that works this way. Of course he needs time to see his inventions out and materials to make them work. But mostly he needs someone to recognize his inventions are way more awesome than anything that could get delivered in a box. They’re his.
A low risk investment…
Books are cheap. Library books are even cheaper. (Unless you’re me. Then Amazon prices may be cheaper than library fines, But we like to support the library, ya know.)
Strewing interesting things around the house happens to be one of my favorite stealth modes of education. Placing books in front of any of my four children and stating that I got them “just for them” seems to cause an immediate case of disinterest. ‘Cause what does mom know? Jokes on you kids because I know that causally leaving a stack of these books perfect for my kid inventor laying on the kitchen island will tempt him.
Pick a book, any book….
The Make Series…
This series states that it’s target audience is grades 3-7 but after looking at them I know at forty years old there is plenty I could learn from them! One thing I love about these books is they are broken down by subject, making each book a little less intimidating. And if you fall in love with a subject and exhaust the entire book there are “more about” titles for many subjects so you can keep going!
Be A Maker Series…
This series kind of reminds me of the younger sibling of the “Make Series” above. Although the grades listed as being appropriate (grades 3-7) are similar the projects seem a bit more manageable for younger kids! The subjects available are endless. Photography, exploring the outdoors, paper engineering, robotics, games, and music are just a few of the exciting titles!
There is no end to all the amazing books perfect for kid inventors; these were some that really excited me! Share what the favorites are in your house!
If your kid inventor enjoys a good tech challenge introduce them to the language of coding with Scratch, a free coding programming developed at MIT!
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