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maths books for 7 year olds

Hands up, who is maths phobic?  It turns out that a lot of us parents are and that we can unintentionally pass on this math phobia to our kids.

We tend to place a lot of emphasis on language and reading.  Every parent I know reads to their kids at bedtime and usually started when their kids were babies.  But why not the same importance for maths?  If I had to choose between the two, I would say that maths is a more important skill to understand and feel confident about.  I’ve read a lot recently about this and it really resonated with me.  Up till now Anya has loved and enjoyed maths but recently she started struggling with the concept of division and I started hearing phrases like ‘I can’t do it’ and ‘I just don’t understand’.  That’s when I went hunting for a maths book for kids to help make maths more fun for her.

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best nature books for kids

Are your kids in to myths and facts?   My seven year old is obsessed with them so we have recently made up a dinner table game called ‘myth or fact?’.  We each take a turn to come up with a statement and the others have to guess whether it’s a myth or a fact.  The statement can be about anything, any subject, any topic – the challenge lies in coming up with facts that sound like myths and vice versa.  It’s really fun seeing what Anya will say as she sometimes comes up with things that neither Richard or I are sure whether it’s a myth or a fact.   And other times her statements are so random, they are hilarious! She gets some of her info from one of her current favourite books –  The Amazing Human Body Detectives  – that I wrote about last year.

bug detective book

That book was such a hit in our home and yours (so many readers emailed me to say they had bought it and their kids loved it too) that when I discovered the other book in this series I had to get it for Anya and of course share it with you.  Called Bug Detective: Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature – this Bug Detective book is packed with interesting facts and myths about bugs, insects and minibeasts.  Did you know that worms don’t have lungs or that ladybirds have poisonous knees?  Or if you weighed all the ants in the world, they would weigh more than humans (wow, that I did not know!).  All the info is presented in a fun and engaging way with great illustrations. There is a lot of info on each page but it’s broken up in to bite sized chunks making it easy for kids to read and understand.

bug detective book maggie li

The Bug Detective book also comes with a magnifying glass so kids can search for the extra, often tiny, details on some of the pages – making it even more fun to read.  I highly recommend it especially for inquisitive kids who will devour this book and spend hours buried in it!  If you’re in the US, you can find the book here and in the UK find it here.

the amazing human body detectives

Lately Anya has been asking a lot of questions about the human body and how it works.  Her questions were becoming more and more involved and I didn’t have the answers.  But she was really curious to know more so I did what I always do – I went looking for a book.  I didn’t want a really serious book with anatomical diagrams which would be boring and too complex for a 6 year old but most of the books I came across were like this.  So I continued looking and then I found The Amazing Human Body Detectives.

best human body books for kids

The Amazing Human Body Detectives is a fab little book packed with interesting facts about the body.  The facts are shared in a fun and engaging way and the drawings are also playful and colourful.  Each double page spread focuses on one part of the body so you have spreads on the brain, teeth and bone, muscles and many more. There are facts as well as myths which are all shown in bite-size chunks so it’s easy for kids to read by themselves.  The book comes with a mini magnifying glass and then suggests ways in which a child can use it. There is also an interactive side where the book suggests experimenting with things like tasting food while holding your nose or looking inside your mouth and seeing what’s in there.

human body books for 5 year olds

Ever since we’ve had the book, Anya picks it up and reads out lots of interesting facts to me like a ‘sneeze releases 100,000 germs in to the air’ and ‘only 2% of the world population has green eyes’.  Lots of these facts have fascinated me too as I didn’t know them and so I’ve really enjoyed this book too.  Even if your child hasn’t shown much interest in the human body, I think The Amazing Human Body Detectives is a great little book to have on your shelf.  It’s perfect for 5-7 year olds as they can read it themselves and then come and tell you all that they’ve found out!

{All photos by ebabee. Anya wears floral mint pyjamas by the ebabee shop}

Evolution a colouring book for kids

We love colouring in this house.  Anya of course loves it but she often asks me to colour with her and I find it quite therapeutic.  Recently, while on holiday during half-term, Anya even got Richard involved and the three of us spent a rainy afternoon colouring (who said we don’t know how to live!).  As with story books, I try and look out for fun, unusual and unique colouring books and this one called Evolution: A Colouring Book is exactly that.  It’s Anya’s current favourite (and mine!).

unique colouring books

Evolution is a colouring book as well as a book on evolution.  As a colouring book it’s interactive with flaps, die-cuts, stencils and mix and match pages and then you have the text on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The facts are presented simply so it’s ideal for kids especially 6-8 year olds.  Anya has been asking a lot of questions on evolution lately and this book is a great introduction to the concept.  But the fact that it’s an interactive colouring book too makes it even more engaging for a child.  It’s unusual to find a colouring book that teaches and is interactive and that’s why I love Evolution as it is so much more than just a coloring book.  This book would make a great gift too especially with Christmas coming up. 

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