Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 2 – Fun with the Family

This is the first list that I mentioned in my previous post. It covers books with kid/family friendly activities. Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

Baking with Kids: Make Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Pies, Pizza Dough and More! by Leah Brooks

Get ready to measure, mix, and decorate! Baking with Kids is just the book you need to help teach children to bake. Show your children how to safely use basic equipment in the kitchen and explain all about the important ingredients they’ll need to make the most delicious baked goods.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets: 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! by Mike Adamick

Don’t get caught off guard by your kids’ science questions! You and your family can learn all about the ins and outs of chemistry, biology, physics, the human body, and our planet with this book.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick

Inside, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV.

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden

This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a collection of things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.  Topics like building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, to flying the world’s best paper airplanes are included.

The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan

Whether it’s female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double-dutch, cat’s cradle or the perfect cartwheel, this book has it all. It doesn’t matter if readers consider themselves tomboys, girly-girls, or a little bit of both, this book is every girl’s invitation to adventure.

The Double-Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan

This second volume, with all new original material, promises to be even more of a daring adventure than the first. Girls will learn how to surf, get horseback riding tips, make a labyrinth, find out about April Fool’s Day history and pranks, how to organize a croquet tournament, find out about cowgirls, the Nobel Prize, being a detective and much more!

The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson

Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood–and all the requisite gear–into the great outdoors, here you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to plan the perfect nature adventure with your family. Humorous and irreverent, yet always authoritative, this guide to camping with kids, from babies through pre-teens, is filled with checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects.

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

In your own kitchen, it’s simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments using everyday ingredients. Many of these experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science together.

Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects by Mark Frauenfelder

Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together. These crafts and gadgets are both rewarding to make and delightful to play with.

Noodle Kids: Around the World in 50 Fun, Healthy, Creative Recipes the Whole Family Can Cook Together by Jonathon Sawyer

Oodles and oodles of noodles! Get your kids in the kitchen with Noodle Kids. Packed with recipes, tips, suggestions, and inspiration to introduce children to, and get them involved in, making noodles like Japanese ramen, Italian spaghetti, Southeast Asian stir-fries, and classic American mac and cheese.

Sewn Together: 25 Projects to Sew with Kids by Jenny Doh

It’s always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12–or for tweens to try alone after they’ve learned the basics.

–KK

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