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We love eight-year-olds! They’re just the right age for all kinds of fun. They still love the pretend play they’ve been enjoying for years, yet they’re also ready to move ahead into more advanced toys and learning. All of these toys and activities will appeal to their natural sense of fun and wonder.

 

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By Dorling Kindersley

Unplug the TV, turn off the iPad and open the door to a world of outdoor fun with this collection of engaging outdoor activities. From bird watching and fossil hunting to weather forecasting, growing a desert garden and making wrapping paper, this handy activity book has hundreds of fascinating ideas of things to do outside making it easy for kids to learn how to observe and interact with nature, independently or with the whole family.

  • Features over 1000 full-colour images
  • Activities only use readily available materials, such as paper, pen, sand, and soil

Softcover book including 192 pages.

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Ages 4 and up

By Dan Kainen, Text by Carol Kaufmann

If you liked Gallop! A Scanimation Book, you'll love the magical journey that is Safari. Readers, as if on safari, encounter 8 wild animals that come alive! Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. Mesmerizing!

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It's the romance of being on safari - and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion - in a book unlike any other.

Hardcover containing 16 pages.

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Ages 6 and up

By Hugh Danks

Kids are crazy about bugs! And kids and parents alike are crazy about the Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Packed with activities and packaged in its own collecting bottle, the full-colour book provides field notes to 47 bugs arranged by habitat, including pond, forest, ground, leaves, field, and flower. The ingeniously designed, safe plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing creepy crawlies, then letting them go unharmed(this is a bug kit with a conscience)!

Written by entomologist Hugh Danks, the Bug Book gives comprehensive information about these fascinating creatures - how they live, what they eat, unusual characteristics, and more. It offers simple, clear guidelines on how to collect and care for bugs, and equally helpful hints on which bugs not to catch. New to the kit are a fold-out bug chart for quick identification, a magnifier to see the critters up close, and a bug explorer's journal to record discoveries.

Discover how the whirligig beetle got its name, why fireflies light up, and how water striders walk on water. And then impress parents and friends - here are all the tools kids need to become bona fide bug experts!

Includes: The Bug Book, ventilated bug container with ruler lid, magnifiying glass, bug identification chart and bug journal.

Softcover containing 112 pages.

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Ages 5 and up

By Lori C. Froeb

 

Quit buggin' and get busy on a new learning adventure! Animal Adventures: Insects and Spiders will take you deep into nature to discover the enormous world of all the creepy-crawly creatures around us. Have fun while learning and see all of your favorites like you never have before, with colorful illustrations, fascinating facts about insects and spiders, and finally building a diorama. Everything you need to delve into the world of bugs is right here, ready to assemble at home or to take on the go. This unique set includes a book full of colorful illustrations and intriguing facts about spiders and insects, plus three-dimensional models and a diorama with reusable stickers.

Includes 40 page book, 9 piece diorama, 6 plastic animals, 5 3-D models, 40 reusable stickers, and 20 fact cards.

Activity Kit, contains 40 pages

 

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Ages 7 and up

By DK Publishing

Love creepy crawlies? Fascinated with bugs of all kinds? Take a closer look at the miniature world of incredible insects and amazing arachnids with Ultimate Factivity Collection: Bugs. Packed with fun activities and amazing facts about bugs, you'll find everything you want to know about creepy crawlies, such as the migration of the monarch butterfly, which insects have unusual superpowers, and which spider has the deadliest venom. Fascinating!
Packed with fun activities including games, doodle and colouring pages, puzzles, and crafts, plus more than 500 stickers, each book in the Ultimate Factivity Collection contains amazing facts and educational information that encourage learning while at the same time improving social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. The Ultimate Factivity Collection series will keep kids busy and learning for hours.

Includes more than 500 stickers.

Softcover containing 96 pages.

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Ages 5 and up

By Tish Rabe, Illustrated by Christopher Moroney and Jan Gerardi

The star of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss makes his Step into Reading debut in this rhymed reader that offers kids easy suggestions for going green! After explaining how the trash in a wastebasket ultimately ends up in a landfill or incinerator, the Lorax suggests realistic ways children can reduce waste, such as by carrying a lunch box, donating old clothes and toys, sharing magazines with friends, recycling cans and bottles, and using rechargeable batteries. He also explains how they can save energy around the home by turning off lights, taking shorter showers, donning sweaters to stay warm, and much, much more. All in all, this is a great introduction to helping the Earth and helping kids step into reading!

Softcover book, 48 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

By David Burnie

Explore the world of bugs through hands-on insect activities. Eyewitness Explorer: Bug Hunter includes more than 30 fun activities that you can do to learn more about bugs! Enter the kingdom of the creepy crawlies, and learn about everything from beetles to bees to spiders to scorpions. Identify bugs of all kinds, and learn to study insects in their natural habitats. You can even raise your own caterpillars with the step-by-step instructions you'll find in Eyewitness Explorer: Bug Hunter!
Eyewitness Explorers encourage hands-on learning with 30 easy activities that help children observe, explore, and learn about the natural world. Each book explains the science behind the activities, laying the essential groundwork for contextualizing the experience to come. But at the heart of the books are the activities themselves — a chance to learn by doing with experiments that can be carried out right at home. Simply choose one of the projects and follow the step-by-step, photographically illustrated instructions to learn about bugs, explore insect habitats, and raise a caterpillar.

Softcover containing 72 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

By National Geographic

Presenting the next must-have, fun-filled gift book from the team that created Ultimate Weird But True, 5,000 Cool Facts About Everything treats kids to brain candy and eye candy all rolled into one treasure trove of high-interest fascinating facts!

A visual feast of 1200 colourful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

Hardcover containing 224 pages.

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Ages 5 and up

By Emily Laber-Warren

A field guide designed to get kids out and exploring the woods!

This unique, simple nature kit gives kids an accessible, engaging introduction to the woods—and the animals, insects, flora, and rocks that a nature walk will most likely reveal. Since the guide focuses on the most popular North American wildlife, kids will feel instantly rewarded when they spot a chipmunk, sugar maple, or monarch butterfly.

The portable, fully illustrated, flexibound guide includes tree-climbing tips, a chart for identifying animal droppings, a feature on edible forest finds, and more. It is packaged in a beautiful treasure box with magnetic closure, complete with compartments for kids’ prized discoveries, such as berries, acorns, and pebbles. Tucked into two of the compartments—and visible though the die-cut frame on the treasure box’s cover—are a mesh collecting bag for mess-free gathering and a magnifying jar for close-up observing.

Softcover book includes 112 pages.

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Ages 7 and up

by "Dino" Don Lessim, Illustrated by Franco Tempesta

In the crowded field of dinosaur books, this is the very first to offer children ages 7 to 10—those at the height of their enthusiasm for the prehistoric giants—complete coverage of all the known dinosaurs. Don Lessem, author of more than 60 books—most of them about dinosaurs—teams up with Franco Tempesta, a talented illustrator with a fresh and appealing style. The exciting result is an accessible, visually stunning book that’s packed with facts that kids can use to impress their friends and families. The Ultimate Dinopedia is organized by the periods that are well known to young enthusiasts: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. It includes almost every dinosaur ever discovered, and highlights 125 species that scientists know sufficiently to describe in rich detail. Special features include How We Know What They Looked Like, Baby Dinosaurs, Great Dinosaur Goofs, and much more. Every featured dino gets a fact box that delivers important information at a glance—Scientific Name, Discoverer, Place and Date of Discovery, Length, Habitat, Diet, Fossils, Fun Facts, and Range Map. This book provides—in fabulously illustrated, kid-friendly form—all the information an 8-year-old fact hound needs to lord that knowledge over parents and teachers!

Hardcover containing 272 pages.

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Ages 7 and up

Perfect for getting children out into the open air to discover nature, this colourful, easy and fun bird guide is ideal for beginning birders! DK Spot the Bird covers more than 100 of the most common North American birds. Each page features one bird, along with a full-colour photograph and clear, concise text to pick out the main identifying features.

Colourful symbols let young naturalists know what the bird eats, where it lives, how many eggs it lays, and whether it will be seen alone or in flocks. To add fun to the challenge of spotting them, all the birds have stickers - when children spot the bird, they can add their sticker!

Softcover containig 120 pages.

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Ages 8 and up

By Mark Brake

Everything young explorers need to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit!

Unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like.

Incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.

Hardcover book containing 160 pages.

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Ages 5 and up

By Graeme Base

In the tradition of his best-selling alphabet book, Animalia, author and illustrator Graeme Base takes young readers on an exhilarating journey of discovery with an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook, and art book. From the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of outback Australia, the animals come together to drink from the water hole. But their water supply is diminishing. What’s going on? Each sumptuous landscape illustration conceals hidden animal pictures for readers to find as they count the animals that visit the water hole and try to solve the mystery: will the animals come back or is their water source gone forever?

Softcover storybook, 32 pages.

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Ages 6 and up

This mini book is the perfect size to take with you on your next camping trip or hike. Discover interesting and fun-to-learn facts about minerals and crystals. This full colour book features engaging illustrations and photographs. The perfect addition to a loot bag, and a wonderful gift topper for young collectors learning how to identify rocks and minerals.

Paperback, 32 pages.

Measures approximately 4.25" long x 4.25" tall.

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Ages 8 and up

More exciting than a video game, this boredom-busting book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: dessert, underwear, amusement parks, pirates, famous criminals, marsupials, Ancient Egypt, famous landmarks, you name it! The new 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 2 has even more brain and eye candy rolled into one beautifully designed, high-octane treasure trove that captures kids' attention and keeps them yearning to learn more.

Hardcover book containing 224 pages.

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National Geographic brings you 1000 wild and wacky facts and photos that prove truth really is stranger than fiction! With a colourful, metallic cover, a kid-friendly design, and a wacky sense of humor, this stunning book will give kids a winning combination of smarts and fun!

Enjoy hundreds of snack-size stories about weird animals, space vacations, wacky inventions, freaky weather, amazing feats, wild extreme sports, and more. Plus, "Ultimate Secrets Revealed", explaining the strange truth behind the most mind-bending facts, like how it's possible to convert peanut butter into a diamond and how frogs can fall from the sky!

You'll discover:

  • A dog that can read
  • A mouse that hitched a ride on a frog's back
  • Tornadoes of fire
  • A motorcycle shaped like hamburger
  • A 13-foot-tall pink poodle
  • ...And much, much more!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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