Flowers By Number & Tool Time: Educational, Fun Books

I have made it a point to teach my sons as much as possible about the world around them. These two books Flowers by Number and Tool Time Twist: A Brief History of Tools Through Time both by David Shapiro will help a lot in this endeavor while getting the boys outside exploring, learning and creating. Flowers by Number is 25 pages of a lovely introduction to the parts of flowers and even the scientific names of wildflowers while teaching the numbers 1 through 10. Tool Time Twist is 47 pages of teaching the history of tools of various kinds with fun illustrations of the tools in action that my sons found to be hilarious.

My sons were very excited to read both books and since they were to encourage the boys to get outside more we read them in front of a huge azalea bush full of blooms. B Man (10) decided he wanted to read the books to his little brothers (6 and 3) and picked Flowers by Number to read first. The boys really liked the added fact about each flower as well as the scientific names. Little T enjoyed the Let’s Count Them Again pages because he could easily point to each flower in a row to count them. Since having this book, he now counts to ten all the time with everything he can find.
 photo 1-040920135078_zps014e91ad.jpg
Tool Time Twist was a huge hit with the two oldest boys who laughed at all of the men in the illustrations. This book teaches us the different tools used throughout history beginning with sticks and stones from 2.5 million years ago all the way to the multi-tool of the 80’s. The big boys, B Man and J, really enjoyed learning when each tool came in to use hence “time” in the title. The twist refers the facts of how each tool is used and how they have helped us throughout the years.

I really like that both of these books give me the tools (pun intended) I need in order to teach my children more details about the world around them. Enjoying nature is one thing we do a lot and having the book Flowers by Number that teaches about counting to ten as well as wildflowers will help to increase their curiosity for the wildflowers in our area while.

Tool Time Twist will help to encourage the boys to want to build using the tools featured in the book. This will go a long way to increasing their creativity as they think of designs for birdhouses, bird and squirrel feeders and even their very own handmade toolboxes. Everyone needs their own toolbox and the basic concept of how tools function as well as the practice of using them. This book is sure to become a favorite of all of my sons.

About the Author:  I am Shelley Bryan, single mother to three boys ages 10, 6 and 3 and the blogger behind All of Me …and my sons! I enjoy writing, gardening, and exploring nature with my sons. I also watch too much television and have more fun than any parent should. My boys and I love to play the Wii, do science experiments together and play make-believe such a pretending to be zombies, ghosts, bigfoots and so much more that is not scary. I have a habit of reading to them daily in funny voices and with entirely too much expression in my voice, which causes giggles galore. Besides having fun with my family I also strive to show them how to have compassion for all of God’s creations. We are a very caring family of nerds who never have enough time in each day to learn, play and love. 


  1. Carrie Phelps says

    We live in New Hampshire and spend much of the winter indoors so we are just happy to go for a walk, a trip to the park, playing in the sandbox. Anything that keeps us outdoors.

  2. says

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four
    e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way
    you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  3. says

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from
    PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on numerous websites
    for about a year and am anxious about switching to another
    platform. I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  4. says

    you are actually a excellent webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing.
    It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a fantastic job in this topic!

  5. says

    I believe that is among the such a lot vital info for me.
    And i’m satisfied reading your article. However wanna observation on some general issues, The website taste is great, the articles is in reality excellent : D. Excellent activity, cheers

  6. Mary A says

    My grandchildren love to spend time with outdoors, working in the garden, riding their big wheels, they also enjoy sitting on the bench and having me read to them.

  7. says

    Your current article has established helpful to me.
    It’s very educational and you’re simply clearly quite educated in this region. You possess exposed our eyes in order to various views on this kind of subject matter using intriquing, notable and reliable articles.

  8. Priscilla Benavides says

    My kids like playing with water balloons during the summer and playing hopscotch during the spring!

  9. Erin E says

    Playing in their kiddie pool and watching them run around the yard. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    Erin E
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *