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.
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.