“Math Lab for Kids” is a fun, hands-on book. My nephew, who usually dislikes math, thought it was very “cool.” The bold colors on the cover are very attention-grabbing and the chalkboard look is interesting.
Inside the book are activities my son thought were a lot of fun. They are explained in a way that can easily be understood even by younger children. My eight-year-old had no problem following the instruction. The illustrations that accompany the labs are colorful and eye-catching. They follow the written instructions nicely and assist in making the labs that much easier for a child to complete on his or her own.
Each lab starts out with step-by-step instructions for the main activity of that lab. Most of the labs then follow with either a “try this” or a “challenge.” These additional activities do not have further instruction, but either build on the main lab or allow the child to imagine and create a similar activity. I think this works well to help build logical-thinking skills and to cement the skills learned in the lab.
Other features include math facts, material lists, math jokes, tips, and “math meet” activities. The material lists were very thorough and made it simple to be prepared for the lab. My nephew liked the facts and the jokes. The facts followed along with the subject of the lab and he liked that they gave more information. The jokes were appropriately aimed at children. This meant they are quite silly, but he enjoyed them. The tips were very helpful in completing the activities.
The only feature my nephew didn’t like was the “math meet” activities. Realistically, unless it is a school assignment, no child is going to have friends over to do math activities. My nephew actually called that part “lame.”
Overall, my nephew enjoyed the book. I liked that he actually got excited about doing the activities. Normally it is very difficult to get him to do math without complaining. His favorite activities were the 3-D shapes with toothpicks and gumdrops, the Koch snowflake, and the map coloring. The book was well laid-out and interesting as well as educational. I would buy this book for a gift in the future. Overall an A+.
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