Happy New Year STEM Sparkers! It's been a busy week for Jack, Bobby and I. We waited for Santa Claus, played with the toys Santa left (Lego and Hot Wheels of course!), and got another puppy. That's right friends, we got another puppy. His name is Otto, and we're so very happy to have him in our little family.
As I reflect back on 2020, there were some good things that happened in a really bad year (I am ever so sorry to the families and friends who lost loved ones to COVID19). One of those good things was connecting with artist and author Audrey Sauble. I followed her project Shrimp, Shrimp, Cuttlefish: A Coloring Book for Kids on Kickstarter back in October, and she generously offered me a copy of the coloring book to raffle off on STEM Spark! Thank you Audrey! Read below for instructions on how to enter the giveaway as well as my review of the coloring book.
Will your kids like it and/or will you hate it?
I think kids, especially older ones, will enjoy this coloring book. In addition to coloring, there are mazes, connect the dots, and tons of other puzzles/activities. Jack enjoyed the mazes, mazes is his favorite part in any activity books, and I appreciated that there were lots of scientific facts throughout. There's even a few science experiments and games in this activity book. I don't think there is another activity book out there that has facts about octopuses, cuttlefish, hermit crabs, and other small ocean creatures along with games and science experiments in it-- Shrimp, Shrimp, Cuttlefish: A Coloring Book for Kids is unique and cool in that way.
How long will it keep them entertained?
Jack seemed only interested in the mazes, so it didn't keep him entertained for too long. Maybe 15 minutes? But I will add he is still learning to read and can't do all the activities without my help. So I think slightly older children who can read on their own, 8-10 years, would do really well with this coloring book. I also think it is a great activity book for a long car ride as it's over 50 pages-- it could keep some children entertained for hours.
Are they a good value?
Shrimp, Shrimp, Cuttlefish: A Coloring Book for Kids is listed for $8.99 (US dollars) on Amazon. Other recommended coloring books are also list around a nine dollar price, so I feel like that is a reasonable price for a coloring/activity book like this one.
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There are so many interesting and fun science facts listed throughout this coloring book; that is definitely my favorite part of this coloring book! Like did you know that octopuses may dream? That's so bizarre and cool!
So overall, I rate Shrimp, Shrimp, Cuttlefish: A Coloring Book for Kids a four out of five stars (using the Amazon scale). And now for the giveaway! One lucky blog reader will win a copy of the paperback version of Shrimp, Shrimp, Cuttlefish: A Coloring Book for Kids. Please use the Rafflecopter below (or link here).
Thank you again to Audrey Sauble for giving STEM Spark this copy to raffle off. And happy STEM-ing!