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I was trying really hard to not pay attention when these orange boxes made their appearance on Instagram, but the words “book club” was calling out to me. I saw they were having a search for brand ambassadors, and if you know our two little bookworm-blogger-reviewer-learner girls, you know we were all over this opportunity. Well, we were chosen and we were scheduled to receive the box when we arrive back from our Washington, D.C. vacation. Sure enough, I received a text message notifying me that the package was delivered when we were in Kansas City. And when we got back to the house, there sat the package on the porch. The girls didn’t know we were getting the box or what was inside, so they were excited when I told them we were opening it.
We are slowly getting back to the swing of things around here now that we are back home from our trip, which means sorting through #happymail
…and also laundry…must do laundry.
Make sure to check out my Instastories to see the contents of some of the boxes!
Ready to read, learn, explore, and repeat thanks to STEM Reads! A perfect combo of resources for book lovers who want to discover more about STEM. I wish I had a better pic/vid of their first expressions when seeing all the items. They are excited to share their thoughts on the box’s contents. They immediately started playing the ThinkFun *Math Dice Jr. game and reading *The Boy Who Loved Math.
Here’s a look at all the fun stuff inside the box!
The theme of this box is “Math Mania.” I think I was the only one who was truly excited about this one. The girls were hoping for a science box because that is where their heart lies. :p But as you saw in their “First Glimpse” video link above, you’ll see that they were just as excited to read and try new STEM things.
I LOVE the “Recommended Order of Enjoyment” line in the Parent Zone because that is how my brain works. So I shall share about the items in the same order. :p
*The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman was the first book we read. The girl absolutely LOVED this one!!! Paul was not your typical kid (sound like any kiddos you know?). His brain operated differently than kids his own age. He grows up to figure out amazing math stuff, and he has a pretty funny life story to share with us.
*Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck is made up of fun little stories with a side of math word problems for “wee ones,” “little kids,” and “big kids.” This book is just one in a series. The illustrations add to the stories and the problems are not overwhelming. This one is definitely great for reluctant math learners (or those who think they aren’t good at math).
*Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills has officially been claimed by the 7-year-old! To be honest, I wasn’t sure about this one. But it is a current favorite. I shared in THIS INSTAGRAM PIC how Emily found another book in the series at the library. The week after she found another one. I love that these books are more of a reflection of our own real lives.
*ThinkFun’s Math Dice Jr. is the game that came with this STEMReads box. It was the first thing the girls wanted to do. You can come up with your own rules, but if you play it as it is, it is more for younger kiddos who are working on simple addition. We do love the big colorful dice though! If all fit neatly into the small drawstring bag. ThinkFun does make a few versions – like this *Math Dice Tournament Kit – which would be great for older kiddos.
*Carson-Delloso’s Puzzles and Games for Math is for Grade 1 so it is too easy for my girls, but we will pass it on to a lucky future first grader or anyone who needs some review of grade 1 math. We have enjoyed a few Carson-Delloso workbooks in the past. My favorite part of these books are the stickers! 🙂
I couldn’t resist! I had to get some pics of the box too! I’m sure people more creative than I am have already come up with Pinterest-y things to do with these boxes, but if you end up getting monthly subscriptions, these would be great for housing your children’s school work or artwork from a school year.
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