Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Smithsonian Kids Books and Puzzles Review *Holiday Gift Guide*

Thanks to Silver Dolphin for the items to help post this review

As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, Mama's Baby Cupcakes has teamed up with several companies we think would be a great fit to purchase/wear/give to others in the upcoming months. Thanks to each and every sponsor showcased in our Holiday Gift Guide, and if you see the cute button above then you know its Holiday approved!
Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Highly interactive formats such as the Field Guides and Uncover series both educate and entertain older children. The lovable characters of the Maurice Pledger series and the boldly illustrated Snappy Sounds series appeal to both young children and parents alike.

I was thrilled when I had the opportunity for this review pack. Our girls love things like this, and with Christmas coming up, I knew it would be a great addition to presents under the tree. Let me show you about each of the four items above, and how neat they are. 

First I'd like to talk about the two puzzles. The very first thing I noticed about the box is how sturdy and durable it is. It has a handle to carry the box easily, and a very well put together snap button to ensure the lid is closed tight after time it's used.

Smithsonian Young Explorers: Dinosaurs and Smithsonian Young Explorers: Oceans.  
These playful and informative activity sets each contain a 32-page illustrated book, a poster and a 130 piece puzzle all in a handy snap shut case ($18.95 each). Each set provides the ultimate introduction to the fascinating world of dinosaurs and oceans, including the cutest sea creatures, the smallest dinosaurs, the science of the ocean movement, how the mystery of the plates of the Stegosaurus was solved and everything in between!

Smithsonian Discover: Flight  and Smithsonian Discover: Space
These books, geared for ages 8 and up, come with fun and engaging activities such as paper airplanes to fold in Flight and glow-in-the-dark star and planet stickers in Space. Each title also includes a set of fact cards and a large fold-out poster. These deluxe, concealed spiral-bound, hardcovers are affordably priced at $16.95. 

You can find all four of these items on Silver Dolphin Books' website, and a suggested retailer is Amazon. If you have a Prime membership, they are at a discounted price, and you get two day shipping. I think our girls will have so much fun with these books and puzzle over Christmas break and the weekends we're stuck at home because of snow this Winter. 

I highly recommend the puzzles. They're my favorite items sent, and you can really get the whole family involved at the table just hanging out and spending quality time together. I can't wait!

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