Book Review: Outdoor Maker Lab, by Robert Winston

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Seldom do we see children nowadays without gadgets in their hands—even adults are busy fiddling with their laptops and cellphones. Unlike in the old days when people would spend time playing outside or simply just connecting with each other through face-to-face conversations.

This has become our reality, given how fast-paced our lives are in this time and day. We often find ourselves reminiscing about how simple things used to be; we would muse to anyone from younger generations about how we used to pass time without gadgets. We live so much indoors nowadays, that we spending time outdoors have become some sort of a fad, a trend, rather than it being a normal thing to be done.

And this is where this book comes in. From making periscopes to air cannons to even ice cream, Robert Winston’s Outdoor Maker Lab promises its readers multiple enjoyable activities. Not only are the materials easily available, the projects are also kid-friendly. It’s simple enough for them to do; it’s also interesting enough that it excites their naturally curious minds.

Of course, the children are still young—accidents might occur if they are not supervised or attended to while they perform the activities. Adults, such as their older siblings or parents, can take this as an opportunity to bond with them. It’s fun to work on projects, but it’s even more enjoyable and memorable when shared with loved ones!

Spending time outdoors is always fun, and Outdoor Maker Lab makes it even more so. With its wide range of projects, it’s a wonderful book that will satisfy kids of any age. Not only will they get to experience the wonders of science for themselves and have a better understanding of it, this activity book also provides an avenue for their family to come together and bond. This will then result into beautiful memories that will stay with them for a very long time—something anyone definitely won’t get if they remain glued to their gadgets.

7 Habits to Practice this New Year

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Welcome this New Year by forming new habits for your “New Year, New Me” saying. We are all quite familiar with Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” that has inspired millions of people to follow these methods. This time, kids of all ages can also practice these 7 habits through Stephen Covey’s own success, Sean Covey.

Sean Covey wrote the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, with his own children in mind. He wanted them to have an early understanding of these principles in a way that they can easily understand and enjoy. He created Pokey, Allie, Jumper, Sammy, Lily, Sophie, and Goob, as they teach us how to accept and love ourselves, the importance of listening to what other people have to say, being a good team player, and the significance of friendships.

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It’s a sure win-win situation once you get a chance to read these books as it will help you form the habits of a happy kid.