10 Great Books with Educational Activities for Kids

To stimulate mental development, it’s important to keep young minds actively engaged with activities for kids. We’ve featured many different educational activities for kids on our blog, now we’re ready to narrow down our favorites.

Here are 10 great  children’s books full of educational activities for kids!

10.  Explore Ancient Rome! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments
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Explore Ancient Rome! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Carmella Van Vleet features 25 hands-on projects, activities, and experiments to help kids learn about ancient Rome, as well as their homes, food, playtime, clothing, conquests, gods, entertainment, and more.

One of our favorite activities in this book teaches children how to make a keystone puzzle.  Click here to download this activity for free!

9.  Explore Colonial America! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore Colonial America! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Verna Fisher features educational activities for kids through 25 hands-on projects, activities, and experiments to help kids learn about America’s earliest settlers.

Our favorite activity in this book teaches children how to make a soap boat.  Click here to download this activity and see if your boat floats or sinks.  Then, be sure to share a picture of your own soap boat on our Facebook page!

8.  Explore Life Cycles! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments
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Explore Life Cycles! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments” by Kathleen M. Reilly teaches children about the amazing changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives.

The 25 projects, activities, and experiments in this book will help children fully understand how life cycles work.  They can even learn how to plant a seedling with an educational activity for kids, available for free download by clicking here.

7.  Explore Rocks and Minerals! 25 Projects, Activities, and Experiments
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Rocks and Minerals! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments” by Cynthia Light Brown and Nick Brown helps kids learn about fossils, how they can learn about the past, and how to start their own collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils.

Children can also make their own fossil with this free educational activity that you can download here.

NOTE: Do not pour any plaster down the sink!

6.  Explore Transportation! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments
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Explore Transportation! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Marylou Morano Kjelle takes kids on an adventure through time and around the globe to learn about the history and science of transportation.

In this book is a great educational activity that teaches kids how to make a paper-mâché basket to transport goods.  You can download it for free here.

5.  Explore the Solar System! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments
solar-system-educational-activities-for-kidsIf you have a child or classroom full of children excited to explore the solar system, you’ll love “Explore the Solar System! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Anita Yasuda

Click here to download the great educational activity for kids: How to make your own solar eclipse

4.  Explore Water!  25 Projects, Activities, and Experiments
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Explore Water! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Anita Yasuda features 25 hands-on projects, activities, and experiments to help kids learn about the water cycle, water resources, and much more.

Learn how to make a mini water wheel with this free educational activity for kids!

Here’s what author Anita Yasuda has to say about this activity:

“The water wheel was important to Colonial American life. Before electricity, the colonists needed the mill to grind grains like wheat, corn, and oats.”

3.  Explore Simple Machines! 25 Projects, Activities, and Experiments
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If you have children fascinated by machines and objects, you’ll love “Explore Simple Machines! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Anita Yasuda.  This activity book for readers ages 6-9 features 25 hands-on projects, educational activities, and experiments that invites children to build machines of their own.

Enjoy this free download from the book: How to make your own movable pulley

Here’s what author Anita Yasuda has to say about this activity:

“Try this activity to pick magnets off the floor with help from a movable pulley. Have an adult help with the scissors.”

2.  Explore Spring! 25 Projects, Activities, and Experiments
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If you have budding scientists excited to explore spring, they’ll surely love “Explore Spring! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments by Maxine Anderson.  This book for readers ages 6 –9 features 25 hands-on projects, experiments, and educational activities for kids that invite young readers to become scientists in the field and explore the wonders of spring.

Click here to download the educational activity for kids: The magic of leaves

Here’s what author Maxine Anderson has to say about this activity:

“Leaves not only help a plant make its own food. Leaves also help plants collect moisture from the soil. Why? Because more leaves mean more space in a plant for water to go. More space for water to go means more will be collected. In this experiment you’ll see if a plant with leaves can move water from the soil better than a plant without leaves.”

1.  Explore Ancient Egypt! 25 Projects, Activities, and Experiments
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Do you have a child, or a classroom full of children excited to explore the fascinating civilization of Ancient Egypt? Then you’ll love “Explore Ancient Egypt! 25 Projects, Activities, Experiments” by Carmella Van Vleet

Intended for young readers ages 6 – 9, this book features 25 hands-on projects, experiments, and educational activities about pyramids, mummies, amulets, temples, and pharaohs. Kids will definitely get a wholesome view about ancient Egyptian homes, food, money, and more in this book.

Click here to download the free educational activity for kids, How to Make Your Own Reed Boat

What are your favorite educational activities for kids? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below.

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