From remarkable mazes to creative coloring—discover the fun with Barron’s

Today, I have four fabulous kids books to share with all of you. I’ve been a fan of Barron’s Educational books for a long time so it didn’t surprise me when I received these fun remarkable activity books.

 

Pixel Coloring Animals by Dan Crisp

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Get ready for all the fun of coloring—SQUARED! Your pixel safari adventures will be filled with cool and creative activities. Just color in the squares and reveal a hidden animal that is waiting to come ROARING to life. You’ll also find other fun projects, such as copy-coloring puzzles and mirror-drawing activities. There’s so much to do here that children will be entertained and absorbed as they work to “release” each animal from their pixelated existences. These challenging activities are perfect on afternoons, on holidays, at the doctor’s office, or whenever you hear “I’m bored!” (Ages 7 and older)

In Emilee’s opinion:

This was my son’s favorite book out of the four. It kept him busy for hours and all he needed were crayons. It was the perfect activity book for him. He used it at church as well as a cheerleading competition which he thought was very boring. So, in my mind, this was the greatest book created. It was fairly easy too. There were instructions on how to use the book such as “choose a numbered square to color, then use the key to match the number to the color. Next, color the square with a matching pencil, pen, or crayon.” There were answers at the end of the book as well as Did you know question on each page. An example, “Did you know that when this insect is threatened, it produces a sticky, yellow liquid that comes out of its knees. This liquid gives them a bad taste, which helps to keep away any predators.” It is called a ladybird or ladybug to Americans. Overall, I was impressed with Pixel Coloring Animals. Hope Dan Crisp publish a similar book.

 

 

 

Dave Phillips and Lisa Regan; Illustrated by Irina Golina-Sagetelian and Virginia Fontabona

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Are you ready for maze games that take you on unbelievable adventures and fascinating quests? Then welcome to Mind-Boggling Maze Games. These awesome puzzles are inspired by video games and popular apps that have tons of real-deal kid-appeal. Packed with original color illustrations and brain-teasing maze puzzle games, it’s guaranteed to keep kids entertained for hours. Help a knight defeat dragons, find buried treasure, shuttle aliens from one planet to another—and do it all while you exercise those mental muscles! This book is packed with super-fun maze puzzles and is perfect for rainy days, road trips, or school holidays. (Ages 7–10)

In Emilee’s opinion:

Mind-Boggling Maze Games was a different than the other maze games I’ve done. Each maze had a little hint or riddle to help one figure out how to get to the finish. Also, each maze had one to three stars depending on its difficulty. If you get stuck, there are clues and answers at the end of the book.  I loved the illustrations and overall it was creative.


A World of Incredible Mazes!
Simon Ward

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Enter the Labyrinth, if you dare! Help develop problem-solving skills with dozens of intricate and remarkable mazes. Its mind-bending challenges will take you on a journey through impossible landscapes and uncanny illusions. Enter a topsy-turvy castle, explore a strange upside-down city, escape from a black hole, or lose yourself in a mysterious mirror maze. Welcome to the Labyrinth! Now the question is: will you ever find your way out? (Ages 6–9)

In Emilee’s opinion:

Labyrinth was a collection of puzzles that required you to collect objects in order. There were instructions on each page, multiple routes, tips, and solutions. This book was amazingly fun. I found it easiest to use my finger to navigate through so I didn’t have to erase any mistakes. Each page was a new adventure and sometimes it felt like I was traveling from one place to the next. Overall, I was impressed with each maze.



Simon Ward

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Your adventure is about to begin right here! This fun book is a packed with mazes to explore, hidden characters to discover, and all sorts of things to color. It features a whole cast of characters that offer directions to guide you through weird and wonderful places, including:

  • Magic Grotto
  • Jungle Run
  • Gorilla Gang
  • Rodeo Ranch
  • Pirate Isle
  • Dragon’s Lair, and more

Find intriguing mazes, fun spot-the-difference tasks, complete the puzzle challenges, and more. Encounter everything from dragons and dinosaurs to wizards and werewolves as you explore the world’s most dangerous mazes in this amazing Mazecraft Adventure! (Ages 6–9)

In Emilee’s opinion:

Simon Ward is on a role with these fun maze books. Mazecraft Adventure was my favorite. It included characters such as Indiana Bones, Astro Mouse, Kazam, Pongo and others. It also had instructions on each page to collect different treasures, supplies and precious items. The main goal was to make your way to the finish arrow with all of the treasures. It was very fun and felt like a video game. So, if you are tired of your kids playing on electronics, check out Mazecraft Adventure because it was very similar and will be better in the long run. And of course, this book included answers which Ace McDanger called, “Expedition Successful.” Overall, I loved this book the best and thought it was the perfect activity book to bring on long journeys. You may find yourself completing the mazes before your child has a chance.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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