Keep Kids Entertained for Hours with Help from Barron’s with Colossal Creature Count &

Recently, I reviewed some amazing activity books (just for kids). And believe me, these were perfect for my six year old.

So, if you need some new ideas to keep your kids busy, check out

Colossal Creature Count and The Amazing Emoji Puzzle Book. These two are perfect for doctor appointments, church, etc etc.


Throw the gauntlet down to kids who love challenging books with this interactive, charmingly illustrated book. They’ll have to pay close attention in order to spot some incredible creatures so they can tally them up and figure out the right total on each page. There are lots of critters to locate: Atlantic puffins, Moray Eels, Red-Crowned cranes, Gila monsters, American badgers, Macaroni penguins, and more. Kids will work their way through scenes of the Amazon rainforest…the exotic Himalayas…the Great Barrier Reef…the European woods…beautiful Yellowstone…and more. They’ll love the added thrill of keeping their eyes peeled for rare breeds scattered throughout the illustrations. It’s a fun, exciting way to help children learn about animals and locations while simultaneously boosting their counting and observational skills. (Ages 5–8)

In Emilee’s opinion:

I love Barron’s Educational Books. First, I reviewed Colossal Creature Count which is a tall book filled with animals. Your challenge is to help Dr. Taxonomi and Dr. Ecology count different animals around the world for their scientific research. Their notes were ruined in a huge storm so it is up to the children to help them figure the number of creatures in every scene. I loved that there was a story behind it. All kids love to help out when they can especially when they are challenged. There were also extra rare animals and habitats to explore throughout the book. And if you get confused or need help, there are answers at the end of the book. Such a clever and fun book!!!


What do you get when you combine cool stickers, brilliantly mind-bending puzzles, and loads of fun emojis? The Amazing Emoji Puzzle Book! Kids can go puzzle crazy, emoji style with this jam-packed book featuring over 80 creative and educational puzzles. Die-hard puzzle fanatics and emoji lovers alike will enjoy tackling these brainteasers and using the emoji stickers to solve the problems (the stickers are also great to decorate their things with, too). Watch kids match their wits against visual puzzles, missing-emoji games, logic problems, and more brain-busters. Emojis are hot and they’re about to get even hotter with the August 2017 release of the first-ever emoji-based film, EmojiMovie: Express Yourself, from Sony Pictures. Get in on the emoji madness with this fun puzzle book that will have kids smiling and giving it two thumbs up. (Ages 7 and up)

In Emilee’s opinion:

The Amazing Emoji Puzzle book was filled with a variety of puzzles and included 200 stickers. This book also had answers at the end of the book to check to see if you were right. There were quizzes, mazes and sticker fun. Some examples were, crack the code-figure out the buttons to press on the emoji keyboard , school trip trouble, sporty search -find the patterns on a grid, follow the flag, tickets please-follow the wiggly lines and much much more. Also, I loved that the stickers could come off easily if you made a mistake or want the sticker in a different spot. This book was definitely up to date in the social kids scene. I definitely recommend this book for any kid 6 and up. My son loved it!

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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