Want to get your child’s building and engineering juices flowing? Try these wonderful books. I, personally, own each one of these books and use them with my own kids.
Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book is one of the best ever building books for kids. It uses very accessible building materials such as q-tips, newspaper, pasta, cardboard, straws, sugar cubes, string, plastic wrap, gum drops, sponges, paper bags, and the list goes on and on. It even contains PVC playhouses and art stands. If I had to recommend just one building book for kids, it would be this one because of the huge variety of projects and the accessibility of materials.
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare is a great book, for all kids – but especially a Tween Boy! They will learn engineering & physics without even knowing it! It uses readily available items such as paper clips, plastic spoons, clothes pins, etc. My son loves this book! He is always building little contraptions out of household things.
Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless! has fun building & engineering projects presented in a comic book format for kids. My kids built the marshmallow gun from PVC pipe and camoflauged their guns with Sharpie Markers. Their marshmallow guns not only work well with mini marshmallows, but also work great with Nerf gun suction darts. Imagine the fun!
Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test (Kaleidoscope Kids) is a great way for kids to learn the engineering & physics behind bridges by trying out different bridge designs and learning the design’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as why.