Creative juices flowing. Dreams of building something marvelous. Children love books about people who created something useful, something we use on a daily basis. Ah, the wonder of it all!
Looking for books to keep creativity stoked? There are several for younger learners. Some grew to be our favorites, checked out again and again at the library. When my oldest son went through the inventor stage and we couldn't find a picture book on the subject, I would check out books for the older learners and we would look at the pictures, read the captions, or I would read the book aloud to him, depending on his interest. I specifically remember one about Mr. Kellogg, the cereal genius. We read, both thoroughly engrossed with the process of making the tasty crunchies in our breakfast bowls.
The Childhood of Famous American series has provided us great read alouds about the childhood lives of famous folks. Several are about inventors. Interesting to see how their childhoods influenced their careers and ideas. Here are a list of our favorites books about inventors:
Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin (by far a favorite with more than one check-out)
- Snowed in. Can't get to the library? Scholastic provides this You-Tube telling of Snowflake Bentley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8U9zRq15g0&noredirect=1
Stradivari's Singing Violin, Catherine Deverell (a definite favorite)
Click: A Story about George Eastman, Barbara Mitchell
Homer Price, Robert McCloskey (fictional)
- nuts and bolts
- newspaper or wallpaper
- paper clips
- staples and stapler
- pvc pipes and elbows
- duct tape
- scissors (age-appropriate, of course)
- dowel rods
- wood pieces
- craft sticks
- plastic spoons
- pipe cleaners
- colored wire
- Watch this biographical story about the man who became known as Snowflake Bentley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptLmA263hlk&feature=related
- Watch this video clip of the Wright brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3beVhDiyio
- Nest Entertainment has wonderful, animated biographical videos for children: The Wright brothers, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison and more.
- Our Journey Westward (blog) offers some fun ideas (including a lapbook creation).
- Homeschoolshare.com offers more resources.