Activities & Games Ages 7–10

  • Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

    For curious young minds who ask why? how? what? when? and then why? again and again, Ada Twist takes readers through the scientific method and shows them how to build experiments to find the answers to all kinds of burning questions.

    Budding scientists will solve everyday mysteries and come to think more critically about the world around them. The book is empowering and kid-friendly, with tons of classroom and parent appeal. No kid’s lab would be complete without it!

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Adventivity House

    Adventivity House is an Advent calendar and activity book rolled into one that includes all the push-out designs, stencils and creative card components you need for 25 different fun and festive decorations for your home. The sturdy card calendar can be reused year after year. Each door reveals a surprise related to the decorative project the book sets out for that day.

    The 25 festive activities include:

    • Christmas gift bag
    • Festive mug
    • Decorative doilies for Christmas table
    • Sparkling paper chandelier
    • Festive door wreaths
    • Santa for the mantelpiece
    • Holiday cake stand

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Architect Academy

    Architect Academy gives kids the know-how to plan and draw all sorts of structures, from bridges and schools, to parks and pyramids. Activities range from designing a residential street, and your perfect play park to learning some of the maths skills used by architects, how to read floor plans and the basics of interior design.

    The Architect Toolbag section contains all sorts of goodies, such as Architect Task stickers to use when a challenge is completed, a pull-out poster and press-out game cards to share with friends.

    • Encourages imaginative play and problem solving
    • Fresh, contemporary artwork helps to make basic design and space-planning concepts accessible
    • Includes loads of great extras: stickers, a pull-out poster, a game and cards to play with

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Art of Making Shadows

    Made using only your hands and a torch or lamp, shadow animals have a charm that has lasted through ages.

    You might have tried creating them as a child, even if your repertoire was limited to a shaky wolf (one of the first shadow animals that anyone learns). But in your great-grandmother's day, shadow-casting was considerably more sophisticated.

  • Atlas of Miniature Adventures

    Discover the world's smallest adventures with this beautifully illustrated journey around the world.

    Explore seven continent maps and learn about the best small-scale adventures on Earth – whether you' re taking a ride on the world's largest miniature railway, sending a letter with the world's smallest post office or cruising coral reefs with the smallest seahorse, this book brings together best miniature adventures from the four corners of the globe.

    Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Brain Twisters

    Trick your senses and baffle your brain with this crazy book of mind tricks and neuroscience information.

    You can find out how magicians make use of audience blindness when doing magic tricks, and why you miss details that are hidden in plain sight. You can discover why your memory isn't as good as you think, and how it is possible to remember things that never actually happened.

    This astonishing science book presents a wide range of brain games and mind tricks, and explains how these reveal the working processes of the brain. It will engage and entertain, and leave you wondering: do you really know your own mind?

  • Build! A Knight's Castle

    Think like an archaeologist with this fun paper-craft title!

    First you are given information about how archaeologists uncover remains, and use secondary sources. Then you are given visual and textual clues about the site of a medieval castle, which was the location of a sieged battle.

    The final part of the book contains the press-out pieces to recreate a paper model of the castle and the historic battle, complete with siege engines and defending and attacking forces. You must use your new-found knowledge of how the castle was laid out, and what siege engines looked like to figure out how to piece the paper scene together.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Caring for Dogs and Puppies
    Packed with charming colour photos and illustrations, this excellent reference teaches kids – in words they can understand – how to take care of dogs and puppies responsibly, and as independently as possible.

    How to: choose the right pet, train it, and keep it healthy. Visual guides answer all the questions kids like to ask and help them to understand and respect canine behaviour.
  • Clay Lab for Kids

    Clay Lab for Kids focuses on kid-friendly clays – air-dry, homemade and polymer – that are safe and easy to use at home or in the classroom; no kiln required. Cassie Stephens offers 52 hands-on projects ranging from 2-D monster magnets and coats of arms, to 3-D bobble-head dolls, Day of the Dead skulls, animal friends, marionettes and treasure boxes.

    In creating with clay, kids are introduced to a wide range of cognitive and manual skills: they'll work three-dimensionally; make figurative models; use their imaginations in making jewellery and toys; design with colour; and decorate with paints.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Compost: A Family Guide

    Set your family on the path to a planet-friendly lifestyle with this fun guide to compost – what it is, how to make it, how to maintain it. Includes information on both kitchen and garden composting with games, stickers and more!

    Teach your kids that composting is fun with this guide that takes you from the nitty-gritty of compost composition and care to Worms and Ladders, a fresh take on a traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers' Society, learn all about the garden-to-plate cycle together and get your family's feet firmly set on the road to a planet-friendly lifestyle.

  • Cool Astronomy

    Here are 50 fun, simple and entertaining ways to improve your understanding of astronomy for kids of all ages!

    Discover how telescopes are made, learn about invisible light and study the scale of the universe in a way you ll never forget. Learn amazing space-related tricks such as how to watch a solar eclipse safely and mapping stars from your own back garden, right down to expertly simplifying the supermassive numbers and distances involved.

  • Day in the Bush
    45 day walks offer a host of accessible national parks, diversity of plants / animals and many Aboriginal rock art sites.

    All have detailed maps, comprehensive track notes, length and difficulty, what to take, where to buy food and to stop for lunch, suitability of walks for kids of all ages. Track condition updates on website link.
  • Energy Lab for Kids

    Energy Lab for Kids offers 40 discovery-filled and thought-provoking energy projects. Each chapter contains scientific explanations, discoveries and hands-on knowledge that make learning fun. Energy Lab for Kids is more than just a random collection of science experiments that kids can do in the classroom, kitchen, or backyard.

    The goal: to explore and discover real energy solutions. The chapters cross all categories – from steam, electricity and chemical reactions, to water, solar and wind power, allowing kids to compare and test the different sources and to discover their strengths and failings.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Flowerpot Farm

    This first gardening book shows young ones how easy it is to grow all sorts of fruit, vegetables and flowers on their very own Flowerpot Farm.

    To achieve the best harvest, the young farmer is shown how plants are pollinated, and how to encourage good garden guests, and discourage garden pests. There are ideas for customising your flowerpot farm, such as decorating pots and making a bird feeder, and tasty recipes for making the most out of your home-grown harvest are included.

    Simple step-by-step instructions are presented in a picture-book style. There are a mix of projects on offer, suitable for gardening spaces of any size, from large gardens to small window ledges.

  • Fun Food
    25+ delicious recipes that kids aged 8 and up can cook: macaroni and cheese, strawberry smoothie, sesame fish sticks, hummus, lasagna, etc. Large, step-by-step colour photos/directions for recipes for after-school treats, classic favourites, oven baking, noodles, sandwiches and wraps.
  • Garden Cook

    This former MasterChef Australia contestant is passionate about food.

    As a primary school teacher working within the framework of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, Fiona Inglis is also passionate about sharing her enthusiasm, knowledge and skills with her students and with children everywhere.

    This beautifully photographed and illustrated book, with more than 70 easy-to-follow recipes, is aimed for 8 to 13-year olds, their parents and anyone interested in growing and cooking good food.

    Visit Can Do Blog to see inside the book.

  • Gardening Lab for Kids

    A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature.

    This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings.

    Author Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons are open-ended to be explored over and over-with different results each time!

    Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!

  • Geology Lab for Kids

    Geology Lab for Kids features 52 simple, inexpensive and fun experiments that explore the earth's surface, structure and processes. This family-friendly guide teaches the wonders of geology, like the formation of crystals and fossils, the layers of the earth's crust and the eruption of geysers and volcanoes.

    Learn about:

    • How crystals form
    • How insects are trapped and preserved in amber
    • How water shapes mountains, valleys and canyons
    • How a volcano forms and erupts
    • How a geyser uses heat beneath the earth's surface

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Ghoulish Goodies
    70+ recipes for frightful treats, wicked brews & scary savories that parents & kids can have fun making together. Enjoy baking, decorating & indulging in delicious treats that celebrate witches & jack o' lanterns, ghosts & graveyards: the yuckiness of Monster Eyeballs, Chocolate Spider Clusters, Buried Alive Cupcakes, & Screaming Red Punch. . . & try a warm Choco-Bat Cookie for dessert!
  • Great Explorers

    From Pytheas the Greek, who sailed to the Arctic Circle without a compass, to Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, here are 14 extraordinary journeys by land, sea and air each remarkable for the way it was made, for the technology behind it, and for the inspiration it gave to future generations.

    Gripping storytelling, fantastic fold-out cross sections, detailed maps and remarkable technical drawings enable readers to experience the excitement of exploration. Recommended for children 7+.

    Outstanding – stunningly illustrated narrative accounts of great explorations. The Sunday Times