I’m a little obsessed with sneaking facts into my children, and think there’s a lot to be said for stealth learning. As a home educator I’m always on the lookout for books and resources to help with this.
My favourite type of factual information is the bite sized variety, because at 8, 5 and 3 my children are too young to absorb massive chunks of information. Which is why I adore this book from Bloomsbury – Facts! One for every day of the year by Tracey Turner.
What’s the book about?
Essentially this is a book of 365 exceptionally interesting facts, aimed at children my kids’ ages. Some correlate to the day of the year (i.e. such and such happened on this day), whilst others are completely random. Alongside each fact are gorgeous, eye catching illustrations.
The book bestows snippets of wisdom about anything and everything you’d want to know. From when Mozart wrote his first symphony (eight years old), to how many species of animal live on the island of Madagascar (250,000).
I love how digestible the book is, and can see us using it as an everyday education tool. I enjoy planting seeds and letting my kids direct their own learning, and this book will really help with that. I can already envisage them starting mini projects off the back of some of these fascinating facts.
Here a few of our favourites
- Flamingos pee down their legs as a way of cooling down.
- To compliment someone’s cooking in Portugal you should kiss your index finger, then squeeze your ear.
- During an average lifetime, your heart will beat about 2.21 billion times, and you’ll take around 672 million breaths.
- The most expensive jewel ever sold was the rare Graff Pink diamond, which was bought for US$46 million.
- The world’s smallest insect is the fairy wasp, an adult is only 0.44 millimetres long.
- An octopus has three hearts, nine brains and blue blood.
Overall thoughts on the book
I’d highly recommend this book to parents and grandparents of young children. It’s engaging, fun and super interesting. Fairly priced at £12.99, this book would make an ideal Christmas or birthday present. I’m confident that most kids would relish bamboozling their friends with their newly learnt facts after reading this book.
Facts! One for every day of the year was published today, and is available on Amazon and in book shops.
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