Scavenger Art~Lexi Rees

I was sent this by the author via Rachel’s Random Reads in exchange for a review and I can certainly say that it was the most fun my daughter has had indoors for a while!

Owing to poor weather, busy schedules and darker evenings, during the week we decided to work our way through the first section with bits we could find in the house. The book is aimed at 5+ and my daughter is 3 and a half (the half is extra important you know!) so rather than drawing, we found items and took photographs of them and talked about them.

The currently much loved Knick knacks of my three and a half year old

I was hoping to take the book in to work to try out with some older children, but due to Christmas crafts being the main focus and then another county-wide closure, sadly I didn’t get the opportunity BUT I know it’ll be a big hit when we’re able to get around to it!

The book is in 8 sections; My House; My Stuff; Outside; People; Faces and Bodies; Nature; Eating; Birds, Insects and Animals. The aim is to fill each of the 9 boxes on the sections accompanying pages with drawings that match up to the subject (for example, in the My House section is a page on books and you’re asked to draw your favourite book covers or the different places where books are kept in your house. So my daughter and I went on a hunt for some of our favourite books, stacked them up in a big pile and talked about why we chose them-it really got us both thinking and talking).

This is when I realised that her favourite book is a copy of Terry Pratchett because “the monkey is funny!”

Owing to the various sections of the book, as a mum and a childcare professional myself, I find this to be the perfect resource for families and groups of children alike; if you have a fussy eater you can head to the Food section to get your child talking, thinking, handling and trying foods in order to do the activities. For the Outdoors section you get a chance to introduce children to parts of the outside world they may not have been exposed to yet. The topics will feed curious minds and start up conversations you couldn’t imagine having with young children, making it a truly valuable book which I feel belongs in every home, setting and office which focuses on children.

Author Biography

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim

full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints

of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The

sequel, Wild Sky, is available now.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her

Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a

Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which

includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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