Screen-Free Fun by the School of Life

Screen-Free Fun by the School of Life. School of Life, 2021.  9781912891573 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Ideas to keep the kids entertained when the power is out or just unhook them from the internet, this may be the book you need. Highly graphic with pictures from multiple sources, these activities range from simple (timing raindrops), to complex (creating your own constellation).  Materials used range as does the complexity of the task, from painting, paper and pencil, to more physical activities that require no supplies.  Some of the tasks will allow students to see everyday objects from a new perspective. Images and samples are given for most of the ideas as well as directions for the task. Notes on certain projects will alert readers that they need help from adults or forewarn of mess. Created in England, some vocabulary may be unfamiliar to American readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Multiple projects focusing on excrement, such as creating a eulogy for your poo. Tasks centered on “rude” words, such as creating a wordsearch using rude words, may give some parents pause.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 to 6, who enjoy working with their hands and being creative, would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough tech-free activity books.

Where would you shelve it? 790.1

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the middle of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: January 8, 2022

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