23 Things To Do Before You Are 11 1/2 Review


Reviewed by Louise Forbes

I received this book to review and having a fun loving and inquisitive 8 year old we were quite excited to see what it contained.

From understanding basic woodworking skills to constructing a kite, the reader will also learn about the science and eco side of invention.

Activities are broken down into easy steps and technical information comes alive in bite-size facts.

Dare-devils can make stilts, a rope ladder, and even a go-cart! Budding adventurers will learn how to put together a survival bag, campfire and fishing net. Aspiring conservationists can build their own bird nesting box and wormery.

Outdoor activities have never been such fun, and if it’s raining there are plenty of other fun things to do!

We weren’t disappointed at the range of activities that could be tried with full easy to follow step-by-step instructions in pictures and words. A full breakdown of what materials were required was well detailed although I was a bit surprised at how many of the projects that needed power tools. I suppose it would be down to the individual on how appropriate it would be to allow their child to use the tools but I don’t think it would spoil the fun for the child as they could participate in other ways.

We have become a dab hand at knot tying and my son has plans with his uncle to complete some of the trickier projects that Mum is clearly not cool enough to do! Not sure we will manage all the projects in the book but it’s been a great book to develop a sense of responsibility and independence which to me is an important part of growing up.

Rating: 4.5/5

RRP: £7.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

4 half Star

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