Smithsonian Interactive Books and Activity Kits for Kids – Review + Giveaway!



The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian is one of the most amazing places to visit any day of the year!  We live less than an hour away from all of the great museums in the capital, and some of our family’s favorite places to visit are the Smithsonian museums!

This summer, I’m happy to partner with Silver Dolphin Books to bring you some of the newest Smithsonian interactive books and activity kits — perfect for dispelling your little ones’ summer boredom blues! :)

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The Smithsonian Sticker Creations line (ages 6+) – Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs and Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Under the Sea –  these innovative sticker books will engage your young readers and will offer unique, hands-on approach to learning. Each book presents fun facts about dinosaurs and sea creatures in an interactive, child-friendly manner. Backed up by the experts at the Smithsonian,  each book comes with more than 200 reusable stickers plus 5 oversized 3-D stickers, and a pull-out framed play scene, allowing children to create their own prehistoric dinosaur scene or ocean floor adventure.

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The Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know Fact Cards series, divided into Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know: Grades K-1 and Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know: Grades 2-3, is specially tailored for inquisitive minds of different ages. Each box includes 275 fact cards  that features categories covering Earth, early science, social studies, history exploration, health, plants and animals, geography and more! The facts are shown with beautiful color photographs, illustrations, and diagrams that will sure to capture young imaginations!

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Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States (Ages 6+) comes packed in an adorable, sturdy travel case with an illustrated poster and a giant 130-piece floor puzzle of the United States. The alphabetically arranged fact book details state birds, animals, flowers, famous residents, and other fun trivia.  My ten year old loves the poster so much he wants to frame it and hang it up on his bedroom wall!

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Smithsonian Discover: Earth (ages 8+),  this 64-page book was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and is filled with vibrant photographs, fascinating facts, and science in an easy to understand format that young readers will enjoy! They will learn about the amazing animals, vast oceans, and wild weather that make up the planet they call home. This comprehensive guide comes with 12 fact cards, a large two-sided poster, and a hands-on project to build a 3D paper globe.

All the books and activity kits above are available for purchase at leading book retailers, at Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and online at

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