sticker creations dinosaurs book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

It seems like nearly every child goes through a stage of fascination with dinosaurs. Those great beasts that once roamed the earth capture the imagination and illicit many questions. Where did they live and why did they die? These are just the beginning of the questions children ask. One great way to explore these many questions is with the interactive sticker activity book, Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs.

When I opened this packaged set, I was immediately captured by the high quality components that are sure to appeal to children of all ages. Included in this set is a 64 page sticker activity book, 175 reusable stickers, five 3-D stickers, and a framed play scene for children to create their own dinosaur masterpiece. Each of these components works together to create a learning experience that is both informational and interactive. The activity book is both a teaching tool and part of the fun. Children get to help finish the pictures with sticker components easily organized by page in the back of the book.

While I love how this set is packaged and all bound into one set, I don’t find the setup extremely easy to use. The book is hard to read while attached to the portfolio like packaging and if I remove the book, it will tear off the back cover. Additionally, the play scene that children are meant to use and reuse is difficult to remove from the frame packaging and definitely requires an adult the first time around. The packaging states that this is for ages 5+, but I found that my 5 and 6 year old could not do the stickers without assistance as they require very specific placement. As a parent, I love this set, but I would be hesitant to just hand it over to a younger child to use without a little involvement on my end. One additional note is that this book is written from an evolutionary perspective. Those seeking something from a creationscience perspective should look elsewhere. I think this set would work best for a parent or grandparent looking for an activity to do with a child in order to maximize its benefit.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Smithsonian Sticker Creations and Smithsonian Discover. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.