Children’s Book Review: Busy Builders Book Kits from Silver Dolphin Books

BUSY BUILDERS: CONSTRUCTION SITE

By: Katherine Sully

Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros

Published: December 20, 2016

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

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BUSY BUILDERS: FIRE STATION

By: Chris Oxlade

Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros

Published: December 20, 2016

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction

BUSY BUILDERS: AIRPORT

By: Timothy Knapman

Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros

Published: December 20, 2016

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction

These Busy Builder books are more than just a book, but a way for children to interact, learn and play while reading. Each book includes a fact book, a 3-D building, and 48 model pieces. Think legos but instead cardboard pieces that build everything from diggers to firetrucks to airplanes to the pole for firefighters to slide down. These kits are full of fun and will keep kids busy for hours. They are easily transportable as everything fits inside the box (if the things they build are taken apart) and it closes with a velcro.

The book is a heavy paperback that fits right inside the box. Each page details different equipment including the vehicles and buildings on the site that are necessary. The tools, employees, and tasks needed to get the job done are explained.

Then kids can take it to the next level and build what they just read. By opening the box, they can set the scene with roads or runways and either a school that they are building, an airport, or a fire station.

Multiple pieces are included to build vehicles and other necessary parts to play and act out the scene. There are even little cardboard people. In the airport set, there are towers, windsocks, airplanes, and helicopters to build. Kids will learn all about the workings of the airport as well as flying and landing the planes. In the fire station kit, the kids will learn what life is like inside the fire station, all the various fire trucks, and equipment involved in helping in emergencies. Helicopters, fire trucks, and the fire station pole are included in the fun of building.

When your child is done playing, everything can be taken apart and placed back inside the box for storage or travel. I think these kits are awesome and would make excellent gifts for preschool-aged kids through second grade. The words in the books would be too hard for the preschool and kindergartners to read themselves, but the pictures would help them figure out the steps to build and play.

These are a nice size and since they are made like a book, they would fit nicely on a bookshelf for storage. They are very sturdy and would hold up to numerous occasions of playing and travel. I wish our boys would have had something like this when they were younger. I think these are a must-give for Christmas!

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  1. bermudaonion on October 2, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Those would have been a hit in our family. My son loved anything to do with trucks and our nephew was all about firemen.

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