The folks at Klutz were kind enough to send me a box of books when I mentioned that I wanted to do a post on Klutz books for boys. My girls LOVE Klutz and I never noticed as many Klutz titles for boys. A box arrived about two weeks ago, and my living room looked like a bomb went off. We kept this room in “experiment” mode while the kids went crazy testing all the books. It turns out that DADS also like some of these books!
The Building Cards books were a wonderful new discovery for us. It’s laminated pieces of cardboard with slots that you can use to build all kinds of cool things. It travels well in a zip lock bag and is an interesting, open-ended building toy. My 5-year-old loves it and it’s great for 3-D creativity!
Here are our favorites from #10 to our very favorite #1 Klutz Books for Boys!
p.s. These make great birthday presents. These are also great for the summer when your kids are driving you nuts and you want a few hours of peace and quiet without screen time!
Best Klutz Books for Boys Honorable Mentions
Klutz Guide to the Galaxy
This Klutz book is chock full of information and activities and perfect for budding astronomers. It does a great job of explaining science in a way that is fun and engaging. For example, The Big Picture explains where Earth is relative to the Solar System and Milky Way Galaxy. There is a section on shadows and how ancient Egyptians used them to gauge time. Then there is a great built-in kit to build your own sundial — everything is included except the sunshine! There is another kit to build a simple telescope, with details of what to look for on the moon and the planets including the conundrum about Pluto. I liked the section on stars and constellations because my constellation identification is limited to Orion’s belt the dippers. This is worth every penny of the $19 price tag simply for making science exciting. Turning your child into an astronaut is the fringe benefit!
Mix and Match Drawing
This was a highly contested battle between my girls and my son over who would be able to get this book. Great for the kids who like to draw but also good for kids who want to learn to draw because there are step-by-step visuals that show how to break down a complicated drawing into smaller manageable shapes. Boys will like drawing the pirate, T. Rex, monsters, and robots. Girls will like drawing the princess, butterfly, ballerina, mermaid, and cheerleader. Both will like drawing a plethora of animals: frog, pony, dog, cat, elephant, shark, monkey, bear, and more. The best part of this step-by-step drawing studio is that it comes with paper, pencil, and markers that all attach to the book. Great for travel and trips out to dinner!
Best Klutz Books for Boys
10. Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes by Doug Stillinger
Origami for boys also comes with paper. This was the first book my kids tore into. [ages 5-10]
9. Build and Launch Foam Rockets
There is just something so appealing about foam rockets to kids and this book is great because they get to build them and launch them. [ages 4-12]
8. Rubber Band Powered Flying Machines by Pat Murphy
For young, budding engineers when they want to take their airplanes up a notch! [ages 7-12]
7. Boom, Splat, Kablooey: Explosive Science That’s a Real Blast! by Pat Murphy
Easy to do science experiments with the complete kit right in the book. [ages 8-12]
6. The Superhero Starter Kit with Red Cape!
For the little superhero who needs a cape, masks, wrist guards, stickers, and heroic advice to complete all his adventures. [ages 3-7]
5. Triptivities: Great Activities for the Road
Games and activities in a lightweight book perfect for airplane travel. [ages 8-12]
4. Building Cards: How to Build Castles by Doug Stillinger
Another version of a “lego” toy only with laminated cardboard pieces that are notched. It is a versatile building set that is really great for 3-D structures, creativity, and future architects (of castles, preferable for mom!). [ages 5-12]
3. Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Building Cards) by Doug Stillinger
Those really great building cards again, but with a Harry Potter twist. [ages 7-12]
2. Building Cards: How to Build Spaceships by Doug Stillinger
You know this is a favorite toy when you keep finding pieces all over the house and in your car, both little assemblies and stray pieces. It’s a beloved toy already. [ages 4-12]
1. The Official Icky Poo Book: 2 Slimy Stretchy Icky Poo Ropes!
Who knew that this would be the hands-down favorite? Even my husband could not stop playing with it! [ages 4-adult]
p.s. These are not Klutz books, but boys who like Klutz books would like this!
Awesome Lego Creations with Bricks You Already Have by Sarah Dees
This truly is awesome! It’s a gift that keeps on giving! Using the lego bricks your kids already own — who doesn’t have piles?! — make new creations! Genius!!! [nonfiction, ages 6 and up]
Papertoy Glowbots: 46 Glowing Robots You can Make Yourself!
Punch out and assemble robot paper figures that glow in the dark! Boys who like fine motor such as the small lego kits would like this activity book. [activity book, ages 8 and up]
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