Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions : You Can Build Yourself Paperback
Part of the Build it Yourself series
Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas.
Most of Leonardo's inventions were never made in his lifetime--they remained sketches in his famous notebooks.
Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies.
Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project.
Together they give kids a first-hand look into the amazing mind of one the world's greatest inventors.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, b/w illlus
- Publisher: Nomad Press
- Publication Date: 01/01/2006
- Category: Science & technology: general interest (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9780974934426
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Review by ALelliott
This detailed activity book is a mash-up of history and small activities based on Da Vinci's great works. It begins with an introduction into what the Renaissance was, who Leonardo da Vinci was, and why they are still important today. The book and the activities within are divided into five sections: Leonardo the Artist and Dreamer, Leonardo's Useful Machines, Leonardo and Water, Leonardo in Flight, and Leonardo's War Inventions. Students can do most of the projects with minimal adult supervision and require only supplies you can find around the house.Each activity comes with a rather lengthy introduction about the way that Leonardo built a similar project or how he invented the thing that inspired the project. For example, there is a two page explanation of da Vinci's contributions to art and perspective before the directions to create a perspectograph. This is kinesthetic learning at its best; kids can easily connect history and create something based from that history. Unfortunately, these are not necessarily the most exciting projects, but they are a good way to introduce the Renaissance and LDV. It might even be a good way to grab reluctant learners, especially boys, who might gravitate to the war section.For ages 10-14.