- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1240L (What's this?)
- Series: Build It Yourself
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Nomad Press (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780974934426
- ISBN-13: 978-0974934426
- ASIN: 0974934429
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Grade 5-8-Anderson has combined biography with doable activities that mirror ideas found in Leonardo's notebooks. Using common household objects (duct tape, foil, cereal boxes, paper-towel tubes, etc.), readers can make a parachute, hydrometer, invisible ink, walk-on-water shoes, etc. Anderson introduces each project with an explanation of why Leonardo came up with the idea and whether he created just the sketch or the sketch and the object. Detailed steps and illustrations provide clarity. Adult supervision is noted where appropriate. Readers will probably be more interested in the activities than in Leonardo's life and the Renaissance background that Anderson provides, but this title will be a welcome addition to schools in which cross-curricular teaming is in place. Science classes can re-create Leonardo's ideas while English classes can read excerpts from his notebooks and history classes can discuss the Renaissance.-Delia Carruthers, Sunset Ridge Middle School, West Jordan, UT
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"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions."
School Library Journal
"A welcome addition to schools"
Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions."
"More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo's life, times and endless imagination."
"A pleasurable read. . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder."
"Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci's life and work."
"This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo's inventions."
"Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world's greatest inventors"
"Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that cross the curriculum."
Science Books and Films
"The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler's attention! Highly Recommended."
Chosen as one of "Our Favorite Things" for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine"Decoding Da Vinci's sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself "
"Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand."
"This is a book of fun and creativity."
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Top Customer Reviews
The plastic glass project was a fail. Directions didn't specify that ultra pasteurized cream is also homogenized and will not work. I thought I was being careful by avoiding homogenized cream so this was disappointing. Thankfully the kids were unaffected because it was a secondary activity (an "if we have time" project).
The helical air screw was a FAIL. We can make it look like the instructions, but there is no way it would fly because the spiral wouldn't stay put so it flopped around not the chopstick. Our class is one hour and I was extremely glad that I didn't bother to bring the launcher materials. I would have been livid if I had cut all the wood and predrilled holes for this dud of a project.
The hygrometer was a successful build but no one bothered to hang it outside and test it. The monkey wrench project was enjoyed, but I think it's because I let them use hammers. Also I am looking for an alternative wheel for the armored tank. The directions say to use yogurt lids, but yogurt isn't sold with lids anymore in my town. I will be trying the baby food squeeze pouch caps out or wood circles.
I don't think the description should state that templates are included as they are only sketched into the directions and not at scale. Perhaps I am assuming too much, but any other craft book with templates has a separate section of templates or includes a separate page or two with the shapes needed.
I am regretting using this book as the spine for our course. I wish I had ordered Primary Physics because all of those projects worked, and I now have some trust in the author. If you decide to use Marti Ellen's book for a class, be sure to allow more time than you think is necessary. We did Roman Machines and it was very difficult to finish a build in a one-hour class period.
If you are using this for a child at home, it might still be worth a look because the background info and stories are fun. Don't expect more than half the projects to work. There are several arts and crafts projects included that really aren't "inventions".
My son is on the autism spectrum and was totally engaged and absolutely fascinated by the things he could create .
I would highly recommend this book . Beats playing video games hands down !