The Adventures of Lillicorn STEM Skills Book | Review & Giveaway
The Adventures of Lillicorn is a new innovative book series that’s just launched. It’s designed to promote STEM skills in young children — girls in particular, as research shows that girls are often not encouraged in these areas.
Though these skills will become even more important in the future, for the children growing up now, research shows that UK is one of the worst regions in Europe at encouraging women in to STEM roles.
QuestFriendz founders Lisa Moss and Dr Thomas Bernard have spent many years in technology and education and are bringing that expertise to this book project while also drawing on their experience as parents of twin girls.
“The QuestFriendz aim is to help increase the number of children who choose STEM related education and careers, with a mission to reduce the STEM skills shortage, improve female representation and ethnic diversity in the STEM workforce.”
Early intervention is key, and encouragement from parents and teachers makes a huge difference. We have the first book in the series, The Adventures of Lillicorn in WooWoo Land, and my 6-year-old daughter loves it! So do I — I think it’s a brilliant idea!
The Adventures of Lillicorn in WooWoo Land will spark young children’s imagination and dreams, building their confidence and inspiring them to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in fun and creative new ways.
The books features Lilli who is a fearless girl who loves science, experiments and inventions. When she goes to sleep at night, she dreams and transforms into Lillicorn who is a superhero. She travels to other lands and has to figure out creative solutions to lots of different quests.
Lillicorn’s quests include structured problem solving, pattern recognition, sequencing, spatial perception, and coding. There are fun rewards for young readers when they complete the quests.
The story books is rhyming and takes you through 10 different STEM quests to solve. When you do, you earn collectable charm tokens that come in the book. You also use these tokens and other tokens to solve the quests. They are stored in the back of the book which is very neat and convenient.
The book is made from high quality, durable board book with lay flat binding and gloss finishing which is great as it will last a long time. I’ve got two younger daughters too who I’m sure will want to play with this book in the future too. They actually already play with the charms and tokens from the book!
It’s an exciting way for children to learn fundamental STEM skills at an early age, as well as develop 21st century learning skills (the 4Cs – critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication).
Being a parent of three girls myself, I find very important that my girls are encouraged in STEM subjects by their teachers too (they already are at home!). They love STEM activities and being girls should not make a difference.
The STEM activities/interactive quests in this book cover lots of different areas — problem-solving including the ability to break a larger problem into smaller tasks to achieve a goal, pattern recognition and matching, sequencing, optimization, spatial perception, coding skills etc., and stimulate interactive play as they build self-confidence as the reader learns that they are very able to tackle STEM related challenges.
My daughter loved the book from the start and sat down to read it and then tackled all 10 challenges in one go. Definitely a success and I’m sure she’ll play with the book lots more before handing it down to her two younger sisters.
I look forward to see what the future books for the series will be like! We’d definitely love to see more.
Giveaway: Win a copy of The Adventures of Lillicorn in WooWoo Land
For a chance to win a copy of The Adventures of Lillicorn in WooWoo Land, enter through the Rafflecopter below. There will be 1 winner. UK entrants over the age of 18 years only. The giveaway will end on the 29th of July 2020.
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Sample of this book was provided for this review.