Actual Size – Science Review

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Actual size

Actual Size books contain lessons with blueprints to create actual-sized drawings or scaled versions of various things like animals, plants, buildings, landmarks, vehicles, and more! The Actual Size series is recommended for ages 5 and up and contains a complete lesson to compliment the blue prints. You can use sidewalk chalk out in your driveway, the basketball court, your patio, or wherever you find a place! Be creative! I may even try dry erase marker on our linoleum floor on a rainy day when we need a change of pace. (Don’t worry, I already know it wipes right off the linoleum!) There are two books in the series: Actual Size – Science and Actual Size – Social Studies.

We received Actual Size – Science to review. I was really excited to check it out because I think it is such a unique idea! Plus, our kids are very hands-on, so I knew this would be exciting for them. Not to mention anything that we can do outside during our homeschool day when the weather is nice is an added bonus! So, we grabbed the sidewalk chalk and a tape measure and went outside to draw an actual size polar bear in the driveway! Another added bonus was my husband got home in time to help us as well! So it was awesome family time, too!


Our oldest two kids are ages 7 and 5 and are both at the First Grade level, so I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect since it does say Kindergarten and above. I was a little concerned it might be a little “too much.” It was really a great lesson, though! The lesson was informative but short, so they were really able to retain the information and answer questions I asked them about what they learned about polar bears. Drawing the polar bear was also educational because we were learning about measuring, how to follow a blue print, and team work. With the exception of our 3 year old we all drew something. He wasn’t totally left out, though! He really enjoyed “measuring” the polar bear with his steps.

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So, we got to enjoy the beautiful weather, learn some great information about polar bears, and draw one together as a family! I’m definitely excited to do more lessons! I think we might do the biggest spider this week, but I’m not sure I want to see the actual size. I’m not afraid of spiders, but I might be after seeing that!

Right now you can get Actual Size Books on Educents for 32% off! If you aren’t familiar with Educents yet, I definitely recommend you check it out! While you’re there definitely check out the Actual Size Books while the deal is still going on!

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  1. Hi! This is Dan; my wife and I run Sunflower Education. I just wanted to say how very happy it makes us to see some Little Ones having fun with an Actual Size book! What a lovely family you have.

  2. Alison

    These are great. My oldest daughter who is 7 really likes science and learning about it. She would love this. I have to admit I do not like science that much, but reading about your experience and making it fun to do with each other I am going to have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Krista Bainbridge

    This looks so awesome – I think my daughters would love to do an actual size animal!! Love it!

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