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Review: What's New? What's Missing? What's Different?

A great book for thinking skills class was What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? This booklet has a bunch of different activities in it to help your child with the concepts of new, missing and different. At the time of making this review I do not have the book anymore since we have completed it nor do I have any pictures from it. How sad since I normally take pictures of everything I do but to be honest I thought I had already done this review. Sorry about that. Anyways, the colors and drawings in this book are nice and vibrant. Some pages will have your child fill in the missing aspects, find the differences or even draw something new. Other pages will have other things for them to complete all centered around new, missing and different.

What I liked about this book is that there are so many things for your child to do in the book. The way the art style is done makes it very fun and engaging for the student. Anything that is educational and can keep the child's attention is amazing in my book. I think that having different kind of activities is great like circling the differences, drawing something new, coloring in the missing pieces. It makes it more fun for the child to have an array of things to do than just doing the same thing over and over. Our daughter had a lot of fun with this book and often wanted to do more than just a few pages in one sitting. It is always nice to have something that she loves to do. Something I did not like about this thinking skills book however was the size. It is rather large. I would have liked to be able to take this with us when we went out with some crayons or something. But due to the size of the book it did not make that a possibility. 

When we got What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? I would recommend this thinking skills book. However, I would not say that this is a must have for your homeschool but it is will be fun one for your kids to complete. If your little one is having a bit of trouble with the concepts of new, missing and different than this maybe a book that you will want to get to help out. It also helps for if you need to keep your child busy while you get somethings done around the house. What little things do you have that help out with critical thinking? Do you have a thinking skills class in your homeschool schedule? Let us know in the comment section below.


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