Journey to the Center of the Earth

This classic by Jules Verne is a story of exploration and science fiction.  Jules Verne wrote some of the first of an entirely new genre. Customize your Book Box from all the options below.  DON’T feel like you have to do it all.   Tailor it your children’s interests and hobbies.

And if you have some preschoolers underfoot, click on over to our complementary Bitty Box for a great way to include them in the experience.

For the Box:

  1. The book(s): If you have a younger child or a sensitive one, consider getting the Great Illustrated Classics version of the book.  Or go for the original in print or as an ebook.  One of the great things about classics is their relatively cheap price. Some have even crossed over to public domain and can be found online for free!
  2. Games: There is an actual game that follows the plot of the book! Just beware of playing to early in case of spoilers.  Or opt for a thematic math game. In this game , YOU print out the math problems yourself, so seriously,  you can use it with all your kids from pre-k to middle school and high school if you are creative.
  3. Activities:  Volcano and Rock Activities Abound!  Younger kids love Magic School Bus, and there is a perfect kit to accompany Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Or you could take the study in more dept with this Smithsonian Mega Science Lab.  If you want to keep the cost of the box lower, this Rock Science Kit is under $10!
  4. Snacks:  Candy-coated Chocolate Rocks are a fun little snack to toss into the mix, or you could order Rock Candy.  With more time and less money, you can make Sugar Crystal Sticks yourself!
  5. Crafts: If you want the crystals but not the sugar, Borax geodes are a fun and cheap option.  If your kids love dinosaurs and/or puzzles, this T-Rex should be a fun challenge.
  6. Trinkets and Toys:  Some dino toys won’t go amiss.  And you know what goes well with a good book?  Another good book!  Rocks, Fossils, and Arrowheads make a fantastic non-fiction pairing.
  7. The movie: A new movie was made in 2008 for those that eschew old movies. We love doing movie to book comparisons and talking about what was missing, whether it was important or not, and what was different than we imagined.
  8. Extended Education: The American Museum of Natural History has what could be categorized as a lesson, a snack, or a craft all rolled into one!  Make their Edible Earth for extra brownie points.  They also have great information on volcano formation, and you can zoom out to look at a wider variety of landforms with Crash Course for Kids. 
  9. Field Trips: If you can, plan a trip to a local Natural History Museum.  You can ask if they have student discounts or group discounts if you want to plan a co-op field trip.  Many museums have days when they are free to the public or allow you reduced fees if you come for the last hour or two before closing.  And to cap it off, stop at an Italian eatery on the way home for strombolis.  Why strombolis?  Read the book to find out!  In the summer, rafting would also be a great way to bring the book to life.

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