Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab | Melbourne Lifestyle Photographer

How do you get an active, science mad 6 year old boy interested in reading books? Ethan CAN read (quite well), but it breaks my book loving heart that he doesn’t enjoy reading himself.  Getting him to complete his reading homework for school can be an exhausting nightmare.  He is always happy for a good story to be read to him before bed, however if it comes to him doing the reading, most of the time he simply refuses.

Maybe you are having similar experiences with your kids?  I know I am always looking for ideas to help make learning fun and my aim is to share our experiences as much as possible.  So I wanted to tell you about a neat book series I came across.  We have just started going through the first book which is called  Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself.  The book is already full of adventure early on which Ethan loves.  The main characters in the story are 11 year old siblings, Nick and Tesla.  They love all things science and electronics.  When their parents disappear, they are sent to stay with their brilliant inventor Uncle named Newt.  They end up in all kinds of sticky situations which lead them to engineer their own contraptions to save their skins.

The most amazing part of these books is the fact that every time Nick and Tesla create something, you are given the directions to follow along yourself.  This has got Ethan hooked!  He is so engaged as he can participate and feel like he is part of the story.  A real little scientist.  Below are some images of Ethan’s first Nick and Tesla inspired creation, a bottle rocket laucher.  He had so much fun creating, decorating and finally taking it to a field to launch.  He can’t wait to find out what is next!

Do you have any tips for reluctant little readers?

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  • February 7, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    Annie Becker - Another kind of book that reluctant readers usually like are joke books (usually older used ones) that they find funny.ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2015 - 3:15 pm

    Anonymous - Narelle, I have the same issue with my 8 year old son, and I feel the same way you do. I’m always searching for ideas to get him more interested in reading. So far, what has worked for me is the Captain Underpants series, Wimpy Kid Diaries, and Build Your Own Adventure books, (where you come to a page and it will say “If you would do x, go to page 45. If you would do y, go to page…”. If you find anything else that works, please let me know!! I ordered this book – thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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