Screen-free Summer Fun with Professor Murphy's Marble Mania {Parragon Book Buddies}

Summertime, at least in our house, means outdoor fun, games, books, and relaxing days.

Our June package from Parragon Books was exactly the kind of summer fun we like to have--good books, new activities to try, and games to play!  Ben immediately confiscated Professor Murphy's Marble Mania and got to work!

The Professor Murphy's Marble Mania includes a 25 marbles, three games to build--an Archboard, Extreme Pinball, and a dual level Marble Maze, and a How-to book, with the assembly directions and other games to play with marbles.

Ben quickly got to assembling the games and testing them out with his sister.  The archboard and maze assembled easily, while the pinball took a little more effort to come together.  He still had all three put together quickly enough to play within a half hour.

It's been so much fun to see him learning the games and trying them out with his sister and his friends.  Even the simple marble games of the past have been chalked on our patio to test out, thanks to the How-to book.

We also got a few other goodies in our package--Know Your Knots (another Ben favorite, review coming soon), the Smiley Crazy Happy Emoticon Sticker Activity book, and the Justice League Magical Story.

The Smiley Crazy Happy Emoticon Sticker Activity book features games, puzzles, doodles, and lots and lots of emoticon stickers.  We think it would be great for a road trip.  The Justice League Magical Story has all your favorite DC characters defeating the bad guys, with an awesome plated cover.  Any little superhero fan will love this one.

Stay tuned for our separate Know Your Knots review!  We're loving screen-free summer activities.

Disclosure: I received these books as part of my involvement with Parragon Book Buddies. All opinions are my own.