Now that you’ve read about our wonderful time da Vinci exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands’ Arts Science Museum, here are some of our favourite resources for learning more about da Vinci. There are some affiliate links in this post.
There are many books in the library in the Junior Lending section (for the older kids, I think 7) and above? And less so in the Junior Picture Lending (for the younger kids).
One of our favourites is “Leondardo and the Flying Boy“, by Laurence Anholt. We have also picked up several of his other books on other great artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, and Degas from our library.
Da Vinci (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia is an interesting series which introduces the artists well. Not available in our libraries.
Who Stole the Mona Lisa? (Geronimo Stilton #6) is a light-hearted story that also has some facts about da Vinci, the kids loved this! I wouldn’t discount the educational value of Geronimo Stilton books, because Mittens has taught himself how to play chess from one of his books! I’m too lazy to learn 😀
These 2 books I didn’t enjoy as much, I think it was a little more complicated for the 6 YO. Avoid Being Leonardo Da Vinci! (The Danger Zone) by Jacqueline Morey and Leonardo Da Vinci: The Greatest Inventor (Discovery Education: Discoveries and Inventions)
by Nicholas Brasch are both available at our libraries.
There are a ton of materials available online. Everything from Mona Lisa colouring pages, to puzzles to building actual structures. It is endless, and from all ages 2-99! But the exhibition at the Arts Science Museum and the books are actually quite a lot for these little brains to absorb, perhaps we’ll go back to other resources after the exhibition has finished its run.
(While researching I also found one game which I found so addictive – Fun Da Vinci. Not so much for toddlers though. Give it a try!)
Some homeschool activities on da Vinci from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Before we return to the exhibition, here are some of the books that I want to check out:
Amazing Leonardo inventions you can build yourself by Maxine Andersen (J 7092.2 AND). Just as long as they don’t actually try to build their own flying machine. Right???
Neo Leo: The ageless ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta
Monday with a mad genius by Mary Pope Osborne (JS OSB) and Leonardo da Vinci: a nonfiction companion to Monday with a mad genius by Mary Pope Osborne (J 709.2 OSB)
- Who stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthis Knapp (JP KNA)
- Leonardo’s Palette by Gerry Bailey (J 709.2 BAI)
- Da Vinci by Brendan January (J 709.2 JAN)
For non-fiction books in our local libraries, just look under J 709.2 for more titles!
And don’t forget you can one ticket to the Da Vinci exhibition and get another ticket free when you present your Singapore Airlines Krisflyer card. Find out more information here.