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Author: Min Flyte
Lower Age: 3
Upper Age: 7
Price: $15.99
Year Added: 2016

Min Flyte’s Box is a fun fold-out picture book about four toddlers that use their imagination and creativity to design fun new objects out of cardboard boxes. The characters initially enjoy the toys that arrived in the boxes, but quickly show interest in the empty boxes. Box promotes engineering thinking and design by encouraging young minds to consider all the possibilities of ordinary objects like cardboard boxes, and to use their imagination to turn them into something extraordinary. The flaps and fold out pages serve to engage readers with the story, providing open-ended questions and fun surprises. In addition to encouraging creative thinking, the book shows the characters designing their own engineering devices, such as cars, spaceships, and trains. The endearing illustrations and message of the story will be enjoyed by children and parents alike!


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encouraged children to do or learn about:

Ask questions, recognize patterns, define a problem, generate ideas

Engineering text or context explicitly provided: NA


Additional engineering thinking and design skills addressed: Spatial reasoning, creative thinking



Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I liked guessing what was in the box. My favorite was the spaceship”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “My kids loved this book! I had to read it several times so they could both have turns opening each of the flaps.”
  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “It brings me back to a time where with my imagination I could build anything and that’s what gave me the confidence as an engineering major that I have today.”