I love winter break — the cozy family togetherness, the falling snow, the new electronic gadgetry — it’s the most wonderful time of the year until it gets to be too much. Because let’s face it: As great as it all sounds, it takes about six hours for the kids to get bored with their new toys and start fighting with each other all while you’re all cooped up in the house thanks to the weather.
I’ve found that the solution is refreshingly low-tech — books!
I don’t have to tell you how great books are of course, but this month we’ve discovered the wonder of activity books. These books are open-ended to spark their creativity so the fun lasts for a long time. I asked my boys for their favorites, and here they are!
My boys love air travel, and they love this book because it captures the madness and fun of air travel. The fun keeps going after you’ve read it to them — my son loves to look at the pictures on his own, which means I’ve been able to catch a few extra minutes of sleep the next morning.
Fans of Big Nate will love this activity book — my son has been busy writing limericks, doodling and pretending to be the big guy himself.
Oh, how I love this simple book! It’s the doodling version of writer’s prompts, and it’s just the thing to spark your kid’s creativity. Lots of fun, and very zen in it’s own way. OK, I admit, I may have “borrowed” it, and it was so much fun!