Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer will fly by with these activity books from Candlewick Press

Summer vacation is almost over here only two more weeks until school starts back and my kids are so bored. We have been doing crafts and parks and more to keep them entertained but on days we cant get out activity books come in so handy to keep them reading and busy. Candlewick has some great activity books to keep your kids entertained this summer and they are just what your kids need to enjoy reading again before school starts.

Doodle with Maisy:
Creative Maisy fans - it's time to make your mark! Take your pencil on a doodling adventure in this irresistible Maisy activity book created by Lucy Cousins. There’s hours of fun and something for everyone in this hands-on Maisy doodle-fest! This is such a fun book that you can use your own imagination to make the story even better. We love it!

Magical Mixups: Pets and parties:
Glitter at the ready, this book needs YOU! Princess Sapphire and Emerald the Witch live in the mixed-up land of Mixtopia, where everything is just a little bit odd…let’s face it, perfect princesses and scruffy witches are not usually best friends. Doodle, design and draw while you read and make Sapphire’s birthday wish come true! My 11 year old loves this book! She loves designing the scenes and reading the story!

Sneaky Art:
For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation! Each work of art is custom-created for display in public places. This utterly unique guide offers a stylish and sweet “made-you-look-twice” spirit of fun meant to put a smile on the faces of strangers and loved ones alike. This book is so fun. There are so many craft ideas and I love how you can share it with the world by making them and placing them sneaky places for others to find.

Let's build a playground:
What’s your dream playground? Grab a piece of paper and let your imagination go wild! That was the first step when two hundred kids and grown-ups got together to build the playground in this book—one of two thousand that KaBOOM! has helped create. Michael J. Rosen’s lively free verse, together with colorful photographs, capture the enthusiastic teamwork leading up to the final build of a playground in one day—a playground that will welcome kids of all ages well into the future. This is a great book to help spark my kids imagination and get them thinking if they were to build a playground what would it be like. My kids came up with some awesome playgrounds!

Go Out and Play:
Go outside and play! Here, at your fingertips, are how-to's for more than seventy best-loved games, all set to spread the fun of active play to kids of all ages. This lively, infectious guide to games runs the gamut from classic to contemporary: freeze tag, blindman’s bluff, red light green light, four square, duck duck goose, and so many more. It’s all sparked by KaBOOM!, a nonprofit with a passion for creating outdoor play spaces nationally and around the world. This is my favorite book! It has so many outdor games to play with the kids. There is classics like Red Rover and new games my kids play like Sardines and 500. This will get your kids moving and having fun. Best book ever!

Look up: bird watching in your own backyard:
This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader. I love bird watching and my kids are really into learning about the different kinds of birds so this book was perfect. It is fun to read the illustrations and see the birds telling other birds their features and all. Great learning book!

Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection:
Waldo seekers on their own voyages will be raring to go with this compact compilation featuring all seven of his renowned excursions: Where's Waldo?, Where's Waldo Now?, Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey, Where's Waldo? The Wonder Book, Where's Waldo? In Hollywood, Where's Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt, and Where's Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase. My kids love Wher's Waldo books. I swear we would have everyone if I'd let them lol. They love searching through the pics trying to find that little guy and I must admit I love searching too! Definitely keeps them busy for a while!

So If you are looking for some fun books to keep your kids busy and their little minds active check out these great books from Candlewick! You will be glad you did and your kids will love them!

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