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All activity books seem pretty much the same, right? Mostly coloring pages, a few crosswords, a few word searches, maybe a dot to dot puzzle. Their saving grace is that they usually are very cheap and come in characters that our kids love. We shy away from buying activity books for just this reason and find that board games are a much better use of our money.
Quite honestly, that is what I expected when I ordered The Never-Bored Kid’s Book for Connor.
Let me ask you a question:
When you are disappointed that something will be disappointing, is that like a when a double negative creates a positive? Because that’s what it felt like when I started looking at this book.
The Set Up
First, this book is huge! It is divided into about 20 or so sections, of varying lengths depending on what activities are included for each section. You will need scissors, glue, and other art and craft supplies.
My favorite part of this book is that it is not gendered. It is not all blue robots or pink princesses. Every child can do every page out of this book without being subjected to silly rules about where their interests are supposed to lie, and I just love that.
Each section has different activities that include old-fashioned coloring. However, coloring is a minority in this book.
There are plenty of word searches and other word puzzles, origami, how to draw instructions and practice paper, poems, riddles, things to cut and paste like finger puppets, pop up cards, jigsaws and tangram puzzles, and more!
The Never-Bored Kid’s Book is not like other activity books that seem to just be thrown together as cheaply as possible. Its pages are brightly colored, patterned where appropriate, and are bright-white and smooth instead of the dingy brown, rough recycled paper we are all used to in kid’s activity books.
Other activities books seem to be a passive entity. The kids color, draw through some mazes, maybe play some word games, and that’s it. In this book, so many of the activities expand into imaginative play like the origami animals. Connor played with them like paper dolls for days. There are also finger puppets, jokes, and “magic” tricks that take the activities from paper to interactive fun. I really cannot brag on this point enough. This activity book goes from book to toy, and that just leads to unlimited hours of fun.
The puzzles are definitely challenging for the age group targeted and will get kids thinking and support critical thinking and things like spatial understanding, math, ordering, and fine motor skills. This is a huge plus since generic activity books don’t seem to put much thought into cross-curricular benefits.
Well, I don’t have much to write here.
Mainly, I wish the origami came with multiple sheets of origami paper that were perforated and separate from the instructions. As it is, the origami paper must be cut out and shares a page with the instructions which means in most cases your child gets one chance at folding with the pretty patterned paper.
Below is a promotional video from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers.
I would have liked to see more creativity in the types of word puzzles included. They are mainly crosswords and word searches with a few scrambles mixed in. I would have loved to see some cryptogram or coded games included.
Last, this is not a super portable activity book. It is not a book I would throw in my bag to keep him occupied while we waited in the doctor’s office or the bank. Scissors are needed for many of the activities.
I highly recommend this series of books if you are looking for something that is more engaging than the mediocre games available in most kids activities. I can’t say enough about how many of these activities go from a flat page to a paper toy, doll, or puppet and I LOVE that because it means that the fun isn’t done once the book is full.
The quality of the paper and print is above and beyond what I have seen every other activity book I have ever bought my kids or that I remember from my childhood. The wide variety of activities will keep all kids busy for hours without getting repetitive.
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