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3 books to keep kids entertained in the car {holiday travel}

“Are we there yet?”

Tired of hearing that?  Yeah, me too.  What a cliche, but they all really do it!  My life changed when I started to bring pencil and paper activities for my daughter (now 7).  DVDs and handheld game systems are great but they don’t hold older kids’ attention that long.  My daughter is attached to her 3DS but she grows weary of it after about 20-30 min.  Engaging activities involving putting pencil to paper keep her not only occupied, but her mind sharp.  Here are 3 of my (her) current favorites:

pencilVacation–no homework, no school, and no more teacher’s dirty looks!

Unfortunately, it usually begins with the family sitting around somewhere or stuck in a plane, train, or car. BOR-IIIING! Fortunately, with these quizzes, puzzles, games, and doodles, the fun doesn’t have to wait, even if you do. And you can do them anywhere—no electricity needed—with just a pencil. Fill in travel quotes, writing in the name of anyone who says one of the phrases on the page—like “I have to go to the bathroom” or “I think we’re lost.” Play gomoku, a two-person game that’s similar to tic-tac-toe. Plan the ultimate vacation—a week anywhere in the world. Draw creepy critters, try tongue-tripping-twisters, and unscramble anagrams. It’s all so entertaining that no one will ask the dreaded question: Are we there yet?  Ages 7-10

usa50 word searches shaped like the map of each state!! Learning about the USA is a game for kids with these entertaining puzzles. They introduce each state from Alabama to Wyoming, and the word list includes all things state-related. Plus there are 20 factoids about each state, including the capital, the biggest city, nicknames and mottos; state birds, flowers, and trees; famous natives, and other great stuff. For Alaska, keen-eyed youngsters will have to find McKinley (the highest point); Iditarod, for the dogsled race that takes place there; and Glaciers. Sunny Florida challenges young solvers to uncover the Everglades, Daytona Raceway, Kennedy Space Center, and Walt Disney World. Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, the Chicago Bulls, and the birthplace of jazz great Miles Davis. The facts are fantastic, child-friendly, and easy to remember. (It will probably even help them remember their geography lessons! But shhh—keep it a secret and the kids will never know.)

These puzzles are the best trip across the US a kid can take…without a car! Ages 7-10

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For every kid who wants to challenge their brain, here are seventy of the best word searches possible.

From the movies to history, sports to the world of entertainment, books, and the Olympics, and every subject a kid will love and know, these are the most fun you can have while learning.  And if they are stuck, the answers are provided in the back of the book.

Ages 7-10

 

 

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