Are you looking for that one resource that you can pull out when your child says those dreaded words: “Mommy, I’m bored!” Here on 24-Paw Ranch those words are seldom heard, but when they are spoken it can herald fun, challenges, and imaginative play time, or more chores. Usually Beck and Elizabeth choose something other than chores, and it is in those times that I just love being able to have fun resource at my disposal. My current favorite is 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives, and Babysitters by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller the founders and owners of the Kids Activities Blog.
Before I get much further into this review I would like to say that I was given a free paperback copy of the book to assist me in this review by the authors. For full details please read my disclosures found HERE.
So, with the formalities aside, what are my true thoughts as a parent and homeschool teacher on this book?
My First Impression
The first thing that caught my eyes is that this book is full, and I mean full of a variety of things to do with your children, students, friends, relatives, scouts, packs, church groups and more. Essentially any time you gather children this book can be useful. Actives range from the physical to the imaginative to the scientific and everything in between, and don’t forget the occasional sprinkle of glitter either.
What is an activity like?
What better way to show how much I liked the activities then to take you through one that we did. After trying a few Beck and Elizabeth asked that I share with you the Wooden Blocks.
In this activity you essentially make fun stackable blocks out of a piece of wood, preferably a tree branch. Being that we live rural, Beck and Elizabeth usually play with sticks outside anyway, so why not have some fun with it too, right? So the first thing to do is to get your materials together. Here is what you will need:
- Good stick, dried out
So I have the children go get a thick stick or branch. Here is what they came back with:
The instructions say to make these well in advance, let them dry out, and seal them. I would highly recommend that if you are going to keep them for a long time or give them as a present, which would be a fun DIY craft for Christmas. I decided to skip this step because we live in a highly fire prone area and we are always clearing brush and trees, so we have a designated pile of old branches and I just let the children take their desired branch from the pile, all nice and dried out already. Once you have your selected stick/branch, have your child mark it up in increments. You can get as technical as you want, but I let Elizabeth make them whatever size she wanted to like this:
Then, I enlisted the help of my husband and his power tools and he cut along the lines. We had a lot of pieces, but here is what the first batch looked like:
Now it was time to use sand paper to eliminate the rough spots and play whatever you want with them. You can make up games, stack them, make things with them, and do anything your imagination wants to with them. Beck immediately started having a Star Wars fire fight on Endor:
Then, Elizabeth wanted to have a princess party picnic with the King like this:
So, as you can see, not only is this activity fun and easy to make, but it keeps your child involved in the creation process too. This way, once their wooden blocks are done, they will have made their own toy to play with, on, or around with only their imagination to limit them. And remember, this is only 1 of the 101 activities!
What you Get
In the book you will get 101 Kids Activities. The title does not lie. The activities themselves are divided into four categories. The categories are Boredom Busters, Crafts, Games, and Simple Science.
How much does it cost?
As with all books these days, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives, and Babysitters by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller does have a cost for itself, plus some of the activities have costs for materials too. I found most of the materials were either easy to find or I had on hand, so the materials costs are quite minimal (for the most part). As for the book itself, it has a version and retail value as follows:
- Paperback Copy: $19.99
- Kindle Version: $9.99
So, in my opinion 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives, and Babysitters by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller is a must have for you and your children, students, relatives, or groups to help remove the word boredom from their vocabulary. This book will bring you hours, if not days, at a time of enjoyable fun.
What is your favorite one of the 101 kids activities from the book?