Awesome Books for Active Kids
June 2 2020·
June 2 2020·
The recent events that have taken place over the last couple of months have been challenging for families. Parents have had to make the quick lifestyle switch and juggle the "looking after / homeschooling" kids at home, whilst managing the art of keeping the fridge full and the bills paid. Many of us have realised that we can't do it all - but we have found ways that are useful and can make it easier for ourselves and each other. One thing I have found challenging was trying to alleviate my child's boredom - it can be a piece of cake for kids these days to be distracted by screens. For some children sitting down quietly with a book can be like pulling teeth.
Here are some book suggestions to keep active kids both enthralled and engaged!
For active bodies:
1. Let's Play Outdoors
Written by Catherine Ard and beautifully illustrated by Carla McRae, this book consists of a range of simple and fun activities to get kids outdoors and bonding with nature. Activities can be as simple as making a tree bark rubbing or telling stories around the campfire. This book makes kids care about their environment and teaches them how to interact with it in a considerate and purposeful way.
2. Masks In the Forest
A fun and dramatic children's story for little drama kings or queens! They can wear the pre-cut masks of different animals which are characters in the book and then act out the story as you read along. This book can be very exciting for little ones, especially if taken to the park or played out in big backyards. Perfect for siblings or when friends come to visit. Be prepared as YOU will most likely be playing the Hunter!
3.. The Ball Game
An action game/book from the "prince of preschoolers", Hervé Tullet's and his Let's Play Games series. Place this book anywhere - on a high shelf / above the door. Throw your ball in the hole or shoot hoops with scrunched paper. Warning: this book may go missing as basketball Dads will be taking this one to the office!
For active minds:
1. The Big Book of Treasures
Primary aged kids can lose themselves in the stories of some of the most famous treasure hunters from around the world. Learn about the lost treasure of the Aztecs and the prehistoric paintings contained within the Lascaux Cave. They can also beef up their cultural and historical knowledge by reading the included captions.
2. This Book Thinks You're An Artist
Awesomely illustrated by Harriet Russell. This book includes a range of art activities split up into different art-making techniques and each informed by a major artistic movement. Kids can draw op-art patterns, play surrealist games, design movie posters, and even pen an artist manifesto.
3. Math Art and Drawing Games For Kids
A great STEAM reference book loaded with mathematically inspired arts and craft. Learn to make fractals, golden spirals, pendulums and puzzles. A great teacher resource for those that want to add creative, practical and FUN activities into their maths lesson.