Summertime, and the living is easy—that is, until you hear the dreaded “I’m bored!” whine from your kiddos. No doubt about it, the slower pace and reduced structure of the summer months can leave many parents panicked about how to keep their children happily occupied. To prevent you from desperately counting down the days to the start of the school year, we’ve put together a selection of boredom-busting and educational books for your kids. Each one is packed with activities to help you and your littles not only survive, but thrive, in the dog days of summer.
My First Toddler Coloring Book: Fun with Numbers, Letters, Shape, Colors, and Animals! by Tanya Emelyanova (Starting at $4, Rockridge Press, Ages 1–3)
With more than 100 illustrations, this jumbo coloring book will help your preschooler grasp fundamental concepts like numbers, letters, and shapes, all while building fine-motor and recognition skills. Join in the fun or let your child work independently as they learn basic skills in a fun and imaginative way.
Yoga Animals: A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses by Paige Towler (Starting at $15, National Geographic Children’s Books, Ages 4–8)
Get those little muscles moving with this adorable collection of animal-inspired, kid-friendly yoga poses. Step-by-step instructions and photos of animals mimicking each pose will help your kiddo relax, recharge, and develop an early appreciation for all the benefits that yoga and mindfulness offer.
TinkerActive Workbooks: 2nd Grade Science by Megan Hewes Butler (Starting at $7, Odd Dot, Ages 7–8)
This curriculum-based workbook reinforces second grade-level science skills through a series of hands-on activities featuring everyday household items. With an interactive learn-through-play model, these exercises will hone your child’s problem-solving skills and get them excited about science. Be sure to explore the entire collection of TinkerActive workbooks, covering math, science, and English language for Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Sesame Street Stories to Grow On Me Reader Jr ($32.99, PI Kids, Ages 18 months–3)
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This educational book series tackles the everyday tasks your little one is learning as he grows up, including brushing his teeth, using the potty, and going to school. The stories even come to life with the Me Reader Jr that allows your child to listen to Nina from Sesame Street narrate while he follows along with the book. Your toddler will love connecting the dots with the characters he knows and loves doing what he’s learning to do.
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