On the Go Fun for Kids by Amanda Morin, a book review

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On-the-Go-Fun-for-kidsI’m bored. There’s nothing to do. Are we there yet? 

Every parent loves to hear these words when they are on a plane, train, car trip or just hanging out on a rainy day at home or in a hotel. You can bring all the gadgets in the world and yet you will always have a bored child on your hands.

On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy– Anytime. Anywhere. was written just for these moments. Pop it in your purse or backpack and you will be good to go the next time you head out the door for a nice meal with the family or have to wait at the doctor’s office for a check up.

On the Go Fun for Kids had me the second I saw that it included the rules for Rock, Paper, Scissors (Lizard, Spock?) Many parents will remember this from The Big Bang Theory (a U.S. television show that brings geekdom to a socially acceptable level). Many people may think fictional character Dr. Sheldon Cooper thought up this variation on the old childhood game, but in fact two software engineers came up with it. The rules are complex, but way more fun than the boring old version. I got stuck on this page for a bit while I tried to memorize the rules and play with my three year old. He wasn’t quite ready for it yet.

Although the book is packed with great ideas for your kids, keep in mind that most of the games are written for school age children, many of which include reading and some math skills. Most of the activities will not work on your whiny three year old. Weather Diaries, Brain Teasers, drawing projects and word searches all come into play. This is not a formal activity book, but there are plenty of activities inside that will require a pencil or a separate piece of paper to complete if you don’t want your children writing in your shiny new book.

If your children can read they will be busy for hours with this book. Some of the activities do require your help, extra props or multiple people, but the book is sectioned out into different travel scenarios and takes that into account when suggesting activities. Obviously no one will be doing jumping jacks in the car.

The next time you are at your wit’s end and have no idea what to do with the kids in the car for your six-hour road trip to grandma’s, grab this book and put your kids to work. Who knows, they may even stump you with a few of the brain teasers. I’m still working on a few! (Pssst… don’t worry mom and dad. The answers are in the back of the book so you can cheat.)

Publisher’s Synopsis: On-the-go activities that inspire quiet playtime fun! Do you find it difficult to keep your kids happy and busy while out running errands or during long car trips? Then look no further! From scavenger hunts and word puzzles to educational apps and imaginative play, On-the-Go Fun for Kids! offers 100 engaging activities they’ll want to do again and again. Whether you’re hitting the road, heading to grandma’s house, or waiting patiently at the doctor’s office, this guide includes simple playtime ideas for any situation, allowing you to entertain your children no matter where your family goes. And if you decide to stay in, you’ll find plenty of activities for keeping them occupied while you’re at home on a conference call, doing laundry, or preparing dinner. With On-the-Go Fun for Kids!, you can breathe easy knowing that your little ones are engrossed in hours of creative fun!

Title: On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy
Author: Amanda Morin
Publisher: Adams Media (1st edition)
Publication Date: July 3, 2015, $7.78 paperback
Format: paperback
Language: English
Pages: 192 pages
ISBN: 978-0763656966
For ages: 5 and up


Many thanks to the author for sending a copy of this book for the purposes of review. As always my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. Please consider buying through these links to help support this site and keep it running. 

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  • Karilyn

    Looks like a great book! We are always looking for new activities since my little guy is a busy body and always NEEDS projects!

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