Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kid Konnection: Boredom Blasters: Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats and More... by Helaine Becker

Boredom Blasters: Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats and More... by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Claudia Davila (Rated: C)
Maple Tree Press
ISBN: 978-1897066034
Published Sept 15, 2004
Trade Paperback, 160 pages, Ages: 8-12

I hear my kids giggling and talking in the living room, and for over an hour they are occupied without … fighting, whining, complaining or tears… Mmmm… seems too good to be true. I peek in. Ah yes, I see the Boredom Blasters book in their hands. How many times have my kids told me they LOVE this book? Every time I asked what they thought of it!

Being 6 and 9, my kids love exploring, doing arts and crafts, telling jokes, playing games, learning new things, doing puzzles and cooking with me. Well, this book has it all. It's ideal for them. Even though my 6 year-old can't read it, he does the activities with his sister, so the added advantage is that they cooperate and play together.

This paperback book (fits well into a purse or small backpack) is divided into four sections: Awesome Activities, Yummy Things to Make and Eat, Brain Bogglers and Games, Games, Games. The pages are visually stimulating with wacky illustrations and colourful designs. My kids loved the Silly Kid Tricks, the Opticklers, the Cool Comics, the Slapstick Story Time and so much more; 160 pages filled with entertaining, cool stuff.

I found this book unique and got caught up with the kids in exploring it. Most of the brain bogglers and activities were new to me; actually I found them innovative. This is not your typical activity book. It teaches children various things while having fun. It makes children use their brains (math, logic, decoding, language and science games) in ways they probably haven’t before. Are you stuck in finding ideas for your kid’s next party? Do you have a reluctant reader? This is the perfect book to get kids reading and having fun together.

Now, if I see boredom creeping up, I tell the kids to grab their Boredom Blasters book and try out a new activity. Before long, I hear laughter and then, “Hey Mom, look at this!” Highly recommended!

Every Saturday, Booking Mama hosts a feature called Kid Konnection—a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, visit Booking Mama.

Disclosure: Thanks to Kendal Gerard from Maple Tree Press for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. This book sounds incredible (and fun!) I'm going to have to check it out!

  2. This sounds like a fabulous book! I'm jotting it down as a gift idea.

  3. I have put this down on a list of books to check out for my boys! Thanks so much for sharing your review!


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