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Three playtime books for a not-bummer summer

06/20/2014 1:24 PM

06/25/2014 4:36 PM

Summer has just gotten started, but if your kids are anything like mine, the b-word has already been uttered at least once. Keep the kids from getting bored with one of the dozens of activities in these three fun new books (one of which was written by local mom-bloggers) that are packed with good ideas.

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! (Page Street Publishing, $19.99) was penned by two bloggers from Fort Worth, Holly Homer and Rachel Miller. Both are moms with three and six kids, respectively, and they used their collective experiences to fill the book with activities for all ages. The book includes everything from simple arts-and-crafts projects to games, experiments and boredom busters.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(Roost Books, $21.95) is by Rachelle Doorley, an art educator, blogger and mom to preschoolers. Her blog and the book are packed with creative ideas for the under-6 crowd, though many will appeal to older kids. The concept of tinkering is at the heart of each project: doing something hands-on to explore the world with the senses. Sections include setting up your workspace, art experiences, building activities and messy recipes.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments (Adams Media, $18.99) was written by a writer and stay-at-home dad whose daughter was always asking the perennial kid question: Why? The book is filled with hands-on science activities that kids can do alone or with adult supervision (depending on age). Topics include chemistry, biology, physics and earth science, and include age-appropriate explanations.

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