The best family activity books

The Books I Picked & Why

Astronomy Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Activities

By Michelle Nichols

Astronomy Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Activities

Why this book?

I love science and this book specializes in astronomy. Nichols helps kids get excited about the night sky, planets, and much more. She shows them how to make their own telescope and uses a microwave and a chocolate bar to teach them about the speed of light. A great dip into a wonderful topic.


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Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

By Mark Frauenfelder

Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

Why this book?

I like this father-daughter book, especially because it includes topics not always emphasized for girls: computer programming, hand tools, and problem-solving technology. But it’s also creative and uses affordable supplies. Maker Fairs are sweeping the planet and kids are discovering that geekiness is actually cool.


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The Travel Activity Book

By DK Publishing

The Travel Activity Book

Why this book?

Traveling is a time when you often need to entertain a bored child on a train, plane, or in a car. This book has tons of great games, puzzles, stickers, and even cultural information that will educate your child. Lots of photography and illustrations to entertain, as well. A good mix of education and fun.


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Try Not to Laugh Challenge Camping Joke Book: for Kids!

By Howling Moon Books, C. S. Adams

Try Not to Laugh Challenge Camping Joke Book: for Kids!

Why this book?

This is the book that’ll definitely get ‘em laughing. I like the idea of camping at home—in your living room or in your back yard—as well as in the wilderness. And this book is fun to bring along. Camping and nature-themed riddles, silly jokes, games, and lots of interactive laughs. Good for all ages, too.


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Social Skills for Kids: From Making Friends and Problem-Solving to Self-Control and Communication

By Keri K. Powers

Social Skills for Kids: From Making Friends and Problem-Solving to Self-Control and Communication

Why this book?

Even tiny kids get glued to their game screens, without being connected to the internet yet. And older kids are even more addicted. We've all heard how dependent kids are on "likes" and how depressed they get if their life doesn't compare with what they see online. This means we have an entire generation of kids who spend waaay too much time on the computer. They haven't developed as many social skills as they're going to need. And this book addresses it. Children will feel more confident at school and in any social setting. I'd love to see manners and etiquette lessons come back-- here's a start!


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