Do you need to keep your young child busy on a trip or car ride this summer? If you have a phone or iPad, of course there are lots of apps that are fun for kids to play, but give the computer games a rest now and then, and keep the kiddos busy with a simple notebook of printable activities tailored to their interests and skill level.
It’s super easy (and inexpensive) to put together an engaging little busy book for your child. You just need a 3-ring binder, a hole punch, some printouts (a printer helps) and a pencil bag. You can make it more fun by involving your child in what kinds of activities to print out and put in it. Try making a little cover page with their name and let them decorate it.
There are so many sources for free online printables to use. I’m sure most home-schooling moms are aware of this, but anyone can take advantage of free printables if they have access to a computer and a printer. Coloring, Mazes, Dot-to-Dot, Letter and Number Practice, etc… you can find every subject imaginable.
My son is Pre-K, so I chose a mix of Coloring, Mazes, easy Word Searches, with some Kindergarten practice sheets for writing Letters and Numbers.
Here are some links for helpful, free printables that I have used (although there are many, many more):
and, of course I have a modest selection of free printables here on the site… hoping to add more soon!
Mix games, coloring and learning activities so it’s not so much like work.
Add a little pencil bag with an assortment of age appropriate writing/coloring instruments…
…and some blank paper for free writing or drawing.
You can even pull out pages from almost-used workbooks around the house and include them. The good thing about this is that you can easily replace pages and reorder the busy book to keep it fresh and up to date.
This ones is all stocked and ready to go!