Summer is here! Vacation plans, anyone?
My 3 year-old and I recently traveled to my sister’s wedding and Usborne activity cards saved my sanity more than once during the trip!
Before we left, I looked through my stash of Usborne activity cards and decided to start with 100 Things for Little Children to do on a Trip. I selected about 20 of the easier cards that I thought might engage my 3 year-old (suggested age is 6+). Then I punched holes in the corner of each card and put them on a binder ring so that they’d stay together.
The cards were my daughter’s first choice whenever we needed a distraction.
She used the dry erase marker included with the cards to draw lines between animals and their favorite foods, match shadows with the appropriate dog, find and count hidden butterflies and frogs, draw legs on a boy so he could run away from a monster, and most of all – she loved turning the large cat into a leopard (by adding spots) and a tiger (by adding stripes).
The cards easily kept her engaged for an hour at a time and although the first time through I had to tell her the instructions for each one (because she is not able to read them herself yet), the second time through she knew what to do and was able to entertain herself.
And she made up her own games with some of the cards. I think at times she had more fun erasing the marks with a tissue than drawing the marks in the first place. (Hint: Attach a small piece of felt with a hole punched in it to the binder ring for an eraser.)
I am embarrassed to admit that it took me this long to actually put these cards to use – one of my customers mentioned that the activity cards she bought were a bigger hit with her preschooler than the books so I figured I would give them a try. I am now convinced that they are a winner!
I plan to keep them with me for impromptu entertainment at restaurants, in the car, and while waiting in line.
There are several activity card sets to choose from – see the Usborne site for more details. Enjoy!