Screen free fun is POSSIBLE with the kids in your life! All it takes is a few simple ideas, a belief in the power of play, and a willingness to have an adventure. The best adventures we've had have been with a few good books, a whole lot of imagination, and things we already have around the house. Here's a few ideas for you to engage your kids in screen-free fun! 


 Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? This Book has five REUSABLE Bandaids  (Don't worry Mamas... they are sUper durable) that kids can put on the animals in the book!  After reading together, Get some stuffed animals (Or animal friends as we call them in our house)  and re-enact the book.  Add a play doctor's kit for an afternoon of play vet fun!     Find All Better Here

Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? This Book has five REUSABLE Bandaids  (Don't worry Mamas... they are sUper durable) that kids can put on the animals in the book!

After reading together, Get some stuffed animals (Or animal friends as we call them in our house)  and re-enact the book.  Add a play doctor's kit for an afternoon of play vet fun! 

Find All Better Here



 Billie has an amazing adventure in a bakery, but will her special pinkle dough be ruined? The illustrations and story in this book will draw your child into Billie's grand adventure!   After reading TOGETHER Bake something together or have a morning of pretend cooking in a play kitchen and talk about friendship. Has your child ever had an argument with a close friend? What did they do?    Find Billie's Yummy Bakery Adventure Here

Billie has an amazing adventure in a bakery, but will her special pinkle dough be ruined? The illustrations and story in this book will draw your child into Billie's grand adventure! 

After reading TOGETHER Bake something together or have a morning of pretend cooking in a play kitchen and talk about friendship. Has your child ever had an argument with a close friend? What did they do?

Find Billie's Yummy Bakery Adventure Here


 "Dan, Dan the Taxi Man... Going to the show and picking up the band... climb inside while you still can, with Dan 'BEEP, BEEP' The Taxi Man" So begins this book filled with musical sounds, chants and rhymes your kids will love to sing along with as you read.   After reading (or singing) this book, grab your own musical instruments and make your own band. Dancing in the kitchen, may ensue... But the kids in your life are sure to have fun!     Find Dan the Taxi Man Here

"Dan, Dan the Taxi Man... Going to the show and picking up the band... climb inside while you still can, with Dan 'BEEP, BEEP' The Taxi Man" So begins this book filled with musical sounds, chants and rhymes your kids will love to sing along with as you read. 

After reading (or singing) this book, grab your own musical instruments and make your own band. Dancing in the kitchen, may ensue... But the kids in your life are sure to have fun! 

Find Dan the Taxi Man Here


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 Amazing stick bugs the length of your arm and spiders as big as a plate?!? have a kid fascinated with bugs in your life? The Big book of bugs features fold out pages with gobs of information about insects.   After reading together, Go for a scavenger hunt outside, and see what types of bugs you see. Talk about what you find. Does it look like anything in the book? How many legs does it have? Does it jump/fly?    Find the big book of bugs here

Amazing stick bugs the length of your arm and spiders as big as a plate?!? have a kid fascinated with bugs in your life? The Big book of bugs features fold out pages with gobs of information about insects. 

After reading together, Go for a scavenger hunt outside, and see what types of bugs you see. Talk about what you find. Does it look like anything in the book? How many legs does it have? Does it jump/fly?

Find the big book of bugs here


 Have a child who is itching to get into the kitchen? This is the perfect place to start. These delicious recipes give the kids in your life a foundation for cooking, and may even give you a break from making dinner! Look through the book and find a recipe that interests you both. Get started and have fun!    Find Start to cook here

Have a child who is itching to get into the kitchen? This is the perfect place to start. These delicious recipes give the kids in your life a foundation for cooking, and may even give you a break from making dinner! Look through the book and find a recipe that interests you both. Get started and have fun!

Find Start to cook here


 Follow the brum family as they embark on an epic road trip in their little blue van through 48 states (eventually they get the other two in... it's a surprise how though)   Find a map and a toy car/boat/van, and follow  along with the Brum family's trip across the US. find new landmarks acorss the way, and talk about where you would love to visit. Your kids will love the tactile play that accompanies the book!     Find 50 States in Every Vehicle Here

Follow the brum family as they embark on an epic road trip in their little blue van through 48 states (eventually they get the other two in... it's a surprise how though) 

Find a map and a toy car/boat/van, and follow  along with the Brum family's trip across the US. find new landmarks acorss the way, and talk about where you would love to visit. Your kids will love the tactile play that accompanies the book! 

Find 50 States in Every Vehicle Here


 Rev up your engines for the race of all races! The silver serpent cup is ready to rumble... Follow Ella EGG HaRT, Max o'Moley, and their friends as they race to see who gets there first!   Tape some markers to the back of some toy cars. Then make art work by driving the cars around with the markers on the back! Have the kids race, draw circles, and other designs. Or get out the hot wheels and decide which character is racing which car. then have your own silver serpent cup!    Find The Silver Serpent Cup Here    

Rev up your engines for the race of all races! The silver serpent cup is ready to rumble... Follow Ella EGG HaRT, Max o'Moley, and their friends as they race to see who gets there first! 

Tape some markers to the back of some toy cars. Then make art work by driving the cars around with the markers on the back! Have the kids race, draw circles, and other designs. Or get out the hot wheels and decide which character is racing which car. then have your own silver serpent cup! 

Find The Silver Serpent Cup Here

 


Hi, I'm Shannon Vandewarker and at Creating Connections Through Books it's my hope that you find the BEST books to interact with, discuss, and connect with your kids through. Want more ideas for read aloud time with your kids (no matter what age...)? Click here and I'll send you Free Read Aloud Tips for building a reading culture in your family! 

 Lemur has a problem, a big problem... he's a sleepwalker. This delightful story is about how friends rally around each other to take care of one another. The ending has the BEST surprise!!!   Grab some stuffed animals and play along as the friends try to help Lemur as he sleep walks.    Find Lemur dreamer here

Lemur has a problem, a big problem... he's a sleepwalker. This delightful story is about how friends rally around each other to take care of one another. The ending has the BEST surprise!!! 

Grab some stuffed animals and play along as the friends try to help Lemur as he sleep walks.

Find Lemur dreamer here


 Pirate pat and double trouble are dual reader books which feature big print sentences for kids to read as they are learning and smaller print sentences for an older reader to read while the child has a break. These books are perfect for helping kids gain confidence in reading while having fun!   Write down the letters from the book on rocks, pieces of paper, or note cards. Then write a few words on paint chip cards, or on a piece of paper. As you read, have your child search for the words/make the words with the letters. Then talk about the word families in the book.    Find The Very First Reading Library here

Pirate pat and double trouble are dual reader books which feature big print sentences for kids to read as they are learning and smaller print sentences for an older reader to read while the child has a break. These books are perfect for helping kids gain confidence in reading while having fun! 

Write down the letters from the book on rocks, pieces of paper, or note cards. Then write a few words on paint chip cards, or on a piece of paper. As you read, have your child search for the words/make the words with the letters. Then talk about the word families in the book.

Find The Very First Reading Library here



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