Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dog Days and Road Trips

Kids Design Book

When little kids get out of school for summer break it's time for swimming, eating ice cream and hitting the road back seat style.  The change of pace is most welcome, but as much as they don’t want to admit it, with all of that down time, summer can begin to drag (or at least it does at my house). Here are 5 creative activity books and kits to fill the time. 

1. Road Trip Bingo
Long car trips are boring.  Save the movie for later and play bingo.  They can help you spot the highway patrol along the way.

2. This or That- An Activity Book of Choices 
With prompts for list making and drawing,this book will put their schoolwork to use and keep their skills sharp.

3. Little Paper Planes
Designed by a San Francisco artist collective, this book is full of constructible paper planes and crafts. Visualize pretty little planes flying around the backyard.

4. Kid Made Modern
Todd Oldham’s new collection of art supplies and kits are a now a hit at Target stores, but the book they are based on is full of insight into mid-century design and the projects are top notch.

5. Art Lab For Kids
Created by an elementary art teacher, this book has 52 projects in painting, drawing, printmaking and mix-media, inspired by nature and the world around.


  1. Good picks! I printed out a PDF of the license plates from all 50 states at the beginning of the summer for each of my kids and put them on a clipboard. Somehow it's kept them busy on every car trip all summer long. Find the PDF here: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tara/the-road-trip-date/


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