I searched high and low for something different when my kids were younger, and was glad to finally find what I was looking for in the Games & Puzzles series by Helene Hovanec and Patrick Merrell.
These books contain a range of activities—crosswords, riddles, mazes, etc.—accompanied by neat illustrations, puns, and jokes. They are thoughtfully designed to tease the brain, while also appealing to a sense of fun and need for variety. Parents can enjoy this series too, and I do suggest some level of adult involvement, particularly to flip through and identify the activities that are best matched to a child’s level of literacy and ability to decode instructions.
Of the series, these are the two we have tried:
The following two we have not tried ourselves, but I feel confident of the quality, given that they are by the same publisher and author-illustrator duo:
If you have other good suggestions, please feel free to share. Here’s hoping that “summer-slide” mitigation rises above drudgery and remains fun for all involved!
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