Educational books are always top on my packing list when it comes to keeping kids occupied on trips. These types of books help broaden a child’s horizons and keep them interested in learning. We’re planning a road trip or two this summer and as any diligent parent who travels with family knows the key to successful road trips is preparation.
That’s why I’ll be loading the van up with resources for the kids to stay busy. Gadgets will help of course and some of my free printables always make the trip. But this summer I am bringing some excellent educational books from Lonely Planet Kids to help encourage my kids to explore with their minds and stay creative while we go exploring Canada again in our van.
Educational Books Make Learning Fun
Many children naturally gravitate towards books. And if they have parents that read and model that by example then they learn that reading is a natural part of life. We were always conscious of reading a lot and leaving books all over the house for our little people. If they went exploring as babies and toddlers they would find toys and books too.
The first grades of school are always exciting for kids. However, at a certain age, textbooks become the main focus of learning. Textbooks clearly have a role, but I also want my kids to always enjoy reading and choose to do that for fun during leisure time and summer too.
That’s why I love to give educational books to kids, especially when those books are from Lonely Planet Kids. I’ve found that Lonely Planet’s combination of interesting information and their exploratory vibe make them great for fostering a love of learning.
This year, I’m bringing along three Lonely Planet Kids books for our family road trip – Brain Teasers, The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders, and My Vacation Drawing Book. Each of these books approaches learning in a different way, focusing on different aspects of brain development, but they all have one thing in common. They are a lot of fun for the kids!
Packed with number and logic puzzles, riddles, dingbats, codes and much more, this fun and challenging travel-themed activity book is perfect for car journeys, vacations and rainy days-and provides a great test for both kids and adults.
This is a great book for family travel because we can all get in on it.
Brain Teasers not only make learning fun, but they make it a family affair. Teasers include Scrambled Cities anagrams, Code Breaker morse code deciphering, Say What You See visual word puzzles and more.
The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders
It’s time to peek inside the world’s most famous museums. Welcome to Lonely Planet Kids’ Incredible Cabinet of Wonders – the greatest little museum in the world! 12 collectors, from toy makers and monster hunters, to sailors and archaeologists, have created their own themed cabinets and filled them with their favorite things. Kids can lift the flaps and open the cabinet doors to discover 100 extraordinary objects from our planet’s weird and wonderful past and present, then read fascinating stories behind each one and find out where to see them in real life. What objects will they find? And what stories will they tell?
This is one of my favorite educational books because it gives such a wonderful cross-section of themes to explore. And not for nothing, they are all super interesting.
My Vacation Drawing Book
Pencils and coloring pens at the ready! In this fun and interactive book, kids can learn to sketch and draw what’s around them. With sections on how to illustrate people and on understanding perspective, plus step-by-step instructions and imaginative prompts and ideas, it’ll inspire any child to be observant and creative on their next trip.
This is one of the best educational books you can have on a trip with your family artist. My favorite part about this book is that it encourages a true appreciation for the trip while also helping to strengthen key drawing and sketching concepts that will help your budding artist make great strides in their work.
Educational Books To Encourage Exploring with Lonely Planet Kids
I’m a big fan of Lonely Planet Kids. Their kid’s travel books are exactly the kind that I love to give for gifts because they really keep the kids excited about learning and engaged in the process. These books all offer a different aspect of learning, and they all promote family time, which is so important to me. I highly recommend Lonely Planet Kids books if you’re looking to build your child’s library.
You can find Lonely Planet Kids books on Indigo’s website or at select bookstores across the country.
Lonely Planet titles are distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.
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