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Busy Moms Boredom Busters Review by Trisha White

By: Barbara Bogelsang
MOPS-mothers of preschoolers

This little book is chock full of ideas to keep little ones busy. Do you ever have a day when the kids say "I'm bored"? Well this book is your answer. Barbara provides ideas to incorporate fun into everyday. She talks of making a game out of finding something you have lost (like the child's shoes for instance) by sending your child out to be an investigator. You provide a request like a missing persons report and send them on their mission.

The author gives you a list of things to keep on hand to provide hours of creativity at the kitchen table or on the kitchen countertop. She provides a list of food stuff to have on hand as well as craft stuff so at any given time you can take out the stuff to make a treat or a card. She also suggests a dress up trunk.

Barbara also talks about seasonal boredom busters like snow candy and flower cookies, and she provides the recipes for these two snacks. How about milestone celebrations like the first lost tooth or potty training? She has some cunning ideas for these two occurrences. Then there is Silly Stuff, a chapter on things you can do to just have some fun with your kids. Try an indoor picnic or a rainy day celebration, or indoor s'mores and a pet birthday party. This is just a small list of what is in this book. There is a chapter on Fun on the Run where she gives a few ideas on how to keep the kids happy while you are out, and then there is Faith Builders that allow you to share activities that will "develop a greater awareness of God's presence in their lives".

I found this book to be very fun to read and really got my gears turning. It has given me a lot of simple ideas to use when my child says "I'm bored".

-- Product Review by: Trisha White, Maine State Coordinator, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine