Hands-on Activities for Pre-teens

101 Ways to Have Fun from the editors of Faithgirlz and Girl’s Life magazine is a great go-to book for those rainy days when your pre-teens say “I don’t have anything to do.”
This book’s bright and colorful pages will give them tips on mini-makeovers, staycations, scavenger hunts and book swaps. For the crafty or crafty wanna-be, there are sections on building your own party games. My favorite are the entrepreneur ideas such as “Start a dog walking biz” and “Set up a Spritzer Stand.” The ideas are wholesome and provide ideas for fun that promote imagination and ways to stretch personally. The books are listed as appropriate for grades 4-7. With a dearth of books available in this genre for this age group, this book provides many great ideas to stretch their mind and imagination. This book will be one you keep around and pull out time after time when you and your pre-teen need that extra boost of ideas for fun. I was happy to see most of the ideas listed were low cost to do. The section listed as “Fun Ways to Make $ Fast” had helpful tags with breakdowns of what they could expect to earn from each suggested job. I wish there had been a book like this when my girls were young, as we would have had great fun trying out the hands-on ideas.
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