E1 and I just returned from a field trip. This was not just any field trip – this was the epic, end of elementary school overnight trip. We spent 4 days touring through Old Quebec City with over 70 Grade 7s and 8s. The weather was perfect. The kids were great. The food was really good.
But you know what else? It takes 12 hours in a bus to get to Quebec from where we live. That is a LONG time, even for a group of 12-14 year olds. Thankfully, my good friends over at Raincoast Bookshad sent me a selection of Lonely Planet books that helped keep all of us entertained.
Brain Teasers was literally a life saver. When the tour guide asked for riddles, E1 had a whole slew at the ready (pages 38-39, if you’re curious). Crosswords, word searches, logic puzzles, and a host of other no-accessories-required games to help pass the hours.
Hands up if you remember the Choose Your Own Adventure Books? Around the World in 50 Ways is the same concept, except a whole lot funner. Yes, I can use ‘funner’ if I want – it’s my blog. Bright and colourful illustrations fill every page. After reading a quick and informative blurb, the reader chooses between three options and then forges their own path across the globe. I would say this is best suited for the 8-11 year old set.
So maybe you’re not quite up to the crazy around the world adventures that you see some families taking. You can still explore some of the world’s greatest museums with The Incredible Cabinet of Wonders Twelve different cabinets hold a total of 100 little doors to open. Behind each one, a unique treasure from around the world. All the excitement of global travel without having to renew your kids’ passports. That’s a Win/Win right there.
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