So, I drug out our lapbooks which are filled with pages from various SchoolZone Workbooks for preschoolers. Each page is in a page protector and the kids can do them over and over again - and I can switch them from one child's books to the next as they are ready for them. I also drug out a NEW workbook from the Little Busy Books series for Connor:
This line of mini workbooks has FUN activities for kids age 4-6. They are the perfect size to throw in your purse or even in your church bag to help little ones be quiet when they need to be.
There are currently 11 books including dot-to-dots, hidden pictures, mazes, math introduction, coloring and for older kids there are several others like word searches, easy crosswords, math & reading and one on multiplication facts. This particular series is about the size of a 1/2 sheet of typing paper and once they master this skill then you can go onto the actual workbooks that are full size (these are for kids about 5 to 7'ish probably).
I waited a couple days after Christmas to bring out the Little Busy Book: My First Hidden Pictures and gave it to Connor. He loves to sit down and learns very quickly so I knew it would be a good fit for him. There are 48 puzzles (front and back) with 6 items they have to find in each picture. Then he colors the page when he's done. While he's doing this fun activity he's learning problem-solving skills, eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and recognizing shapes and details. As I suspected he loved it and actually sat for quite a while working on it. I think he managed about 4 pages before he was ready to do something else (tinkertoys anyone?).
The best part?
These books & all their thinner individual books like Scissor Skills, Mazes, Hidden Pictures: Alphabet, Discovery, Nursery Rhymes Dot-to-Dots, etc are only $2.99 so don't feel like you need to be frugal when purchasing them! If your kid REALLY loves these you can purchase the BIG Books which run about $12.99.
I also found several of their individual workbooks that I just mentioned at Walgreens for 2/$5 & Walmart also carries this line although they seem to be a bit more expensive there (you just have a lot more to choose from @ the bigger Walmarts & they have the Little Busy Book line). You can also purchase from the entire line at SchoolZone.com - they have everything from affordable software, the BIG curriculum workbooks, ebooks, games and more.
Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the Hidden Pictures book to use and review on CCB. I was not required to have a positive review and no $ changed hands.