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Summer Reading List for Toddlers. My Twins Favorite Books This Summer

toddler readingEver wonder how to handle the mundane aspects of parenting? One of the more challenging parts to parenting toddlers is their penchant for repetition. I am always shocked to hear them laugh at a show they have watched at least 30 times. However, at least with TV I can leave the room. But when it comes to books, I am called into the game at least 75% of the time.

Motivated by selfishness, I am always on the look out for new books that both the kids and I will enjoy reading. Here are some our favorite books from our summer reading list.

 

It all started with distress calls from the Breakfast Cluster. Space Dog is a clever story of sworn enemies, Space Dog, Astrocat, & Moustronaut, who have to work together to save the universe. It is a fun read for both parents and kids.

 

 

Hey, be careful with that stick. It’s not a stick. Not A Stick is the epitome of a child’s imagination verses parent’s caution. It is a celebration of being a kid.

 

 

 

How come that man can’t see? Boy what do you know about seeing? Nana told him. Some people watch the world with their ears. Last Stop on Market Street is an award-winning book about a boy and his grandmother who ride the bus across town every Sunday. This lovely story is about seeing the beauty in the world around.

 

 

 

In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer. She was small, but she was not afraid. I LOVE Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. It is beautifully illustrated, with a story that will make all readers wish they could be Swatch. 

 

 

 

We all went on safari, past an old acacia tree. Nearby giraffes were grazing, so Tumpe counted three. This is a fantastic book for helping children with their numbers. But, We All Went on Safari, is so much more than a counting book. There are facts about Tanzania, each animal, and the Maasi people.

 

 

But Superheroes have all sorts of choice…Instead of destruction and loud, livid voices they burn angry steam off with speed of light hiking or super-Xtreme outer space mountain biking. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days is a fun book to help out little ones as they navigate feelings and choices. It shows kids that it’s ok to get angry and upset, it’s how we handle those feelings.

 

 

I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go. I have always loved this classic. And while we are reading a much watered down version of Peter Pan, my boys love the adventure of it. We often listen to the audio in the car, and every time it is completely silent as they listen to the tale of the boys who never grew up.

 

 

 

 

Some families have two moms or two dads. Some families have one parent instead of two. The Family Book is a sweet book that celebrates how all families are different. It is a great introduction for toddlers about how regardless of what makes up a family, every family is full of love.

 

 

Check out my favorite toys for two-year olds here!

Top Non Electronic Activities When Flying With Toddlers

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On our flight home from our vacation, the flight attendant informed us that the televisions were not working. We were already in the air, and it that information was jammed into a bunch of other things she was saying, none of which I was listening to. I was too busy making sure the two toddlers I was traveling alone with were not taking off their seatbelts.

I began to frantically look around at every one else’s TV hoping I mis-heard her. I did not. All the screens were blank. FFFUUUUCCCCKKKKKK!

Plan of Action

I was now on a 6 1/2 hour flight, alone with two toddlers and no television to keep them occupied. I quickly began to plan for my survival and map out how I was going to keep them active for over 6 hours in a tiny space.  I had downloaded two of their shows and had a movie so I had about 2 1/2 hours of screen time. I only had to fill 4 more hours.

Thankfully I always pack their backpacks with activities just in case they get bored with watching the TV or I deem they need a break.

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Here are some of my favorite non electronic activities for air travel with toddlers.

A New Toy – This is always something small that I keep hidden until I need it mid-flight. I always try to make it a tiny version of toys they love. A new car, truck or Rescue Bot. 

A New Book – Gratefully, my guys are avid readers. I always get a couple new books include in their backpacks. Two of my favorite were “The Ultimate Book of Vehiclesand “The Ultimate Book of Construction.” These books, kept them busy for an hour.

Travel Memory – These great travel memory games are small enough to fit in a bag and super fun for everyone.

Magnet Kits –  This kept them occupied for a while.  My guys love trucks, but I also found superhero, farm and princess kits like this.

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Mini Magna Doodle – I started using these around age 2 and they are still great. They take up minimal space in a bag and are great for fine motor skills

Painting Books – Get a small cup of water and pack some brushes and away they will paint.

Play Dough – I get the mini play dough containers and a couple small shape cutters. We started doing this on flights around age 3 and I definitely has to be on watch. Just making sure not too much went on the floor but as they have gotten older this is a great go to for long flights.

Funny Face Sticker Books – This is a great activity for travelers as young as 2 1/2 and up.

A few other great ideas are activity books, coloring (all washable crayons), colorful pipe cleaners, cling on stickers, I Spy, and snacks. On long flights snacking is an activity. Pack a lot of healthy treats to eat. 

For more tips on traveling with toddlers check out this post!

 

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