Make a pledge to manage your child's screen time this summer break! We've listed previously a list of 13 ways to keep your child busy but limit her screen time. If you're in Metro Manila, there's bound to be a workshop (see our directory here) that will interest him. Another boredom buster? Get her a couple of activity books. The ones below are best for preschoolers and up who can already read, do the activities, and enjoy the books on their own or with minimal help from mom or dad. You're welcome to join in on the fun though!
1. Let’s Count Published by Adarna House Php56
Kiddo starting school this year? Get her better acquainted with numbers already through this fun and colorful book. It includes lessons on counting, identifying numbers and simple math activities.
Adarna House' beloved characters come together in this art activity book for kids in celebration of the publishing company's 35th anniversary. Inside are fun and creative exercises featuring the characters your kiddo may already know or are yet to discover.
3. Cooking 101: For Kids and Kids-at-Heart By Atty. Golda Lynn C. Zamuco, J.D.; Published by Saint Matthew’s Publishing P195
Whether your kiddo is new to the kitchen or is a budding chef already, this book makes whipping up recipes fun and simple. The instructions are easy to follow as it introduces the basics of cooking and baking. It also teaches values like discipline, responsibility, and the joy of creation.
4. Ang INKredible Coloring Book for Big and Small People By Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan; Published by Anvil Publishing P275
Filled with fun illustrations depicting Philippine culture and life, you and your kiddo will love giggling at the illustrations and coloring them out together. You can bet they're good too as the drawings were done by 60 talented Pinoy artists part of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan. (Tip: There’s a second book if you manage to breeze through this one.)
5. Bugtong, Bugtong Filipino Riddles By Rene O. Villanueva; Illustrated by Daniel Tayona; Published by Tahanan Books P150
Bugtong, bugtong... Your clever youngster will enjoy trying to figure out the answers to more than 50 witty two-liner riddles in this classic book. If your kiddo isn't familiar with what a bugtong is, do a few together first. You can also read them out loud to each other and see who gets the most right! (Tip: There’s a second book, with answers in English, if you manage to breeze through this one.)
6. Maglaro Tayo By Ruth V. Martin; Illustrated by Stephanie N. Lim; Published by Adarna House P299
Here's one for the big kids. This 110-page book contains instructions on a bunch of activities and games your child can make and create for himself. It includes instructions on how to make toys from plastic bottles, for example, or how to make homemade play dough from ingredients in the kitchen.
7. Today, Tala's Adventure Begins By Cris Maria Raissa Paje-Bayawa, M.D.; Illustrated by Renante Ramirez; Published by Missionbook Publishing, Inc. P545
Written by a pediatrician, this is an interactive storybook about a girl named Tala as she goes about her day — from morning stretches to afternoon play time. The book weaves 14 yoga poses for kids into the story which are creatively and enthusiastically demonstrated by little Tala for your kid to follow along. Perfect for kids who love to keep moving!
8. Intramuros By Adrian Panadero; Published by Tahanan Books P295
For kids who love to make things with their hands, here's just the book! Intramuros: The Walled City is a paper cut-out model designed to be taken apart and assembled piece by piece. It's a fun way to learn about the historical city. If you're a parent to several, it's a good teamwork activity too!
Bonus: 9. Inang Bayan’s New Clothes By Toby Perez and Agnes S. Caballa; Illustrated by Frances C. Alcaraz; Published by Tahanan Books P65
In this book, Inang Bayan finds herself in the dress shop of friends Felize, who is a Christian, and Nurhana, a Muslim. In its pages your child will also find colorful, pretty clothes (some ready for cutting out and others free for your child to design) and a paper doll Inang Bayan to dress them in. This book is a little harder to find, and it’s not available for purchase online anymore. We have seen a few copies in major bookstores though!