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21 Aug, 2013

Keepin’ kids busy! Idea #3 is rather comic

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|sanity saving parent tips

This was one of the ideas I suggested when I was on CTV Morning Live on behalf of Capital Parent a couple weeks ago.

If your kids are looking for things to do, how about suggesting they organize a comic book swap?

Comic book swap!

If your kids have as many comic books as mine do you’re probably kicking yourself for not thinking of this idea sooner.

You can make this activity as easy or as intricate as you’d like. For example, your child can design invites and pop them in friends’ mailboxes and serve snacks and make a bit of a party out of it. Or not. But the basic premise is simple: all you need to do is invite a group of kids to meet at a designated place and time with an agreed-upon number of comic books. That’s it!

If they bring ten of their comics, they get to trade them for ten new ones. The kids get to spend some time together and then go home with new reading material. And you know what that means, right? QUIET TIME. I’d say that’s a win-win, don’t you?


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3 Responses to "Keepin’ kids busy! Idea #3 is rather comic"

1 | Sarah McCormack

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 am

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my Mom just gave us a box of old Archie comics she found in the loft..tons of ‘em! we took some on our road trip to PEI which was great!

what shocked me was the price on them 25 cents for a diget!! now they cost about six bucks!!

2 | Sarah McCormack

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:49 am

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digest….. why do I always get typos here??

3 | andrea tomkins

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 am

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LOL. Thant’s ok!
They are crazy expensive for what they are. My girls speed through them too. Sigh.

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