a peek inside the fishbowl

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?


Print this post Print this post

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

1 | Sarah McCormack

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 am

Avatar

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

Avatar

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

3 | andrea tomkins

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 am

Avatar

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

comment form:

Patronatus

NAC Ottawa family events


Saunders Farm annual passes for family fun!


Animal Inside Out BodyWorlds, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa


Click me!


Archives

Stay in touch



Me and my pet projects

bucketlist


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • CB: You might find different opinions on this, but I switched from a mountain bike to an upright a few years ago and didn't like it at all. I found I fel
  • wheelee: Your bike is probably fine. Get it checked over at a bike shop - and get a list of what it might need (something broken or too used). Do not hand i
  • Louise: A very well-earned honour! What a great organization. I volunteered for years for Frontier College, who run free reading circles and homework clubs ar
  • Amanda: What a fantastic organization, I'd love to volunteer there some day. A timely read, too, because I have a bunch of baby clothes/ diapers/ etc. that my
  • Juli: when they forget points i send a email via app. they have been great so far. they xan look it up easily
  • Juli: I used to make sure I did my big monthly shop on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month. In addition to the special offers and in store offers Ext
  • Robyn: This sounds fun!! For long rides, comfort and weight make all the difference. If you're shopping for a new bike, hit the bike shops and try everyt

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

Created with flickr badge.

Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

Sideblog

  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

    - #
  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

    - #
  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

    - #

On the nightstand

... check out past nightstand reads right here.

On this date in the archives

All hail the mighty Twitter