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23 Jun, 2014

Low tech amusement for your next road trip, or just the family room

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!|travel talk

I can’t tell you how many books show up on my doorstep and on my desk at work. Most don’t even come with a note or explanation. I only assume that the universe is trying to tell me I need to read more, either that, or the publishers would like me to review and write about their books. :)

This was one such book:


I didn’t really think much of it, nor did I pay much attention to it at first. It’s related to an app I have on my iPhone of the same name, and if you like word puzzles you’ll probably enjoy it too.

This book lolled around our home office for awhile until my eldest picked it up with a quiet hey, what’s this? And before I knew it, she had a pencil in hand and a studious look on her face. Every once in awhile she’d ask me something like: What’s Superman’s home planet, or What’s a seven letter word for twilight? That’s when my own lightbulb went off and I got a studious look on my face, and grabbed a pencil, and decided it’d be a good thing to include in the Editor’s Faves list in the summer issue of Capital Parent.

She’s been making her way through it ever since. There are 100 puzzles to do, and they’re easy to pick up and put down, which makes me think it’d be an ideal thing to bring in the car or to grandma’s house. You COULD download the app, but then, it wouldn’t be quite the same thing, would it?

p.s Here’s a link to the 7 Little Words for Kids book at Chapters.ca. 


4 Responses to "Low tech amusement for your next road trip, or just the family room"

1 | Lynn

June 23rd, 2014 at 9:11 am


Awesome! We have this app – both the adult version and the kid version. I love it myself, and I love it when the kids play – it helps a TON with their spelling and they actually think it’s fun. The book version is definitely going on our wish list!

2 | andrea tomkins

June 23rd, 2014 at 9:15 am


It is a really good game for kids to play, whether they’re alone or playing co-operatively with a sibling or parent. You make a good point about helping with spelling, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think it’s major brain exercise… the fact that the words are broken up in to little pieces like that really forces you to STOP and look and think hard!

3 | TD

June 23rd, 2014 at 2:01 pm


I just looked for it, and unfortunately, you can only order it on-line. It doesn’t seem to be in the local stores.

4 | Brenda A

June 23rd, 2014 at 3:30 pm


Sounds like a book that would be a big hit here. I will keep an eye out for it!

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