Dads: Take Your Kids on a Storybook Trip

by Julie McCoy

Dads: Take Your Kids on a Storybook Trip

Make books come to life with field trips

Hey dads, are you stuck in the house with the kids for long stretches of time by yourself and you're running out of ideas on how to entertain them? Why not make your child's favorite storybook come to life with a field trip? For example, if you have a book at home about a couple of friendly animals, you can read to your kids in the morning and follow it up with a trip to the zoo in the afternoon. With so many great children's books out there, the possibilities are endless.

Visit Your Local Fire Department

If your bookshelves at home don't hold any books about fire trucks or firefighters, check out your local library and then head down to your local fire department. Some local fire departments have an open door policy, but call ahead to make sure. Most kids love fire trucks and meeting a real-life firefighter. Who knows, the kids might even get a free fire hat out of it!

Gaze at the Stars

See if your library has an age-appropriate astronomy book that explains constellations in the sky. Start your trip to the cosmos by pasting glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling in your little stargazer's bedroom. You can order them online or pick them up at a craft store. If you're feeling really adventurous, plan a visit to a science museum or a planetarium.

Let the Kids Help You Cook

Even your tiny kids can help you make recipes from easy-to-read children's cookbooks. Flip through the book while oohing and aahing at the photos, and let the kids find a recipe to try. Simple recipes, like fruit-topped pancakes for breakfast or make-your-own taco bars for interactive lunches, are usually a huge hit. And yes, it's perfectly okay to ask them to help you clean up afterward. If they don't seem too excited about the idea, perk up their interest in advance with a book about helping!