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In this time when many children have been housebound, we’re hearing that they need some healthy, active challenges to keep them busy. Here are five books to capture their imagination and get them engaged in fun activities.

Personalized ‘Become the Chef’ Series for Kids from Story Antics 

If your grandkids enjoy being the star of their own books, they will enjoy the You Become the Chef series by Amy Whiteford and Britney Fong. These books are part of the Healthy Little Foodie series and the first one is entitled,  ____(your grandchild’s name) Makes Cheesy Quinoa Crackers.

To personalize the book you’ll choose the gender, name, plus hair, skin and eye color of the two main characters: the main helper and the adult helper. This is both a recipe book and a storybook. With help, your little chef will make a healthy snack to enjoy. This is a great series for kids who love to cook and it’s educational as well.

Another Book from Story Antics

Another offering from Story Antics is Charlotte Washes Her Hands. This one is for youngsters who need a little boost in the hand-washing department. Personalize the book for your grandchildren and rest easy that they will know how to properly wash their hands in this time of Covid 19.

Grandpa Magic

If you’re looking for a way to amaze your grandchildren, you’ll love Grandpa Magic: 116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandchildren. This book, by Allan Zola Kronzek, a professional magician is filled with ways to engage your grandkids and have a ton of fun together. The clear explanations for each trick or puzzle are illustrated by diagrams or other graphics to make the tricks easy to do. 

100 Crafts

For kids who love to craft, try this book which is chock-full of ideas for easy projects. 100 Seriously Fun Super-easy Projects for Kids by Jamie Dorobek will be a hit with your crafty youngsters and doesn’t require expensive craft materials. Most of the projects will use things you already have on hand. 

Ed Emberly Drawing Books

Ed Emberly’s Drawing Book of Animals is a great book to kick-start your grandchild’s interest in drawing. His step by step pictures help children gain confidence as they draw clear, interesting pictures. Check out his other titles which include Make a World, Go Away, Big Green Monster and Ed Emberly’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book.