Friday, February 16, 2007


I thought those of you with kids might be interested in this. When I was a kid, my parents had a subscription to Highlights Magazine for us. I LOVED that magazine! So when we got back to the States, one of the first things I did was subscribe to it for my kiddos. Well, they haven't quite learned to love it as much as I did, but I know that will come.

A few months ago, someone from their office called the house one evening when I wasn't around. They were calling to offer us a subscription to their Puzzlemania books. P. actually agreed, which really surprised me because he really gets irritated with me about my magazines sometimes. Those have been the BEST thing for my kids. I got the latest ones in the mail earlier this week but didn't open them until last night. A. had taken her previous one to the in-laws' one weekend when they went up there and forgot to bring it back. So J. had his here, but she didn't. She was asking him last night if she could do one of his puzzles, and I remembered about the new ones I had for them. So I told her I had a better idea and started opening the package. When she saw what it was, she literally started squealing and jumping up and down from being so excited. They ask to work on their puzzle books, so it's a reward for them when they do the things they're supposed to do. J. asked to work on his earlier, and I told him his room had to be clean first. That's the quickest that boy has cleaned his room in a long time.

So for those of you with kids, especially elementary age, I highly recommend these. They have all kinds of neat activities - word searches, crossword puzzles (some in different shapes), mazes, etc. Mine get bored with coloring books sometimes, but will lie on the floor and do the activities in these cover-to-cover.