I’ve tried and liked a few Kumon workbooks, so when I was looking for quiet activity for Johnny (five years old) and Lily (three years old) I decided to give their Let’s Fold books a try. The kids love them, as you can tell from Johnny’s pleased expression with the bouquet of flowers (above) and Lily’s little video clip below!
The books are pretty small, which means you can easily put them in your purse for when you’re out. You do have to cut out each folding square, which means you also need a pair of scissors. I like the cutting as a way to extend the activity, but perforated edges would make this a more easily portable (and airplane-friendly) activity. A couple of the pages have white edging (you can see this on the flowers). The instructions don’t say to cut it off, but I think it looks better (and it keeps Johnny busy a little longer).
I highly recommend limited how many pages your child can do at a time – Johnny would have torn through one of these workbooks in an hour, if I had let him, but each page tells a little story that engages kids’ narrations skills and gets them thinking. This means that this workbook is actually not a great quiet time activity, but it does make for excellent one-on-one parent-child time.
Each of the folding books starts off very simply and gets increasingly complicated. Activities move from a single fold to multiple folds that even Johnny struggled to figure out on his own. I think I would prefer to have one of the books be easier, and a second that was harder – so I could give a simpler book to Lily and a more challenging one of Johnny.
These didn’t turn out to be the best choice for their intended quiet time use, but my kids really do enjoy them. I’m still on the hunt for good quiet time workbooks for my kids – do you have any recommendations?