Fun Ways To Keep Your Child’s Mind Engaged Year-Round

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by Smart Coos Editorial Staff

Whether your child is on break from school, still in diapers or anywhere in between, it is good to engage in activities year-round (summer break & the school year!). There are ample opportunities to involve the entire family in exciting and educational activities.

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Everyone loves a good book, so why not set apart time to read some of the classics as a family? Or how about organizing movie nights with neighbors and friends? No matter the age of your child, listening to, reading aloud or watching a good story unfold are great ways to encourage an active mind.

It is important to make sure that the story or movie is age-appropriate so that the maximum amount of enjoyment and absorbency is achieved. To help you decide with what to start, here are a few suggestions that are considered to be the top grossing movies and best selling children’s books ever:

For Children Ages 0-5

The top ten best selling children’s books for this age range include:

1. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

3. Tootle by Gertrude Crampton

4. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

5. Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson

6. Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton

7. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

8. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

9. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

For Children Ages 6-10

The top ten best selling children’s books for this age range include:

1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

7. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

8. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

10. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

Movies The Whole Family Can Enjoy

There is no need to stop at story time when there are countless children’s stories adapted into great movies. It would be fun to compare and contrast your favorite aspects of both. You could choose from stories you have enjoyed together, from some of your own childhood favorites, or maybe from some of these top-grossing book adaptations.

1. Alice In Wonderland

2. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

4. The Wizard of Oz

5. The Lorax

6. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

7. 101 Dalmatians

8. The Jungle Book

9. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

10. Mary Poppins



A few other summer & year-round suggestions include family friendly G-rated movies like The Lion King, Toy Story 3, and Finding Nemo, which are all top domestic grossers, great for kids and great for those who are still a kid at heart.

For older children and those that enjoy comics, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and The Dark Knight top the worldwide gross charts.

With a few of our suggestions and some of your own favorites in mind, all that is left now is picking what to start with! If you want something new & fresh, you can also visit Smart Coos library of e-books and animated videos!

This article was contributed to by Tia Jackson.

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