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I am SOOOOO EXCITED to share this sneak peek with you guys!  Those of you who started with us back when Fun at Home with Kids started in February of 2013 might remember me saying that my dream was to someday write a book.

SNEAK PEEK of the new Fun at Home with Kids book!  Includes the table of contents as well as some sample photos of the interior and a first look at the activities!

I can't believe it has actually come true!!!

SNEAK PEEK of the new Fun at Home with Kids book!  Includes the table of contents as well as some sample photos of the interior and a first look at the activities!

I wanted to write this post to tell you ALL about the book.  Hopefully by the end you will be as excited about it as we are!!

SNEAK PEEK of the new Fun at Home with Kids book!  Includes the table of contents as well as some sample photos of the interior and a first look at the activities!

Why "Screen-Free"?

I'll be honest, the title was the publisher's choice...but it's grown on me.  Specifically when I read this in the results of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study:

"Today, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day (more than 53 hours a week)."

At first I didn't believe that statistic, but then I realized how many screens kids can encounter in a given day:  smart phones, computers, iPads, TVs...and it all adds up.  I don't want anyone to be under the false impression that we are a screen-free family, or that I think that kids having any screen-time whatsoever is "bad".  My husband works as a software engineer and I'm a blogger/writer - we definitely use a LOT of screens in our house.  Though our little X doesn't get too much screen-time, S enjoys a TV show basically every day and knows her way around an iPad.  :)  I like to think of the book's title as a reminder that in today's screen-filled world, we have to be conscious of how much screen-time (we and) our little ones are getting.

What's in the book?

Over 150 of our very favorite and best activities for entertaining kids from babies on up to age 10 (though I'll just say that the activities don't stop being fun when you're 10...my husband and I still like them and we're in our thirties).  

I asked a lot of my good (and honest) friends what they did and didn't like about activity books and designed this book around their advice.

Not overwhelming

Several of my friends said that when they get an activity book they don't know where to start - there are SO many activities to choose from, it's overwhelming.  I designed my book so that activities that use a common ingredient or recipe are all grouped together.  The simplest version of an activity or recipe appears first so you can get started there.  Variations on that recipe/ingredient appear in a condensed form on the following page.  My hope is that this will make the book appear more do-able, even though it does contain somewhere around 180 activities.  You can see a listing for each of the main activities here in the Table of Contents!  If you'd like to see a full listing of all the activities, you can view the full index via the Amazon Reader if you are on a desktop computer!

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Easy materials/supplies

The next most common issue my friends had was a suuuuuper long list of supplies.  I created a "quick start" list of 15 materials that are all easy to get your hands on (ideally you'll be able to get them all at your local superstore like Target or Walmart).  Honestly most people have several of the items on the list in their house already.  With these 15 materials you can complete nearly half of the activities in the book.  

Over 300 full-color photos

The final most common complaint about activity books from my friends was a lack of photos.  I've got you all covered here!  There are over 300 full-color photos illustrating the finished products as well as the steps and possible variations for the activities in the book.  I don't actually know how the designer in charge managed to fit them all - I think it involved a little magic - but this is probably one of the most photo-dense activity books you'll find.

Repeatable activities

The activities in this book have - no joke - entertained my two kids for the past two and a half years (and S for two years before that!).  Because they are so open-ended, they are highly repeatable; there are also lots of ideas for ways to vary the activities to make them seem new again.

Is there new material in the book?

Absolutely!  Around 50% of the book is new.  But don't worry - all of the most popular recipes are still included in the book - only most of them are BETTER!  That's right - I rephotographed tons of them and simplified the steps or refined the recipes to be clearer and even cooler.  Right now we only have the PDF of the book ourselves - our actual copy is coming in a few weeks - but it is SO HELPFUL to have all the recipes in one spot.  Even though I've created most of these recipes from scratch, I still can't remember the measurements off-hand.  I love having them all so accessible in the book.  And what good would a Fun at Home with Kids book be without the classics like Glow Water, Foaming Dough, and Crystallizing Watercolors, right?  :) 

As you'll see below, all of the sensory activities and recipes are allergen-coded and any activities that are taste-safe are also noted under the title.  Each activity has an approximate preparation time noted.  I made an effort to keep the vast majority of the activities at or under a prep time of 10 minutes, but there are a handful that require more time (they're really cool though).  I've also noted suggested ages for each activity - each child is different, of course, and you know your child's abilities and interests best, but it should give you an idea of what activities may appeal to them.

Since I am sharing not-yet-released copyrighted material, please note that you may not share these images on your site, nor may you pin them.  Please feel free to share and pin either of the cover images above instead.

So you'll be able to find classics like this:


As well as new favorites like this:

And just for fun, here's a peek at 18 randomly selected pages in the book - I had to make it tiny so you can't read it, but hopefully you still get an impression of it:

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Why pre-order?

The book's official release date is November 1st, but you can pre-order it now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, multiple other online bookstores, and even through your locally-owned neighborhood bookstore.  Why bother to order it before it's out?  Here are a few reasons:

1.  If you pre-order through Amazon, you'll get a smokin' deal.  Amazon pricing can change hourly (isn't that crazy?), but they have a Preorder Price Guarantee.  That means that no matter what the price is when you order it, if a better price comes along before the book ships to you, they'll refund you the difference.  Pre-ordering it now means you have several weeks of price variations ahead and you will get the very lowest price of all of them!

2.  You get the book EARLIER.  Yep.  The latest news from the publisher is that the book could be ready as early as mid-October.  It ships out to Amazon FIRST and they fulfill their preorders immediately.  No one knows the exact ship date until it happens, but at least right now, there's a very good shot you'll have your copy of the book up to two weeks before it's in stores - how cool is that??

3.  Preorder numbers matter to retailers.  Several bookstores and retailers are watching my book right now (eeeek!) to see how many presales come in.  Books that have more presales are taken more seriously....basically if you guys show them that this book rocks with presales, it's WAY more likely to be widely available in stores.

Where can you get it?

The book is available WORLDWIDE.  If you don't see an option for your country listed here and want some help finding one, I am super happy to help!  Just email me at funathomewithkids@gmail.com.  For now, it's only available as a preorder online, but in November I'll be sharing all the places you can go pick it up in person.  Here are some places you can place a preorder:

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Comments

  1. Ohhh, it looks so amazing! Your book is going to be on so many holiday wishlists!

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    1. Thank you so much, Devany!!!! :) :) :)

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  2. Congratulations! It looks fabulous, I can't wait!

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  3. What a great preview! Looks like an amazing book!

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    1. Thank you, Ann! So excited to have you review it! :) :) :)

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  4. I'M SO EXCITED! I preordered through Amazon. CAN'T WAIT!

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    1. YAAAAYYY!!!! Thank you, Sue!!!!! This way PJ can browse photos of her future husband more easily. ;)

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  5. Oh Asia, It looks so beautiful!!! I am so excited to get my copy! Thanks for all of your hard work!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Heather!!!! Your support has meant so much to me! :) :) :)

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  6. This looks so great! I'll definitely be ordering and using this book often for my own little ones and Learning by Design customers. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisette! Can't wait to get you your copy! :)

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  8. How exciting for you Asia! Can't wait to read and be inspired by for my kids. Would love to set up a Hangout On Air with you to discuss your book if you're interested. I get to excited to see authors sharing topics that they are passionate about and enjoy sharing with others!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim!!! EEEEKKK! Let me think about it. I am TERRIFIED of HOAs. I hate public speaking...and public speaking that's recorded for all time makes me weak in the knees. It is a great opportunity though, so I will see if I can get braver in the coming weeks. :)

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  9. The book looks wonderful. Great for in a Christmas basket with some supplies. I love the look of the book layout. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you so much! And yes - you will see just that in an upcoming post!!! Love the way you think! :) :) :)

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  10. What a great looking book! Asia, can you tell me about what age ranges the activities are for? Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! Yes - the age range is 0-10, but for sure several of the activities continue to be fun for ages older than 10. :)

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  11. Bravo! It must be so rewarding after all the time and love you seem to have put in your blog (and which explains its quality)
    I was actually thinking of finding a way to print out one way or another all the good ideas coming from your blog (and others too) because I'm a paper lady that still needs to flickr through pages, underline etc.so a book is a perfect answer to this.
    I live in France and would be happy to pre-order the book and to offer it too after that. So I don't know if that will be possible. I'll wait until it is out and will order it online then otherwise.
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, the book makes it all SO MUCH easier to flip through. I am a book person, too, so I am super excited! You can preorder it right now through Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/150-Screen-Free-Activities-Kids-Playtime/dp/1440576157/ or there are likely several other sites (if this one isn't a good deal, but I think it is) in France that are offering it for preorder right now as well. I think that overseas, the book comes out a few weeks later, but it should be sometime in November!!! Thank you!

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    2. Ah perfect, thanks I thought it was limited to your initial list... I didn't even check on Amazon France :shame: I will place an pre-order then.

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    3. Awesome!!! So glad I could help! :) :) :)

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  12. I'm so excited for you Asia! I'm going to preorder a stack of these and put together little sensory kits to go with! Christmas is done!

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    1. You are the BEST, Amber! Thank you sooooo much!!!! :) :) :)

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  13. I pre-order the book the other day by the uk amazon page ( I am living now in uk) So I hope have it quickly. If I am excited for the book I can not imagine who excited you have to be hahaha. I love the idea of new activities and the pages in color!!! Congratulations for your book ;)
    Pd: I am goint to enjoy reading the book at the same time I am learning English hahaha

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    1. YAYY! Thank you so much for the preorder and YESSS we can hardly wait either!!!! Hopefully you will get it a few weeks sooner than they estimate - my fingers are crossed!!!

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  14. I just preordered mine! My 19 month old is just starting to enjoy getting his hands dirty, and inexpensive, easy projects like yours are perfect for him. Thank you!

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    1. Hooray!!!! Thank you so much! There should be plenty to keep your sweet little guy busy for months/years to come! :) :) :)

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  15. I'm so excited to read it - congrats on seeing your dream of writing a book come true! :)

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  16. Just pre-ordered it! Can't wait to get it.
    :) Sharon

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    1. YAYY! Thank you so much, Sharon! I will never get tired of hearing that! :) :) :)

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  17. I stumbled on another blog that was featuring this book and bought it on a "whim" which is rather rare of me - but the post sold me on it. When it arrived it far exceeded my expectations! I have my shopping list ready and can't wait to get some of the items. We've already enjoyed the water activities and it's really opened up my mind for creative play. Very inspiring and awesome to see my daughter explore - can't wait for the years to come with her and my son. Thanks!

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    1. Hooray! It makes my night to hear that!!!! So glad you decided to give it a try! :) :) :)

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  18. Hi Asia! I've just ran into your blog and I loved it! Im from Perú, where can I buy your book?? Is there any spanish version? or any way I can pay for a digital one? Thank you very much!

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    1. Hi Vanessa! If you buy a copy through my publisher, Adams Media, they will ship to Peru. You can find the book on their website here: adamsmediastore.com/150-screen-free-activities-for-kids-grouped
      Unfortunately there isn't a Spanish version yet, but I hope there will be someday! :) Hope that helps! :)

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  19. I'm a kindergarten teacher.... I just got your book in the mail and read it cover to cover. I am so excited to try every single activity with my students! I may also buy a copy for every parent I know. You are the coolest mom ever, thank you for writing this!!!

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    1. Best comment ever!!!! Thank you so much for making my week! <3 <3 <3

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  20. love this book! when is out in the uk?

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    1. Thank you so much!!! It came out in November, but it always sells out very quickly in the UK. It looks like Amazon UK is still waiting on more stock, but for now there's some left at Book Depository (free shipping to the UK). Hope that helps! Thank you again! :)

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