In Praise of Little Dover Activity Books

Every parent has their bag of tricks for entertaining their kids in tough times - in waiting rooms, on long car rides, when they're sick, etc. In my opinion, Little Dover Activity books are one of the best things to stock in your entertainment arsenal.

Their virtues are many:


  • they're cheap (usually $1.50)

  • they're small and portable (around 4" x 6")

  • they have no licensed characters

  • they're easy to find (bookstores, gift shops, Amazon, etc.)

  • they cover a wide range of activities and ages

There are sticker books, connect the dots, coloring, mazes, tattoos and more. My son is currently in a serious maze phase - he can't get enough and the maze books have about 50 mazes each.

Keep these little gems in mind as stocking stuffers, to pop in the mail to nieces, nephews and young friends or to stock up on before heading out on a long trip. Check them out or purchase at Dover Publications.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.