Encyclopedias. They feel ancient anymore don't they? With the internet being used for everything, they seem to have all but disappeared.
When we were younger they were our favorite thing to flip through. Even if we didn't know what a Sloth was, it was still fun to look at the pictures and then later on, read what they were all about.
We must have spent hours checking out all the different types of cats, dogs, insects, farm animals... all sorts of things! Now we might have been the only book worm (early nerd) around, but they were great fun! The good news about them disappearing from our homes is... ... they can be found at second hand and thrift stores for super cheap! They are perfect for your little ones and can entertain for a solid 15 minutes, if not half an hour. In our book, that's enough time to start a load of laundry, make lunch and answer a phone call!
Don't bother picking up the whole set (unless you're really inclined) try just picking up 1 or 2 volumes at a time and taking them back to the thrift store next time you're back in the area. It will keep your bookshelves clutter free and keep the good times rolling!
We're you raised in an encyclopedia household? What was your favorite thing to look at? Let us know in the comments below!
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