I saw one of these eye-catching Kumon books while I was browsing online and decided to buy one. I’m so glad I did. I use my own copier so all my children can enjoy these. They help kids develop their fine motor skills. A motto of Kumon is Speed + Accuracy= Mastery.
These first ones are very simple, for ages 2-5.
Let’s Fold has big lines to follow. On the opposite side is a picture of the outside of a lemon, so when it’s folded you see the outside and open it to see the inside. These are hard to copy because they’re double sided. So cute!
As the book progresses, the activities get more challenging, little by little. This is beginning origami at it’s finest!
On the cover of each book is its age range.
My First Book of Tracing has easy activities and mazes for ages 2-5.
My First Book of Cutting has colorful pictures with big lines.
My First Book of Mazes starts easy . . .
but gets harder.
Once your child can use scissors and glue, My Book of Pasting builds skills from there.
My preschoolers absolutely love these activities!
My Book of Easy Crafts is appropriate for ages 4-8. It says ages 4-6 on the cover, but my 7 yr-old will be doing the harder ones for a while.
They are double sided and so creative.
My Book of Amazing Crafts has even more exciting projects. This simple one makes it possible to change the faces and dress of the characters.
The projects get much more challenging (and popular) in the second half of the book.
I’m just starting to use this one with my 5 and 7 year old, to teach and improve their writing skills.
Not only does My Book of Writing Words offer an interesting format for writing practice, but it also uses short rhyming words and phrases throughout the book. Rhymes make everything easier to learn!
I’ve never been big on formal curriculum. I’ve always tried to find the most fun, pleasant (for me too), colorful, engaging books and activities for my kids (without dropping a wad). Nurturing their love of learning is a number one goal for me.
These books retail for $5.95-6.95 each, but run on average, new and used from 15¢ to $3 each plus shipping. So for some you’re mainly paying shipping. Amazon has good prices, but if you can find a seller on Half.com that’s offering multiple items you want, they will discount the shipping. This savings can really add up.
It takes a little time to hunt down the best deals, but you and your kids will love these!