Escape midsummer boredom

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July 10, 2010|By Mona Kobersy

Children and their parents might be at their limit of creating fun activities to pass the summer hours. Luckily, imaginations can be limitless when discovering fun-filled and new activities.

A child can easily be creative and explore something new just by visiting the Newport Beach Public Library. The children's departments' shelves are brimming with ideas for creative games and crafts. Here are just a few of the hundreds of children's activity books found at your Newport Beach Public Library.

"Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood" by Veronica Chambers: Learn all about this unique sport and pastime. Spend an afternoon in the sunshine practicing this newly acquired skill.


"Easy Art Fun!: Do-It-Yourself Crafts for Beginning Readers" by Jill Frankel Hauser: This book is jam packed with the crafts for even the youngest of children. This can serve as a chance to be creative as readers follow the simple step-by-step instructions or just as a springboard for the imagination.

"Get Out: Outdoor Activities Kids Can Enjoy Everywhere (Except Indoors)" by Hallie Warshaw: Tons of fun outdoor activities kids can enjoy everywhere and get a healthy dose of exercise at the same time.

"In-jean-uity" by Ellen Warwick: Step-by-step instructions and illustrations provide guidelines for redesigning old jeans into something new or transforming the material into entirely different items such as a purse or wallet.

"Like a Pro: 101 Simple Ways to Do Really Important Stuff" by Helaine Becker: Entertaining and interesting, this handy book provides tips on how to perform more than 100 duties well, from the practical — like getting to school on time, planting a flower, and keeping a secret — to the wacky — surviving on a desert island, meeting royalty, and accepting an Oscar.

"My Animal Art Class" by Nellie Sheperd: This book presents numerous ideas for creating animals such as giraffes, turtles, and flamingos. All these creative animals can come to life just by using crayons, scissors, glue, paper plates, and other basic art supplies.

"Stamp It!: 50 Amazing Projects to Make" by Joe Rhatigan: Enjoy starting a creative new project following these step-by-step instructions for using stamps to decorate clothing, party decorations, gifts, and much more, as well as for making one's own stamps.

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