What the Fun?!: 427 Simple Ways to Have Fantastic Family Fun (Paperback)

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As seen on TODAY and in Parade magazine. Take the fast-track to FUN! With over 400 games, activities, crafts, projects, and more, you’ll be ready to shake up a rainy afternoon, enjoy unplugged family fun on the weekend, turn long car rides into game time, and create homemade crafts your kids will remember for years to come. These accessible activities require little more than items from around the house and a dash of imagination. Activities cover a wide range of ages, so every member of the family can feel engaged and excited.
 
Donna Bozzo has shared her prescription for infusing tons of fantastic fun into your days with millions of people on television and in magazines. Now she gives you 427 easy-peasy ideas to help you to put more fun in your family’s life any and every day.
 
Try her... 
· Five-minute fun fixes
· Zany ways to shake up the ole (yawn) daily routine
· Clever bedtime, homework, and chore time struggle-stoppers
· Quick ways to create family memories
· Easy, exciting ways to make each and every day a special occasion

About the Author


Donna Bozzo has worked in the TV business for fifteen years. In addition to appearing on Today, all the Chicago TV stations, The Morning Blend, Veria Living TV, Great Day St. Louis, and Daytime, she worked for many years as a reporter, TV producer, writer, and creative director. She has written for Chicago Parent, Make It Better, Family Circle, Wedding Pages, Working Mother, and American Baby.

Praise For…


"A book that’s packed with creative ways to infuse day-to-day life with a jolt of fun."
Parade Magazine
 
"Bozzo points out that we can have fun most days of the week with kids, not just on vacations or birthdays, even if we forget sometimes."
The Bowed Bookshelf
 
"Perhaps the greatest gift to give children is to raise them to be adults who are able to enjoy life ...  Bozzo’s What the Fun?! helps parents set the tenor of their life, in spite of their hectic schedules, and make wonderful family memories."
Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews 

"What world needs now is fun! I found lots of quick, easy, inexpensive ideas in What The Fun?! that work well in classrooms as well as at home. Here's to having lots more fun. Thanks Donna Bozzo!"
—KRISTEN REMENAR, AUTHOR OF GROUNDHOG'S DILEMMA  
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399185519
ISBN-10: 0399185518
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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