9780745962597Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I can barely believe how quickly this year has flown by! In just a few short weeks it will be the holiday season, and as the mother of a young child, I’m always looking for something to keep my soon to be five year old son occupied during his Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. The My Carry-Along series of books is just perfect for this purpose!

The My Carry-Along Books are workbooks of approximately 35 pages that are packed with puzzles, craft ideas, stickers, and much more. The books get the name “carry along” because each one has a nifty handle at the top that makes it easy for a kid to take the book anywhere with him!

My Carry-Along Christmas is a bit more religion-centered, but this was OK with me since we are practicing Catholics and we do teach our son the biblical meaning behind Christmas. Some activities in this book included a connect the dots game, spot the difference, and drawing. This book has a heavier focus on crafts. The best thing I found about the crafts in the Carry-Along Books is that the majority of the crafts are made with materials you are sure to have in your household, especially if you have a preschool or kindergarten aged child. Nothing is too complicated to make, and while 9780745964195_p0_v1_s260x420some projects do require adult supervision or help, some do not and your child will be excited by this if he is fiercely independent (as most four and five year olds are). My son’s favorite thing about the My Carry-Along Christmas book was making the cardboard tube people (the book calls them angels but we just didn’t make any wings).

My Carry-Along Santa Activity Book is really fun. This one is all about Santa, his elves, and all the important work they have to do for Christmas Eve and the days leading up to the night when he flies around the world. I’d recommend this book for someone who wants to give their child Christmas activities to do that are not at all religious. My Carry-Along Santa Activity Book is colorful and bright and has poetry, recipes, crafts, and of course, stickers! My son’s favorite activity was the Reindeer Race board game; it was super cute and easy for a small child to understand and play without getting frustrated.

I believe these books would make great gifts, or even just an anytime surprise for the days leading up to Christmas. The projects and games in the Carry-Along books are sure to make your child excited about Christmas, while keeping him or her busy.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Carrie runs the blog Sweet Southern Home, and is a stay at home wife and mom to one little boy. When she’s not reading, she’s usually watching Netflix with her husband, playing outside with her son, or baking. Her family would describe her as sometimes annoyingly sarcastic, but mostly lovable. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lion Hudson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.