I am excited to share my first review as part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. I was asked to review an e-book called “Travel Kits – A Simple Way to Bless Others” by Donna Rees. The e-book is available from The Old Schoolhouse Store for $12.45.
The Old Schoolhouse Store offers e-books about a large number of topics. This particular e-book focuses on putting together Travel Kits – essentially gift baskets for travel. When I downloaded and opened the book with Acrobat Reader, I was somewhat shocked to see that it contained 93 pages. “How can anyone write 93 pages about gift baskets?” was my first thought. Much to my delight, the e-book goes way beyond gift baskets and really is more of a guide about how to make travel far more pleasant for just about anyone – but especially those of us with children.
Here are some sample pages:
The e-book is filled with great examples and tons of color photos of creative ways to make gift baskets for use during travel. You can download a PDF Sample of the book to get a feel for the e-book. The sample contains the Table of Contents, Introduction and part of the first chapter of the e-book.
I’ll admit, this e-book really made me do some self-examination. Personally, I’m far too reliant on DVDs for our in-car entertainment. We have lots of great educational DVDs, but why limit ourselves when we’re using my van for “car school”? While the e-book is mostly intended to address long distance travel, it really inspired me to re-think how I’m using our travel time on a day-to-day basis. Here are some of the ideas that the e-book includes:
- Small gifts for nearly anyone, divided by age ranges and interest categories.
- Fun ideas for wrapping and distributing the gifts.
- A large number of book suggestions, as well as audio book possibilities.
- Ideas for scavenger hunts.
- Fun food gifts.
- Written blessings for someone on an extended trip.
- Helpful travel and tourism websites.
It is very clear that a tremendous amount of thought went into creating the e-book. It is loaded with examples and lots of fun ideas. I chose to use the ideas to create a basket to put in our car for day-to-day use. I’m really excited to give it to my son and see what he thinks about being able to do new and fun things in the car. I wanted the items to be part of our homeschool day. We do have a lot of opportunities either in the car or while we’re waiting in various places to use some of the things that I selected. Here they are:
- A lap desk with writing paper, sentences strips, pencils and crayons that don’t roll.
- A sketchbook, scissors and glue stick.
- Two flash card sets – one of monuments, and one on telling time.
- The game “Set”.
- A Magic Treehouse book.
- A book of dot to dot puzzles.
- An addition keyring game.
I selected an inexpensive small blue trash can as the container. I liked that it was see-through so that it would be easy to find things to work with.
The e-book offers lots of great ideas for blessing your family or others with thoughtful gifts. I enjoyed reading it and I’m looking forward to giving Tornado Boy his basket and lap desk. If you’d like to see what other TOS Review Crew members think of this product, you can visit our Crew blog. All of our product reviews will be posted on the Crew blog throughout the year. Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2010-2011 and receive free products and services in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences with the products and services that I have received.