Studies and researches have shown that initial five years of a child are the most critical ones from the point of view of learning. Their capacity to learn new things is at its highest ebb during this period. Children of this age group can be compared to a piece of sponge that is ready to absorb any liquid that it comes across. These are the building years for children and we need to use this period for giving them rock solid foundation that can help them in building their mansion of life upon it in a way that it becomes an example for everyone else to follow.
However, it isn't just at home that they come in handy. Many professional offices take care of children. There are also parents that have to bring their children along with them for business. It may not be ideal but they often can't afford child care or it is hard to find someone to watch the youngsters so they can take care of things.
Coloring books are a thing of the past. Kids today aren't as thrilled by a basic coloring book as children a generation ago. That is because these children have been spoiled by all the fantastic new methods of coloring using the computer or with fancy markers and pens. While you might get away with a coloring book and crayons for a long car trip, don't expect your school age children to sit quietly at the table coloring pictures the old fashioned way - there is a something better around, and they know it.