101 Kids Activities Book: How to Make a Bird Zip Line


I recently received a sample of the book 101 KIDS ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE BESTEST, FUNNEST EVER! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller.

Holly and Rachel  are the creators of the popular site, KidsActivitiesBlog.com and they have put together a fabulous book with fantastic ideas for keeping little ones busy with actives that are easy and fun. I found that most things required everyday household items that I have at home already.

This is a great book for parents, caregivers, grandparent, babysitters and any caretaker of children. No need to turn the television on when they get bored, they can create fun crafts and stimulate their minds at the same time.

The projects are fun and very creative and they have a modified version for younger/older children. I love having that option. There are beautiful colourful photos in almost every page and my son loves picking his own activities based on the photos.

Chapters include Boredom Busters, Games, Crafts, and Simple Science, with instructions and pictures for things to make and do such as:

  • Baggie Maze
  • Bird Zip Line
  • Bouncing Balloon
  • Catapult Competitions
  • Spray Bottle Freeze Tag
  • Tissue Box Monster Shoes
  • Melted Crayon Fabric Art

Buy now via Amazon

The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters!
by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
June 2014 / Page Street Publishing
$19.99 US; Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-62414-057-0
Ebook also available.

Below is a sample activity from the book for you to enjoy:

Bird Zip Line



  • string (length depends on where you want the zip line)
  • pencil
  • straws
  • tape
  • paper
  • scissors
  • markers/crayons


To make the bird, fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise and trace out the profile of a flying bird on one half with the fold at the top. Cut along the pencil lines. Decorate the bird. Open the bird and tape a straw along the inside fold.

To make the zip line, stretch between two secure anchor spots where string can be attached. It should be at a height that kids can easily reach. Thread a bird onto each string before tying the second attachment.

Kids can “throw” the birds down the string to make them fly. Multiple zip lines can be set up next to each other for bird races.

Modifications for Younger Kids

Placing the string at kid-sized should level will have younger participants running up and down the string holding the bird.

Modifications for Older Kids

Have older kids design a bird that is bottom-heavy and then split the underside of the straw so that the bird can be unattached from the string without untying. Then challenge older kids to create a zip line course for their bird to fly.

Excerpt from 101 KIDS ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE BESTEST, FUNNEST EVER! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller Page Street Publishing/June 2014.

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.


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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

14 responses to “101 Kids Activities Book: How to Make a Bird Zip Line”

  1. Looks like a great book!

  2. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The zip line is a favorite! Used to be one of my sons absolute favorite crafts years ago (he’s 16 now and would probably still make one for his baby sister if I asked lol). He would make a little man of paper and using k’nex, create a wheel to send down the line. Love the paper bird, might have to make a point of doing that one with my girl over the weekend.
    Such a fun book, I’ll try and get my hands on a copy!

  4. This is awesome, I should really get something like this for my son, he loves doing crafts!!

  5. What a great book! My mom had one (way back in the 60s) that she used to keep the 3 of us occupied! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks like such a great book and it would not only keep the kids occupied it would give you time to spend with the kids without all of the go go go. You could do an activity daily all summer long!

  7. I love books like this for the kids. Great way to keep them entertained for a long time.

  8. looks like a great book with super fun ideas! perfect for summer.

  9. Sounds like an awesome activities book to keep the kids busy for the summer

  10. This looks and sounds like a great book! I think I will need to pick up this book to have it on our bookshelf for those rainy days in Vancouver.

  11. What a perfect resource for crafts and activities

  12. I love giving books as a gift

  13. this sounds like a great book with lots of super ideas to keep children busy and happy too. 🙂

  14. This sounds like such a fun book

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