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We’re living in unprecedented times. We suddenly have our kids home all day and the pressure in on to educate and entertain them! Luckily, there are some great products that will keep your kids boredom at bay and also enrich their minds.
The Best Boredom Busters for Kids
Disney Hits by Disney Music
There’s always music playing in our house! Indigo’s favorite are songs from Disney movies. Disney Music is offering Disney Hits– the happiest playlist on earth! It’s available on all streaming platforms. You can voice activate with Alexa using your Amazon Prime/Music Unlimited Account, as well as Spotify and Apple Music. You can also download the Disney Hits Playlist!
Download FREE Activity Sheets HERE to use while listening to Disney Hits
Feeling Through Colors Activity from Action For Healthy Kids (Nonprofit)
Children are experiencing a wide range of emotions right now! Using art and colors in projects with them at home can help kids recognize, identify, and label their feelings, which supports their social-emotional health and well-being. I find that some quiet time with art supplies always calms Indigo down.
Action for Healthy Kids provided this Feeling Through Colors activity we did together to explore more how they are feeling during this time. Check out more digital and online resources from Action for Healthy Kids to battle boredom, support virtual learning, and create happy, healthy kids.
You can download the AFHK Activity Sheet here.
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A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky from Black Dog & Leventhal
We love looking at the sky after the sun sets. Indigo is fascinated by the moon and the stars. A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky is the perfect introduction to astronomy for kids. It even includes a star finder wheel and glow-in-the-dark stickers.
This beautifully illustrated book is a great introduction to STEM. It reveals what astronomers have learned and are still discovering, what astronauts and scientists explore, and what readers can find by gazing up into the sky at night. It’s filled with STEM activities, thumbnail bios on key figures and a look at constellations, the stories they inspire, and more.
Magic SketchTM from Boogie Board
Sitting my little guy down with papers and crayons is a sure-fire way to pass the time. Unfortunately, he has the habit of squirreling away a crayon and later drawing on the walls.
Magic SketchTM from Boogie Board is a great way to keep your kids occupied without sacrificing your walls! This is the ultimate electronic art kit. It allows kids to write, doodle, and trace in vivid rainbow colors. My son usually loses interest pretty fast when I have him trace letters with paper and pencil. With Magic SketchTM, he traced through the whole alphabet!
When your child is finished, the screen erased with the touch of a button. There’s no markers and no mess! Kids can doodle and trace over 18 game, educational, and drawing templates using this first-ever semi-transparent LCD eWriter.
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The Feel Better Box from Open The Joy
Over the past few months, I think most of us parents have heard our kids say “I’m bored” at least a hundred times. Being cooped up at home can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be!
The Feel Better Box from Open The Joy was created in a hospital setting. This ultimate “get well soon” activity kit is filled with origami, magic, painting activities, supper silly “would you rather” playing cards, amazing “conversation” starter cards, and much more to keep families laughing and bonding during difficult times.
This box kept my son busy for hours! We both loved opening all the craft supplies and playing cards. It’s a fun way to combat cabin fever and spend some quality time together!
Special offer: 10% off – use code “boredombuster” valid until June 1st.
Designed by Child Therapists to promote conversation and healing through play. Open the Joy partners with the Spread the Joy Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 (www.spreadthejoy.org) to distribute joy boxes to hospitalized children across America.
Smart Farmer + Jump In’ from SmartGames
SmartGames Smart Farmer
These puzzles are a great STEM activity that your kids can play independently! SmartGames Smart Farmer is played by arranging the puzzle pieces (fences) on the gameboard so that each animal type has a closed-off space. Then, in later challenges, each space must also include a water trough!
Smart Farmer features 60 challenges. It’s a great introduction to spatial insight, planning, and problem-solving skills for kids ages 4+. Check out this video to see how it’s played.
SmartGames Jump In’
SmartGames Jump In’ features 60 challenges for brain-teasing fun! Players are tested to help the Rabbits arrive safely in their homes by jumping over sliding foxes and mushrooms. More difficult challenges require dozens of moves! Jump In’ comes in a self-contained, compact, and completely portable case. SmartGames travel games are perfect for on-the-go! Just close the container and toss it in your bag. All the pieces fit safely inside! Check out this video to see how it’s played.
Special offer: Code: 10SMART2020 Good on any item purchased on their Amazon store and valid through 5/30/20
KidiGoTM Walkie Talkies + LeapFrog® LeapStart® 3D Learning System from VTech®
VTech® KidiGoTM Walkie Talkies
These VTech® KidiGoTM Walkie Talkies add excitement to any adventure! These walkie talkies 500 feet away over a secure, digital connection that keeps conversations secure, preventing other walkie-talkie users from listening in or chatting with them. Children can also send messages back and forth by choosing from preset animated messages using the large, backlit LCD screen. The walkie talkies also include four two-player games for real-time gaming between devices.
Indigo was so excited to try out these VTech® KidiGoTM Walkie Talkies! We had a great time playing with them in the backyard.
LeapFrog® LeapStart® 3D Learning System
The Best Boredom Busters for Kids list wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate leaning system!
LeapStart 3D will get your kid psyched about learning! It combines real books with touch-and-talk games and 3D-like animations that magically bring activities to life. This learning system helps kids build math, reading, problem- solving skills, and more. We loved the LeapStart 2 Book Combo Pack: Math in Action and Toys Save the Day.
In this unprecedented time, parents have suddenly been thrust into the role of teachers. If you’re anything like me, you may have felt intimidated and unprepared. Luckily, VTech and LeapFrog are helping parents, teachers and kids “Learn Through This” with their new campaign, offering resources at learnthroughthis.com for learning at home, such as expert advice, free printable activity books and educational activities, plus product recommendations, like the VTech KidiGo Walkie Talkies and LeapFrog RockIt Twist, that keep kids busy and make learning at home fun.
Note: A computer with internet is required to download books onto the LeapStart® 3D systems.
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