Eight really fun and unique kids’ activities that will provide hours (sometimes days) of fun for the whole family!
Make-A-Fort- It’s brand new and the perfect toy to keep kids busy and having fun. Forts, mazes, puzzles, tunnels and mansions—there’s no limit to what you can create with Make-A-Fort. Each kit is made from recycled cardboard, so it’s safe for the environment. The panels are super strong, and there’s no need for adhesives. The panels also easily slide together, so you can use your imagination to make super cool designs. Your young artist can color the panels any way they wish. Make-A-Fort comes in an easy to store and comes in a special carrying case. The kits are available to be shipped nationwide. More information: www.makeafort.fun
Once Upon a Pancake- is a hands-on book full of unfinished stories for children of all ages. Each book (ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) contains 20 stories with writing prompts that kids and parents can write and draw together. Young kids can write about superheroes, princesses and trucks, while older kids can write about saving the galaxy, sports and more! This is a great screen-free option for kids to get creative and enhance their reading and writing skills. Teachers, parents and grandparents are loving these books, and they make a great keepsake. https://onceuponapancake.com/
OwlCrate Jr.- Spark a lifetime love of reading with OwlCrate Jr.’s monthly subscription box for kids ages 8-12. What’s really cool about OwlCrate is that subscripers get more than just a book—they get a whole themed experience including 4-6 goodies, a hardcover book, at least one usable item or activity to encourage creativity, imagination and exploration, plus an exclusive letter from the author and a collectible monthly sticker. Each monthly box is curated for kids of all genders and the books are published within 45 days of ship date. The books are either standalone stories or the first in a new series. Past themes included Code Breakers, Bump in the Night, Rebels & Rulebreakers and more! Available for one-time box, three or six month subscriptions. More information: www.owlcratejr.com.
GIRLS CAN! CRATE– Inspire young girls (and boys) with award-winning GIRLS CAN! CRATE, a monthly subscription box created to empower kids (ages 5-10) to Do and BE anything by introducing them to fearless women of history who made the world better. Each month, a new kit celebrates the life of a strong, diverse female role model such as Ella Fitzgerald, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Sally Ride and more. Crates include the GIRLS CAN! 28-page activity book with an original story celebrating a featured woman and other fun activities, 2-3 hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges with necessary supplies, a collectible button and much more. Available at www.girlscancrate.com.
Pottery Awesomeness– These super cute new kits from Pottery Awesomeness are the perfect project for kids and families to enjoy together. With themed-subscription boxes, like Winter, Valentine’s Day and more, kids will be excited to receive these boxes that come with everything they need to create their masterpiece! Each box includes three cute figurines, acrylic paint, paint brushes, a glossy sealer and an instruction card with QR codes that will direct painters to painting tutorials and instructions. These are fun, screen-free activities. Also, for every kit purchased, Pottery Awesomeness donates a painting kit to sick children in hospitals. They work directly with the lead art therapist at each hospital to determine what supplies are needed. www.
The UPside Delivered– Set a goal this New Year to create calmer moments with your little one with the help of The UPside Delivered. These carefully curated boxes for children ages 5-10 years-old were developed by two licensed mental health professionals and educators who wanted to bring practical and fun, evidence-based tools and techniques to children and families to help manage emotions and create calm. There are a few fun boxes to get started. Pick the Begin Box that introduces the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, the COVID-Coping Box and the Little Box of Self-Esteem. Each box features five to seven items that your children can use to name their thoughts and feeling, journals, worry dolls, Buddha Boards and more. In this day and age, children and teens are experiencing more stress than ever before, and many report not knowing how to manage their stress. The UPside Delivered boxes and their contents are practical and can be used at home to teach each person that they have the power to create their own calm. https://upsidedelivered.
Pickup Sports– Introduce your kids to multiple sports at home in a non-pressured, fun and affordable way. When kids learn from their parents/caregivers they are more likely to have fun, want to keep playing and more likely to stick with it and stay physically active. Starter boxes include age-appropriate equipment, access to weekly live virtual coaching with parent-child games, and expert-created curriculum based on years of research. Available sports include basketball, flag football, soccer, tennis, baseball & softball, and volleyball. Best part—for every box purchased, the company donates one to kids with limited access. More information: https://
Spray Erase– Have fun at home and encourage creativity with Spray Erase’s dry erase spray markers. These erasable, non-toxic markers come in four colors to fill large areas or stencils on a whiteboard, glass and any dry erase surface. They easily wipe clean when finished. These are also great for homeschooling to help kids engage in new subjects. https://sprayerase.