As kids are at home, and most have been for several months now, they may have fallen into an earlier schedule of the standard “Summer Slide.” This is typical of kids off on summer break, not really getting the daily routine of learning and schoolwork. While these breaks are necessary for them, there are fun ways to keep them engaged and learning through fun and games. Here are some new and classic ideas on what you can do to help prevent “summer slide” in your household.
Create 3D structures from 2D nets with Magformers Basic Plus 14Pc Set. Build with 4 Squares, 8 Triangles and 2 Inner Circle Square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. The original and authentic Magformers.
Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education. Follow the Step-by-step educational idea booklet for ideas and instructions. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. This game retails for just $24.99 and is recommended for ages 3+.
With CREATTO, you can design and construct illuminated, three-dimensional creations that literally light up your life! The kit includes flexible yet durable interlocking plastic tiles and a string of LED lights that you can piece together to make animals, decorations, or your own custom creations. Each set includes an illustrated manual with easy, step-by-step instructions for multiple designs, but the building possibilities are nearly limitless using your imagination. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi.
Kids can choose to build from several designs include:
- Moonlight Elephant Safari: Ages 6+
- Magical Moose & Forest Friends: Ages 6+
- Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew: Ages 8+
- Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals: Ages 9+
- Sparkle Unicorn & Friends: Ages 9+
From Magformers, Stick-O encourages toddlers to explore tactile learning through hands-on magnetic play. Each Stick-O shape contains magnets that rotate so toddlers creations always stick together for a frustration-free play experience.
Stick-O’s unique 3D shapes contain a magnet pocket, designed so the magnet can find the right magnetic direction to stick to every time. Stick-O magnets are completely encased inside BPA-free, ABS plastic to ensure children’s safety. With the Stick-O City 16 Piece Set, kids can construct their very own busy city.
Toddlers can build a car, racer, airplane and more with the City 16Pc Set . Included in this kit is 1 Sphere, 2 Stick, 3 Long Stick and magnetic accessories including vehicle wheels, wings, and propellers. This game retails for just $24.99 and is recommended for ages 3+.
Do you remember learning your first card game? How about winning at an old-fashioned game of solitaire? Or that holiday tradition of Gin Rummy after dinner? Since 1885, Bicycle playing cards have been a part of household gaming.
Known for its quality and rich heritage, Bicycle® playing cards have been bringing people together for generations. Every Bicycle® playing card deck is specially crafted so that you can trust Bicycle® cards performance, hand after hand. Great for all card games. Great for all players and retails for just $3.99 per deck.
Want to build fun solar-powered vehicles and devices that move using electricity generated directly from sunlight? With this kit, you can construct five motorized models. Build three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot model. Conduct science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more.
The ultralight materials, including strong bamboo rods, make your models speedy and durable. A modular gearing system lets you test out three different gear ratios. Experiment with a solar cell, electric motor, gears, and ultralight materials. Build five different solar-powered models. Learn about how solar cells work and about the energy from the sun. This game retails for just $19.95 and is recommended for ages 8+.
All of these games are available online, Amazon and select national retailers. Do you have some games or toys that you love to engage your kids with during summer down time? Share in a comment below your thoughts.
We’ve added these games to our Summer Fun Guide – see all we have to offer here.