Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday Favorites: Activities for Kids from Amazon

We made it to Friday!!!  Our first digital learning/quarantining/homeschooling/social distancing week is in the books.  How many more weeks will it be???  No one seems to know.

Our emotions have been all over the place this week.  Some days we feel like we are rocking this at-home thing and others we feel like we are going crazy! Overall, we tried to step back and appreciate the slower pace of life.  We can most definitely say we miss our friends, our sports, our schools, and our normal way of life. However, we're trying to stay positive and look on the bright side of things.  More family time, more down time, more connecting with each other and more opportunities to do the things we wouldn't normally be able to. 

Because we are sticking to our schedule as much as possible and trying to limit technology the best we can, the kids have spent a lot of time this week doing other things. We thought it would be fun to  share some of our favorites that are available on Amazon so you can order and have them delivered right to your front door! Have any favorites of your own?  PLEASE send them our way!!!  

1. Lettering and Modern Calligraphy - My 7th grader told me she wanted to learn how to do calligraphy during this time at home and I thought it was a great idea!  I found this instructional book to teach different lettering styles and it has a lot of practice pages, too! (Also see #7)

2. Dino Fossil Kit - I have shared this before as a great birthday gift idea, but thought it deserved mentioning again. My son loves these National Geographic digging kits and these will keep him busy all afternoon sometimes!

3. Coding and Robotics Kit - This can totally count as their STEM class, right? A fun activity that also keeps their brains working is a win-win!

4. Super Slime Lab - What kid doesn't love slime?  Most moms aren't fans, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Letting your little ones create and make some slime might just be worth it if it buys you a little me time!

5. Tie-Dye Kit - We LOVE to tie-dye in our house. We even had a tie-dye birthday party one year.  This is a fun way to spend an afternoon and actually something that will span a few days from start to finish so perfect for this time at home.  You can tie-dye t-shirts, pillow cases, towels, all sorts of things to keep you busy!

6. Flower Growing Kit - Going to be stuck at home for a few weeks? This kit is one that kids can check on each day and be able to see the flowers/plants grow over time! This one checks some of the science boxes!

7. Calligraphy Pens - This goes with #1.  A set of 12 calligraphy pens in a variety of colors can keep some of your tween girls busy and happy for hours!

8. Kanoodle Game- My kids LOVE this game.  We own a few of them and they always love challenging each other and themselves to solve the puzzles.  A great brain game and also something we like to take with us when we travel on planes or cars because of it's compact carrying case.

9. Rock Art Kit - Painting Rocks anyone?  This could be an art lesson and could extend a few days if you want to "hide" the rocks on a local hiking path, in a park, or even in your neighborhood.  Bring some joy to others who are social distancing during this time!

10. Battle Bots - Go head-to-head with your own remote control robots.  This one is great for multiple kids because they can challenge each other!

11. Zipline - My kids got this for Christmas and it is has been a favorite during our time stuck at home.  Outside time always involves someone zipping around and while it isn't cheap, the fun it provides is worth it!

12. Spy Kit - Anyone have a boy that likes to sneak around?  This spy kits gives them all sorts of tools they need to find finger prints, use invisible ink and special spy glasses to sneak around on every member of your family.

13. Plus Plus Building Toys - This will keep kids busy for countless hours. They can build, use their imagination and be creative with colorful interlocking blocks that can create a flat mosaic or 3D designs.

14. Origami Kit - Ever wanted to learn how to fold paper to create amazing objects? This step-by-step kit will teach the beginners how to make animals!

15. Marble Run Set - Multiple pieces allow your kids to build many different tracks and have marbles race to the end!  Put their little engineering brains to work while they are having fun.

16. Uno Card Game - A classic!  You might already have this, so it is a great time to pull it out. This colorful card game can be played with 2-10 players, so a great activity for the entire family!

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