School’s out, which means your kiddos are about to be...home for the summer. While that may mean lots of fun days ahead for them, it can also mean figuring out how to keep them entertained all day for you. Breathe in. You got this.
To help you out, we rounded up products that’ll keep your young kids busy for hours on end. So you can get a bit of free time to focus on yourself and get through your to-do list. It’s time to get some minutes back in your day.
Tailored for specific age ranges, each crate comes packed with STEAM-based activities that’ll spark creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and more. Each month a new crate will arrive with all the materials needed for the projects, an instruction booklet, a magazine, and some online DIYs. Psst...everything has been designed by experts and tested by kids. Your children will literally be waiting at the door for their next box. (Plans start at $16.95/crate, KiwiCo)
They’ll be able to color, build, and glue their way to adorable arts and crafts projects that you’ll definitely want to hang on your fridge. Each month has a new theme and comes with a story to help get those creative juices flowing. With all the supplies (minus water and scissors), you’ll get enough for two kids to craft at once. Just beware of how quickly glitter can spread. (Plans start at $29.99/month, We Craft Box)
It really doesn’t take much work — with the click of a button this tent will come alive. There’s a little window so your kids can see out (and you can see in). No need to take pillows off the couch or use blankets to make a fort. With this one, you won’t have to deal with annoying cleanup. ($49.95, The Grommet)
Help them deal with the separation by explaining the situation. This book does just that. It allows children to understand why a parent’s job may take them away from home for periods of time. Most importantly, it helps them to realize that their parent will always come back. So they can feel less anxiety while staying at home with another parent or caretaker. ($14.92, Amazon)
So you can unlock their imagination. The cushions can be put together in various combinations. They’re light enough for kids to lift, but durable enough to be climbed on. And the outer covers can be taken off and washed once dirty. So get ready for the set to transform into a fort, pirate ship, or maybe even Mount Everest. ($279+, Shenanigan Kids)
It’s got 70 pieces your kids will love putting together. They can even use the storage box as a base for cars, buildings, and more. The different shapes will teach young ones how to categorize and sort. There’s really no limit on what can be built, from tall towers to bridges. The floor is their oyster. ($90, Lovevery)
These are very easy to stick together, so they’re ideal for younger kids who haven’t fully developed their motor skills yet. You won’t have to worry about them constantly knocking everything over. They’ll be able to experiment while building a stronger sense of color and shape. ($54.99, Amazon)
The set comes with a bow, two matching arrows, and a bull’s-eye target. The soft-tip arrows are also stuffed, so you won’t have to worry about any accidents. Just set the target up on a tree and watch ‘em practice for hours. ($30, The Grommet)
With 18 feet of pure fun, this water slide ends in a splash pool with a bumper to provide some cushion. It’s a must-have for summer, especially when it comes to parties and playdates with friends. All you’ve gotta do is connect a hose to get the water running. Psst...it also comes with a repair patch just in case someone rips a hole. Better safe than sorry. ($12.88, Walmart)
A water slide + water balloons = a whole lotta summer fun. And with the O-ring technology, you won’t have to fill ‘em one by one. You can attach the ring to a hose nozzle and fill them all at once. Once they hit a certain level, the balloons will fall off their stem, fully tied and ready for use. Get ready for the water-balloon fight of the century. ($47.99, Amazon)
One side has a whiteboard, the other has a chalkboard. Both sides are magnetic for the colorful alphabet letters included. The top features a paper roll that can be pulled down for painting. The bottom tray can hold paint, paintbrushes, markers, and more. Oh, you’ll also get one box of chalk, three markers (black, red, and blue), and two erasers. Literally everything your little Picasso will need. ($66.99, Amazon)
Blowing bubbles never goes out of style. It’s an easy activity that’ll keep kids giggling, especially when you’ve got so many different wands for them to choose from. If you’re in need of solution, look no further. Everything required for an easy afternoon of fun. ($14.68+, Amazon)
And that’ll keep your little ones playing outside for a good stretch of time. With the ground as their canvas, they can draw anything, set up a game of hopscotch, or whatever their imagination leads them to. This pack comes with 160 pieces in 16 colors. No more fighting over who has the blue. There’s more than enough to go around. ($26.95, Amazon)
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