March Break is well under way in Canada, but due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping through the globe, things will be a lot different this year. British Columbia has mandated that any event with 250 or more participants be cancelled or rescheduled. Popular family hangouts like Science World announced that they will be closed to the public until at least April 6th. Monster Jam was supposed to be in town on March 14th and 15th, but is now going to be rescheduled (We still haven’t told our little guy!). Ontario schools will be closed an additional two weeks after the break as a part of their plan to stop the spread. And the Alberta government just announced that all Daycares and schools K-12 will be closed indefinitely effective immediately.
So how do we keep our kids entertained for three or more weeks? If you’re like me, you’re a wannabe Pinterest mom who tries so hard at DIY. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t. To try and get ideas, I turned to my trusty Amazon app to search for really cool products that could keep my kids entertained for hours on end. Here’s a list of 20 products that could help you and your kids survive the break, a potential quarantine or just plain ol’ social distancing.
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1. Littlefun’s Foldable Premium Cardboard Playhouse.
This cardboard playhouse is awesome on so many levels – the kids have to colour the playhouse and assemble it first before they can begin their pretend play. As a little girl, I LOVED to play “house”, and I can already see that my little guy loves to play pretend too. This should provide hours of creativity, imagination and social interaction for your kiddos.
2. Gotrovo’s Treasure Hunt Game
Gotrovo’s Treasure Hunt Game is for kids 3-10 years of age and provides hours of indoor or outdoor fun. There are clues for your kids to find gold coins as they solve each challenge until they find the final hidden treasure. This game comes with 100 game cards, a gold treasure bar, 10 gold coins and a loot bag. Gotrovo also includes a downloadable activity pack that will help you get the most out of this game.
3. Melissa & Doug Decorate Your Own Wooden Crafts Kit Set
Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of Melissa & Doug. They offer an extensive line of wooden toys, arts and crafts, plush toys, pretend play and more. This decorate-your-own-wooden-crafts set comes with a plane, train and race car and everything your little one needs to decorate the vehicles to their liking. We got our son the Monster Truck for his third birthday, and he absolutely loved it! Tip – make sure you line your table with newspapers or a disposable table cloth as the paint can get everywhere!
4. Melissa & Doug 3D Medieval Castle Puzzle
This 3D Medieval Castle Puzzle features 100 puzzle pieces, accessories, play figures and detailed instructions. Kids will love to put the puzzle together and discover the moving drawbridge, a trap door and secret opening. Plus there’s a dragon, so enough said!
5. Melissa & Doug Loop It! Safari Puppets Beginner Craft Kit
Did I tell you how much I love Melissa & Doug products? There’s a reason why they appear on this list a few times! This Safari Puppets Beginner Craft Kit includes everything your little one needs to create their own lion and monkey felt hand puppets. Geared towards pre-schoolers and beginner crafters, you and your little one can spend hours making the puppets, then putting on a song-and-dance show to entertain the whole family!
6. Everest Toys Crazy Forts! Glow in the Dark
This Glow in the Dark Crazy Forts set comes with 69 child-safe glow-in-the-dark toggles and rods that join together to create a variety of different forts. A cave, pirate ship, igloo or castle are just some examples. You’d just need to hold the glow-in-the-dark balls up to a light so that they glow for a while. This set does not include a cover, so you’d have to place a bed sheet over the structure to provide that much-needed shelter.
7. Watinc 1000 Piece DIY Art Craft Kit for Kids
This is a great kit that includes so many different types of craft pieces that could keep your kids creating a variety of art for hours. I LOVED crafts as a kid and would have loved something like this. In this 1000 Piece DIY Kit, you will receive feathers, pipe cleaners, pompoms, sequins, googly eyes, foam letters and flowers, buttons, popsicle sticks, construction paper, felt, and diamond stickers. It even comes with a pair of scissors. Honestly, you just can’t go wrong, and the possibilities are endless!
8. Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own Comics
This 8.5″ x 11″ notepad has 150 blank pages filled with templates and a variety of comic-book styles. I remember when I was about 9, one of my favourite things to do in school was to author and illustrate a book. We would even cover and bind our books. Drawing is such a universal childhood activity, I don’t know one kid that doesn’t love to draw or doodle. This is sure to draw out your kid’s imagination and creativity for hours on end.
9. National Geographic Mega Slime Kit and Putty Lab
Who could resist that stretchy – gooey feeling of slime? It’s almost therapeutic for some, in a fidget-spinner kinda way. National Geographic took it a step further with their Mega Slime Kit and Putty Lab. Along with 8 varieties of slime and putty, they also included a 16 page learning guide to explore the science behind slime and putty. Playing and learning all in one…you can’t go wrong with that!
10. Tuttle Publishing’s Complete Origami Kit
This kit comes with two full coloured, 32 page booklets that provides step-by-step instructions complete with diagrams and illustrations. There are 30 projects that includes a crane, sailboat, flowers, a rabbit and dog and so much more. This Complete Origami Kit also comes with 98 sheets of high-quality, double-sided origami paper in different colours.
11. ALEX Toys DIY Wear! Ultimate Friendship Bracelet Party Kit
This Ultimate Friendship Bracelet Party Kit has enough supplies for your little one to make 30 string and beaded bracelets! Recommended for kids 8 and up, this kit includes different colours of floss, beads, charms, elastic string, a beading needle and easy to follow instructions.
12. Ideal Magic’s My First Magic Show Kit
Recommended for kids 4 and up, this Magic Show Kit features 25 easy to learn tricks with high-quality props. Your kids will learn how to make things move or disappear right before your eyes! If the printed instructions aren’t enough, there is a link and code to watch the tricks in action online.
13. Sillbird STEM Robot Science Kit
Combining all of the STEM elements – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, this Robot Science Kit is a great introduction for kids 8 – 14. After building the robot, it can be controlled by either the included remote control or through their mobile phone app. This is sure to provide your budding engineer or scientist hours of fun.
14. Alunme Kids Superhero Costumes
The Alunme Kids Superhero Costumes Kit comes with 5 different capes and matching face mask. I remember playing superhero games with my brother and friends as a kid! Think of how much more fun it would have been if we got to dress up as actual super heroes? These costumes can also double-up as a Halloween costume!
15. 122 Piece Marble Run Set
This Marble Run Set comes with an easy to follow manual, 90 pieces of marble run blocks and 32 plastic marbles. Just like toy train tracks, kids can create their own marble block tracks, then watch as the marbles race through them to the end. Recommended for kids 3 and up, each plastic piece of run block and marble are non-toxic and has smooth edges to avoid scratching your little one’s hands.
16. LEGO Duplo Town Modular Playhouse
You can’t go wrong with LEGO! And the Duplo line is perfect for little toddler fingers, and is sure to provide your kids with hours of fun! The Town Modular Playhouse is easy to assemble and helps toddlers develop their fine-motor, social and emotional skills as they build, pretend-play, redesign and play again.
17. The Drawing Book for Kids
The Drawing Book for Kids offers 365 things to draw, which means your kids can learn to draw something new every single day for a year! Animals, objects, food, plants, vehicles, sports, holidays and so much more. Each session is broken down into easy-to-follow steps. Geared towards kids 9-12, but kids as young as 6 who love to draw may love this book as well!
18. Melissa & Doug Get Well Doctor’s Kit Play Set
Another hit from Melissa & Doug! This Doctor’s Kit Play Set features a 25 piece set that includes a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, hearing tester, syringe, scissors and so much more. Kids love to pretend pay, and playing doctor is no exception. This kit can also help to ease the stress that some kids associate with a visit to the doctor and can encourage imagination, and feelings of nurturing and empathy. Recommended for preschoolers, ages 3 to 6.
19. Mousetrap Board Game
Hasbro’s classic game of mouse versus mouse! Mousetrap has a special place in my childhood as I remember my brother and I playing this game for hours! We would build the mouse trap, and try to one-up each other to get the most cheese pieces. Recommended for kids 3 and up, this game teaches fine-motor, cause-and-effect, and decision-making skills. Trust me, your kids will love this game!
Rated as the #1 game in the “Stacking Games” category, and the #2 game in the “Toys & Games” category on Amazon.ca, Jenga is easy to set up and can be played anytime and almost anywhere. This game is so simple that toddlers as young as 3 can play. And if your kid is anything like mine, they love it when the blocks tumble down! Like Mousetrap, Jenga teaches kids fine-motor, cause-and-effect, decision-making and social skills.
I hope you found this post useful! I also wish you all a wonderful March Break. Comment below to let me know if you purchased any of these items and if your kids enjoyed it. Or, if you have other ideas or products that are a hit with your kids, let me know. I always enjoy learning about new products or resources! Unit next time, stay safe and healthy, my friends.
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