I don’t know about where you are, but here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, we are FREEZING right now! It is so cold, as a matter of fact, that the kids can’t even go out and enjoy the 10+ inches of snow because of bitter wind chill factors. So, now you are stuck with bored kids in the house all day, right? Wrong! Well, maybe the kids in the house part is true, but you can combat boredom with a few activities and games that will keep those kiddos busy and even off of technology for a while!
I did my research and bought all of these products for my own children, so I am personally recommending the following for a boredom-free day stuck inside:
1. Melissa and Doug’s Suspend game (4.5 stars on Amazon)
This game has kept my six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter busy for quite a long time! I know the recommended age is for ages 8 and up, but, with some supervision, this game can definitely be played by younger kids. My son loves trying to pile the pieces onto the suspend bar to see how far he can get without it falling. My daughter got the hang of it fairly quickly after watching her big brother, but she just needs reminders every now and then to be careful when placing the pieces on the game. This game teaches precision, patience, and engineering! It receives 4.5 stars on the Amazon website, and that is what I would give it myself!
2. Perplexus Twist (4.5 stars on Amazon)
This game was given to my son as a gift for Christmas after seeing how much he liked it when we were at a Barnes and Noble store this summer. The object of the game is to get the little metal ball into the point zones inside of the maze in the ball. Though not a novel idea, the way this game is set up presents unexpected twists and turns so that one really has to think about how the ball will fall. Also, the ability to actually twist the bottom half (or upper half, depending upon which way you look at it) makes for a fun brain-teaser which stimulates abstract thinking and planning in your little one. My son literally chose to play with this game over the iPad, so I would say it does it’s job at keeping little ones engaged!
3. K’nex 521 Piece Value Tub (4-4.5 stars on Amazon)
I have actually enjoyed the creativity that this little tub of wonders has inspired in both my children and myself! Currently, this is on sale for $19.50 on Amazon, which is a lower price than the 375-piece set, so I would say this is a bargain! My son has been a Lego addict lately, so I decided to spice things up a bit and give him this block set for Christmas. Though the pieces are small (which is the one drawback to this toy), my son has been able to construct some very creative inventions with the variety of pieces included. My daughter does not play with this as much, but she enjoys watching her big brother make the creations she demands, such as flowers and butterflies, with his new blocks! The variety of shapes and colors of pieces helps keep interest and new ideas sparking time after time of playing with the set.
There are a lot of other educational toys out there that deserve the same attention the above ones have gotten, but the few that I chose to review and recommend here in this post are ones that we have recently experienced. Be on the lookout for more personal recommendations and another fun treat to come soon- an e-book with ideas on how to keep kids busy and entertained on those bad weather days!