School’s finally out here in NJ and that means Summer Vacation. While I’m fully for relaxing and hanging out I don’t want the kids to lose all they’ve learned so I’ve pulled together some of the fun games and toys we’ll be playing this summer keeping both their brains and bodies active.
Frankies food truck fiasco– We love this game and I love that it both mental and physical. Working on shapes, and healthy eating choices this game is winner. I also like that we can incorporate a strategy lesson into it.
Zingo- This has become a nightly after dinner game. We have 2 different versions. Sight words, which is getting Eleanor prepped for Kindergarten and the classic, which everyone can play. It’s quick and interactive keeping everyone on their toes. It combines learning and Bingo so obviously I’m a huge fan.
Zing Blast Off Firetek Rocket – It’s good for the brain to be active physically as well and we’ve had a blast with the Firetek Rocket. We like to talk about the different angles we can shoot it and how high we think it can go. Plus it keeps the kids very active running to bring back the rocket. I also really like that it glows and makes a whistle sound so we can plan with it at night.
LeapTV– There will be rainy days so we use this time to play with our LeapTV. We’ve gotten hours of play with this and it has been great for both kids to work on their concentration, and fine motor skills. Since we’ve accumulated a lot of the games via birthdays and holidays it keeps learning fresh and new.
Lakeshore Gear Builders– I’m so excited about this toy. It’s got plenty of pieces so you can you actually build something and I really like the engineer aspect of it. This has been fun for all of us and it keeps the kids busy for good bit of time. I also really like the colors and working on those with C.
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk- It’s simple, but so essential for a kids creativity. We’ve gotten some great suggestions from Camden’s teacher to work on letters and numbers with it and I like that we can play games (hopscotch is a favorite) as well. Keeping us outside and having fun.
Spot it – Splash– Keeping your mind active is easy with this game. We have lots of different Spot Its, but I love that this one is waterproof so we can throw it on the pool bag or hang out by the sprinkler and laugh and play. We get some pretty heated games going, and sometimes the kids are quicker than I am, so it’s good for me as well.
There are so many great educational toys and games out there, that it’s hard to pick my favorites, but these are the ones I find us playing and using the most. The days of summer are long and we want kids to be kids so I like to think of these things as a good mix of keeping it light and easy and educational at the same time.
What educational toys and games do your kids like to play?
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