Looking for the perfect quiet-time activity to do with your school-age kids? These colorful, artistic kits are perfect for after school, weekends, or even a little pre-bedtime relaxation.
Bath Fizzies (Creativity for Kids)
One of the newest entries in Creativity for Kids’ impressive line of craft/art-oriented kits, this one comes with everything your child will need to make six soothing bath fizzies. Specifically, you get two butterfly molds, baking soda, fizzy formulas, fragrances, shimmering stuff, and charms to hide in the fizzies. You also get gift wrap and tags, in case you want to give your creations away. In our house, bath time and meal time are separate events, but just in case a younger child gets ahold of one, these fizzies are gluten- and paraben-free and vegan. Who knew? Now, just slip into the tub and relaaaaax. For ages 7+. About $16. http://www.fabercastell.com
When it comes to building, construction, and robotics, we think that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing—and no better way to have fun with your kids. So if you’re looking for some great building-related activities, check out these wonderful options.
Bionic Bug (Techno Gears)
Most kids love building, and a slightly smaller group loves bugs. For those who love both, this action-packed kit is perfect. It contains 80 colorful pieces and easy-to-follow instructions to build a motorized bug that moves, rotates, and more. Kids will learn about robotics, gears, following instructions, planning, and patience. For ages s 6+. Under $20. www.thelearningjourney.com
We all know that kids need to be spending time outside working up a sweat and building strong muscles. But they also need plenty of down time. And what better way to relax than by creating art? Here are some truly outstanding ways you and your kids can flex your creativity muscles together.
Tropical Terrarium (Craftivity)
A great craft activity to do with your tween and/or teen. It comes with everything you need for a fabulous mini garden (except water): a trendy, geometric terrarium; potting mix; seeds; pink flamingo and golden pineapple ornaments; decorative plants, sand, and stones; a water dropper; and instructions. For ages 12+. Under $25. www.fabercastell.com