We are in the full swing of summer and if your kids are anything like mine, summer brain drain is hitting pretty hard right now. Finding ways to keep the kids interested in learning during the summer can be hard, but with a little help from some cool brands like the ones below it can actually be extremely easy! Check out how to avoid summer brain drain with some fun games and crafts!
Yummy Rainbow Lip Balm Lab: Mix up a rainbow of mouth-wateringly delicious lip balms and lip glosses. Experiment with a vibrant spectrum of colors and flavors to create your own personalized lip products. This cosmetics laboratory includes a special workstation and all the ingredients, containers, and tools you need to make up to six lip balms in clear plastic jars and two lip glosses in glass rollerball-applicator bottles. A full-color manual guides you through the process of making lip balms and glosses and provides detailed information about the science behind these products. Thoroughly tested to the highest standards for cosmetic and toy safety. For ages 8+ | MSRP $29.95
Gravity Bugs: Going up! Build a mighty robotic bug that defies gravity to crawl up, down, and all around windows with ease! This motorized, multi-legged machine uses an ingenious system of suction cups to walk on smooth vertical surfaces like windows and glossy panels. Assemble the robot to learn about its inner mechanisms, including gears and an electric circuit complete with motor, battery, and switch. Then experiment to see which types of surfaces your Gravity Bug can climb best. Read about how suction cups work and how this robot climbs. This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work. An eight-panel, full-color manual guides your model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions. For ages 8+ | MSRP $19.95
Creatto: Make, play and display with Creatto, a unique series of Light-Up 3D Puzzle kits. The simple yet versatile building system consists of just two parts that can be quickly and easily pieced together to form countless 3D creations. Each Creatto kit includes a string of LED lights and language-independent assembly instructions for four different configurations. QR codes are also available for online tutorials. Available in Northern Lights Polar Bear & Winter Pals, Luminous Lion & Serengeti Sidekicks, Glowing Panda & Monochrome Crew, Shining Sweetheart & Lovable Stuff and Soaring Dragon & Flying Friends. MSRP: $9.95 – $29.95 Ages 8+.
Groovy Glowing Candy Lab: Set the world aglow with peace, happiness, and good times! Make yummy candies that actually glow in the dark. Mold fun, glowing gummies and sweet, glowing ice cubes in groovy shapes. Then make a batch of hard candy and watch it glow. A small amount of a safe, natural ingredient — riboflavin, or vitamin B2 — causes these candies to glow under the included blacklight flashlight. Learn about the chemistry of glowing materials and pigments, the physics of light and electromagnetic waves, and more science behind these delicious treats. This kit includes all the food ingredients needed for a groovy good time! Made in the USA. For ages 6+ | MSRP $19.95
Sweet Candy Perfume Lab: This kit is a complete perfumer’s laboratory with six candy-themed fragrances, a special workstation, and all the tools and containers you need to make more than 24 sweet-smelling perfume combinations. Build your personalized fragrance, choosing from the essences of peppermint, chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, and cotton candy. Once you have perfected your scent, store it in the deluxe perfume bottle, adorably shaped like a wrapped hard candy. The full-color manual is packed with information about the biology of smell, the chemistry of scents, and the art of making perfumes. For ages 8+ | MSRP $29.95
smART Pixelator: The smART Pixelator empowers kids to design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel Beads, Sequins or Pegs. Right out of the box, kids have a choice of creating 50 step-by-step designs using Pixel Beads. A smART Pixelator app and any mobile device also let them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Additional beads, sequins, pegs, and projects are available to keep the fun flowing. Ideal for kids 7 to 107 years old. MSRP: $59.99
Mag Buddies Ice Cream Store Set: The original and authentic Magformers. Set includes 22 Pieces. 7 Squares, 2 Arches, 4 Sectors, 1 Rectangle, 1 Ice Cream Sign, 2 base plates, 1 Ice Cream block, 1 Mini Chair, 1 Mini Table, 1 Ice Cream Seller and 1 Wall Plate. STEM Accredited by STEM.org. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and education. Step-by-step educational idea booklet with follow along ideas and instructions. Neodymium rare-earth magnets for guaranteed connectivity. Compatible with all Magformers shapes and accessories. Super strong, safe and durable BPA-free High Quality ABS plastic. Ages 3+ $29.99
Stick-O City 16pc Set: With the Stick-O City 16 Piece Set, kids can construct their very own busy city. Toddler can build a car, racer, airplane and more with the City 16Pc Set . Included in this kit is 1 Sphere, 2 Stick, 3 Long Stick and magnetic accessories including vehicle wheels, wings, and propellers. MSRP $24.99; ages 36m+.
Green Toys™ Disney Baby® Mickey Mouse Stacker: The Green Toys™ Disney Baby® Mickey Mouse Stacker takes a classic toy and makes it safer and more playful, with no sharp edges, small parts, or interlocking pieces that can pinch fingers and an adorable Mickey Mouse-themed topper and base. The seven brightly colored red, blue, and yellow nesting pieces stack easily from large to small, while also allowing children to use their imagination and stack in any order. This eliminates frustration when they’re little, and leaves room for learning and improvement as they grow. The set is designed with no center post, making it a perfect first stacking toy for babies. With this toy, babies and toddlers can gain practice in important developmental areas, including but not limited to motor skills, coordination, categorization and sorting, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and color identification. Like all Green Toys™ Disney Baby® products, the Mickey Mouse Stacker meets FDA standards for food contact and is dishwasher safe, making it safe for teething babies to put in their mouths. It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and free from external coatings, eliminating the fear of toxins and lead paint. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials printed with environmentally responsible inks. Recommended for ages 6 months and up
Quicksilver Thinking Putty: Commonly known as quicksilver, mercury is the only metallic element that is a liquid at room temperature. It’s a heavy, silver-colored metal that has been historically used for temperature gauges and electrical applications because of its conductive properties. Just like its namesake, Quicksilver Thinking Putty® is a saturated silver color with dark streaks throughout. Use the included magnet to discover the unique properties of this putty for yourself. Ages 8+ MSRP $15.00
Strange Attractor Thinking Putty: Strange attractor is the name of a mathematical equation that is commonly part of chaos theory. This equation creates a fractal—a never ending, non-repeating pattern within a dynamic system. Basically, a strange attractor has a mind of its own and creates beautiful patterns in design, art, and nature. Strange Attractor Thinking Putty® has a mind of its own as well. A deep, mysterious black with subtle green sparkles, it comes alive when charged with the included magnet. Ages 8+ MSRP $15.00
Tidal Wave Thinking Putty: In search of the perfect wave? Try an electromagnetic one. Just like the ocean’s tidal forces, electromagnetic forces are incredibly powerful and awe-inspiring. Created to mimic the effect of a giant swell, Tidal Wave Thinking Putty® comes with a powerful magnet to help you create incredible effects. Charge the putty with the magnet and watch as the iridescent blue crest moves toward it in an invisible magnetic field. You’ll even see ripples on the surface just like the sea. Ages 8+ MSRP $15.00
Story Time Chess: Story Time Chess is the ONLY game in the world that can teach chess to children as young as three years old. Story Time Chess utilizes a cast of adorable characters through a series of fun and interactive stories in order to progressively teach children how to play chess. The stories focus on why chess pieces move in their own unique ways and are supported by activities that cement chess knowledge in your child’s mind. Ages 3+ MSRP of $49.99
Guion The Lion: Guion The Lion is a new children’s book that celebrates the differences in all children through a colorful and exciting journey. The book, which follows the adventures of an imaginative little lion who sees things a little differently from his friends, was penned by mother, entrepreneur and author Rebecca Wilson Macsovits and inspired by her three children including Guion, her oldest son who also has Down syndrome. Full of whimsical delights, discoveries and beautiful watercolor illustrations, this book teaches children that appreciating individual differences and embracing others’ ideas can lead to unimaginable adventures and endless fun. Guion The Lion is available now via Amazon and online at www.Guionthelion.com. MSRP $17.99