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Looking for screen free activities that are easy to set up and that will be a hit with your kids? These are my top suggestions (perfect for sending as a gift as well)!
Thank you to KiwiCo for partnering with us.
Here we go. A break from school is coming and…..you're looking for stuff to do with your kids. Right? This time of year, I think we all are. And weather plus the need to stay at home definitely can present a bit of a challenge. If you're anything like me, then the goal is to take a break from all the movies and shows to create some quality time. But the truth is, we need help, support and ideas. Screen free activities take planning, materials, inspiration……and to be blunt, prepping stuff like this? Not everyone's thing.
The teacher in me loves planning activities, especially screen free ones. But this year? I'm short on time, materials, and…..patience. So I'm calling in a support team, and prepping some fun activities to do at home over winter break.
I've talk about KiwiCo's subscription boxes for the last couple years……they have multiple options with hands on activities to suit different ages and developmental stages and different interests. But here's the latest. NOW? You don't have to subscribe to their monthly box (although we still do)…..you can order crates a la carte (fancy for…..you can shop single crates in KiwiCo's new store….they even have some store exclusives in there only available in the KiwiCo shop plus there are projects as low as $9.95) Even if you DO subscribe, this is a great option for ordering additional crates for the winter break or even as gifts.
Screen Free Activities Your Kids Will Love: KiwiCo Boxes
So my plan for winter break? I ordered a BUNCH of different crates. And we'll be doing a couple fun things with them.
Zoom Around the World: We already get Atlas Crate as a subscription. It's a monthly crate that focuses on a different country or culture each time and Lydia LOVES it. But one country we haven't gotten yet? Italy. My mom is a first generation Italian American, and Italian culture is a huge part heritage. So I'm ordering Italy kits for Lydia and my nephews. My mom is going to do “Nonni” time with the kids on Zoom and do all the activities (the kit even has a spinning pizzeria automaton model to build!).
Winter Activities: KiwiCo's original product is their Kiwi Crate, which always focuses on hands on STEAM projects. There are a variety of options for different ages, and these crates are always great screen free activities that are curated and ready to go. Right now? There are a number of crates in the KiwiCo Store that are perfect winter activities. We already broke out this Crystal Chemistry Tree kit, and it was so much fun (you can see this one in action in our stories). There are also Santa wobblers, chalkboard ornaments to make and more winter themed options!
Date Your Kids: One of my favorite ways to use KiwiCo crates is as a special dedicated time for each of us with Lydia. In the hustle and bustle of the season, that one on one time can be hard to carve out. These kits are PERFECT to facilitate screen free activities that are fun, and easy to implement. You can even peruse the website to pick out a few favorites that you select together then plan a weekly time to complete and activity. And bonus? These kits are pretty portable so weather permitting, you could even bring a blanket to a local park and do them outside for a change of scene!