Parents Can Help Avoid The Summer Brain Drain With Card Games Involving Math, Building Blocks Using Circuitry And Hands-On Metamorphosis Kits!
Black Earth, WI (April 26, 2019) – Two words that parents never want to hear this summer as kids transition from their hectic school schedule to the mellow pace of summer days…I’m Bored! KidStuff Public Relations, promoters of great children’s products since 1994, suggests a gathering a summer toy box full edu-taining pleasures that will keep hands and minds mesmerized. Might we suggest “building” butterflies or a radio from electronic blocks!
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Yes, we want kids to run, splash and play outside but sometimes sitting at the kitchen table for a game of cards or building with magnetic rods or bricks can be just as pleasurable. The added bonus is that cognitive, creative and motor skills get a workout during the unstructured days of summer. Toymakers Ok2Win, E-Blox, BizyBeez, Across the Board and Insect Lore reinforce elementary math, reading and science lessons disguised as fun!
According to published studies, students return to school after the long summer break having lost one to three months worth of learning! Parents and teachers call that the “summer brain drain.” And, the decline is more detrimental for math than it is for reading. Offering kids toys that require counting, curiosity and cause and effect go along way in battling the brain drain.
Shuffle the deck and deal. KidStuff PR recommends family games like 3UP 3 DOWN ($9.99) that allows youngsters to practice less-than and greater-than math concepts in a fast-paced round of cards. Boom Goes The Dynamite ($14.99) requires basic addition, subtraction and division as players attempt to match numbered cards.
Rainy days and Mondays are perfect for building. Playing with E-Blox Circuit Blox 120 ($43.99) or Bizybeez MagStix ($69.99) utilizes the right brain and the left brain. Construction play involves engineering, hand-eye coordination and spatial reasoning. E-Blox introduces circuitry for a bit of light and action! Building can also be quiet play as children sit on the floor or at a table and ponder their next move. Did we mention fun? Kids will be eager to click the magnetized sticks and balls into a tall structure with the 40+ pieces of MagStix. Or open the 120-piece Circuit Blox kit to create an actual radio!
Building a better mousetrap might be a tough assignment but show them how to “grow” a butterfly. Introduce your child to the magic of metamorphosis with Insect Lore’s Butterfly Farm ($27.99). For 50 years Insect Lore has allowed families to foster a family of caterpillars that transform into beautiful butterflies. At the end of this science experiment, children happily release them back into nature. That’s a lesson they will never forget.
Summer days should also be carefree without screens, plugs or batteries. Across the Board games showcases nostalgic games like Solitaire ($40) and Mancala ($36) atop gorgeous wooden game boards. You supply the board; they bring their game face and apply trial and error strategies. It’s brain teasing at its best. Just released Assault ($36) imagines attackers and defenders around a castle that fit snuggly on a beautiful wooden board.
Tech Will Save Us want to make every kid feel like a hero, show moms, dads and grandparents that tech-time doesn’t have to mean screen time. Their range of digitally and physical toys encourages fun learning by doing, open-ended play and co-learning experiences. Consider the Light Racer Kit ($24.99) to supercharge a bike and make it the coolest bike on the block, Electro Dough Kit ($29.99) for young STEM learners or a Gamer Kit ($99.99) for tweens 10 and older.
Look for these summer “homework” helpers in specialty toy stores or online:
BizyBeez MagStix Sensory Magnetic Toys Building Set • $69.99
Looking for a sensory toy that will engage your child while fostering cognitive development? The BizyBeez MagStix 41-Piece set features magnetized sticks and colorful metal balls that can be combined in an endless variety of ways with a simple click. MagStix Jumbo size makes them easy to grip and provide a proprioceptive input that is pleasing to both spectrum and sensory kids. MagStix proudly gives back 20% of the net profit from each purchase to a charity that supports special-needs children or humanitarian efforts around the globe. Find them at https://bizybeez.com.
3UP 3DOWN® • Ages 7+ • $9.99
Open the pack and shuffle 84 neon-colored (orange, green, and blue), casino-quality, bridge-sized cards. To win each round, a player must get rid of his cards before family and friends can. But, the “3 Down” cards keeps everyone guessing, as these cards are not revealed until the very end! Players need both strategy and luck. As the many Amazon reviews reveal, both kids and adults adore this game where 2 to 6 persons can play at a time. Find it at https://www.ok2win.com/
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE • Ages 8+ • $14.99
A dynamic matching game with an explosive twist! Turn over any two cards in the MATCHBOX. If the cards are the same number, you’ve made a traditional match! BUT… …if the cards are not the same number, you can still ignite a match by using one or more of your IGNITE cards. For example, if you turn over a “10” and a “9”, you can use a “Subtract 1” IGNITE card to ignite a match of nines (since 10-1=9). Find it at https://www.ok2win.com/
E-Blox Circuit Blox™ 120 • Ages 8+ • $43.99
Kids can use existing building bricks to create a working radio as they discover how learn about the wonders of electricity, current and voltage. A total of 120 different projects will keep kids active until the September school bell rings! Find them at https://myeblox.com/.
Insect Lore’s 50th Anniversary Butterfly Farm • $27.99
To celebrate 50 years, Insect Lore has a created a limited edition Butterfly Farm! This Pop-up habitat with ultra-clear panel ideal for viewing Painted Lady butterflies offers children an exciting introduction to insect metamorphosis, entomology, and life cycle learning! This kit includes a Cup of Caterpillars, a one-of-a-kind Butterfly Farm habitat and a chance to raise caterpillars through the four stages of metamorphosis. Find them at https://www.insectlore.com/.
Across the Board Solitaire • $40
Solo play never felt so glam. This one-player classic game is designed to capture marbles until only one remains. This version features a solid wood game board that weighs nearly 3 pounds (!) and 36 assorted marbles.
Across the Board Mancala in Walnut • $36
Mancala is one of the oldest board games known! To play the game, two players take turns strategizing to disperse and seize gems. The hefty walnut board weighs nearly two pounds!
Across the Board Assault • $36
Created by a St. Louis inventor, Attackers and Defenders take turns trying to outsmart each other to occupy the castle in a balanced contest strategy game. The game set includes game board, velvet bag containing twenty-four black marbles and two red marbles.
- All three games are for Ages 6+ and can be found at https://acrosstheboardgame.com
Tech Will Save Us Gamer Kit • $99.99 • Ages 10+
The Gamer Kit is an easy-to-build kit for kids that get them coding their own handheld games! Using the free online coding platform, kids learn to hack and code classic games to build their skills before designing and coding their own games. Kids invent, code, and play their own games while learning important creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Kit • $24.99 • Ages 8+
What’s the fastest thing in the universe? Light. – Want to race with it? YEAH! Electricity. Beamed through the air. Supercharging your bike. Simply strap the bolts to your wheels and the hub to your frame and zap! Unleash your creative superpower now with the Light Racer kit.
Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit • 29.99 • Ages 4+
Electro Dough is the perfect introduction to learning about electricity through play. Kids age 4+ are introduced to basic circuits and how electricity works by making and playing with conductive dough! A bestseller, Electro Dough comes with a recipe to make your own dough, and everything you need to make fun shapes and create simple circuits to make the dough light up and buzz.
- Find all three at https://www.techwillsaveus.com/ or Amazon.com
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