All of the products in this post we have tried, reviewed or already owned. Some of these products I was given in order to conduct my review. As always, all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.
It has been such a strange spring having our children home from school months for months due to covid. Even now with our state starting to open up, our family is still social distancing as much as possible. The purpose of our Summertime Gift Guide for Kids is to find fun educational toys, games, craft and book gift ideas that will encourage imagination, creativity and LEARNING 🙂 Many of these gift ideas we have personally owned for years and years. (I love that Pound Puppies, Lite Brite and Etch-a-Sketch are coming back!) Some gifts I have been given the opportunity to try out and review. All of the gifts are wonderful!
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Toys & Games
My son is so excited that Hess has released their 2020 Hess Mini Collection this summer! This brand new set from the beloved toy company includes 3 highly detailed, small-scale toy trucks inspired by popular holiday Hess Toy Trucks from the past– the 2009 Hess Race Car and Racer (with pull-back motor), the 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue, and the 1987 Hess 18-Wheeler Bank. Each toy features brilliant working lights, intricate detail, and chrome accents, and the set can be purchased at HessToyTruck.com; including a total of 9 Energizer® batteries and free standard shipping.Learn More
Great Scott! Biff stole the DeLorean and went on a joyride through time, disrupting events and scattering items through space and time! Now it’s up to you to help Doc and Marty repair the space-time continuum before time paradoxes unravel the very fabric of the universe. Jump in your time machine, complete events, return items, and help restore temporal! The future is in your hands!
In Back to the Future Dice Through Time Game, you’ll take control of a DeLorean and travel through the Back to the Future film trilogy, solving events and returning items to their proper place and time before the OUTATIME tracker reaches “Game Over.” Each round, you and your fellow players will roll dice to determine your actions, which include time travel, moving meddling members of the Tannen family, and more. You’ll use your dice to solve events as well. After solving an event, you’ll draw an item card, which you’ll need to return by traveling to the year and location listed on the card. Then, the OUTATIME tracker is reduced—buying you more time—and you earn an Einstein token. Einstein tokens provide one action anyone can use later. After everyone has taken their actions, advance the OUTATIME tracker depending on which year has the most unsolved events. Finally, add Paradox tokens to all unsolved events on the board. In later rounds, these will cause the OUTATIME tracker to go up even faster! Return all the items before the OUTATIME tracker reaches “Game Over” to win!Learn More
The original Pound Puppies are back with new authentic reproductions that look and feel just like everyone remembers! The Pound Puppy in this picture is actually almost the same exact one I had as a child! These puppies are ready to be adopted and loved. There are a variety of puppies to choose from, with different facial and eye expressions, ear lengths and fur colors in an updated soft material. Each Pound Puppy comes in a pet-carrier shaped package and includes a care sheet and official adoption papers.Learn More
Ignite your logic and sequential reasoning skills with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons. These clever circuit-building puzzles provide a boost of brainpower and a wonderful introduction to electrical engineering. With 60 challenges ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, this logic game will provide engineers of all levels with hours of electrifying fun.Learn More
Eloise Goes to Bed is a boxed set featuring Eloise, a cuddly, 14-inch soft-bodied baby doll dressed in charming pink footed pajamas. With Eloise and the four accessories that are included — toothbrush and toothpaste, “Good Night, Eloise” picture book, and blanky — young children learn about and practice getting ready for bed. Eloise’s blue sleepy eyes close when she is put down for a nap or at bedtime, just like a real baby, and her head and limbs are made of soft-to-the-touch vinyl that is delicately scented with vanilla, a Corolle signature, Part of the mon grand poupon Corolle collection of dolls, fashions and accessories for little ones wanting to take care of their baby doll the way their parents take care of them.Learn More
We have given our kids Cutetitos stuffed animals for Christmas the past two years and they love them. Cutetitos has a new set coming out called Taste Budditos. With Cutetitos Taste Budditos your child will discover 2 mini best friends in a 2-piece heart-shaped wrap, inspired by their favorite food pairings! Each set includes 2 mini best friends in fun patterns inspired by classic food pairings – peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese, chips & salsa, and milk & cookies! A heart-shaped wrap is included; you can wrap’em together or separate it into 2 pieces and wrap ’em alone. There are 8 Budditos in all to collect (2 in each set) – so many fun animalitos, like a Cowito, a Puppito, a Chihuahito, a Lizardito, and more! The included Pet Collector card will tell you each Buddito’s name, species, birthday,and Heart Spot ranking – – will they be “Bestito Frienditos”, “Frienditos 4Ever”, or something else? Budditos love each other, despite their differences – they’ll inspire you to #LoveYourDifferences too! These will be available starting in July!Learn More
Deblockle from Project Genius is a casual strategy game of tips and turns for two players. Take turns flipping your blocks into adjacent squares and then moving them across the board. Be the first player to successfully remove all of your blocks by maneuvering them onto the final square on the board, and you win! Easier to learn than chess, but with a wealth of creative, 3-dimensional challenges, Deblockle is a game that players can pick up as young as 8 years old, and enjoy for years to come.Learn More
I could swear I’ve seen that before…or have I? Flip over a card and look at the images, then ?ip over another. When you think you’re seeing something for the second time, grab the matching object from the table. Your memory can play tricks on you in the first round because many objects look similar, but it’s even trickier as play continues and you’re seeing objects again and again . . . or are you?Learn More
Welcome to the world-famous Jungle Cruise! You’ve been hired to transport a boatload of cargo and passengers down the river to Jungle Navigation Company Headquarters. There, company president Alberta Falls will appoint one family of passengers as temporary caretakers—and your new bosses—while she goes on a much-needed sabbatical. Be prepared to lose passengers and cargo to dangers hidden in the jungle, but don’t worry—you’ll find more along the way! Find clues along the river to see which family Alberta has chosen. Transport the most valuable boatload of cargo and passengers to Headquarters to win!Learn More
In the Engine, Engine No 9 Game your family will get all aboard for fun with this game that features…loco-motion! Young engineers roll the die and move the game board, creating a new fast-track on each turn as they race to get their engines to the station.Learn More
Can you escape the phantom? On each turn, a roll of the die moves one player forward or unleashes the phantom from the depths of the castle. Scurry around the halls, ducking into castle’s chambers to avoid the phantom once it emerges. But beware, if another player enters your room you’re plunged back into the halls where the phantom lurks. You’ll need strategy and a little luck to survive in this classic family board game, but in the end there’s no escape … for all but one.Learn More
Discover a new modern classic! The limited-edition Rubik’s Cube-inspired Etch A Sketch celebrates not only the 60th anniversary of Etch A Sketch, but also the 40th anniversary of the mysterious 3D puzzle. It features a colorful Rubik’s Cube mosaic frame, cube knobs and the original magic screen to draw on. This is the perfect gift to inspire your child to design, create and imagine.Learn More
In one of the world’s top-selling games, players inspect the cards as they’re ?ipped to find five of the same fruit, then race to squeak the banana. It’s a full-on fruit frenzy!Learn More
Struggling with tantrums and timeouts? Help is here with Goodtimer! Goodtimer is a fun, interactive, and easy-to-use educational toy designed to encourage good habits through positive reinforcement, tangible incentives, and family participation! Created by parents for parents, Goodtimer motivates kids ages 3-10 to feel successful in their day-to-day decisions! Fun and simple to use, kids simply turn their Goodtimer on by flipping it right-side up. Goodtimer begins to glow, a positive sound plays, and the device begins tracking Good Time©. Goodtimer visually displays your child’s performance and helps them make good choices. As long as your child is following your house rules, the device will glow green with 12 lighted segments that will illuminate one at a time as kids earn more Good Time.© When all the segments are full (about 8 hours), kids earn a Goodtimer token! Families agree in advance what the value for each token is and what fun incentives kids can exchange them for. Each Goodtimer includes the Goodtimer device, the Goodtimer children’s book, a decorative sticker sheet, a charging cable, 32 reusable tokens, a plush token pouch, customer support, and exclusive access to positive parenting resources.Learn More
With Hog Wild Birdie Golf you can create your own “green” indoors or in the back yard with real golf action! Has a weighted flag cup and a uniquely designed, built-in “birdie-tail” style ball.Learn More
K’NEX Architecture is a new line of Building Sets based on the world’s greatest architectural designs, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower and London Eye. Each set comes with historical information about the landmark and detailed easy-to-follow, step-by-step building instructions. Think outside the blocks with K’NEX, a building system featuring rods and connectors that snap together with a satisfying “click” and can be configured into amazing, moving designs of all shapes and sizes. Building with K’NEX supports developmental growth and puts builders on a pathLearn More
towards a better understanding of STEM subjects. As they fit the pieces together, they’re developing spatial awareness and honing their fine motor and dexterity skills. Discover your inner architect with this fun family project you will be proud to display in your home. Compatible with other K’NEX building sets.
Look what is back! Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic brings me back to my childhood! It has new retro-inspired styling resembles the original Lite-Brite from the 80’s and now features a bigger screen, brighter pegs, and more templates including six retro patterns! Just insert the pegs into the templates or freestyle an original design – then press the button to see the creation light-up in four different ways, from steady to blinking. With an updated stand on the back, kids can easily create and display their masterpieces…then turn off the lights for the ultimate effect!Learn More
Osmo’s game Pizza Co. will have your child cooking up math & money skills! With this game they will learn how to run their own pizza shop! They will quickly cook pizza & calculate change using toppings & money tiles. As their restaurant earns money they will invest their profits to upgrade their shop as they bake their way to becoming “the big cheese”! Pizza Co will teach addition, subtraction & fraction skills all the way to fast paced mental math. Osmo Pizza Co. automatically adjusts to your child’s ability!Learn More
Looking to build a cool sand fortress? Then a PLAYMOBIL Sand Drilling Rig is a must-have tool! Drill holes or burrow tunnels in the sand with ease. Simply disconnect the drill from the truck, hold the handle, and twist into the sand to start drilling.Learn More
Ravensburger has been making toys for the hand, head, and heart for over 130 years. This Ravensburger Disney Collector’s Edition Cinderella 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles will bowl you over with premium quality, in terms of both content and material. Ravensburger’s puzzles are made to fit precisely – no matter how large or small the puzzle, each is precision made so that every piece fits perfectly, without frustration. Best of all, every single piece in this puzzle is unique, no duplicates and no frustration. Jigsaw puzzles help support a child’s development as they play, building skills such as concentration and creativity, and are great fun for adults, providing a great experience whether you’re puzzling by yourself or with a group.Learn More
This is one of my favorite gift ideas for the summer! If you are like me and have a puzzle taking up space on your dining room table, this organizer will allow you to keep your puzzle going BUT also give you back your table! I now am able to store my puzzle underneath my couch utilizing the Puzzle Store! The Ravensburger Puzzle Store is a sturdy five-compartment storage case for puzzles of up to 1000 pieces. The sleek and streamlined case helps puzzlers organize and store puzzle pieces for ongoing projects and includes a flat cardboard for assembling puzzles and keeping everything within reach. The assembly board stores puzzle projects as they’re being worked on, so puzzlers can resume whenever and wherever they wish. The thin case includes handles for easy transport.Learn More
This has been a favorite game of my son’s for the past few years! It will take more than a little skilled driving to get the red car out of this traffic jam – it will take brainpower. In Rush Hour, a sliding block logic game, you have to battle the gridlock as you slide the blocking vehicles out of the way for the red car to exit. With 40 all-new challenges, ranging in difficulty, players can progress at their own speed. As one of the best logic games of all time, Rush Hour is a must for every household.Learn More
Outrageously cute Blume babies are ready to be discovered! With Skyrocket Blume Baby Pop, the surprises don’t stop, as hidden under every sprout is either a baby or a cute baby accessory. . . just pull and “POP” to reveal what’s inside! Blume babies come wrapped in removable swaddles with unique, out-of-this-world hairstyles on top. Best of all, each flower pot turns into a playset with even more surprises to uncover. Get ready for naptime in the sweet nursery, make a splash in the jumbo swimming pool, and throw a gender reveal party with color-changing diapers! Hidden accessories like Cozy Costumes and Snuggles Buddies add to the collectible fun. How many babies will you pop?! Three babies and 50 styles in all to fall in love with! Includes two sticker sheets and a collectible poster.Learn More
Keep the ornate arch from crumbling by finding the solution to this inspirational puzzle. Remove the 16 laser-cut pieces from the True Genius Roman Cathedral Door and challenge yourself to get them all back into place. Visual thinkers and jigsaw puzzlers looking for a new challenge will enjoy this smart puzzle.Learn More
Launch ‘edible ammo’ in the form of marshmallows with the Zing Double Barrel Marshmallow Blaster! Simply pump the handle on the back of the blaster, fill the cylinder chamber with air and watch your marshmallows fly – with distances of up to 40 feet!Learn More
STEM, STEAM, Art & Craft Kits
Highlight your notes in beautiful pastel colors with a minty fresh smell. This set of 10 Ooly Pastel Mints is a set of pastel highlighters that will color your journals, notes and hand written calendars in a beautiful color palette. The unique, soft flexible tips make for silky smooth lining of your most important notationsLearn More
I love everything about this subscription service for kids. Having a black Ethiopian son and a Chinese daughter, I see how there is a huge disparity when it comes to toys/dolls/books showing white children versus toys featuring children of color. I love that Brown Toy Box features children of color in their activities, books, etc. Brown Toy Box is aiming to create a world where Black children see themselves positively represented throughout the spaces they experience and that they know they can be and do anything they set their minds to doing and becoming. This Marine Biology box will have your child learn about the wonders of Marine Biology. Included is a grade-level appropriate, culturally representative book that will inspire a curious mind, a hands-on project to build skills, and a fun activity or toy to play and learn.Learn More
Terri-Nichelle Bradley launched Brown Toy Box to expand the minds of kids and introduce careers in science, tech, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Through subscription boxes—each inclusive of a toy, hands-on activity, and book on a Black trailblazer in a kit-themed profession—Bradley’s mission is to normalize excellence and create prosperous pathways for children of color. The Robotics Box will help your child learn about the wonders of Robotics with this engaging, hands-on activities. Included is a grade-level appropriate, culturally representative book that will inspire a curious mind, a hands-on project to build skills, and a fun activity or toy to play and learn.Learn More
Dream it, draw it, wear it! This fun Chalk of the Town T-Shirt Kit has erasable, re-usable and machine washable shirts that allow kids to create and wear their own specially designed t-shirt. Available in youth sizes XS to XL and adult sizes S to 2XL in lime green!Learn More
Circuit Blox 120 – E-Blox Circuit Board Building is the winner of Creative Child Magazine Creative Play of the Year, Product of the Year for 2017, TillyWig Brain Child, and Purdue University Engineering and Design Award! This kit is a great addition to any STEM program. As your child plays they will learn all about electricity, current and voltage. They will also discover how lights, alarms, motors, switches and more work all while building fun projects. With this kit they will build a real working FM radio and listen to their favorite station. It is compatible with other building brick sets. This kit comes with instructions for 120 different projects.Learn More
Colors of the World features 24 newly formulated crayons representing more than 40 global skin tones. The 24 new colors were developed by Crayola leveraging the basic elements of cosmetic foundation, encompassing three undertones – Rose, Almond and Golden – and skin tone colors ranging from Extra Light to Deepest.
Crayola Colors of the World crayons come in a 24 and 32-count pack and will begin to hit shelves in July, just in time for the back to school season. The 32-count crayon pack, sold exclusively at Walmart and comprised of the 24 new colors plus four hair and four eye color, is available for pre-order today. In spring of 2021, Crayola will extend the Colors of the World product line with the launch of broad line markers and colored pencils.Learn More
Creative Haven African Designs Coloring Book has thirty-one large, ready-to-color illustrations, all adapted from traditional African designs, reflect the continent’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Carefully rendered from authentic artifacts are a Moorish textile pattern, an Ashanti carved door panel, an antelope-shaped wooden headdress from Mali, and more. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, African Designs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.Learn More
Skillfully adapted from authentic motifs, 31 traditional designs depict a pair of peacocks amid lush blossoms, a serpent-like dragon with scaly skin, an idyllic waterscape revealing a gazebo and pavilion, lilies and foliage in an eye-catching circular configuration, and other richly detailed illustrations. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Chinese Designs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.Learn More
Since “take out to stay in” is the theme during these days of social distancing, Crayola Experience is applying that idea to creativity. The Crayola Experience Store at The Florida Mall in Orlando will be open for curbside pickup business of exclusive creativity kits, as well as a wide selection of Crayola products.
For the ultimate boredom buster, Crayola Experience has four pre-bundled creativity kits that include everything needed for kids to exercise their creativity at home with products ranging from sidewalk chalk to Scribble Scrubbies to watercolor paints. Each package includes Crayola product bundles sold at a discount and free unique craft projects to make with the products. The public also can order their favorite Crayola product for pickup while supplies are available.
All orders will be packaged and delivered to cars by staff wearing masks and gloves. This service is available for curbside pickup only; shipping is not available. Call 407-757-1750 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A staff member will take the order and help with any questions. Pickup hours are between 2-4 p.m. weekdays. Orders placed before 1 p.m. will be available for same-day pickup.Learn More
Explore the deep sea and craft some sea friends with Creativity for Kids Create with Clay Turtle Lagoon. Its easy and fun to create with clay, and then play! This sensory craft experience includes everything you need to get started, and to build your own sea turtle lagoon! This complete arts and craft activity includes: 2 sea turtles, 1 starfish, habitat container, clay, glow-in-the dark non-drying modeling clay, rocks, plants and a printed seascape. Finished habitat measures 10” l x 8” w x 1 ¾”h. Bring 2 sea turtles and 1 starfish to life by crafting and molding plastic outlines with clay! This kids craft combines the fun of arts and crafts with science and learning to create the perfect STEAM activity. Young crafters can channel their inner oceanographer or marine biologist. While creating and decorating the sea creature toys and turtle lagoon, boys and girls dive into learning more about sea turtles and other ocean animals with fun facts featured in the instructions! Similar to a Hawksbill Turtle, your turtle will also glow-in-the-dark when you accent it with glowing modeling clay! Once completed, your child can move their new ocean pets, plants and rocks around or add water for a realistic lagoon design. Molding with modeling clay helps develop fine motor skills which makes this craft kit the perfect sensory play activity. The repetitive motions of clay play in this craft kit also provides a calm, relaxing activity that stimulates the senses and encourages creativity and imagination. Once you have completed your sea turtle lagoon, your child can “just add imagination” to play and create their own scene, perfect for imaginative and narrative play or storytelling! Creating your own sea turtle and ocean animal lagoon makes a unique gift for both boys and girls that encourages screen free, creative play.Learn More
Creativity for Kids Magical Mixing Kids Science Kit is an educational based activity that kids are going to have loads of fun completing. This magic kit was made with education at the forefront. With the kit you will be able to complete 11 fun experiments learning about physical and chemical reactions. Parents and kids will love this science kit because it offers tons of fun and learning! Some of the experiments include fizzy formulas, oobleck, bouncing slime, squishy crystals, and color transformations. This steam-based science kit encourages children to critically think and problem solve all while being captivating and fun! Create magic through the power of science with the Magical Mixing kit! Stir up an array of potions, powders and formulas with the magic wands included to create a variety of different concoctions. Everything you need to complete all of the experiments is included: test tubes, pipettes, scoops, magical mixing wands, and an array of safety tested potions, powders, and child-friendly formulas. The Magical Mixing Kids Science Kit also comes with step-by-step instructions to explain all the experiments and inspire budding scientists. The step by step guide provides a strategic sensory toy! Creating chemical reactions, handling the bouncing slime and feeling the squishy crystals stimulates all the senses and develops cognitive and motor skills.Learn More
Experience the wonder of nature all year as you take the fun of gardening indoors with the Creativity for Kids Magical Mini Garden Kit – Unicorn Egg Terrarium. Mini Gardening is a unique, fun experience that combines both arts and crafts with science (STEAM) as your child creates their own mini unicorn garden. Perfect for beginners, this gardening kit for kids features quick growing chia seeds that sprout within 3-5 days! This guaranteed to grow terrarium kits means a green thumb for everyone! Everything you need to decorate, plant and grow your own unicorn paradise garden is included, just add water! Complete gardening kit includes potting mix, quick growing chia seeds, unicorn themed stickers, dimensional accents, fun minis – rainbows and unicorn and decorative sand. Mini egg-shaped gardens make the perfect Spring-time or Easter gift for kids. This unique craft activity makes the perfect addition as an Easter Basket Stuffer, stocking stuffer, small gift for kids, Spring Craft, rainy day activity and so much more! Terrarium kits allow for indoor gardening – anytime. Let creativity and self-expression take the lead as you decorate your magical unicorn garden. Colorful unicorn stickers and accents bring your garden to life and spark creativity and wonder of magical unicorns. Growing a mini garden is a unique activity, and also an opportunity to develop nurturing skills, responsibility and creative confidence!Learn More
The best inventions are usually made by accident or created out of necessity. What would make your life easier or more interesting? Dive into the Dabble Lab Inventor’s Box to get started! Follow along with the inspiration guide to learn how to create basic pulley systems, wheel axels and catapults to transform into an invention of your very own. Some of your inventions may come out exactly as planned, others may turn out differently. The inventors of bubble wrap were initially trying to create a 3D plastic wallpaper. It did not turn out as intended, but it was certainly a success!Learn More
This dynamically different craft kit is actually a craft and activity in one! Pop in one of the plastic eggs included with the kit and let the decorating begin. Use the different colored markers, to add stripes, lines or other fun“prehistoric” designs to decorate your egg. Then, “crack” open the shell to discover a surprise mini collectible dinosaur dripping in cool colored slime!Learn More
Break and expose Geodes of 3 natural rocks with the Discovery Break Your Own Geodes set! With adult supervision, break each rock using difference methods expressed in the simple instruction sheet. Experience natural science as you reveal shimmery crystals. Display your cool crystals in your room décor for all to see.Learn More
Become a superhero of creativity, just like the legendary Stan Lee! The limited-edition Stan Lee-inspired Etch A Sketch celebrates the legendary comic book author, featuring a colorful comic frame, Stan Lee knobs and the original magic screen to draw on. Draw some of the iconic characters Lee co-created, such as Spider-Man™, Iron Man™, X-Men™ and many more.Learn More
Designed for small hands, these neon gel crayons from Faber-Castell have a chunky size, making them perfect to grip and color. The crayons feature a buttery texture and can be used on any surface. They are a joy to blend, and reveal a beautiful glow under black lightLearn More
Girls and boys ages 5 to 10 can learn to draw many different animals by using circles, ovals, rectangles, squares, and other shapes! There are 30 pictures to create: dog, cat, leopard, moose, giraffe, panda, goose, duck, rooster, lamb, rabbit, cow, camel, elephant, and more. Simple directions and step-by-step illustrations make it easy and practice pages are included. Plus, the illustrations can be colored when finished.Learn More
Enjoy a world of magically medieval delight with the Ooly Knights and Dragons coloring book! This land full of dragons, knights, castles and more is waiting for your colorful imagination. With 31 coloring pages of enchanting fantasy illustrations this coloring book for kids is sure to delight!Learn More
Knit-Wise is a knitting or crochet subscription company. You can also purchase individual kits like this Knit-Wise Kids Flower Garden Kit! Spring is here! This kit includes everything you need for your kiddo to grow a tiny window sill flower garden. The Kit Contents: 3 Flower Pots, Wildflower Seeds, Soil, Fun Step-By-Step Instructions and Sticker DecorationsLearn More
The Knit-Wise Kids Mixed Media Collage Kit includes everything you need to make several masterpieces. Learn about the art of mixed media collage. This kit is packed with different textural, colorful materials to get the creativity really flowing. Kit Contents: Colorful Paper in Varied Textures, Kid Scissors, Glue Stick, Liquid Glue Pen, Various Miscellaneous Crafty Materials and Fun Instructions
The challenges and laser make the hugely popular Laser Maze Game fun. The fact that it’s a logic maze game that teaches STEM skills makes it a perfect game for anyone. Laser Maze requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target. This award-winning maze game is designed for solo play, but it’s so much fun everyone in the family will want a turn. This game has 60 Challenge Cards from Beginner to Expert.Learn More
This activity-packed set will help plant the seeds of creativity in boys and girls! Inside is a 64-page book that features instructions for folding 12 different models, from butterflies to flowers. Plus, 90 high-quality stickers make it easy to customize each creation. And that’s not all: 72 pre-printed sheets of origami paper are also included — many are perfect for coloring.Learn More
Fold it. Design it. Play with it. This amazing Origami City, with 75 fold-by-number origami models, is yours! Do you want an ice-cream shop right next to school? Or a limo waiting outside your driveway, ready to take you anywhere? Go for it! Created by certified origami genius, Taro Yaguchi––who has not only mastered the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, but now introduces his own innovation called Fold-by-Number––Origami City will have you building every part of a paper-folded city: an eleven-story apartment building, a town airport complete with a plane, cars, a train, an ice cream truck, trees, cats, dogs, a rabbit, and even little chipmunks that play in the park. And you’re in charge. It’s like being an architect, an engineer, a builder, an urban planner, and a mayor all in one. The kit includes 75 models to fold (with step-by-step instructions), 104 sheets of specially printed origami paper with numbers and lines for folding, and a full-color foldout play mat with roads and more.Learn More
With Osmo’s game Detective Agency, your child will run their own detective agency! They will travel to six famous cities, inspect hundreds of clues with your magnifying glass, and learn about geography and cultures around the world! This game will help your child use their deductive thinking and observation skills to help find missing pets and capture villainous thieves!Learn More
New Osmo Live Bootcamps focus on Art & Creativity, Coding, and Math. These 6-week long, hands-on interactive classes use the new Osmo Live platform for live learning. Kids ages 5 to 11 are taught by world-class instructors for 1 hour each week, with 2-3 hours of extended learning activities. In Art & Creativity, kids bring out their creative side by learning drawing techniques; in Coding, they start developing critical STEM skills; and in Math, they explore how math makes up everything in our world, from flowers to planetary orbits. While sessions are not private, they include immediate, personalized feedback. Kids can join by desktop computer or tablet. Classes begin June 22 and end the last week of July. Cost: $149, with $25 discount for multiple purchases.Learn More
Project Genius is all about finding creative games for kids (and grown-ups, too) that spark puzzle-solving fun in a beautifully made package. Chroma Cube fits the colorful bill. The 12 colorful wooden cubes may look easy enough sitting in their tray, but figuring out what cube belongs in which spot can be quite a challenge. Decipher the cryptic clues on the puzzle cards to determine how the colors should be arranged. Each puzzle card provides the starting position for some colors, and offers clues that can be used to determine where the other colors should go.Learn More
Color and stamp away with this set of colorful stamping markers. The Ooly Stampables stamp marker set comes with 18 uniquely scented markers. They have one pointed brush tip for coloring and the other end is a stamp with a fun and friendly design for… stamping of course! With 18 different colors and stamp designs to choose from, the coloring possibilities are endless. Bonus feature: these markers are washable on smooth surfaces too.Learn More
Learn to be quick on the draw with this easy guide to sketching cars and trucks Transform basic shapes and lines into a host of vehicles with this revved-up drawing guide. Fifty simple lessons show kids ages 8 to 12 how to put together a sketch in only three or four fast-paced steps. Create race cars, big rigs, fire trucks, motorcycles, dune buggies, mobile homes, and other wheeled vehicles — fast!Learn More
Beginning pianists of all ages will cherish this excellent compilation of beloved piano classics in this Big Book of Beginner’s Piano Classics. Each piece has been carefully selected and simplified to help students develop their skills. The special arrangements also offer novices the pleasure and satisfaction of playing music that’s usually beyond their grasp — and free MP3 downloads of each tune make mastering the music even easier. Some of the master composers are represented by several pieces each: nine works by Bach include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca appears along with eight other selections from his oeuvre; seven by Chopin include Funeral March; the “Emperor” Concerto, Ode to Joy, and “Für Elise” are among the eight Beethoven features; and eight by Tchaikovsky include Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker. Other well-known pieces include Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt, Brahms’ “Lullaby,” Morning Mood by Grieg, Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, plus compositions by Schubert, Verdi, Debussy, Handel, Mendelssohn, and others.Learn More
The ultimate 1st-grade workbook, with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises, and games in every subject!
It’s fun to be smart! Loved by kids, teacher approved, and parent trusted, Brain Quest Grade 1 Workbook reviews and reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom, in an instantly engaging, entertaining way. Each page is jam packed with hands-on activities and games covering phonics, spelling, vocabulary, addition, subtraction, skip counting, time, money, maps, science, and much, much more—with friendly illustrations throughout.
Aligned with Common Core State Standards and expertly vetted by award-winning teachers, this workbook is designed to appeal to kids’ natural curiosity, with interactive layouts and easy-to-follow explanations that take the intimidation out of learning. Plus, it’s written to help parents follow along and explain key concepts for homework help! With colorful stickers, a fold-out poster, award certificate, and Brain Quest Mini Decks in the back.
Also available: Summer Brain Quest Workbooks (Pre-K & K through Grades 5 & 6) and Brain Quest Decks (Pre-K through Grade 7).Learn More
The ultimate 3rd-grade workbook, Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 3 has hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises, and games in every subject! It’s fun to be smart! Loved by kids, teacher approved, and parent trusted, Brain Quest Grade 3 Workbook reviews and reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom in an instantly engaging, entertaining way. Each page is jam packed with hands-on activities and games covering spelling and vocabulary, reading comprehension, parts of speech, odds and evens, multiplication tables, and much, much more—with friendly illustrations throughout.
Aligned with Common Core State Standards and expertly vetted by award-winning teachers, this workbook is designed to appeal to kids’ natural curiosity, with interactive layouts and easy-to-follow explanations that take the intimidation out of learning. Plus, it’s written to help parents follow along and explain key concepts for homework help! With colorful stickers, a fold-out poster, award certificate, and Brain Quest Mini Decks in the backLearn More
Kids will love to visit one of the happiest places around with this fun-filled activity set! The Dover Fun Kit At the Zoo Kit includes 2 coloring books including a stained glass edition, Zany Zoo Silly Sticker Story with over 125 word stickers and more than 40 blank stickers, 6 precut stencils and crayons. The workbook includes over 100 mazes, word games, and other puzzles! This is the perfect kit for car trips or to prepare for upcoming trips to the zoo!Learn More
The Big Fat Notebook series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. Each book in the series meets Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest. Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook includes Computing systems, Binary code, Algorithms, Computational thinking, Loops, events, and procedures and more!Learn More
Joey is the first ever picture book about the young life of Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, and includes never before told family stories about the presidential candidate and former vice president’s childhood—written by Jill Biden, his spouse. Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. His parents always encouraged him and his siblings to be independent and strong. The family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where at twenty-nine, Biden was elected one the youngest United States Senators ever elected. This is his story.Learn More
Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed.Learn More
But the ocean has other plans. Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them. And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw. Jules is going to take a stand! From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood—told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.
How do plants use chlorophyll? What is the water cycle? Where is Yellowstone National Park? This wide-ranging workbook answers all of these and many more earth science questions. Education.com workbooks offer thematic content to actively engage children and provide them with fun-filled, memorable learning experiences. Written by teachers and based on subjects educators consider important, these workbooks have been tested by millions of educators and countless hours of classroom use: 1 in 4 U.S. teachers rely on Education.com material.Learn More
The Little Miss HISTORY Book series takes children on adventures around America. The author, Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, Barbara hopes to educate, entertain and inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. Each book is filled with illustrations mixed with real photos to keep readers intrigued.Learn More
The world’s longest maze in a book! A-MAZE-ING.Not just a maze––the book itself is a maze! A portal opens on the front cover, and the maze continues through every page, making this the world’s longest maze in a book.
Every spread is a journey through an imaginative world: there’s Robot World and Butterfly World, Ski World and Underwater World, Dragon World and Skyscraper World. Filled with hypnotic details, hidden surprises, fun facts, and bright, swirling, richly-colored details, every page is a compelling adventure.Learn More
Discover the workings of the body’s most complex organ! How does the brain control the rest of the body? How does it enable the senses to function, regulate speech, affect balance, and influence sleep and dreams? These 25 illustrations to color explain every aspect of the brain’s important jobs, from communicating with the central nervous system to retaining memories.Learn More
The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that’s in it! Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet. There’s a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same — and also highlights the winner of the 2020 Almanac Challenge.Learn More
What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? An essential parent reference, The National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. This book helps parents share fascinating, accurate answers, and inspires kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them. Games and parent tips encourage interactivity and extend the experience of the book beyond its pages. Highly photographic and playful, this big, sturdy book is an adventure in exploration.Learn More
On your mark! Get set! Go! Peel + Discover: Cars! Trucks! Trains! And More has hundreds of stickers featuring vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from the space shuttle to the horse and buggy, muscle cars to pirate ships, ice cream trucks, submarines, Zambonis, and more. Plus, put on an airshow, build a train, win a boat race, and invent a brand-new vehicle as you learn about the machines that take us over land, across the water, through the sky, and all around the world!
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Peel a sticker to reveal a fascinating fun fact
Use stickers, markers, crayons, and more to decorate the activity pages—make them your own!
Once all the stickers are peeled, remove the overlay for a Peel + Discover surprise
Blast off with hundreds of stickers featuring colorful planets, swirling black holes, explosive supernovas, sleek spacecraft, and many brave astronauts—including Laika, the first dog in space! Plus go on a mission to Mars, create a constellation, orbit the sun in the asteroid belt, and float around the international Space Station as you explore the mysterious wonders of the universe.
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Peel a sticker to reveal a fascinating fun fact
Use stickers, markers, crayons, and more to decorate the activity pages—make them your own!
Once all the stickers are peeled, remove the overlay for a Peel + Discover surprise
Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, sharing his medicine with Aunt Polly’s cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth century rural America. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded. The tale powerfully appeals to both adult and young imaginations. Readers explore this memorable setting with a slyly humorous born storyteller as their guide.Learn More
Tom and Huck Finn conceal themselves in the town cemetery, where they witness a grave robbery and a murder. Later, the boys, feeling unappreciated, hide out on a forested island while the townspeople conduct a frantic search and finally mourn them as dead. The friends triumphantly return to town to attend their own funeral, in time for a dramatic trial for the graveyard murder. A three-day ordeal ensues when Tom and his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, lose their way in the very cave that conceals the murderer. With its hilarious accounts of boyish pranks and its shrewd assessments of human nature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has captivated generations of readers of all ages. This inexpensive edition of the classic novel offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to savor a witty and action-packed account of small-town boyhood in a bygone era.
Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await Cruz Coronado at the elite Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe train with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why? Deemed “captivating” by the editors at Parenting.com and “exciting, fast-paced” by Booklist, the series is filled with thrilling adventures, high-tech cadets, cool science, far-away lands, and codes to crack. With four critically acclaimed titles in this series now available, two companion nonfiction activity books and literally hours and hours of videos, games, and info on real-life explorers at ExplorerAcademy.com, Explorer Academy is the perfect way to keep kids learning, reading and engaged this summer.Learn More