As a parent it’s sometimes a huge challenge baking up fresh and exciting things to do with your kids. What can you come up with that will be fun, informative and take up some time? Want a little help in that department? Little Passports is a wonderful monthly subscription site that helps you curate wonder and adventure in those little minds of yours. What you get is a monthly kit full of souvenirs, activities, photos and adventure that will introduce your learner to the wonders of geography, cultures and the World at large. Your first month alone your child will receive a suitcase filled with all the gear they will need to fulfill each subsequent month’s activities. So plaster that wall size map in their room and watch them fall in love month after month with the many wonders of planet Earth.
Christmas is just around the corner which means you’re probably gearing up for one of the biggest family vacations of the year. Of course, big trips mean lots of time in the car. Unfortunately, lots of time in the car usually means unhappy children. Unless you get them this. Tiggly Words will turn what would have been mindless screen time on the iPad into covert learning time for your preschooler. The rubberized vowels included in the set are used with the four apps that come with it (for free) which means you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding at least one game your kid likes playing (but our kids say all of them are great). It also means you can have a quieter road trip without the guilt of shoving mindless entertainment in their face! Win-win.
Is there anything better than watching your child use their imagination to make lands of make-believe come to life? Props In A Box allows the whole family to create stories using adventurous backdrops, vibrant costumes, and relevant props. Then their movie-maker app allows you to add titles, special effects and share your mini-movie with the world. Stuck on how to start your story? Fear not. Props In A Box had several unique story starters to help your kids concoct the next best Youtube hit for Grandma and Grandpa to gush over. Props In A Box, in our opinion, is the must-have kit this year.
There’s probably been a substantial lack of Truffaut or Godard in your life since becoming a dad. In fact, the most “French” you’ve enjoyed with kids has probably been toast and fries. When was the last time you went to the movies anyway? Bring the silver screen home with this Cinema Box from Moulin Roty. The French brand is synonymous with style and quality and we love how the Cinema Box is one of those “slow toys” that brings out a kid’s creativity. Included is a small flashlight-like device designed to hold miniature slide carousels, each one portraying a different story, allowing your kids to project the images on the box “screen” or on the wall and make up stories to go along with the pictures. The experience is similar to reading a book with no words in it (i.e. let the kids create the story) but the flashlight projection gimmick is pretty fun for kids and dads alike. Your kids probably won’t deliver The 400 Blows but, hey, we’ll take any cinema experience we can get.
Watch your kids cruise the block in European style with this amazing scooter from Janod. It will bring back memories of your life pre-kids when you and your wife vacationed in Europe, woke up late, hit the cafe for an espresso, then cruised the city with your wife’s arms around your waist, legs dangling off the side of your Vespa, wind in her hair, baguette sticking out of her tote bag… Anyway, about that scooter: your 3-5 year old (a.k.a. the result of that European vacation) is going to love it.
The jury’s still out on this one, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that computers are going to be a pretty big deal in the future (where’s a sarcasm emoji when you need one)… There are a lot of great tools out there if you want to get your kid started down the STEM path early, but Puzzlets is really something special.