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Some toys are great for helping kids develop fine motor skills and learning, but sometimes it's nice to skip the mess of Play-Doh crumbs and washable marker all over your floor & counter. Here are 3 tried and true toys that my kids have loved playing with! You'll get the break you deserve from cleaning, and they'll still have plenty of fun! Win, win.
Skip the mess today, Mom!
1. WikkiStix toyBuy them on Amazon
Last summer we were on vacation and one of the restaurants we ate at gave all the kids a small pack of wax string and a little paper activity book. I had never seen anything like it. Plus, it not only kept the kids busy the entire time, but the adults were in on all the fun too!
Needless to say, one of the first things I did when we got home was ordered some more of this amazing string off Amazon. 😂
With this string, kids will have fun creating 3D art, 2D art on paper, playing games - the options will only stop when their imagination does! And the best part?! It's reusable so you can put it in a baggie and carry it with you wherever the kids go or you can even buy an inexpensive travel kit to keep in the car.
Hip Tip: Want even more bang for your buck? Try this 500 piece monkey string pack! We've also bought this pack and it works great! Some reviewers said they don't think it lasts as long as WikkiStix, but you certainly get more string and colors for your money.
2. Aquadoodle matBuy it on Amazon
This is one of my favorite toys that the kids have ever received as a gift. Even my older two (8 and 7 years old) still love drawing on it from time to time with their little sister.
This convenient Aquadoodle mat comes with many different drawing tools and brushes that fill with water, so when the kids want to write, draw, or use the included stencils - you don't have to worry about the mess of markers all over your house.
It also folds up easily so they can take it to Grandma's house or on your next beach vacation. There's no such thing as mistakes on an Aquadoodle mat, after a few minutes, the mat will dry and the fun can begin all over again! Practice shapes, do math problems, play tic-tac-toe, the options are endless for all ages and imaginations!
3. Boogie Board Play n’ Trace Electronic WriterBuy it at Barnes & Noble
If your kids are anything like my youngest, they love to tear the paper off all their crayons, tend to get marker on the counter, and when they make a mistake with writing there's an endless amount of eraser bits all over my floor. 😂 Tell me I'm not alone! LOL!
With this electric Boogie Board, your kids can draw, color, and play games without the big mess and with the click of one button, they start over with a clean slate.
My kids have had their Boogie Boards for about 5 years and the battery is still going strong! It's also a great tool to keep in the car for trips or when you go out to a restaurant. Not only is it a great tool to use for learning to write, but you can also buy activity kits to learn shapes, draw their favorite farm animals or perfect their letters.
Hip Tip: You could also scoop up one of these electric writing boards that looks like a tablet for older kids. And it writes in color!
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