At Dadventures, we asked parents what type of summer activities they want for their kids – physical products (games, toys, arts and crafts) or digital products (apps, video games and movies). Over 95% said they wanted physical products this summer! You asked. We listened.
To put our list together, we went looking for the best brands that offer fun offline products for kids from 0-12. Here’s what we found based on: imaginative play, educational value, entertainment across ages and gender, and most importantly, things that are guaranteed fun!
Product Type: Subscription box What We Like: Every age and interest is more than covered. Favorite Thing: The preschooler Koala Crate – we love the Doctor’s Visit box, which contains cute medical tools and a felt bandage. About: KiwiCo offers a superb array of subscription boxes for every age, featuring eight different interests. With a focus on STEAM activities, each box is packed with serious fun, and will help develop your child’s imagination and motor skills. Inside each crate you’ll find activities such as music, mazes, crafts, robots, and much more.
Product Type: Toys What We Like: Endless play. Favorite Thing: The Harry Potter sets. About: LEGO needs no introduction. But in case you do, LEGO is known for their massive range of toys that consist of interlocking plastic bricks (just don’t step on them!) – as well as their hugely-popular TV series, films and video games. Here are our favorite sets for these age groups:
Product Type: Crafts What We Like: One-stop shop for crayons, paints and markers. Favorite Thing: Scented coloring sets. About: For over 100 years, kids and adults have had a blast using Crayola’s products. Whether it’s crayons, markers, paints, and the other craft options they have on offer, you’ll find something for every creative kid.
Product Type: Toys, Crafts What We Like: The sheer variety of STEM products. Favorite Thing: Sand, slimes and putties. About: One of the top brands in educational toys, National Geographic has a great selection of products for curious minds of all ages. From dinosaur figurines, sensory play sand and slime, solar-powered space vehicles, rock and gem kits, microscopes, to a lightweight metal detector!
Product Type: Subscription Box What We Like: Expertly curated. Favorite Thing: Flexibility! Kids can keep the books they love and return books they don’t. About: The leading kid’s book subscription service for ages 0-12, Lirati lets kids try before they buy. Every month Lirati sends your child 5 books catered for their age, including popular books, award-winners, and Literati-edition titles that you won’t find anywhere else. Your kids can enjoy the books for up to a week, keep the ones they love, and return the rest.
Product Type: Subscription Box What We Like: Ideas on how to turn veggies kids don’t like into yummy options (thank you!). Favorite Thing: Kidstir Virtual Summer Camp. About: Kidstir delivers monthly cooking boxes to help your kids get excited about cooking and to give them smart, healthy choices, while providing quality time with family. Each box contains step-by-step recipes, a cooking tool, puzzles, food craft activity and games. Kidstir also provides a shopping list for the food items you’ll need.
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