We have compiled a list of our absolute must-have’s when it comes to kids. Whether it is something to use or enjoy when traveling or something that entertains kids when we are at home, this is our ultimate list of kid-friendly finds.
This list ranges from apps to books to stone carving kits and is continually updated as we find more items that are worthy of making it onto our ultimate list. Check back often and see what new things we have come across in our travels.
Our Ultimate List of Kid-Friendly Finds:
Mathgames.com is one of the few online learning games out there that makes learning fun for kids and is totally free. I am a big advocate of keeping kids entertained in various educational ways so when I found out about mathgames.com, my kids were excited.
The best part of mathgames.com in my opinion is the option to choose which skill to work on. There is the choice of time, subtraction, addition, counting and number properties, and many more depending on which grade you choose. It is a great way for kids to learn and repetition helps them retain the learned information.
There are so many games available to play on mathgames.com but here are a few that my kids find really fun:
- Math Slither: When children play free online games like Math Slither, they won’t even realize they’re learning at the same time! With this game, children can sharpen their skills in pattern recognition, addition, division, or other math skills.
- Candy Stacker: Everyone loves candy, especially children! In Candy Stacker, with each math question answered correctly, you can stack the candy as high as you like. Get an answer wrong and the candy will come tumbling down.
- Snowbowl: In this game, children won’t even realize they’re doing math. In Snowbowl, you will use your math skills to help the snowball survive its trip down the mountain. For each question answered correctly, you pass through a snow mound, but if answered incorrectly you smash into an obstacle.
- Math Leaper: Use math skills to leap as high as you can go! In Math Leaper, you can grab candy as you ascend to make you leap even higher. As you jump, slime is falling and if you get an answer wrong you’ll sink closer to the slime. Don’t let the slime get you!
Intelliglobe II Deluxe Interactive Globe
I’m not sure who likes this globe more, me or my kids! It is such an incredible learning device and even I have learned so many new facts about the world. We take this with us on road trips where we have the extra room to pack it and it is in constant use at home.
The Intelliglobe II Deluxe Interactive Globe for Kids is the educational and entertaining globe that contains 1,000’s of fun facts, geography, and general information that is truly interesting, useful, and thought-provoking. Touch the wireless Intellipen to the globe to play games and explore amazing facts about the world.
There are endless ways to use the Intelliglobe including:
- Explore Features: Geography – Continents – Cities – Countries & Territories – States & Provinces – Population – Music – Language Spoken – History – Life Expectancy – Economics, Currency, Main Industry – Ecology – Climate – Area in Square Miles – Current Time – Tourism – Animals – Food – Geology/Natural Resource – Distance & Flying Time
- Compare Features: Population – Land Area – Life Expectancy
- Find games: Find Continents, Countries, Capitals, Waterways, Cities. Locations and Landmarks
- Trivia Challenge: The Intellipen will ask you random trivia questions. Touch the proper place on the globe for each item.
- Multiple Choice: Test your knowledge. To answer the question, touch the A, B, C, or D button or a place on the globe. Try to achieve a perfect score of 10 correct answers.
- Facts & World Records: Learn exciting & surprising facts about the world in which we live.
- World Discovery Book: The included World Discovery book contains a tremendous amount of fun information, maps, and more.
Studiostone Creative – Soapstone Carving Kits
These soapstone carving kits are the best hands-on learning activities for kids ages 6+. The box says it is for kids 9+ but my six year old son was able to do this with assistance from us to read the instructions.
Designed for hands-on learning with easy-to-follow instructions, everything you’ll need is included, from file to finishing wax.
There is a lot of dust that comes from filing down the soapstone so make sure the workstation is prepped for easy disposal when finished. We like to take these kits on camping trips where the kids can carve outside.
Studiostone Creative offers single and double carving kits. The options include bear, cat, eagle, elephant, lion, orca, rhinoceros, seal, turtle and wolf.
Warriors Book Series by Erin Hunter
My nine year old has become an avid reader and has been devouring the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. If you are a parent and worry about the content your children are reading, this series is age appropriate and is not at all graphic beyond cat fights.
Warriors is a series of novels based on the adventures and drama of multiple Clans of feral cats. The series is primarily set in the fictional location of White Hart Woods, and, later, Sanctuary Lake.
There are over 60 books in the Warriors series! This includes the original six-book Warriors series, and four other spinoffs: Power of Three, The New Prophecy, Omen of the Stars, and Dawn of the Clans, as well as stand-alone guides, special editions, and manga.
Letters From Afar
I bought a subscription to Letters from Afar for my kids at Christmas and since then we have been receiving handwritten letters once a month. They are personally addressed to my children and come with two stamps from countries around the world.
It has been such a delightful way for all of us to learn about other countries in a fun, organic way. In this digital age, receiving a handwritten letter has been a refreshing, old fashioned way of learning.
So far we have received letters from Indonesia, Kauai and Kyoto. A portion of all proceeds go directly to a fantastic nonprofit called Pencils of Promise.