- 7 Fun-Filled (and Screen-Free!) Activities to Keep Kids Engaged During Long Car Rides
- Everything You Need to Start Scrapbooking Precious Memories
- 6 Educational (Yet Fun!) Word Games for School Age Kids
- Best Brain Teaser Toys and Activities to Get Your Kids Off Electronics
- Indoor Sports Equipment and Accessories to Keep Kids Active at Home
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There are few things more stressful than driving with restless children. That's why we've rounded up these fun and engaging travel activities (sans electronics) from Target, BuyBuy Baby and more to keep your kids entertained in the car.
Nowadays, most of our pictures are saved as digital files, viewed only when scrolling through our phones or social media accounts. But one good thing to come from staying at home amid the coronavirus pandemic is it forces us to slow down and take on the projects we swore we'd complete if only we had more time — like scrapbooking. Make the important moments in your family's life even more memorable by printing off your photos and adding them to a scrapbook. For a full supply list, shop our must-have picks to create the best scrapbook album with your family.
If your kids immediately go to glowing electronics to keep themselves entertained, it's time to get them thinking outside the box. And brain teasers are the perfect place to start. From games to activity books, brain teasers will get your little ones using their noodle and developing cognitive-strategy and decision-making skills while having fun. The brain teasers below, available at Target, are perfect for everyone from toddler to pre-teen, and they're a great way to unplug and secretly keep them learning during their school breaks. In a world consumed by iPads and TV, even one hour away from the screen is a step in the right direction.
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Bust your kids' boredom with one of these STEM activity kits. They'll have so much fun with these experiments and activities, they won't even realize they're learning. And since they'll need your help with some of the fun, you'll all get some quality time together.
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The only thing that comes close to competing with grandma's kisses or big bear hugs from grandpa is still being small enough to climb into their laps for a cuddle and a story. This selection of sweet picture books available on Amazon celebrates the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren by teaching little ones just how much they are loved. Below, our favorite books for grandparents to read to their grandchildren.
Spring break gets the wheels turning for creative ways to improve the backyard before summer. How can we maximize our time outside this year? Houzz has 10 ideas for turning your yard into the neighborhood hangout.
Who can help but fall in love with that, "tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff?" This month marks author A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th with the annual celebration of National Winnie the Pooh Day. We've rounded up these super cute pieces for your little one featuring the silliest bear in styles that are sweeter than a pot of honey! This lovable, little bear cub is guaranteed to be your babe's favorite new friend!
In this digital age, kids can't help but expect their toys to turn it up a notch with exciting features designed to keep them entertained for hours on end. We've rounded up amazing robots for boys and girls guaranteed to spark tons of fun for future engineering experts. Wow your kid this holiday season with these awesome high tech toys tucked under the tree.
This holiday season is packed with plenty of puppy love for Nickelodeon's popular pup heroes with the launch of brand new playsets your favorite PAW Patrol fan will wish for under the tree. We've rounded up the pick of the litter made to amuse and entertain little ones to no end. Every dog has his day, so mom and dad, be sure to grab these super fun finds while they're still in stores!
If your little dreamer has a big imagination, these delightful new toys from Fisher-Price are destined to be a huge hit. Designed to entertain tiny tots while teaching and developing motor skills, these learning toys and playsets are perfect for encouraging hours of entertaining pretend play for budding builders, doctors and future superstars.
There's no place like home, especially when you're a hot-selling doll with ownership of a dream dwelling. Dollhouses have not only grown in popularity but also in size with fab features that go well beyond imagination and square footage. Gone are the days of a simple small structure; the newest dollhouse styles make us want to shrink down, move in and live bigger than life. From Barbie's Dreamhouse to Elsa's super cool Frozen castle, check out our roundup of new dollhouses that not only have the cutest curb appeal but clean house when it comes to fun!
Advent calendars are special calendars used to count down the days until Christmas. Advent calendars for kids usually feature small candies, toys and other treats to help them get excited in anticipation of the holiday season. We've rounded up some of the best advent calendars for kids this year, from iconic children's brands like Play-Doh, Disney and LEGO.
You might be planning some fun family vacations or even day trips to the beach this summer, but nothing beats playing in your very own backyard. And while we're not knocking a good old hose for some water fun (hey, that's how we grew up!), we know kids these days expect a bit more. Slip N' Slides are a great way to get your kids playing outside and staying active. And these slides totally beat a trip to the water park—no long lines or entrance fees! So slather on the sunscreen and get to slippin' and slidin' with these eight great backyard Slip 'N Slides and parents, don't forget to partake in the fun!
With summer just a few weeks away, families are going to want to forgo the indoors in favor of spending time outside. While your family may have a few vacations planned, there really is nothing better than spending time relaxing in your own backyard and creating lasting memories with your children. Of course, parents have a lot on their plates already so committing to a full backyard renovation might not be in the schedule (or the budget). Luckily, Walmart has everything parents need to create an oasis right in their very own outdoor space. From swings to firepits (and even stylish storage solutions), here are eight ways busy parents can create the backyard of their dreams!
Pass the time on those long summer days—and keep your kiddos learning during their time off from school—by cracking open a great book. From hilarious stories to heartfelt coming-of-age tales, these are some of the best children's books out there right now for elementary and middle school kids.
You gotta catch 'em all! The highly anticipated live action film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10th, and fans are already eager to get their hands on movie merchandise. But what keeps kids and parents so passionate about the famous Japanese characters? "The ever-expanding Pokémon franchise has been a beacon for kids and kids at heart since the original video games launched more than 20 years ago," says J.C. Smith, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing of The Pokémon Company International. "Since its introduction, the beloved animation series, the ever-popular Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon GO and a wide variety of video games and apps have offered fans a variety of ways to engage with our iconic collection of Pokémon like Pikachu. With its family-friendly messages of sportsmanship, friendship and community, Pokémon is a brand that parents know and trust."
It is this reason that longtime gaming fans and new Pokémon lovers are buzzing about the soon-to-be-released feature film. "Pokémon is on the same level as Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man," adds James Zahn, Toy Expert and Senior Editor of The Pop Insider. "It's never gone away, and it's constantly being reinvented to stay fresh and relevant. When Detective Pikachu was announced, there was a collective eyebrow raised at the prospect of Ryan Reynolds playing a version of the iconic yellow creature. When that first trailer hit, audiences could see exactly why he's perfect for the part. It's so absurd that it's genius. This will be a great chance for parents and kids to connect at the movies." And for those die-hard fans, we've rounded up the latest Pokémon launches and hot-sellers that will soon be flying off store shelves. We guarantee that super-sleuth Pikachu fans won't have to search hard to find these fun pieces!
There's nothing more fun than family game night. Gathering around the living room table with your brood for a board game that's competitive and exciting is such a great way to spend time as a family. But after awhile, many of those classic games can get boring. Plus, kids these days need just a bit more excitement to captivate them. That's why these special-edition games are wonderful additions to your game closet. Your kids will be so more invested as they clamor to play as their favorite character or show off their movie knowledge. From classic video game characters to modern favorites, these 10 board games will bring the laughs and create some great memories in the process.