Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015- Fun projects from Squirrel King!

*Disclosure: I received these products to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

It's December. It's raining here. Winter break is just around the corner, which means LOTS of time at home with Ethan and Vivian. Which also means that I need to get my act together and come up with ways to keep us occupied while we are home together! We recently received some fun new products that are perfect for keeping cabin fever at bay. They are from Squirrel King and we love them! Here's a bit about them, from a press release that I received:

The fun, unique and ingenious Squirrel King kits are a swirl of intellect, engineering and creativity delivered with a hands-on approach that inspires a thirst for knowledge. Designed for ages 8 and up, the Build with Stickers kits combine two things kids love — stickers and building. Each colorful kit includes novel stickering techniques — no glue involved — and all the materials for children to build, create and explore, making awesome toys in the process...and making those rainy days educational and fun! With Build with Stickers kits, STEM (science, technology, education and math) principles are explored in an age-appropriate manner.

The new Build with Stickers Kits are available on the Squirrel King Craft website and at select retail stores, priced from $5.99 to $7.99.

These fun little kits come with everything you need to build them in one little box (except scissors, which you will need for some of the projects). My kids are 6 and 8 and the projects were a bit challenging for them at this age, but the kits are designed for 8 and up, so that's about right. Ethan and Vivian both found them fascinating and loved finding the right stickers and pieces for me to use as I followed the simple instructions.

I love that they come not only with instructions, but with a small lesson on a related STEM concept like how wheels roll or stability and gravity. The kids have been playing with their creations for days. Vivian made little people out of paper for her beach set and Ethan's been having a blast driving around the little race car that I assembled. I appreciate that the kits have extra stickers, as my kids are not the gentlest when playing and we've needed to reapply stickers a few times.

These are super affordable, super fun little projects that would make a fantastic stocking stuffer!