Mario toys from K'NEX

Screen Free Week Ideas using K’NEX! GIVEAWAY

Thank goodness a shipment of K’NEX came this past week. We are trying to cut back on screens for Screen Free Week and my biggest challenge is my 8-year-old son who like to simultaneously play video games on the computer while watching TV and eating a snack. I need more screen free week ideas!

I met Kate from K’NEX at BlogHer12 and am thrilled to be part of their blogger ambassador program. The first box of K’NEX toys arrived and I called my son off the multi-screens.  He came reluctantly but then his eyes lit up when he saw the goodies.

The first thing he went for were the little packages of Mario Brothers figures. He didn’t touch the Star Wars packages so I am giving those away. He’s not a Star Wars fan (yet…)!

Mario Brother K'NEX toys

The Mario Brothers are perfect for keeping in a zip lock bag in my purse and pulling out at restaurants. These toys and the “What’s Changed?” game should help keep him off screens.

Mario K'Nex toys

The three pieces snap together easily…
Mario K'Nex figurine toys

And the different Mario character pieces are interchangeable!

Mario toys from K'NEX

Assembling the Mario guys took a few minutes, so my son picked a robot K’NEX kit next. He worked happily for one and a half hours, carefully following the instructions to built it exactly as specified.

Knex robot toys

K'Nex and screen free week

If he broke a piece or lost a piece (and that happened a few times), he used another kit to fill in.

K'NEX motorized robot toy

Once the robot was built, my son said it took him a half hour to figure out how to make the motor work … but it was well worth it!

He even got Mario involved!

Mario and robot K'NEX toys

Do your kids like following the directions for building kits? My son does. He is pretty methodical about building the kit exactly as specified the first time around, but once it’s complete and taken apart, the real creativity begins.

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I’m also impressed that K’NEX is the last large toy manufacturer to still produce entirely in the United States.

What toys are your kids using to stay off screens? Please share! Especially the building kinds of toys! Thanks so much!

This is not a sponsored post. I wish! All my opinions are my own. I received a box of K’NEX toys as part of their blogger ambassador program and my son is finally supportive of my blog because he loves these toys. I was thrilled that it kept him off screens.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jeanette Nyberg

    We’re doing art projects! And playing outside- the weather has been amazing here, and I think without the help of Mother Nature it would be much harder to stop the screen madness.
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  2. Nadine

    My kids are onto logic strategy games. Games by thinkfun and smartgames in particular. Also we have a lot of blocks…bringing them all out and letting them create anything they want!

  3. Livivua Chandler

    I love to play with blocks of all kind

  4. My grandkids seem to prefer the large size plastic block toys right now, as they are still young.

  5. My son is my big builder, and he is obsessed with Legos as well as a new toy called Bionic Blox that I’ll be running a giveaway for this Friday! He hasn’t played with K’NEX (yet), but I know he would LOVE the Star Wars figures!
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  6. My youngest loves to build dinosaurs, planes, and whatever her imaginative heart desires!
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  7. Austin Baroudi

    My daughter loves to play with Legos!

  8. Elle Carter Neal

    Oh my goodness, a whole week without screens! I don’t know if we would manage that in this house. I don’t lead by very good example since I’m so often working on a computer 🙂
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  9. Legos any time for my boys.
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  10. Ann

    We love the K’NEX we won from you! I didn’t realize they were made here, I love them even more now! Books are a favorite screen free activity and drawing and coloring and Legos, actually playing with toys in general!
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