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 likes 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 was 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…)!
The Mario Brothers are perfect for keeping in a ziplock bag in my purse and pulling out at restaurants. These toys and the “What’s Changed?” game should help keep him off screens.
And the different Mario character pieces are interchangeable!
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.
If he broke a piece or lost a piece (and that happened a few times), he used another kit to fill in.
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!
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. 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.
p.s. More ideas to keep kids off screens:
Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family by Shannon Philpott-Sanders
A manual packed with ideas to keep kids of all ages off screens including DIY projects, outdoor adventures, and easy day trips. [parenting book]