My 8-year-old son is off this week while his sisters are in day camp. One is playing soccer with some members of the FC Barcelona coaching staff, the other is learning hot glass blowing. This is a good week for all my kids as they fulfil their dreams but not so much for me and my husband. We are crisscrossing across Boston suburbs to drive them to their camps battling traffic, limited parking and narrow streets. Thank goodness for car pools!
I did not do any preparation for my son’s week off like I did last summer. My only strategy to keep him off screens is to play with K’NEX sets. I am an blog ambassador for them and my son would agree that the most awesome box just arrived.
Angry Birds Space: Red Planet “Hogs on Mars” Building Set
My son loves Angry Birds and I have an iTunes bill to prove it! iGame Mom had great ideas on keeping boys off screens by doing video game extensions … like book extensions, it takes boys off screens to act out their favorite games. Genius!
K’NEX Building Sets: Extreme Sports
My son picked this set as his favorite and suggested that we do a giveaway for it. It is a wonderful set with enough pieces to keep him occupied for a few days.
He just built the sport bike rider and has been enjoying it as a toy to take everywhere he goes.
Reminds me of the old days when he was a little boy and never played with screens. He used to carry small plastic Pokémon toys everywhere. And to think I worried about too much Pokémon then. I laugh at myself now!
My son says that if you roll the Sport Bike Rider on a wooden floor, it sounds like a motorcycle. He demonstrates in the video.
The suggested retail price for this set $17.99 and I am doing a GIVEAWAY below. It’s for ages 7+ and available now on knex.com and at toy retailers nationwide.
Do you find that building toys help your kids stay off screens? What are your favorites?
K’NEX GIVEAWAY: Extreme Sports Set
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