Products to Keep Your Preschooler Busy
My son Jaxon is about to turn 5 next week and he is starting to learn how to read and write. He didn’t even say his first word until he was 26 months old, so it is such a joy to see how quickly he has caught on and to watch him learn and grow! He is obsessed with cars and tracks and loves to break stuff. But this isn’t really fun for mom and dad because they end up all over the house and really hurt to step on, plus it’s a pain to clean up all the time. So we try to encourage him to play with toys and games that offer some type of educational value.
One of his other favorite activities is to have us print out math worksheets with lots of numbers and pictures, and I love that he enjoys learning math so much. But he finishes them up in 5 seconds and also wastes a ton of printer ink and paper. So I am thrilled to have the chance to try out some new educational products that he and I can both play together and can also keep him busy independently.
One of my fellow blogging friends, Lily Jones from Curiositypack.com has been teaching kindergarten and 1st grade for over 7 years and she is also a parent. She even writes a blog for teachers! I mentioned to her I had a little boy who would love to try out this type of item that I do product reviews and blog about how to get free stuff. So she graciously invited me to review this game she designed called Curiosity Pack in exchange for my honest review.
This kit contains several different activities which encourage reading and introducing the alphabet in creative ways that will keep your preschooler busy and entertained! Here is a short 7 minute video of Jaxon and I trying out the Curiosity Pack for the very first time.
- An alphabet card game. This deck contains 52 cards, 26 with letters and 26 with pictures of cute, colorful little monsters performing activities. Your child can pick a letter from the deck and match it up with the monster that corresponds to the letter. For example, if you see a picture of a monster wearing a hat, your child would match it up with the letter H.
- A laminated hide-and-seek alphabet picture and dry erase marker, allowing kids to circle hidden letters then wipe off the picture for repeated use
- A poster featuring the Curiosity Pack monster alphabet. The pictures also have words which correspond with the letters. For example the “C” monster is holding a camera, with the word camera written below it. This is a great tool for teaching kids how to read. My husband thought it would even be cool to laminate it so that you could use it as a place mat for meals.
- An activity book with many ideas to teach your child to read and write. This one is our favorite! Jaxon loves the activities and it and it would make an excellent homeschooling tool.
Retails for $40 at Curiositypack.com but you can also purchase the items in the pack separately for $12-$16. For every 10 Curiosity Packs purchased, one will be donated to a child in need. Love that!
Do you think your child would benefit from a game like this? What activities do you and your preschooler enjoy playing together? I would love to hear from you!
My 4 year old son has recently become interested in drawing and he spends hours every day making crazy pictures of the most random things. He is really into numbers and letters and houses with propellers – don’t ask. I have been trying to encourage this habit of his because one, it’s creative. And two, it keeps him busy. He doesn’t like drawing on lined notebook paper. He would prefer to draw on my printer paper and would go through an entire pack in one day if I would let him. When I had the opportunity to try out these Liquid Chalk Markers from US Art Supply free in exchange for my honest review, I was like “What are THOSE?!” I had never heard of such a thing before. Is it chalk? Is it a marker? Tell me more!
These ChalkMaster Liquid Chalk Markers are really unique. It comes in a big black box with 18 really pretty neon colors. I’ve created a video to show you how to use it. So first thing you have to do is push down on the marker tip, then put the cap back on and shake it really good. Then push the tip down on the surface you wish to write on (we tested them out on a dry erase board) and hold it down for a few seconds until the tip is fully immersed in the color. Then just start drawing.
The chalk comes out on the board kind of like paint or a really wet marker. That is the best way I can think of to describe it. But then you can simply wipe it off with a damp paper towel and it erases just like chalk. I’ve never seen anything like it! You can use it on any non-porous surface. So I don’t suggest you try using it on regular paper as it will probably just soak right through. But you can use it on glass, mirrors, plastic, and more.My son tends to push down really hard on the marker so he has already started messing up the tip a little bit. But the nice thing is, the tips are reversible and it comes with 6 extra ones in case you need to replace them. I also like that they are non-toxic so while I don’t expect my kid to put them in his mouth, I don’t have to worry too much if he decides to see if the purple color tastes like grape. It doesn’t. And they are water based, so they clean up easily.
I think this would be a great tool to use for making garage sale signs, or for writing positive affirmations on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself that you are beautiful, and it would even be perfect for writing “Just Married” or “Class of 1992” on the back of your car window. But what I’m most happy about, is that my kid enjoys using it on the dry erase board. Meaning, no more using up my printer paper and having houses with propellers strewn all over my living room.
You can find ChalkMaster Liquid Chalk Markers on Amazon for around $19 for a box of 18 markers.
Do you have any uses for Liquid Chalk Markers? What other things could these be used for? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**