toysandgames


  • Gift Ideas: Stocking Stuffers Finding stocking stuffers that are useful or educational or fun (and not just space fillers) can be a challenge. I asked my kids to help me come up with a list of things they would love to have in their stockings that a) weren’t candy, b) weren’t LEGO or gift cards c) could be stuff to help them do something educational and d) stuck around the $20 mark or less (although, there are a few are a little more than that $20 goal.) Here are 50 stocking stuffer ideas for curious kids. Affiliate links have been used. Hover over the images below ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Other Great Ideas Sometimes, you just want fun or unique gifts – so today’s post is a collection of “other” ideas for Christmas gifts.   1. Homeschool Gear: Looking for a homeschooling t-shirt? Check out my t-shirt store. There’s something for everyone in the family – Mom, Dad, baby, and kid! Where to Buy: Visit my t-shirt store. It’s Canadian! 🙂 Or you can visit Shop Great Products – they have a huge collection (but they are in the US, so watch the cost of shipping!) 2. Young Builder’s Tool Set: This set from Montessori Services – a company that specializes in  providing quality toys and products for kids ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Toys Toys are the quintessential gift for Christmas, but you can use it to help encourage learning and meaning instead of just another thing to add to the toy box. Here are some ideas of educational toys for kids. This post uses affiliate links. #1. Pathfinders Design and Technology: Canadian. This company specializes in wooden model kits. Designs include working hydraulics, to good old-fashioned catapults, to movable characters like dragons, to recreating Leonardo DaVinci’s creations. Check out our review. Where to Buy: Many educational stores carry this company’s products, or you can order straight from the company website, http://www.pathfindersdesignandtechnology.com/ #2.Wooden Knitting Tower. Learning to do some ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Books Books are a terrific gift for any child for any gift-giving event. There are so many to choose from, it can almost be overwhelming! Here are some ideas. This post includes affiliate links. 1. DK Canada – This company has a huge collection of books, from early readers to advanced reference materials. There’s bound to be something for everyone. Some of the books I’ve had the opportunity to review and share: LEGO Books Sticker Books Arts & Crafts Eyewitness Books Early Readers Star Wars Reference Resources: The History Book  | The Children’s Guide to the Movies |  Math  | Nature | Utterly Amazing Science Plus DK Canada is also the distributor for several ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Puzzles and Games Board games and puzzles are great gifts because they engage the brain and often the family, too! Here are some great games to consider.   This post contains affiliate links. #1. Gladius : Canadian. This company creates and distributes games in both French and English. The selection varies from fun photo hunting games to currently popular character games like Cut The Rope, Spiderman, Barbie, and Caillou. In our house, we love the Canada Hunt and Seek game. Where to Buy: Check out their Editions Gladius website. #2. PuzzleMaster : Canadian. If your child loves to solve puzzles, check out this company. Their puzzle options range ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Subscription Boxes Kids love getting things addressed especially to them in the mail, and so monthly subscription boxes are a great way to combine learning and fun with the thrill of getting mail. Here are 5 terrific subscription box companies. This post contains affiliate links. 1. Little Passports : This company offers a monthly box delivered in the format of a package from two fictitious characters on an adventure around the world (or the US – depending on the package you choose.). The starting kit comes with a little mini suitcase for your child to keep their monthly treasures in, a world map, and intro ... Read more
  • Challenge Cards – Minecraft Edition {Printable} Minecraft ChallengesDo your kids love Minecraft as much as mine do? Then they will love these challenge cards! Included are 66 ideas; Some are intended for creative mode, some for regular play mode, some for multiplayer, and some even for off the computer! Simply cut them up and have your child pull one out before they get started on their Minecraft adventures. Have fun! NOT AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG. Read more
  • Curiosity Box Review Curiosity Box is another Canadian activity box designed for kids ages 3 to 7. Offering the option of a single box, a monthly subscription, or a party kit – these boxes are based on themes and include 3 crafts and 1 activity in each box. Delivered to your door with your child’s name on it, they are a fun way to spend time together. I chose to use this box with my almost 9 year old. He’d been hoping that soon there’d be mail just for him, so it was the perfect opportunity to give him something to do. I was ... Read more
  • 5 Ways To Store Your Board Games 5 ways to Store Board GamesMy kids love board games, and they really are a great way to learn. Unfortunately, they also have big boxes that take up a lot of space, are hard to pull out when stacked on each other and little pieces that like to disappear. It’s frustrating. So, I put out the call for help. The board game collection had taken over my school shelves, extra shelves in the hallway, and the top of a speaker in the living room. I needed a better way to store them so they would be usable without taking over the house. 1. Store them on their ... Read more
  • Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Gear and Gadgets Sometimes, you just want fun or unique gifts – so today’s post is a collection of “other” ideas for Christmas gifts. 1. T-shirt Store: looking for a homeschooling t-shirt. Check out my t-shirt store. There’s something for everyone in the family – Mom, Dad, baby, and kid!   Where to Buy: Visit my t-shirt store. It’s Canadian! 🙂 2. Young Builder’s Tool Set: This set from Montessori Services – a company that specializes in  providing quality toys and products for kids in the Montessori method – includes a toolbox and a full set of working tools that are miniaturized for small hands of a child. There’s ... Read more
  • Chess House Chess can be a complex game of logic and strategy, which appeals just fine to my boys. Already familiar with the basics of chess thanks to a LEGO computer game we found, Chess House was exactly what we needed to make the push from gamer to player. Just over a year ago, thanks to my time as part of Schoolhouse Review Crew, we had the chance to check out the Starter Chess Learning Kit by Chess House. This kit includes a rolled up board, pieces, and a video all neatly contained in a soft cover carrying case. It’s $39.95US (+ shipping.) We were a little worried ... Read more
  • 10 Educational Board Games Trying to make learning more fun and hands-on? Why not play a board game? Here are 10+ great games to help your kids learning without them really even knowing it. 1. Scrabble or Bananagrams This classic board game focuses on spelling and words. Using the letters you have available, you create words in a crossword style – building off the words that both you and your opponent have been building on the board already. This is a great vocabulary builder. The classic edition is designed for ages 8+, but you can also get a Junior version which is suited for 5+, using a ... Read more
  • Recycled Cardboard Products From Boutique Cascades Canadian company, Cascades, is committed to helping reduce recyclable waste by repurposing wastepaper into other products. Some of their great products include wrapping paper, napkins, children’s cardboard furniture and playhouses, bird houses, cooler boxes, and cardboard Christmas trees. A few Christmases ago, our family had the chance to get a Christmas tree. We chose the Moderno tree in all white, and then we had a family art day, painting and decorating it. It’s now one of our favourite things for the holidays. One awesome feature is that you just have to slide it apart at the end of the season and ... Read more
  • Bayo Bundles Review bayo bundlesCanadian Mom, Riley, wanted to offer parents a way to create and learn with their children, without the stress and time needed to research and prep activities. So, she created Bayo Bundles – monthly subscription boxes for kids ages 5 – 10, full of everything you need to explore together. Designed for kids in the ages 3 to 7 year range, these kits dive into a topic and get kids learning by doing. We had the opportunity to give it a try. Our kit was all about colour. I did it with my 7 year old, who was thrilled to have ... Read more
  • Pathfinders Design and Technology CatapultCanadian company, Pathfinders Design and Technology is all about learning through hands-on building. Derek started his business out on Vancouver Island, teaching homeschoolers about medieval siege engines like trebuchets and catapults. Over the years, it’s expanded to creating kits of all kinds of designs, from the original medieval warfare machines to hydraulics, and animals to bridges. The boys and I got to work on building the hydraulic robotic arm. My oldest, who is 10½ was the most excited to work on this. It was easy to start – just dump out the supplies, find the instructions and go! Marked as intended for kids ages ... Read more
  • Ukloo Riddle Edition Ukloo Riddle EditionUkloo is a scavenger hunt learn-to-read game that involves cards with clues to lead you to the next spot. There are two different versions of the game. The first is the Original Ukloo – which is for beginning readers. The clues are easy words and short phrases. The other is the Riddle Edition, which is designed for kids ages 7+ who are much more confident in their reading and problem solving skills. The clues are much more elaborate and involve solving the clue to figure out where the next card is hidden. “Morning goodness in a box of crunch.”~Level 1 Like the ... Read more
  • uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game Canadian mom, Doreen, had 2 boys who weren’t really interested in reading, so she turned it into a game. That game is now available to everyone and it’s called uKloo. This game is essentially a scavenger hunt designed for early readers ages 4 and up. It comes in a little box that is filled with 54 cards of clues that you hide in specific places around your home. There are three different levels of cards – with level 1 being simple basic language clues like “Look on your bed.” to more complex level three cards such as “Find it beside the ... Read more
  • Easy Daysies Have you heard of Easy Daysies before? Created by a Canadian Mom and Teacher, Elaine Tan Comeau, Easy Daysies are a magnetic based system to help kids with routines and daily tasks – both at home, and in their schooling. For Home The home routine kit comes in a package with everything you need: magnets, a bag to keep them in, a dry-erase marker, and a double-sided, magnetic chart with an apple tree on one side, and a daisy on the other. Your child picks a side that bests works for them and you use the included small magnets to make a list of ... Read more
  • Hunt N’ Seek Canada – Editions Gladius International This month’s sponsor is a Canadian game company called Editions Gladius International. Based out of Quebec, this company specializes in creating and selling games that are made here in Canada. One such game is Hunt And Seek Canada. This game is built on many of the things that are quintessentially Canadian – you know, igloos, beavers, moose, the CN Tower, etc – and makes a searching game out of them! There are 4 double sided picture boards, featuring different areas of Canada, that are completely packed with amazing images but also have hidden within them all sorts of small images that you ... Read more
  • Autumn Stories / Brighten the Day Autumn Stories | Marty LayneIt’s time to celebrate the changing of the seasons with Marty Layne – Canadian author and musician – with a special offer on her book, Autumn Stories, and CD, Brighten the Day. “I saw a red cherry leaf on the grass this morning as I hung the wash up outside. It reminded me of the photo shoot I did almost 4 years ago of the little needle felted creatures I’d made. This photo shoot inspired my book, Autumn Stories.” Autumn Stories is a 2 part story about a little character named Little Blue Feather out in the leaves, as creatures get themselves ready ... Read more
  • Young Builder’s Tool Set from Montessori Services One of the great things about homeschooling is that we have the opportunity to expand and develop on interests that our kids show more fully. Since many of the “extra” programs have been cut from the public school system, lessons like home ec and woodworking are no longer something that kids get a chance to experience in school. But when our kids at home want to learn how to use tools, we can do that! My (just-about) 7 year old has decided that when he grows up he wants to be a worker man (aka construction worker). He’s fascinated by all ... Read more
  • Professor Noggin I have a challenge for you. See how many of the following questions you can answer: 1. Jeanne Sauve was the first female to hold what office? 2. What fur-trading company, founded in 1670, is the oldest existing company in Canada? 3. What is Craigellachie? 4. What did Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover in 1921? 5. What NHL team has won the most Stanley Cups? These are just a few of the many questions in the card game #20 from Professor Noggin: History of Canada. I was sent a copy of this game to try out and share. This game is very challenging! It’s a great ... Read more