A Kids’ Gift That Keeps on Giving


In order for an activity or toy to be a hit with both my 5- and 2-year-old daughters—because these days they only want to play with whatever the other one has—it must meet nearly all of these criteria:

  1. It has to be challenging enough for the 5-year-old but not too hard for the 2-year-old
  2. It has to involve crafts and/or coloring
  3. It has to have enough pieces to form some sort of “collection”
  4. It has to have enough elements so that both girls can play with it at the same time

And bonus points go to anything with stickers.

Obviously, I don’t find a whole heck of a lot that fits my specs. But a Grasshopper Kit landed on my desk not too long ago, and I busted it out one recent rainy weekend. Whoa. These kits are basically little suitcases filled with fun-making (and educational) objects. The one my girls tried contained a set of alphabet tracing cards as well as 20 mini crayons (meeting Needs 1, 2, and 4), 30 magnetic fish with a magnet-tipped fishing rod (Needs 1, 3, and 4), letter cards with letters that can be overlaid with stickers (Need 1 plus bonus points), and more (Need 4).

I was impressed, and the girls were happy. And occupied. A winner all around!

You can find these kits here or at Barnes & Noble or FAO Schwarz.

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