Monday, December 6th, 2010
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:
- It has to be challenging enough for the 5-year-old but not too hard for the 2-year-old
- It has to involve crafts and/or coloring
- It has to have enough pieces to form some sort of “collection”
- 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!Add a Comment