Productive things to do this summer

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 Summer is a time when children typically take a break from school. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to break from learning! Lakeshore Learning has an extensive list of products that will give your child productive things to do this summer.

“Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. With materials for infants and toddlers through the 6th grade, we help children reach developmental milestones and achieve educational goals—while still having fun!”

 Whether it’s being creative, practicing fine motor skills, fostering pretend play, or even learning to be open-minded and accepting, summer activities can be fun AND educational. Here are a few of my favorite products to entertain:

 

Block Play People with Differing Abilities

Lakeshore Block Play People

In a world overrun with dolls that create unrealistic expectations, Lakeshore’s Block Play People stand out. The People with Differing Abilities set teaches children that different isn’t a bad thing! Each person is created unique, and we should celebrate our differences. Included in the set is a boy with crutches, a boy with leg braces, a boy with a hearing aid who speaks sign language, an elderly woman with a walker, a woman with a cane, and a girl in a wheelchair (my son’s favorite!) They vary in ethnicity and age and are guaranteed for ten years. 

Pipe Builders

Lakeshore Pipe Builders

Building toys create hours of open-ended fun. Lakeshore’s pipe builders help develop fine motor skills as well. A bucket of 240 pieces means your child can create on a small scale, or a large scale, and you don’t need to worry if a piece gets lost. The possibilities are endless!

Wooden Craft Cubes

Lakeshore Wooden Craft Cubes

Lakeshore has a never ending selection of crafts supplies that create many opportunities for creativity. These range from basics to unique items too. The wooden craft cubes are more unique but should be a staple in every craft closet. The larger cubes are great for creating personalized play blocks, or larger crafts. The smaller ones can be used in collages, multi-media art, and even jewelry crafts. Use them together to create animals that are so durable, they can be used for play afterward. The porous surface of wood makes it perfect for retaining paint, and gluing together.

Washable Fingerpaint

Lakeshore Washable Fingerpaint

There’s nothing like missing sensory, messy play with creative play too. And it’s even easier in the summer months when you can take it outdoors and hose down the mess. It comes in a (literal) rainbow of colors so that you can use the opportunity to teach little ones too. The paints are top quality and full of vibrant color. 

Arts & Crafts Supply Center

Lakeshore Arts   Crafts Supply Center

 Want to jump-start your craft collection? This is the perfect solution for you! While structured crafts are fun for kids, it’s important to allow them to explore on their own too. Give them free reign on this supply center and challenge them to limit themselves to five supplies. See what they can do with that. Or use this in structured crafts – you’ll have everything you need. This set includes:

  • Buttons,  plastic beads and foam beads
  • Ribbons, tinsel strips, and strings with finished edges
  • Craft sticks, feathers, sequins, pom poms, and pipe cleaners
  • Alphabet pieces, mosaic tiles, googly eyes, and foam pieces
  • Glue, glitter pens, and markers
  • And much more!

It comes in a durable storage center with twenty drawers so that it’s easy to organize. It also comes with an activity booklet, in case you need help getting the creative juices flowing. 

 

Lakeshore Learning provides so many creative and educational things to do this summer with their top quality selection. The possibilities are endless – you need to go and check it out for yourself!

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Disclaimer:
This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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Menucha is a Jersey girl living in big New York with her husband and little boy. She is currently fulfilling her dream to be a stay at home mom. She loves crafting, the color purple, and chocolate. Menucha blogs at momsandcrafters.com in between making jewelry and working as a freelance graphic designer.

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