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12 Boredom-Busting Activity Kits to Keep Kids Busy

These clever activity kits will encourage lots of independent play this summer

Published on: June 01, 2022


Sometimes little kids need some help figuring out what to do during those long summer days. To avoid the dreaded “I’m bored” declaration, you might need to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Activity kits are the perfect solution. A well-made kit helps kids explore and find something to do, offering a little structure and lots of fun. With these clever kits, kids can play and learn independently. 

1. KiwiCo Solar System Project

Paint, build and play while learning with this creative kit. Kids design a solar system, complete with a light-up sun and fun games in this activity kit from KiwiCrate. Extras like a learning magazine, bonus game and free video are all included for hours of learning fun.

2. Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit and Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit

Get those ideas flowing as kids create their very own real book or comic book. The kit is complete with a book template and markers and will guide your kid through the process of writing and illustrating their very own book. When the book is complete, you can mail it back in the prepaid envelope and will receive a professionally printed version of their book in just a few weeks.

3. Airplane Design Studio Kit

Imagine building your very own airplane! Kids can design and build multiple airplanes with this kit. It comes with balsa wood, propellers and all the pieces you need to take flight. Providing hours of building and flying fun, it’s time for liftoff.

4. Grow 'N Glow Terrarium Kit

Kids have everything they need to create a unique terrarium complete with glow sand and glow-in-the-dark stickers. As they layer the different components, they will grow their own little plant habitat.

5. Ivy Kids A Rainbow of My Own

Kids start with a great book to read and explore. With this story of a boy looking for a rainbow, kids can paint their own ceramic bank, complete science experiments with prisms and walking rainbows, and even play games. Plus, Ivy Kids has more book-based kits that kids will love. 

6. Make Your Own Soap

Create 10 unique soaps using the different shaped molds and extras like colors, scents and glitter. There is even packaging for kids to wrap their creations to give as special gifts. Minimal supervision is needed as kids melt the soap base in the microwave using step-by-step instructions. 

7. KiwiCo Mini Cake Decorating Kit

Let your kids have the fun of cake decorating without the hassle of baking. This play cake comes with a special clay that feels just like real frosting. With a piping kit, decorations and more, kids can create their unique masterpieces.

8. Anytime Busy Box

This Busy Box gives kids the chance to imagine, create and play. With 18 mess-free crafts and activities, your child can discover creative new ways to keep busy and have fun. Plus, they offer theme kits to use on road trips, while you’re camping, at a wedding and more.  

9. PlushCraft Puppy Pack

Kids create their own stuffed puppy friends with this no-sew kit. By following the visual instructions, kids push pieces of fabric into the model to create their fluffy puppy friends. 

10. Obuby Kids Fort Building Kit

Keep kids active even on rainy days with this fort-building kit. Complete with various sized rods and connecting balls, the fort possibilities for your young engineers are endless. Grab a sheet to put over their creation, giving them the perfect hideout. 

11. DIY Kids Bird Feeders

Get creative and interact with wildlife by creating unique bird feeders. Complete with birdseed, molds, twine and easy-to-follow instructions, kids will create multiple feeders in different shapes. 

12. Paint by Sticker Books

These books take the mess out of paint by number by replacing the paint with stickers. Kids watch their images come to life as they find and place the stickers on the design. These books are available in multiple themes, from zoo animals to outer space and under the sea. Plus, these make great, mess-free travel activities. 

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