March Break 2017



Gorilla Gym by Velex Corporation

Next week, no school. So how will you keep your kids busy? Whether they'll be playing at home, or you've traveling hours to fill, here are our suggestions to make fun instead of boredom during their week of free time.

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Gorilla Gym (3+, Velex Corporation)

Fits easily in a standard door frame to create an indoor swing, or climbing rope, ladder, rings or trapeze so kids to burn off that excess energy and tone a few muscles while they're at it.

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K'NEX Ball Factory (12+, K'NEX)

Building this gigantic Rube Goldberg-like ball machine is just the beginning of fun - watching the balls cycle around it is as intriguing as it is mesmerizing. And with over 3,000 pieces, it does take a while to build - which makes it a perfect March Break project. It also has great re-build appeal, so don't be surprised when your children want to make it all over again next March Break.

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Science Activities

Klutz Circuit Clay (8+, Klutz)

A mix of art and science, this kit includes clay that lets you add lights to your sculpture, without running wires through it. The clay itself conducts the electrical charge - pretty cool since its still safe to touch.

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Mud Watt (8+, Keego Technologies)

An excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about microbial fuel cells. Very inspiring to see this potential new source of renewable energy - in action.

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Just Add Glue (Griddly Games)

Try different combinations of glue and borax to see how the relative proportions affect the consistency of the resulting polymers and how each behave. Then enjoy a fun assortment of craft projects - all using glue.

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Crafts

Fluffables™ (6+, The Orb Factory)

Ultra cute collectibles you make yourself, with lots of opportunities to style it just the way you want it to look. Fun to make, attractive enough to display and oh so soft to touch.

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Air Marker Sprayer (8+, Crayola)

Always magical to see makers turn into spray art. This unit is perhaps the sleekest and easiest to use that we've seen so far. Lots of fun creating colourful sprayed images either freestyle, or using stencils.

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Klutz Make Your Own Soap (6+, Klutz)

These melt-and-pour soaps are fun to make and fun to use - especially when you put small toys inside, which emerge the more you wash your hands. We love that the book also explores a bit of soap science.

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Klutz Sew Mini Animals (8+, Klutz)

Great little sewing ideas that are quick enough for kids to make without feeling overwhelmed by a huge project.

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Pom Pom Kitties (8+, Klutz)

Making the pom-poms is just the start. Turning those wooly balls into a cute little kitten is where the real creativity happens.

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Pretty Paper Pajaki (7+, Creativity for Kids)

A great introduction to a Polish folk tradition of making paper chandeliers. Lots of fun to keep kids busy stringing colourful patterned papers and straws to bring good wishes and luck to your home.

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Invent Amazing Art Gadgets (8+, Creativity for Kids)

Inspires two kinds of creativity – art as well as engineering inspiration to design and make gadgets to create new art – like a swinging pendulum to drip patterns of paint on your paper.

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Brain Teasers

Lunar Landing (ThinkFun)

Pawns more horizontally or vertically , but they need to bump up against another pawn to stop. Your task is to create a path of explorer pawns to block and redirect the red shuttle pawn until it 'lands' on the center peg.

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WaveBreaker™ (8+, ThinkFun)

Shift waves and move the boats to clear a channel and bring the red boat into port. Same kind of classic slide puzzle-solving as ThinkFun's iconic Rush Hour.

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By The Book: A Novel Stacking Game (8+, Brainwright)

Fit an assortment of mini books (up to 12 of them) between the shelves. Each book is a unique size, so you'll need to arrange them carefully so they all fit. And sometimes you'll need to leave room for the cat.

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Flip (10+, Brainwright)

Ever flipping tiles keeps this puzzle a dynamic challenge. Tiles feature a movement/action option on one or both sides. Move made, the tile is flipped and the action out of play unless a future move flips the tile back to reactivate it.

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Walls & Warriors (8+, SmartGames)

A great series of logic puzzles where kids place the castle walls in a way that keeps the invaders outside the walls, and defenders safely inside.

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