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March Break Activities: Keeping Kids Engaged

March Break is just around the corner – a whole week without school or the usual extra curricular programs. So whether your child needs a few quick boredom busting project ideas, or is taking advantage of the extra free time to start a new hobby, here are the best new activity toys this year.}

Rogers Daytime (March 1, 2016)

Fuzzeez

The Orb Factory Limited (6+)

Well designed to make the felting process a bit more kid-friendly. Fill the mold with layers of soapy, wet un-spun wool, then machine wash and dry it on high heat. And voila, a cuddly new stuffie friend. A great kit to introduce a new hobby.

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Pom Pom Rug

Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell (7+)

An attractive, easy-to-do project that takes a fair bit of time to make. A perfect project for the school break, with great looking results to accent any room. The kit includes four balls of yarn - enough to make over 100 pom poms, which are then tied to a grid base to make an 18" (45.7cm) round rug.

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LightUp

LightUp, Inc. (5+)

LightUp is a simple, elegant way to introduce kids to the world of electronic circuitry. Especially helpful is the complimentary mobile app which contains step by step instructions and shows not only the flow of electricity in your circuit, but also any problems with how you have it set up. The Tesla kit adds a microcontroller to the components allowing you to program tasks like creating light shows, music and more. Note: Requires Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.

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Bloxels™

Pixel Press Technology, LLC (8+)

Does your child dream of making a video game? These colourful little Bloxels make it easy - thanks to all the pre-programmed options, we designed our first game in about five minutes. Once they're ready, the App allows kids to move beyond the pre-programmed content and dive far deeper into the nitty gritty of design and programming to create their own truly unique games.

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Disney Imagicademy - Make It & Play It Board Games

Wonder Forge / Ravensburger (4+)

With twenty different playing surfaces, there's plenty of variety to keep your kindergartner busy all week. It's a wonderful introduction to board games and provides a good opportunity for discovering which types of games your child enjoys best.

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Bing Bang Bounce!

SmartLab Toys (8+)

More than anything, this kit is just plain fun - especially when you finally get it all lined up perfectly and the paddles bat the ball from one target to the next and right into the victory cup. The guide is full of tips, but ultimately it's trial and error and lots of practice that will fine tune your stunts- which makes this a great activity for the school break when kids have a bit more time to play around with it.

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ScienceX® Smartscope

Ravensburger (8+)

It's so much easier to see magnified objects on your phone screen than through an eyepiece. Using just the camera on your mobile device – no app or Internet needed – create a vivid display of the microscopic world. You can even snap a picture and share it with your friends. A great way to explore the usually unseen world around you.

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Klutz Coloring Crush

Klutz/Scholastic (8+)

Colouring is the new way to relax. Totally on trend, this book includes lots of interesting designs, and we love that it also offers great tips and techniques to make your projects look more interesting. Perfect for spending some quiet time over the March break.

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Klutz Sew Mini Treats

Klutz/Scholastic (10+)

These mini 'bite-sized' projects are super quick to make, so kids can feel the pride and satisfaction of completing projects over and over again. Book includes supplies, cutting templates and easy-to-follow instructions to make eighteen cute little food plushies

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