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curbing boredom while traveling {The Original KidKit} + Giveaway

Summers around our home always seem to be full with travel. Whether it’s driving to the Oregon coast to go camping or flying across the country to visit with family, it seems that most weekends are booked with some sort of excursion.  As many of you know, trying to entertain kids while traveling can be rather challenging.  I often find myself running around last minute searching for new books and travel toys for the girls.  I am always heading out with an overstuffed toy bag that is both cumbersome and rarely entertaining for more than a minute.

Usually, on a long plane ride, watching a movie is inevitable but it never seems to completely keep the boredom at bay. In all honesty, I’d prefer to have my children reading and doing something that is a little bit more educational than spending their entire time watching a movie. So, when I came across the Original KidKit I was super excited.

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The Original KidKit is filled with enjoyable and educational activities for kids to do while traveling. The kit comes in an easy to carry and adorable canvas travel case. Keeping all the items together in one place and kids love to carry it on their own. No more cumbersome over stuffed bags for mom to lug around! The Original KidKit is available for two different age ranges 3-6 and 7-9. Here’s what you’ll find in each kit and how it worked out for us.

  1. Wikki Stix– These are a pack of colorful, reusable and bendable wax strings. At first glance I thought these wouldn’t be entertaining but boy was I mistaken. I think these Wikki Stix were by far my daughter’s favorite item in the bag and she played with them forever. She would twist and bend them, creating little figurines. Once I showed her how to twist the strings she was completely self entertained.
  2. Chalk-Up-Charlie– This is an owl shaped chalkboard and lacing activity. I would consider this item to be another favorite. The lacing kept her busy and she enjoyed drawing on the owl. My only criticism, which is very minor, is that it comes with stick-on googly eyes which pretty much fell off right when we pulled it out. No biggie and they are not really even a necessity. My daughter had more fun drawing in the eyes with chalk and wasn’t a bit heartbroken over the lost eyes.
  3. Smart Sleeve– The smart sleeve is ingenious! It’s a reusable, phthalate-free dry erase vinyl sleeve. You place the age appropriate Fun Page booklet into the sleeve and kids can draw and write on the sleeve while doing the activity booklet. It comes with a dry erase marker (eraser included on marker) making it simple to wipe away any mistakes and to get started quickly on the next activity page. The Fun Page activity booklets are educational and quite engaging. Kids learn about different shapes, letters, numbers and words. The fantastic thing about the booklets is that once your child has mastered the current booklet you can then purchase a variety of other types of activity Fun Pages from the Original KidKit’s website. Some of your choices are Number Fun, Alphabet Fun, Animal Fun and Girly Fun and they can be purchased in either age range. These are also perfect for throwing into your purse and using while at the doctor’s office or out at a restaurant.
  4. Double-Duty ArtMat– The ArtMat is a double sided mat featuring a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. The mat is great way for kids to draw pictures, play games and practice writing. Out of all the items, this one was probably least played with. I guess she was just too enthralled with all the other items to want to draw but it’s a great alternative to hauling around crayons/markers and blank paper.
  5. Make-a-Scene Sticker Set– These sets come with four different scenes and over 100 stickers that match up with the shapes that are found in each scene. The Sticker Set is perfect for learning colors and shapes. Any child who loves to peel and place stickers will appreciate this activity. You can also purchase extra Make-a-Scene Sticker Sets in an assortment of different themes.
  6. Adventure Log– The Adventure Log is a fantastic way to have your child record their memories about their trip. It’s filled with 21 pages of prompts and illustrations to help guide your child in their note taking. The log even comes with a small pocket to place any little memento they may have acquired on their journey. Sadly, we didn’t use the log only because my daughter is just starting to learn how to read and write and I didn’t think she would be interested in it. Looking back now, what a missed opportunity! I could have had her draw a picture and write one or two words about our trip.

KidKit_StixI definitely believe this kit is a sanity saver. Our daughter actually asked to stop watching a movie and requested that we pull out her KidKit while we were on the plane. It has become a must-have for all our trips. Not only does The Original KidKit captivate them while traveling but they will be asking to play with it even when you are not. Best of all, these fantastic little kits are reusable and replenishable! Want to keep your sanity and the kids occupied? Purchase the Original KidKit here. The Original KidKit has kindly offered to give away both 3-6 and 7-9 Fun Page booklets with a Smart Sleeves! Enter below for your chance to win.
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Special thanks to The Original KidKit for providing a product for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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17 Comments

  1. Dianne
    August 2, 2013 at 7:20 am — Reply

    I love that it is self-contained in a sturdy bag. The activities look like they would keep my child entertained for a long trip. I would love to win this because we are getting ready to move 1300 miles. It would be awesome to have this to occupy my daughter.

  2. sara swanson
    August 2, 2013 at 8:28 am — Reply

    Love that it is reusable!!!

  3. Addison Kat
    August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am — Reply

    I like that there are a variety of activities and it’s not electronic!

  4. Lori H.
    August 2, 2013 at 11:26 am — Reply

    Pretty neat, great alternative to electronics.

  5. April Yedinak
    August 2, 2013 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I like that it comes in it’s own little carrying case.

  6. Kim Pollock
    August 2, 2013 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I love the smart sleeve and am always looking for great stuff like this for road trips, etc.!

  7. Anne Perry
    August 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Reuseable is a plus… chalk Charlie sounds fun.

  8. Linda Trinklein
    August 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm — Reply

    reusable! Love the learning aspect!
    thanks!!

  9. Christina C
    August 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    I like that kits are reusable and replenishable!

  10. sandra davis
    August 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm — Reply

    what a great product. i love that it is reusable and not something that you have to have batteries for.

  11. Amber L.
    August 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    I like that it’s super light and compact. I also think it’s great that I can buy extras to make the kit fresh.

  12. christy isttc
    August 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    I love that it has a case for everything!

  13. Alycia
    August 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    I love the dual-side art mat!

  14. Vicki Wurgler
    August 7, 2013 at 7:03 am — Reply

    I like that they are reusable and replenishable

  15. August 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    I love that this is reusable so that there’s no waste to clutter up the car!

  16. Linda Trinklein
    August 14, 2013 at 9:25 am — Reply

    Im thrilled!! I emailed you back!

  17. March 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with
    my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Thank you

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