While I love technology and the fact that my kids get to experience a lot of really cool gadgets I still believe that getting back to the basics is essential in their growth and learning. There’s a reason kids love empty cardboard boxes. It gives them the chance to use their imagination and to be creative. Manhattan Toy, a specialty toy maker based in Minneapolis just launched a series of 28 appealing arts & crafts, do-it-yourself, role-play and puppet kits plus exciting games collectively known as the brand new “imagine i CAN™” series
These kits have been featured on The View and Parenting magazine has named them as one of the best toys of Toy Fair. The kits are priced from $5-$20 and include something for everyone whether they like games, activities, knitting or other crafts. Most of the kits come in a tin for travel and neat storage.
We tried two games from the Imagine i CAN series on our recent vacation. Since it was our first family vacation and the first time flying with all three of our little ones I was a little nervous. I had packed each of them their own little tote back and snuck one of these games into my 4 and 5 year old’s bags hoping it would help keep them occupied. I couldn’t have been happier with these products. First, the size was perfect — 31 pieces or less all housed inside an adorable little tin. The games could easily be played on the airplane’s tray tables. Secondly, the games were simple enough to learn without reading a bunch of confusing directions. Finally, the games can be played in just a few minutes so the kids didn’t get bored in the middle and quit.
Our seats on the plane were split up so my oldest two didn’t sit together. That meant that these games had to be played with an adult. It was fun spending quality time together playing these fun and easy games. When we were finished, we just switched tins back over the seat so we could play them both. These are the ones we played:
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