As summer break nears, kids are excited and parents are anxious about how keep their offspring occupied with something more than a tv remote. If that’s you, here are five ways to help your kids get -and stay- busy all summer long while also teaching them a thing or two about style.
The Jetaire Camper Playhouse ($249) makes camping retro cool. Made of durable cotton canvas, it’s handmade and hand-stitched with seven windows, curtains, an awning, an embroidered license plate and patchwork tires. Add the 20-piece S’More the Merrier” campfire set ($69) and they’ll be singing kum-bah-yah ’til the cows come home.
Comprised of three sturdy foam canvasses, decorative push pins and lots of colorful string, this String Art kit ($20) is an affordable, fun way for kids to get wrapped up in art and for you to add texture to walls. $20.
The Penny Portrait kit is a stylishly sneaky way to teach kids history while they’re having fun fashioning a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in trendy copper. Plus it puts all those pennies in your spare change drawer to decorative use. $24.
Give your child’s playroom a touch of farmhouse chic. The Farmhouse Kitchen Collection is crafted of solid wood, metal and plastic with knobs that turn and doors that open. The fridge has an adjustable shelf and chalkboard door panels. The stove has realistic burners and a shelf with four hooks to hang pots and pans. The sink has a fashionable faux faucet with spray, a towel rack and storage behind its curtained front. $279 each.
Get your kids outside and into gardening with the Kid’s VegTrug®. At 2-feet high, it puts crops at an easy working height for kids. Plus, they’ll have fewer pests and weeds when growing in an elevated bed like this. Specifically designed for vegetables, the VegTrug’s® shape lets them plant larger plants in the back and smaller ones in the front. Made of FSC-certified, sustainable, plantation-grown fir with a non-toxic stain, plastic feet and fabric liner. $115.