It's Summaaaaahhhtime and that means one thing for so many moms- kids home all. the. time. I'm lucky in the sense that it doesn't feel that different for me because mine are always with me but I know for a lot of families kids home all day everyday can be a little overwhelming to keep them occupied and out of trouble. Today I've got something to save your sanity. You can only go to the pool and park so much and sometimes you just need to get things done at home so when you need to entertain the kids on a rainy afternoon or just to get your cleaning done I highly recommend Animal Jam. Animal Jam is an interactive computer game for kids they also created Animal Jam Academy which is a site where you can find free science, technology, engineering & art activities to keep little hands busy. We just tried out the marshmallow tower activity this morning and had a great time.
Animal Jam is a safe and exciting online playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors. Players create and customize their own animal characters and dens, chat with friends, adopt pets, team up for adventures, and feed their curiosity about animals and the natural world around them.
Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal Jam features classic playground role playing infused with the life sciences. Players can collect fun facts in their Journey Books, learn about Animal Conservation in Kimbara Outback, and ask real scientists questions, like herpetologist Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologist Tierney Thys.
I love the free downloadable activities available on Animal Jam Academy. Today when we did the marshmallow tower it was so nice to print out the directions. That sounds kind of silly because I easily could have explained the activity to Max and then showed him how to do it however, he really enjoyed looking at the photo of what he was going to try to accomplish. They also have art pages to download and color and science videos to watch.
There is something so nice about an independent activity where the child figures it out on their own.
And of course spiderman had to destroy it when it was tall enough...
All in all this activity occupied my 3 year old for about 15 minutes. Not a super long time but it was an easy set up so I was happy that he enjoyed doing it, gave his brain a little workout and that it was easy for me.