We are nearing the end of our first official year of homeschooling. Things have gone great and I am so happy that we went with our hearts and kept Ella at home this year.
One thing that did make schooling a little more difficult was finding activities for Liam to do so he felt included, but didn't bother us the entire time.
Most of the time, he would work on counting pages and color, but when he got tired of that, I needed something to occupy him.
I have loved these Build-and-Play toys. I found a car in the dollar bins at Target a year ago, but recently saw a submarine, helicopter, and race car in a toy magazine during Christmas time (thanks, mom!).
It came with tools: screwdriver, wrench, drill, etc.
Liam can take the toys apart on his own (which is when I work with Ella on school), but he does need some assistance putting them back together in the right order (which is when Ella does some work independently).
Ella does a great job with the toys all on her own. It offers great practice with hand-eye coordination and works as a type of puzzle- having to put the pieces together correctly so they fit nicely.
I know with birthdays and other holidays, like Easter and Christmas, it is sometimes difficult to find toys to give kids that don't feel like more junk for the mom to pick up. This would be a great toy, for a boy or girl, that would also offer learning benefits. Gift it with a cute tote, box, or tub for the toys to be stored in and I promise, the child will love playing with the toys!!
We store each toy in a large ziploc and the tools in a quart size ziploc- all in a tub together. That keeps things organized and easy to find.
Do you have a toy that your kids love?