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Destroy Screen Time With Cool School Holiday Projects

by Kerry Finch  ■  July 9, 2019

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If there’s one thing parents and caregivers can likely agree on, it’s that kids today probably get far too much screen time.

Let’s face it – our lives are surrounded by screens, and given the attractive programming available at our fingertips, it can be hard to look away.

Unless you have some cool items from Cool Things Australia on hand, that is.

Rather than beg, scream, or threaten in order to steer your kids away from their phones, tablets, and televisions, lay one of these fun school holiday projects in their hands. Your kids won’t only be busy for hours, but they’ll be learning in the process.

Kids Love 3D Puzzles

Let’s put aside the fact that 3D puzzles are gorgeous works of art (because they certainly are!). This type of puzzle – usually a lot more challenging than your standard flat jigsaw – has been proven to deliver a load of benefits including:

  • Improved concentration.
  • Improved spatial orientation.
  • Better concentration.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Enhanced learning ability.

Puzzles interconnect both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This makes it easier for us to learn, and it staves off age-related brain deterioration.

We have loads of Disney-related 3D crystal puzzles available. Some of our other favourites include our 3D London Bus Crystal Puzzle, our 3D Tin Robot Crystal Puzzle, and our adorable 3D Rubber Duckie Crystal Puzzle.

Kids Love Car Kits

Clean energy is something our planet needs, and it is something our current leadership is failing to make a reality.

Each of our car kits opens up the minds of youngsters (and their parents!), teaching them that there are other exciting green energy options out there, like air and salt water.

These kits do require some assembly and are typically better suited for children eight years of age or older. But they are a great teaching tool when it comes to science, creativity and environmental awareness.

Kids Love Crystal Growing Kits

Understanding the formation of crystals involves both science and maths. While kids can find crystals outside when on a nature hike (another great idea for keeping them off of the screens!), actually making them and watching them grow can be even more engaging.

A great way to start your crystal growing adventure is to pick up our highly rated Crystal Growing Experimental Kit. In this kit, there are seven separate crystal growing experiments, each of which can be displayed in a beautiful display case once complete.

Another popular item here at CoolThings Australia is our Glow Crystal Growing kit. Having the ability to absorb light and glow, it’s an eye-catching experiment, and it presents parents and caregivers with an opportunity to teach kids about how things glow.

Finally, there is our Crystal Animals activity kit. This one is perfect for the young animal lover in your home who has a healthy dose of curiosity about how the world around them works.

Kids Love Frosty the Melting Snowman

How can we not mention this one as we work our way through the chillyness of winter?

Even if you live in an area not fortunate enough to receive snow in July, kids can enjoy building their own adorable melting snowman time and time again with our Frosty the Melting Snowman kit.

Don’t be surprised if they ask for two or more so they can start a snowball fight!

From beloved and traditional to cool and quirky, we have something for everyone at CoolThings Australia. Check us out online and don’t hesitate to contact us to ask about our free gift wrapping service!


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