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Unplugged play offers fun for families without electronics

  • COURTESY AUTOMOBLOX

    Automoblox is an award-winning line of high-quality, collectible, miniature cars. Bodies are made of European beechwood and can be manipulated, mixed, and matched in a variety of ways to create different designs.

  • COURTESY JUICE COUTURE

    Juicy Couture has the perfect “make it yourself” items for the teen or tween girl who wants to personalize her own accessories.

  • COURTESY MAKE IT REAL

    This is a super-cool, adorable DIY unicorn hoodie blanket. The kit comes with everything you need, including pre-cut fleece, fringes, needle and thread, and even a thimble.

Whether you’re searching for something to do as a family, or something that will keep the kids busy, it’s often hard to find activities or games that don’t have screens, need batteries, or have to be plugged in. Fortunately, there are still plenty of non-screen, non-electronic options out there.

FRUIT OBSESSIONS BRACELETS AND HAIR CANDY ACCESSORIES

Juicy Couture

Have a creative teen or tween? Juicy Couture is all the rage with the younger girls right now, and your young fashionista will be thrilled to get her hands on these kits. After all, what’s more fun than making your own accessories?

These are definitely not the cheesy, kiddie kits from our childhood, which means that she (and you) will be delighted at the high-quality, really nice-looking results, which look store-bought or like what you see adults creating on Etsy.

About $15. juicycouture.com

AUTOMOBLOX

Automoblox

Have a little car lover? Automoblox is an award-winning line of high-quality, collectible, miniature cars. The bodies are made of European beechwood and can be manipulated, mixed and matched to create different designs.

Oh, and you’ll do all of that without tools.

Mini models include the Grizzly truck, X10 Timber Pack SUV with trailer, and the very first Automoblox motorcycle. There are larger options as well, including the BR100 Hercules 16.5-inch hauler. The Hauler comes with two back ends, a ramp, two mini vehicles and has room to hold three more.

For ages 4 and up. New minis range from $11.99 to $24.99. The Hauler is $59.99. Get yours on Amazon or automoblox.com.

UNICORN HOODIE BLANKET

Make It Real

For a slightly bigger project, consider this super-cool, adorable DIY hoodie blanket. The kit comes with everything you need, including pre-cut fleece, fringes, needle and thread, and even a thimble.

Making this fleece knotted blanket, which looks more like a cape, complete with unicorn head, will help your child develop skill. If he or she already knows how to sew, great, you’re one step ahead. If not, the instructions are easy to follow, and you’ll be up to speed in no time.

$24.99 on Amazon. makeitrealplay.com

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