The summer is ending and JustaBXgirl starts school in a few weeks. I don’t think she’s thought about what the transition means much but trust me I have. One of the things I’m going to miss the most about her not being in school is being able to pick up and go. That being said I’m trying to go, go, go as much as we can before the first day of school gets here.
You might not know this but I don’t drive. That means it takes us longer to get everywhere. And that means that I always want to find ways to keep JustaBXgirl entertained. Enter the Magic Sketch. This is another item I found out about at Blogger Bash’s Sweet Suite. I love the simplicity of this toy. I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t like to doodle and draw. Have you?
The Magic Sketch comes with a bunch of stencils that allow your little to trace the pictures, practice their letters and play games. And if they’re inspired they can draw their own images. How does this work for travel? Wouldn’t they end up drawing on their seat? Nope! Everything is done on the crystal screen with a stylus and erased with the push of a button.
The Deluxe set comes with 4 styluses, 60 stencils a roller and 3 stamps. Honestly, we haven’t even used half of the stencils yet because there is just so much to do. One thing that could make this better is a travel case to hold all of the pieces. What I’ve been doing is allowing JustaBXgirl to pick out two to three stencils she wants to take with us when we go places. We then place those between the Magic Sketch and its protective case. She can then choose to take two styluses (in case we lose one, which thankfully has not happened yet) and we place everything in her backpack or my bag. So far it has worked because we’ve only taken it on short drives with grandpa, to play with at outings and on short train rides. Once we travel further we will probably have to find a case to hold all of the supplies.
This is really cool when you have a variety of ages around because it really starts and returns to a blank slate. Also, the variety of skill needed for the stencils goes from simple to advanced. The only thing is getting them to take turns which could be a whole other post on how do you get littles to take turns. You should have heard the passive aggressive argument that ensued between JustaBXgirl and her almost 13 year-old cousin the other night over what movie they would watch together. I don’t know how those of you with more than one little do it!!!
Anyway, back to the Magic Sketch, I’m not sure if you’ve caught it in the background of some of my social media postings but it has definitely done a good job of keeping JustaBXgirl’s interest. Once school gets underway, and we are not on the go as much we will use it more as a learning toy than an entertainment one. JustaBXgirl needs a lot of help writing her letters and this will save a lot of trees since she can easily erase and start over.
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