Need a quick cleanup? Grab the Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes. These individually packaged wipes can be thrown in a backpack or gym bag and used to clean up and get refreshed after any activity. Kids can head back to class after P.E. confident they smell fresh. Adults will appreciate a quick wipe down after the gym, too. The wipe is strong and thick and has a very light, pleasant scent. They are sold individually for $1 or in bulk (100 for $49).
Your little builders will have fun creating with Space Chips, lightweight, colorful chips designed to fit together to build shapes, creatures and more. The kit includes 50 Space Chips and a product sheet that guides you through the building process. Our testers had fun creating simple shapes and then moving on to more complicated designs. Space Chips, $14.99, are recommended for kids 6 and up.
Keep mittens and gloves on—and cold and snow out—with the GloveGator, a waterproof, stretchy material that fits over your kids’ mittens, extending up into their sleeves for excellent coverage. They zip up the side for easy use and are available in several sizes from XS (kids 1-4) to XL (adult). The GloveGator retails for $15.99.
Mummy’s Treasure is a quick-paced, portable board game. The goal is to roll the dice and win pieces by matching symbols to various tiles to fill in your excavation site. The tiles come in six different shapes so gamers need to use their thinking skills to complete their card. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete a game and is geared for kids 5 and older. Mummy’s Treasure retails for $12. www.haba.de.
The Open It combines five useful tools in one. It opens clamshell packaging with ease, snips twist ties and includes a bottle cap opener, screwdriver and utility blade. Even lefties can use it. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it cuts open a package, and snipping those annoying twist ties was a snap. It is definitely an all-in-one tool that will get lots of use. Open It is available at major retailers for $9.99. www.enjoyZibra.com.
Kids can learn the importance of saving and have fun with The Zillionaire. This personal savings machine has three separate banks for spending, saving and investing. Your little spender sets up a password to access the money and can set specific savings goals for each account. The bank keeps track of how much is in each account. Our kid tester loved watching his balances grow with each deposit. It takes a bit of set up, so parents will need to help. The Zillionaire, designed for kids 5 and older, retails for $49.99. You can find it at Toys R Us or at www.summittoy.com.