If you have a busy kid like mine you are always looking for good ways to keep them engaged. You know…so they’ll stop running around for at least 12 seconds at a time and give you a chance to catch your breath. At home I try to give Fern plenty of freedom to get her wiggles out, but there are times when we’re out and I just need her to calm down a bit and engage in a quiet activity, or even times at home when I just need a bit of a break.
It can be totally tempting to just park your kid in front of a 20 minutes TV show to let them check out for a bit or to hand them your iPhone when your out at a restaurant and their on the brink of making a scene. I’ll admit, I’ve totally done these things before, but I would much prefer to find a more engaging way to entertain my child.
What I want is a quiet activity that is fun, educational, and that promotes independent play. But, let’s be real…I also want an activity that will give me (and the others around me if we happen to be out in public) at least five minutes of peace. Is that really too much to ask?
Enter wūka - the perfect gift to keep little hands busy in a positive and engaging way.
Basically a Wūka is like those quiet books you’ve seen all over the Pinterest universe that have fun quiet (hence the creative name) activities in them. The main difference? You don’t have to make it yourself and it’s probably (read: for sure) way better quality than what most people would be able to come up with on their own.
I have zero sewing skills and my crafty skills are novice at best so attempting something like this would be way out of my league. That said, even if I did have the crafty skills necessary to make this I cannot even begin to imagine the number of hours it would take me! From conceptualizing the activities to purchasing the fabric, to actually putting it together? Ain’t nobody got time. Also, I’m quite certain that whatever I came up with would end up on a Pinterest Fails list on Buzzfeed.
Thankfully Wūka does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is go online and choose your Wūka squares (which are totally reasonably priced by the way!) and they come to you along with a set of silicone links so you can easily assemble the squares of your book at home. Easy peasy. The links allow you to change to order of the book as you wish and also allow you to add or take out more squares as needed. Brilliant!
Fern’s favorite square is the “Catchin’ Critters” one and she may or may not have carried the ladybug, butterfly and worm around all day when we got it. She loves putting those little bugs in the jar and dumping them out!
I think the Wūka squares would be a great Christmas gift for your children or friends and would be totally perfect for traveling (I’ll be taking ours to Disneyland with us in January!).
Be sure to check out all the squares they offer on their Wūka squares page, and their Facebook page! Aaaaannnnnd…if you decide to purchase, Wūka is offering my readers a 10% off code that expires December 31, 2013. Just type in “thelittlethingswedo” at checkout.
This is a sponsored post by Wūka. All thoughts and opinions are my own.