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This week, I partnered with the awesome team at  Sago Mini to bring you some fun ideas!

First off, I downloaded a new app for our kids called Sago Mini BOATS. I originally downloaded it for our younger two kids, Ethan & Allie (Ethan is five and Allie is 3), but the older boys (Beau is 7 and Jack is 9) loved it, too.  Sago Sago is super passionate about creating open ended creative play opportunities for kids and parents both on and off the screen. We love that parents find all sorts of creative ways to engage with their kids and the app – even off the screen.

A child playing with a cell phone with text above him.
An app doesn’t have to remain just an app – you can bring it to life.  Make it educational and give your kids an experience.  Bring it “out of the phone” and turn it into a lesson.   To show you just what I mean, I partnered with Sago to use their new app (my new favorite), Sago Mini Boats. It is free for a limited time! The app is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

We love to go boating, so I wasn’t surprised that they kids loved it.  We go boating every weekend, so I knew that this app would be a success!

boating 9
So… I told the kids that we would take our new app and turn it into a REAL boat, just like the one that we ride on every weekend!

For the BOATS app, you first pack a suitcase and then pick a boat and then you go boating and you can do different adventures, like go to an island, pick up things along the way, go under the water, jump over the water, etc…

So we wanted to take it a step further and make our own boats!   Mickey and I told each of the kids that they could make their own boats and then we would let them race their boats in my bathtub.   They loved the idea, because our bathtub has jets, so the kids could make it a “storm” as they call it when the jets are on.   They put the boats in, turned on the jets and had a blast!

Here are some materials that the kids used (they picked everything themselves)
-Anything from the woods (Beau grabbed a stick)
-Duck Tape
-Empty bottles from the recycle bin.
-Goldiblocks (the yellow building toys)
-A hanger

Balance is important and this lets you take a fun, simple app and turn it into something truly amazing!   You can build and expand upon these games and your kids will learn a lot and have great memories!

teaching kids to create their own fun

DIY airplane & Train
ENTER BELOW to win a $15 card and the winner’s choice of one Sago Mini app!

Simply visit  Sago Sago on Facebook  and come back to comment about what you would do with your app or a creative project that you have done recently  to be entered to win!  Good luck!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. My wife and I are always doing creative projects. We recently did artwork to decorate our dining room. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  2. so fun! My kids love the hair cutting app from them, im sure they would love to ride a boat with this one!!!

  3. With two young kids, I am always looking for fun ways to be creative. We are currently looking for great apps for my older daughter that will allow her to be creative and learn while still having fun!!

  4. My boys love anything to do with animals and farming. I would love an app that is kid friendly but teaches about the different parts of a working farm and how they run the day to day..

  5. We have three family birthdays in September, so my sons and I recently spent an afternoon making homemade cards for everybody!

  6. I just made a bed canopy for my daughter’s bedroom using an embroidery hoop, sheer curtains and some ribbon:)

  7. we recently tried some fun science experiments in the kitchen with milk, dish soap, and various food colorings.

    1. Fun!! We’ve done that one & the kids love to watch the colors “run away!”

    1. Oh my goodness- you must live here then, because our kids do paper airplanes all day, every day!

  8. My son and I would love the opportunity to try this app and be able to bring it to life just like you did with your boys!! My little guy is five and he loves to do crafts and we are always up for a challenge and a way to incorporate a game into family time with Mommy and Daddy!!

  9. I just painted a striped canvas and traced a deer head on it that I sprinkled gold sequins on. It looks perfect for the coming holidays!