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Take Home Kits for Kids: Holiday Season 2020

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These take-home kits from Columbus businesses will give your family a fun and unique activity to complete at home this season!

2020 Blah Blah Blah. This is what I feel like saying this year. LOL I was having an online conversation with some friends about how if I hear the word “pivot” one more time I am going to puke. But the truth is, very few businesses are surviving 2020 without pivoting. Myself included. Did I ever expect to be doing lists of things to do with your kids at home? NO! That’s exactly why I started this blog. But I digress.

These businesses are pivoting during the holiday season, many of them offering things to do at home that would have otherwise been done in-store. Yay us! So thank you to these businesses for offering a slice of fun for us to take home and entertain the otherwise feral kiddos. 😉

Here are some local businesses that are offering take home kits for families (or anyone, really) who want to support local AND still enjoy some of their favorite activities!

Take Home Gingerbread Houses

1. Built Pastry

Built Pastry is offering a Gingerbread House kit with all the supplies you need plus a video with tips and tricks. 10% of sales are being donated to Seeds of Caring. Local pick up only. 


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2. Young Chef’s Academy of Gahanna

Young Chef’s Academy of Gahanna is offering Take Home Gingerbread House Kits! They include a prebuilt house, frosting and candy! They also come with a bag of hot cocoa mix!



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3. bakes by lo

Gingerbread Houses are available for pre-order all month!


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Take Home Cookie Decorating Kits

1. bakes by lo

These Thanksgiving Cookies have sold out but rumor has it bakes by lo will be offering Christmas cookies to decorate very soon!


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2. Nursery Lane Baking Co.

Nursery Lane Baking Co. gifted us with this adorable DIY Cookie Kit for Thanksgiving! Be on the look out because there will be a Christmas cookie version! These are available for no-contact porch pick up!


3. Cakes by Kat Bake Shop

DIY Cookie Kits from Cakes by Kat Bake Shop are available for order online! Christmas and Hanukkah Cookies are available!


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4. Wilson Family Bakery

Wilson Family Bakery has DIY Cookie Boxes that can be ordered by messaging them on Facebook. Delivery is available in Columbus, Newark and Zanesville, Ohio.

Take Home Ornament Kits

1. Clay Street Ceramics

Clay Street Ceramics is offering ornament kits for pick up that includes 6 ornaments, paint, brushes plus some other fun goodies for your family! Bring them back to have them fired! (We picked this one up to complete over Thanksgiving break!

2. Clay Cafe Columbus

Pick up all the supplies you need for a Take-and-Make ornament kit! There are Christmas ornaments plus other themed boxes. It includes paints, brushes and more! 


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3. Color Me Mine Dublin

Color Me Mine in Dublin has take home ornament kits that come with 6 ornaments, paints and brushes. Just bring them back to be fired! Other holiday items are available to take home to paint as well!


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4. AR Workshops

This Wooden Ornament Kit was gifted to me from AR Workshop Pickerington, but I have seen the other locations also offering take-home DIY kits!

I will continue to add things as I find them this season so check back! Happy Holidays and I wish your family a safe and happy holiday season!


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Ohio Experts Warn of Hidden Hazards Within Popular Children’s Games  

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Studies show apps with loot boxes, lottery tickets, and other popular offerings often promote improper gambling and can lead to long-term issues.

Thanks to Ohio for Responsible Gambling for sponsoring this post.

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As we approach the gift-giving season, many kids (including my own) are asking for video games and hand-held gaming devices. As my kids get older, I’ve had to become more vigilant about what they are seeing, playing and watching.

I’ve recently learned through my contacts at Ohio for Responsible Gambling that some video games may unintentionally promote gambling among children, and I’ve partnered with them to share some pertinent information with you before the holiday season!


Experts in child welfare and behavioral health believe several popular gifts may have the unintended consequences of promoting gambling among children and those at risk of developing a gambling problem. 

The scope in question is large.  A PBS Newshour investigation on social casinos found  more than 100 million Americans who regularly play on social casino apps.  

The National Center of Problem Gambling also worked with the Federal Trade Commission to study loot boxes, a common reward tactic in social gaming. The similarities between loot boxes and slot machines prompted some of the major video game companies to disclose the odds of loot boxes. Apple also rated games with simulated gambling to M for Mature.  

Additionally, advanced data tracking allows AI-based algorithms to target young people and players with serious gambling problems.

Many games youth play simulates the same excitement and activities experienced by gamblers. Opportunities for instant upgrades, mystery loot boxes and games of chance flash across the screen every time they log in.

Even popular scratch off lottery tickets can pose a risk. The Ohio Lottery encourages people not to give lottery tickets as gifts to minors.  The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University found early participation in gambling increases likelihood of developing a gambling problem later in life.

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The Solution:

Ohio For Responsible Gambling has earned national recognition for its Before You Bet campaign. Part of this work focuses specifically on children through a program called Change The Game. Change the Game was developed to raise awareness of the realities of youth gambling and connect parents, educators and children to the resources available for prevention and treatment.

Change the Game isn’t just working to prevent future gambling problems among our youth, they’re working to help those who are being affected right now:

  • A free community toolkit has customizable resources appropriate for organizations that parents, children, and those working with children can use. 
  • Free educational materials can help people better understand if they have a potential problem with gambling.

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The Sources:

Local experts can be available to talk about the proliferation of these games targeting kids, why to not give lottery tickets to kids as gifts, and where the warning signs are for potential problems. To find out more about the risks of youth gaming and how to educate yourself and the kids in your life, visit www.changethegameohio.com.


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Introduce Your Child to the World of Art with A Kinder Explorations Box from Wonderment!

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Looking to supplement your Kindergartener’s at-home education? Introduce your kindergartener to art with a Kinder Explorations Box from Wonderment and make learning fun and creative!

Thanks to Wonderment for sponsoring this post.

This is my youngest child’s first year of “real” school: Kindergarten. We are currently doing a digital academy – meaning all of our lessons are self-paced and either online or in a workbook. It has been quite an adjustment for both of my kids, but mostly for my kindergartner!

This school year doesn’t look the way we’re used to for pretty much anyone, but it definitely doesn’t look like traditional kindergarten at my house! That’s one reason why I was so excited to be receiving the Kinder Explorations subscription from Wonderment!

What is Kinder Explorations?

The official description of the Kinder Explorations is this: 

“Curated especially for kindergarteners, Kinder Explorations focuses on strengthening fine motor skills, building art literacy, making decisions, and exploring new materials all while stimulating a sense of wonder. Each of our Kinder Exploration boxes is unique and contain high quality, reusable art supplies, developmentally appropriate process art explorations, goals for each exploration that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and digital resources that include links to books, videos, and supplemental activities.”

These boxes are perfect for parents who are home schooling, virtual schooling or who are just looking for new and creative ways to entertain their younger children especially as colder weather is on the horizon!

The great thing about the box is that, even though it’s targeted toward Kindergarteners, the supplies are so open ended that older kids can be entertained as well! My 3rd grader had just as much fun using the art materials! (Though if you have older children, you may want to check out the boxes for ages 7 and up!)

What’s in the Box?

Each box comes with a relevant picture book that will help tie reading and art together and pique the interest of kids to explore further artistic concepts. The Fall box comes with the book Bob The Artist. The box is also full of art supplies and a Wonderment Guide that introduces kids to famous artists and encourages them to explore new styles of art!

Wonderment Art provides the following description of the Fall Kinder Explorations Box:

“Our Fall Kinder Explorations Box focuses on mark-making and features the book Bob the Artist by author and illustrator Marion Deuchars. We’ll dive into her illustration process and how to make marks using unconventional tools. We’ll explore making stamps, playing with shapes and patterns, be inspired by printmakers, and learn about other artists including Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock.”

The Wonderment Guide (inside the box) includes ideas and instructions on how to use the materials within the box. It also includes information about the featured author, Marion Deuchars.

The great thing about these boxes is that all of the tools you need are included! There is no need to purchase anything else or scrounge around the house for extra art supplies! 

The Fall Kinder Explorations Box Includes:

– Wonderment Guide
– Bob the Artist Book (Hardcover)
– Tempera Paint (6 colors)
– Rolling Pin
– Paint Tray
– Foam Sheets
– Foam Shapes
– Bubble Wrap
– Corks
– Round Foam Sponges
– 4×4 Wooden Block
– Rainbow Ink Pad
– Scissors (child-friendly)
– Jumbo Glue Stick
– Colored Card Stock
– Mixed Media Paper
– Black Construction Paper

What Digital Resources are Included with the Kinder Explorations Art Box?

Each box also comes with a set of digital resources to enhance your child’s learning! The box comes with a QR code that includes all of the digital information.

There are links to many videos, for example the author reading Bob The Artist, the author showing you how to draw Bob, and demonstrations of more art projects. We watched the author, Marion Deuchars, read Bob the Artist and we also watched her draw Bob and his friend the parrot!

The digital resources also include an amazing list of relevant picture books that would continue your child’s education and interest in art! For parents who are designing their kids’ curriculum, the digital resources also include a list of Goals and Standards for Kindergarten education. These resources are a gem in themselves for parents wanting to provide more art opportunities for their young kids!

Digital Resources Include: 

– Book and supply recommendations with links
– Links to printables
– Videos for each exploration
– Shared videos about Marion Deuchars and her process
– Goals and standards
– Ideas for additional exploration

How Do I Order a Kinder Explorations Box?

The Kinder Explorations Boxes can be ordered individually or you can save money by signing up for a School Year Membership which includes 3 boxes that will ship in the Fall, Winter and Spring! Visit their website to see the full list of art boxes available! 

My kids had a great time creating with the materials in this box and they were exposed to new artists and their styles. They enjoyed listening to the book Bob The Artist and I know they will use the art supplies over and over again in new ways!

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