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In July, most families are out and about enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Pool time, bike riding, beach trips, sprinklers, and water balloons are the gifts of summer, right? But every so often we get rained in and find ourselves stuck inside until the skies clear.

Rather than flipping on the TV or computer screen and letting your kids get lost in cyberspace, try tucking away a few of these creative and engaging playthings with which to surprise your youngsters when you just can’t take the “I’m BOREDs” anymore.

I have a special shelf in my office closet for goodies like these, and they have been my saving grace more times than I can count.

Here are a few of my new favorites that you can find right now. Click on the pic to see where you can find it on sale:

Play-Doh Makeables

Typhoon Frenzy from K’NEX

Bounce Off

The Chill Factory Ice Cream Maker

The Chill Factory Slushy Maker

DohVinci Flower Tower Complete Frame Kit

DohVinci Style & Store Vanity Complete Design Kit

Osmo from Tangible Play