This post isn’t sponsored, I just think it’s a super cool idea.
“Ok fine, here’s the iPad. Play Doctor Panda for just a few minutes.”
Sometimes we all need a little break. Whether she’s getting antsy on a car-ride or you’re in a restaurant and just want to eat your meal before it’s gone cold, screen-time is often a necessity.
I conflict between reasoning that using a tablet or a phone is going to be part of their everyday life, with educational apps which she could learn from, and is there an alternative that will help develop other skills and give her eyes a little rest?
As it turns out, I’m not alone. Two Vancouver Moms-entrepreneurs, or ‘Momtrepreneurs’ who felt the same and wanted to do something about it. They launched BoredBox, a beautiful carry case filled with creative, screen-free play for your kids, specifically designed to entertain them when on the go – travelling, waiting in a line-up, at a restaurant, at a doctor’s or dentist office.
The Moms, Kate Isaac and Luna Cheng joined me for an episode of the SocialDad Podcast and explained to me exactly what the BoredBox is and why we need it. Listen here:
“I was having one of those days. My son was melting down, and I was doing my best to keep him happy at an appointment, but eventually, I caved and handed him my phone to watch cartoons. I wanted a screen-free and much more creative way to keep him happy, as, like most modern parents, we are often out and about. That’s when my lightbulb moment happened and the idea for BoredBox was hatched.” – Kate Isaac
Shortly after this, Kate partnered up with Luna to develop their innovation. They’ve tested hundreds of toys and games and prototypes, consulted with experts, and with many children, and arrived at their first version of BoredBox, a compact case that offers children two play modes. On one side is a magnetic board that is designed to work with a variety of STEM-inspired toys; on the other is a chalkboard/creative screen, and inside are 3 canisters, each offering a selection of toys and games that inspire creative, autonomous play.
What’s more, BoredBox is the box that keeps on giving: healthy childhood development is at the core of the BoredBox mission, so a percentage of all sales will go to Project Limelight, a BC-based non-profit to support performing arts education for children and youth.
Check out their Indiegogo campaign: https://www.
Follow them on Instagram @boredboxforme