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Ways to Play & Learn With Shopkins + DIY Shopkins Coasters



Over the weekend Madison and I decided that we were going to a Shopkins swap event being held at ToysRUs. Normally I prefer to sleep in on the weekend and not leave my bed until way into the afternoon. Anything before 12pm is considered too early for me. However, Shopkins are a huge favorite in my house, even I can’t resist their cuteness! When you have been collecting them for over a year you amass quite a collection and I felt like I needed to come up with some creative ways to get some additional use out of them. I love fun activities that also promote learning so I came up with 11 ways to play with Shopkins that also teach various skills. Don’t just let them sit in a bin get them out and use them all sorts of ways with your children.

Remember Shopkins recommends their toys for ages 5 and up, but if closely monitored by you, I think they make a super fun and interesting learning tool as well as toys!


Sorting - Instruct your child to sort Shopkins by size, color, type, food group, etc. Encourage them to come up with their own method for sorting.

Matching - If you have duplicates, your child can sort through the pile and match them for a simple game. Make it a little harder for older children by covering Shopkins with small disposable cups and playing as you would the flat memory game.

Bingo Markers - Make up your own bingo sheets with letters, shapes, sight words, or whatever your child is working on. Let them use their favorite Shopkins to mark off the squares as they get them.

Counting - Simple one to one correspondence is an important early math skill. Little ones can count one by one and older children can use them to learn to count by 2’s or 5’s.

Scavenger Hunt - Hide them around the house in slightly obvious places and let your child find them, give simple clues to help if needed. This is a great idea for rainy day fun!

Number Match - Use 3x5 cards or other small pieces of paper to write down numbers 1-10, have your child place the matching number of Shopkins on the paper. For slightly older children you could write down simple math problems and have them show the answer in Shopkins.

Patterning - Teach your child some simple patterning by laying out 4 or 5 in a pattern and having them complete the pattern.

Memory Tray - Help build your child's memory with this fun activity. Place 10 Shopkins on a tray, cover with a hand towel, remove the towel and let them study the tray, have them turn away as you remove 1 and then guess which is missing.

Mini Store - Is your child learning about money? Set up a mini store complete with tiny little price tags for your Shopkins groceries. Give them a set amount of play money and have them spend as close to the amount as possible without going over. Give them different amounts to make, ask them what is the cheapest item? The most expensive? Etc..

Story Starters - Use Shopkins figures to spark creative writing in your older children.  Set a figure in front of them and ask them to tell you in a story the character's name, where they are headed/what they are doing, etc… A fun way to break up the monotony of writing. Little ones can just recite their stories out loud.

Sensory Bin - These are my favorite go to activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Fill the bin with a base- shredded paper, packing peanuts, uncooked noodles, whatever, add Shopkins, spoons, and measuring cups - kids will provide the imagination!

Who would have thought there was so much ways to play and learn with Shopkins? Now you don't have to feel guilty about buying more when a new season comes out.

DIY Shopkins Coasters

Supplies:

Cork Coasters
Mod Podge
Brush
Shopkins Fabric (purchased ¼yrd at JoAnn's)
Scissors


This was pretty simple to do and Madison did them with just a little bit of help from me.

Directions:

Step 1: With your coaster, place it on the fabric and cut it into a square. It's OK if you cut it bigger than you need because you're going to shape it at the end.


Step 2: Apply a thin layer of mod podge on one side of your cork coaster. If your little one is going to do this, I would suggest using gloves to protect their little hands from the glue.


Step 3: Wait a few seconds so that the glue is tacky and ready to stick and then apply your cork coaster to the back of the fabric. Press down on it so that it sticks, then let it dry.


Step 4: Once the glue has dried, get your scissors and cut off the extra fabric around the cork coaster. Continue steps 1-4 until you have an entire matching set of 4 or 6 or however many you need.


Now that you've seen how easy these were to make, grab your favorite fabric and make your own set of unique coasters today.

Let's discuss: What other ways can you think of that you can help your child learn while playing? 

Annmarie John
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  1. This is the first I have heard of shopkins, but they sure look cute for the littles.

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    1. That's probably because you have boys, but I've seen boys play with them too. :)

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  2. What an awesome idea to have a swap event! Scarlet usually gives her duplicates to Des. So far, so good. She's obsessed! I'm showing her this.

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    1. Yes we had a lot of fun and Madison gave out her duplicates as well and got a few that she didn't have.

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  3. I have not heard of Shopkins before but they do look pretty cute. Might have to look into this for my toddler next year.

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    1. They're recommended for ages 5+ so be careful when giving them to your toddler.

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  4. As a boy mom I am not familiar with Shopkins. They do look really cute and these are some great ideas on how to play / learn with them. Madison did a great job on her coasters!

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    1. Oh she had a blast and being a boy mom, I can totally understand why you've never heard of Shopkins. Not much boys would want to play with them.

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  5. I was unaware of the Shopkins craze. I love your activities you listed and the coasters are adorable.

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    1. Thank you Terri. Yes, unless you have little ones, especially little girls, then you might not know about Shopkins, but they're everywhere. :)

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  6. My kids are OBSESSED with Shopkins. Love the idea of a scavenger hunt. Too fun!

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    1. Oh mine is too and it seems like I can't ever keep up with the seasons. :)

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  7. what a fun craft. Madison is really working hard at hers. I'm not a DIY mom but this looks like something i could pull off.

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    1. Oh you can surely pull this off because it's so easy to do and remember you can use any fabric you want.

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  8. How creative of you. That's really something you can do with any material, star wars, my little pony. Great idea.

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    1. Yes exactly! You don't have to do Shopkins at all. Any fabric would work.

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  9. I have never heard of shopkins before but the coasters are adorable. It is giving me retro vibes.

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    1. Unless you're around kids you may not have heard of Shopkins but they're around in London, because I purchased a set for Madison while we were there. :)

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  10. The coasters are a wonderful DIY craft idea. I work with a few kids that I know would love this toy.

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    1. Oh once you buy them a set, you're going to be hooked. :)

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  11. My kids absolutely love shopkins. I'd love them more if they weren't so tiny and all over my floor. ;)

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    1. Hahaha Roxanne, I see we're in the same boat.

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  12. My kids haven't discovered Shopkins yet, but they are absolutely adorable and I am sure they will soon!

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    1. Oh they most certainly will unless something comes along very soon to take that away.

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  13. I've never heard of Shopkins (I don't have kids can you tell) but these are great ideas! I love that the coaster project is kid friendly too!

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    1. Oh yes I can tell. If you did, you'd most certainly have heard about it by now.

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  14. I don't have kids, so I've never heard of Shopkins... but it looks super cute!!

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    1. Oh they are but they're a pain the butt to keep track of. Madison is always losing them.

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  15. I DO have kids and I've never heard of them. So cute though!

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    1. It really all depends on how old your kids are. If they're teenagers then probably not but the little kids (4+) most certainly know of them.

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  16. First time I have heard of Shopkins but then again I don't have kids so I wouldn't know. These look supper cute though and I would totally get it for my future kids because it sure looks fun to play with.

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    1. Maybe by the time you do have kids, something else might have taken over.

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  17. I don't have kids (yet -- one on the way!) but I DO have some Shopkins, haha! I only have a few, but they are so cute!

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    1. I'm surprised that you actually have Shopkin, usually it's the kids who do. :)

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  18. My daughter LOVES shopkins! I think that I am definitely going to try this out with her, it will be a perfect mama daughter craft for our date night!

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    1. Oh yes it would be perfect to do together.

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  19. I really like these coasters...this is an easy craft that my daughter can do this summer. Thanks for sharing! And she loves Shopkins.

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    1. Then you both would enjoy doing this together and she can have her own Shopkins coasters for her drinks.

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  20. How adorable is she making her own Shopkins coasters?! Thankfully my youngest isn't into them...HA! The coasters turned out great.

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    1. Well you can do coasters with any fabric you like and if your little one is into something else you can totally do it your way.

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  21. The kids in my neighborhood are all about the Shopkins! It's quite the craze right now!

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    1. Oh it's totally the craze here too, especially in my house.

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  22. My daughter recently went to a shopkins exchange at our local toys r Us, what a huge crowd. I love the idea that your daughter can make the coasters, what a creative idea for the kids. Who doesn't love Shopkins

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    1. My daughter went to the Shopkins swap at TRU as well and got to exchange a few that she had extras of.

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