The Babbabox is one of several 'no whine' kits of arts and crafts aimed at keeping kids entertained. (Babbaco photo)

Bored kids? Get them a 'no whine' kit

"There's nothing to do" is a common refrain from kids and now parents can get a solution sent right to their door. Several companies are offering services that package and deliver a box full of crafts and other activities every month.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed some of them and gave them generally high marks. But Seattle's Morning News co-host Linda Thomas gives the entire idea a big thumbs down.

"I think it's ridiculous because number one, a child has a problem if they're bored. They all do get that way, but they've got to find a way to creatively get out of that boredom," Thomas says.

And she argues it's an even bigger problem for parents that don't have the creativity to come up with solutions on their own.

One of the "no whine" kits includes all the makings for a sock puppet, which makes Linda roll her eyes.

"Why not just tell them 'Hey, create your own sock puppet' instead of having a kit come to your door."

The kits range in price from $10.95 to $29.95 a month, depending on the service. Co-host Bill Radke doesn't see any problem with it.

"But that's what companies do. They package stuff for you. That's what takeout food is," argues Bill.

"I understand. If you make a lot of money and you're busy and if its only $15, I can see a lot of parents thinking 'yeah I can do that,'" agrees co-host Tom Tangney. But he admits he's too cheap to ever buy one of the kits.

Linda says regardless of the cost, she would never buy one for her kids.

"When they say they're bored I always tell them 'Well you know, I've got some school worksheets you could do' and that solves it right there."

Luckily, they can go over to Bill's house and make sock puppets with the kit he ordered as soon as it arrives.

Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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