THUMBS UP: Lindsey Eder, of Sykesville, might never have started her new business if not for the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, she calls it her “COVID passion project.” The former teacher and mother of three started selling “Pre-K boxes,” packages of learning activities and games for young children, at the urging of friends earlier this summer when she began creating learning activities with preschools closed and friends told her, “you gotta sell this.” Customers, from as far away as Florida and Georgia, have signed on for monthly, three-month and six-month subscriptions, Eder said. They’ll receive boxes full of games each month, with themes like bugs, pool parties and Halloween. The boxes typically include at least two math activities, at least two early literacy activities, and an arts and crafts activity, Eder said. She designs most of what goes in the boxes herself. “I realized this really was a need. I think a lot of parents, they sort of struggle,” Eder said. “They don’t have the background in early childhood, they don’t necessarily know what to expect of their young child.” We’re glad something positive has come from the overwhelming negative of the pandemic and congratulate Eder. Those interested in subscribing can do so at the My Pre-K Box website, www.myprekbox.com.