Green Kid Crafts is a children’s subscription box that delivers educational, do-it-yourself STEAM projects sent to your door every month — using only sustainable materials.
Each box features a different theme and provides all the hands-on materials needed to inspire creative and educational fun. You’ll receive up to 6 individually packaged STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) kits developed using eco-friendly materials. Boxes will also include a 10-page STEAM magazine/activity book relating to the current month’s theme.
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Green Kid Crafts offers two different age-based subscriptions: Discovery Box (for children ages 5-10+) and Junior Discovery Box (for children ages 2-4), as well as Sibling Boxes (two sets of each project kit).
Subscriptions are $19.95/month, or less with multi-month commitments. (Sibling Boxes start at $37.95/month.) — For a limited time, you can save $5 on your first box with coupon code “CRATEJOY5“!
Let’s see what’s inside my June 2019 Green Kid Crafts Box!
Everything was shipped in a green and white box with the Green Kid Crafts logo on top.
A peek inside!
Green Kid STEAM Magazine
The 10-page STEAM magazine revealed this month’s theme — The Human Body! Inside were games, coloring pages, and more. This month, all of the project instructions were included in the booklet as well.
Project #1: Organs of the Body
The first project had us learning about some of the important organs of the body. Materials included a human body poster and organ stickers.
The instructions gave us step-by-step instructions on the order in which to place each of the organs onto the body poster. We started with the brain…
… and continued on down through the small intestine, appendix, and bladder.
Once all of the organs were in place, we went back and labeled each one using the corresponding stickers.
Project #2: The 5 Senses
The second project involved exploring the 5 senses. Materials included a five senses chart and a sheet of five senses stickers.
To complete the project, we had to simply place each sticker under the appropriate category on the chart based on which of the 5 senses it represented — See, Smell, Taste, Touch, or Hear.
Both of my girls worked on this together and did surprisingly well (some of them were a little tricky).
Project #3: Model Lungs
The third project had us constructing a pair of model lungs. Materials included 2 straws, glue dots, tape, 2 baggies, and lung/nose/mouth cut-outs.
The first step was to tape the two straws together using the included stickers, then tape the baggies to the ends of each straw.
Next, we cut out the lungs, nose, and lips and attached them using the glue dots.
Finally, it was time to inflate our lungs by blowing into the straws…
Project 4: Articulated Hand
The final project had us creating an articulated hand. Materials included a foam sheet, 5 straws, yarn, glue, and plastic beads.
First, we needed to trace one of our hands onto the foam, making it a little larger to have a bigger surface area to work with.
After cutting out the hand, we were to glue on the “bones” (straws). Each finger needed a metacarpal (long piece) and 3 phalanges (short pieces). The thumb required one metacarpal and 2 phalanges.
Once placed, we needed to let the bones dry before moving onto the next step. In the meantime, we had to cut 5 pieces of yarn twice as long as the hand.
Once dry, we were to thread the yarn through the bones of each finger and attach a plastic bead to the end to keep it from slipping back through.
This part was very tricky, as the yarn kept fraying and was nearly impossible to push through the small, closely-spaced straws.
I managed to complete three of the fingers before giving up due to fraying/uncooperative straw issues. 😉
Despite the construction hiccups, the model did work! As you can see in the photo above, when the string (“tendon”) was pulled, the finger actually curled upward. Neat!
Once all of the activities were complete, we were ready to add our “Anatomy Expert” badge to the map that was included in our very first box.
Another fun — and educational! — box from Green Kid Crafts. My girls enjoyed showing off their knowledge of the five senses and thought the model lungs were “so cool”. The articulated hand was a little tricky to assemble, but the end result was pretty neat. 🙂 Remember — for a limited time, you can save $5 on your first box with coupon code “CRATEJOY5“!