Ivy Kids is celebrating the long-awaited arrival of spring with the theme of April’s box. — It’s all about seeds, plants, and flowers! Fun!
If you’re not aware, Ivy Kids is a monthly activity box for children aged 3 through 8. It was founded by a certified early childhood educator, turned stay-at-home mom who had begun creating her own activities in order to entertain and educate her kiddos.
Every Ivy Kids kit contains more than 10 activities, along with a book which all of the activities are based upon. The games, projects, and crafts are all designed to “develop fine and gross motor muscles, build math and literacy skills, encourage reading comprehension, and promote scientific thinking”. All of the materials you’ll need are included right in your kit, as well as instructions and age modifications for each project.
Let’s see what’s in the April Ivy Kids box!
The big green box! For some reason the logo sticker this month was a lot smaller than usual. (Is it weird that I even noticed that?) The box itself was as large as usual, so no worries.
A quick peek inside.
As always, all of the activities were listed on the inside of the lid along with photos of the materials included for each one.
“The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle – The featured book this month was “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. My girls are big fans of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, so I was happy to add another one of Carle’s titles to our collection. This book follows the life of a tiny seed on its journey to becoming a giant flower.
Spring Observation Notebook & Pencil – Every Ivy Kids box includes an item personalized with your child’s name. This time it’s a little spring-themed notebook with a matching pencil.
An information sheet was included to show the 3 ways to use the marigold seeds included in this month’s box. (More on those below.)
Planting Marigolds – This activity included everything your little one needs to plant their very own marigolds. — Even stickers to decorate the pot and a magnifying glass to closely observe the growing process!
Marigold Seed Germination – Your child can use some of the marigold seeds, the included baggies, and a damp paper towel to watch the germination process. The magnifying glass comes in handy for this activity as well.
Birdhouse – Okay, now this is an easy-to-build birdhouse! Just connect the precut wooden pieces according to the included diagram and you’re done. That part might be best for the parent to handle, but the decorating is totally doable by even the youngest kiddo. A watercolor paint set is included, as well as peel-and-stick flowers.
Sorting Seeds – Using the Seed Fact Sheet (not pictured), your little one can learn more about all of the seeds included in the baggie above. They can examine them with the magnifying glass and then sort them on the sorting boards by size or type.
Counting Seeds – Using the counting boards, the seeds can be counted by type or all together. Ask your child to guess how many of each seed is in the bag and then see how close they were.
My Giant Flower – Your child can make their own giant flower, as depicted in the book. A large diagram is included to show the various parts of a plant. A paper plate is to be glued to the top to represent the flower. Paints are included to decorate the flower and leaves, while yarn is to serve as its roots and brown pom-poms as its seeds.
Garden Sticker Collage – A simple activity for the youngest of kiddos. Simply place the stickers on the background to make your own little garden scene. The stickers are repositionable for unlimited gardens.
Plant Life Cycle – I think I may be missing one component of this activity. It says to read through “the Plant Life Cycle Board” before lining up the included cards in sequential order. I think they accidentally sent me 2 sets of cards and left out the board. Ah well, no biggie. It’s still totally doable without that step.
My Very Own Garden – A packet containing a variety of seeds is included. Your child can pour them onto a paper plate to examine each type, before planting them in a container to grow.
The Garden – A cute game that involves moving your game piece (a plastic insect) across the board while trying to collect as many flowers as you can. The spaces on the board are inspired by the featured book and let them know whether to move forward or backward. The player to reach the garden with the most flowers is the winner.
I say this every month, buuut… Yet another fun box from Ivy Kids! The theme was perfect for spring and I love the book they chose. Definitely one of my favorite children’s subscription boxes!
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