January’s Ivy Kids box is actually the first subscription box I’ve received all year. I think my mailman is hoarding all of my boxes in his truck because he hates delivering so many packages to our house. Seriously. He doesn’t look like a happy dude and my steady flow of boxes is prolly pushing him to go, uh, postal. Um… Moving on…
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 check out January’s box!
As always, all of the projects are listed on a printout and pasted to the inside lid. This gives you a nice visual of what’s included in each project.
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats – The featured book this month was “The Snowy Day”. It’s a classic story about a little boy who wakes up to find his city is a winter wonderland after an overnight snowfall. I’ve always wanted to pick this up for the girls, but never did. Now I don’t have to. Cool!
Every Ivy Kids box comes with a personalized item with your child’s name on it. This time it’s a set of 8 notecards(?) featuring “Seasons Greetings”. While they’re cute, I’m not sure why they were included in a January box. Not a big deal though, since we can just save them for next year. They also include a bookmark in each box, which has a list of discussion questions relating to the book.
Make Your Own Play Snow – After reading the enclosed sheet of snowflake facts, along with learning about the “life cycle” of a snowflake, your little one can make their own batch of play snow. A packet of fake snow and measuring scoops are included to complete the activity.
Snowflake Collage – First, have your kiddo peel back the paper on the snowflake to reveal a sticky adhesive layer. Then they can use the colorful pom poms, jewels, and glitter to decorate the snowflake any way they’d like to make a pretty decoration.
Peter’s Snowy Day – Using the blue paper and white chalk, have your child draw their favorite scene from “The Snowy Day”. Stickers featuring Peter, the story’s main character, are also included for your child to add to their scene.
Friends’ Snowy Adventure – Your child can make up their own story about Peter and his friend and then use the watercolors to paint their adventure.
The Snowball Fight – A 2 player game that involves rolling a die and “throwing” snowballs (pom-poms) at the other player based on the number shown on the die. The first person to throw all of their snowballs is the winner.
Snow Sculpture – Your child can pretend that the included modeling clay is snow and create their own little snow sculpture with it. Once it’s dried they can paint their creation with the watercolor paints. Pipe cleaners are also included to hang the sculpture, if desired.
Gingerbread Man Roll – A one or two player game that’s played by rolling a die and placing a button on the corresponding number on the gingerbread man. Keep rolling until the entire board is filled.
Snowman Roll – A little trickier version of the Gingerbread Man Roll. This one involves using 2 dice, adding the numbers together and placing a button on that combined number on the snowman.
The Snowy Day Sequencing Cards – After reading the book, place the cards above (they have perforated edges to tear them apart) in front of your child. Read each one aloud to them and have them line up each card in order of how they occurred in the story.
Winter Word Bingo – A cute bingo game that involves a spinner with a selection of letters. The bingo boards consist of pictures and words with the first letter of each word missing. When you spin the spinner and it lands on a letter that you need to complete a word, you place a button (not pictured, oops!) on the corresponding image/word on your board. The game ends when the entire board is covered in buttons.
Winter Frame – Your kiddo can make their own magnetic photo frame using the foam pieces and stickers included. A magnetic strip is already attached to the back. Cute!
Yet another fun box from Ivy Kids! This is such a great subscription for little ones. The projects are always straightforward and easy for the littlest of little ones to complete. I always look forward to seeing what book will be featured and all of the neat corresponding projects I’ll find inside the box.
If you’re interested in signing up for Ivy Kids, you can save 20% on your first box just by using the promo code “IVY20” at checkout. Plus, new subscribers will also receive a free gift and a monthly personalized item for their child!Browse more Kids Boxes in my Subscription Box Directory
January 2015 Ivy Kids Review
Yep, another great Ivy Kids box. I was happy to see “The Snowy Day”, since I’ve been wanting to get it for the girls. Saves me some moolah. As always, the projects tied in perfectly with the book and seemed fun and easy to complete.
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