July Ivy Kids time! My girls are definitely starting to recognize the big green box when it arrives and we all look forward to seeing what the new theme will be.
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 July Ivy Kids box!
The familiar green box o’ fun.
As always, all of the activities were listed on the inside of the lid along with photos of the materials included for each one.
“A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle – July’s featured book was about a hermit crab who outgrows his shell and needs to find a new one. The new shell is plain and boring, so he goes on a journey to find various objects (and creatures) to decorate it with. My girls seemed to enjoy it and laughed at how silly all of the “decorations” looked stuck to the shell.
A House for My Hermit Crab – This activity included all of the materials needed to decorate a paper plate “shell” for a big red hermit crab. There were plenty of stickers, glue, and even a bag of real seashells.
My girls were all about the (sea) stars and turtle stickers.
Hermit Crab’s Year – After reading the book, your child can use the sequence cards to place in the correct spot on the calendar in the order that they occurred.
Create Your Own Hermit Crab Habitat – I think this was our favorite activity in the box. It involved making a habitat for 2 “growing” hermit crabs using sand, shells, and an assortment of plastic plants, fish, & other ocean-dwellers. We put everything in a glass baking dish with water and the girls loved playing with all of the “toys”.
One of the girls *might* have used that octopus in the bottom left to comb her hair. 😉
Hermit Crab Body Parts – After reading the provided fact sheets, your child can then identify all of the hermit crab’s “parts” using the diagram included.
Hermit Crab Shell Observation – This activity involved observing a big hermit crab shell and noting all of its attributes. How large it is, what type of shell, how it feels, etc. My girls are a little young to grasp most of these concepts, so I just let them hold it and explore on their own.
Sea Animal Sun Catchers – These were another hit with the kiddos. They love painting, so it was perfect.
The finished pieces added a nice splash of color to an otherwise gloomy day. Love ’em!
Sorting Shells – A bag of shells of various sizes and types was included for your child to sort on the corresponding sorting boards.
Shell Painting – White shells and a set of paints were provided to allow your kiddo to add a little splash of color to them.
The finished result. Poor shells. 😉
Hermit Crab Race – Ivy Kids always includes a fun board game in each box. This one involved using a pair of dice to race your shell to the finish line where the hermit crabs sat.
Name Collage – Ivy Kids also includes a personalized item in every box. This time it was a cute name collage project that involved gluing shells and/or placing stickers onto a personalized name board.
I skipped the shells and let my girls use paint and stickers once it dried. Clearly, one of them was a little more excited about the stickers than the other. 😉
Another great box from Ivy Kids! I don’t think my girls have ever played with shells before, so it was a fun introduction to them. They loved painting the sun catchers and making the hermit crab habitat was a total hit.
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July 2015 Ivy Kids Review
Yet another fun box from Ivy Kids. The theme was unique and my kiddos had a lot of fun with it. I love that they have an affordable sibling “add-on” that provides plenty of materials for two siblings to complete. No fighting! 😉
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