When I found out that the theme for November’s Ivy Kids box was based on the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom“, I was excited to see what it would include. My girls are all about the alphabet lately and shout out letters anywhere they see them: Diplomas at the doctor’s office, grandpa’s sweatshirts, cereal boxes… If it has letters, the girls will recite ’em. Loudly.
If you’re new here, 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.
Time to see what’s in November’s Ivy Kids box!
As always, all of the activities were listed on a sheet of paper attached to the inside lid of the box.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault – We already have the board book version of this, but lucky for us, this is a larger soft cover one. It’s a colorful tale about each of the letters of the alphabet climbing up the coconut tree as it slowly bends with all of their weight until BOOM BOOM! — No more room.
Trace Your Name – Every box comes with a personalized activity for your child. This time it was laminated tracing sheets that feature uppercase and lowercase versions of your child’s name. A dry erase marker was also included but I forgot to photograph it here (you’ll see it later — promise).
Coconut Shell Observation – How cool that a real coconut shell was included! You and your child can read the “All About Palm Trees” booklet to learn more about coconuts and then have them observe the shell. A sheet to record your child’s findings is included.
Experiments with Coconut Shells as “Boats” – Ask your child whether they think the coconut shell will sink or float when placed in water. After the experiment, they can record their findings and repeat the process again, but with an object placed inside the shell. Does it still float? Can they find anything that will make it sink?
Make Your Own ABC Puzzle – This is a neat alphabet-themed puzzle that your child can color and put together again and again. Fun!
Make Your Own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree – After reading the book, your child can make their very own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree using the cardboard tube “trunk”, paper leaves, and foam letter stickers.
Magnetic Palm Tree – The palm tree picture is actually a big magnetic sheet that you can stick to your fridge. The foam letters are also magnets that your child can make climb up the tree just like in the book. Uppercase and lowercase letters are included.
Coconut Game – A simple game to see who can get the most coconuts off the palm tree. Each player takes turns spinning the spinner and removing the corresponding number of coconuts off the tree. If it lands on a palm tree instead of a number, you have to put 2 of your coconuts back. The game ends when all of the coconuts have been removed.
Chicka Chicka Name Tree – Using the green paint, your child makes handprints to serve as leaves at the top of the coconut tree. Once the paint dries, they can use the letter stickers to spell out their name on the leaves and fill out the info at the bottom of the page.
Animal ABC Matching Game – Using the dry erase marker, match the uppercase letter (and mama animal) to the lowercase letter (and matching baby animal). Cute concept!
Tracing Letters and Numbers – Your child can practice their tracing skills with this laminated sheet of letters and numbers (on back). The dry erase marker allows them to complete it again and again.
ABC Palm Tree Bingo – Using the 2 palm tree bingo “boards” and the included letter magnets, take turns picking a letter (placed face down) and matching it to the corresponding board. Whoever fills up their tree with letters first is the winner.
Ivy Kids delivered once again! I love that they based everything on “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” this month, since the alphabet is such a big deal in our house these days. Though my girls are still a little young to grasp most of the concepts, I’m sure they’ll be ready in a few months and will love engaging in these letter-based activities.
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!
November 2014 Ivy Kids Review
A great box for fans of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and the alphabet in general. (Yes, I consider my kiddos “fans” of the alphabet!) Simple activities that can be easily understood by young children and that help reinforce their comprehension of the alphabet, uppercase/lowercase, etc. I like that many of the activities involve dry erase markers or magnets, making them things that can be played with over and over again.
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