Ivy Kids time! This is one of our favorite kid’s subscription boxes and my girls & I always have a great time with them.
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.
Subscriptions are $38.95/month, or less with multi-month commitments. — You can save 20% on your first box with coupon code “IVY20“!
Let’s see what’s in the November 2015 Ivy Kids box!
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 Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni – This month’s featured book was about the color changing magic of the chameleon. I loved the bold, colorful illustrations and my girls (and I) loved the fact that it was a lot shorter than last month’s selection. 😉
Every box includes a personalized item for your child/children. This month it was a coloring sheet with a circle of leaves and chameleons surrounding their name.
Chameleon Collage – The materials for this activity included a foam chameleon, a bag of colored sequins, googly eyes, and glue. Your child can glue the sequins (and eyes) on the foam shape to represent the chameleon’s reflective skin cells. The end result can then be used as a door hanger.
We covered the whole body in glue and let the girls place the sequins wherever they wanted (which started as a big pile on the poor guy’s chest).
The completed chameleons turned out pretty neat! Also, I loved hearing the girls try to say the word “cah-mee-yen”. Adorable. 😉
Crystal Exploration – This activity involved observing a crystal and learning about how it reflects light. Kind of advanced stuff for 3 year olds, so we put this aside for now. (I save all of my “older” Ivy Kids activities for use when the girls are more ready for them.)
Letter Snatch – My kiddos were reciting the alphabet at 2 and are obsessed with letters & numbers. As soon as they saw the package of foam letters, they were excited to open them up. This activity involved using chameleon toys with sticky tongues to pick up the foam letters and spell words with them. The girls were so into just playing with the letters that we didn’t attempt the whole spelling thing.
Woo! So many LETTERS!!!
Catch a Match – More sticky-tongued lizards! This game is played like the letter one above, but involves catching matching number pairs. There are 12 number cards and 12 corresponding insect cards. Each player tries to use the lizard to catch two cards that go together.
Wooden Chameleon – Using the included water color paint set, your child can decorate their very own wooden chameleon which can be used for pretend play.
Painting chameleons is serious business.
The finished results! They’re actually pretty neat… the tails bend pretty freely which makes them more realistic. Well, for wooden chameleons anyway. 😉
Find the Chameleon – This activity involved using the chameleon transparency sheets on the right to place onto different surfaces in your house and have someone try to find them.
Camouflage the Chameleon – Using the box of oil pastels, your child can color the various chameleons to match their backgrounds.
Coloring chameleons is also quite serious business.
The one on the right was definitely the most impressive of the bunch… Hey, they’re only 3. 😉
Chameleon Friends – First, your child uses the oil pastels to color the chameleon scene. Next, they can paint over it with watercolors for a whole new look. After finishing the picture, ask them what they think a friend is and have them write it below the scene.
Lizards and Leaves Frame – Using the foam leaves and some glue, your child can decorate their own autumn-themed picture frame. Lizard stickers are provided for a finishing touch, as well as a magnet for displaying on the fridge.
The glue didn’t adhere well to some of the leaves, so I’ll have to hot glue them later, but I love how the frames turned out…
Find Your Buddy – Every Ivy Kids box typically contains at least one board game. This time it’s a pretty straight-forward one where you basically just do what the leave you land on instructs you to do. The pawns are lizards, of course. 🙂
My girls really enjoyed this month’s Ivy Kids box. The activities were a lot of fun and they got to learn all about chameleons, which they had never seen until now. My husband was home while we worked on everything and he even commented how impressed he was with the amount of activities included and the thought that goes into putting them all together. It really is a great box for little ones!
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
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