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.
October’s theme was centered around monkeys.
Let’s see what was inside!
There’s no “traditional” info card, but instead a list of each activity is pasted to the inside lid of the box.
“Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina – The book this month is a classic tale (first published in 1940) about a street peddler and some mischievous monkeys. All of the activities in the box are based upon this story.
Personalized Stickers – Every box includes an item personalized with your child’s name. This month it was monkey stickers.
Decorate Your Own Monkey – So neat! Your little one can decorate their very own plush monkey using the included fabric markers. Coloring + stuffed animals = kid heaven.
Decorate Your Own Cap – Same concept as the first project, but with a cap (visor). The book is about caps, after all.
Story Retelling – After reading the book, your little one can re-enact the story using these fake mustaches, monkey finger puppets, and their newly decorated cap & monkey. Cute!
Monkey Memory Game – First, read the informational booklet, “All About Monkeys” to get better acquainted with the different types of monkeys. Then use the little picture cards to play Monkey Memory.
Get Back the Caps – The monkeys have stolen all of the peddler’s hats (stuck on with velcro) and you and your kiddo can help get them back. Using the spinner, collect the corresponding amount of hats and place them back on your peddler’s head. If the spinner lands on the monkey, you’ll have to put one of his hats back on a monkey. Play until all of the hats have been returned to the peddlers.
Paper Bag Monkey – Cut out all of the “monkey parts” and use the included glue stick to adhere them to the paper bag. — Viola! — Paper Bag Monkey!
Hungry Monkey Bingo – Each player gets a letter board and takes turns pulling a letter card out of the Paper Monkey Bag. Whoever has that letter places it on their board. Once someone’s entire board is full of cards, they win.
Five Little Monkeys – You and your child use the five monkey finger puppets to act out the two included songs (“Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree” & “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”).
Monkey Race – Roll the die and use the stamp to mark the corresponding spaces on the Monkey Race sheet. The first one to get to the “finish line” wins.
Monkey See Monkey Do – A fun board game with a twist. When you land on a space that shows an “action” (such as “clap hands”), you must do the action and then earn an extra turn. (The caps are just “regular” spaces.) Whoever gets their monkey to the tree first is the winner.
Another great box from Ivy Kids! Honestly, I was sort of hoping for a Halloween/pumpkin theme for October (I’m a sucker for holiday/seasonal themes), but it ended up being a fun box nonetheless.
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!
October 2014 Ivy Kids Review
Despite the lack of pumpkins & Halloween-y things, this was a fun box. I would never think of these activities on my own, let alone put them all together (the supplies). This is a great box to keep kiddos busy and work on their math & reading skills at the same time.
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