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.
Each Ivy Kids kit contains more than ten 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 was inside this time!
As with past boxes, there was a handy guide pasted to the inside lid that listed each of the activities you’ll find in the box.
“Color Zoo” by Lois Ehlert – This month’s theme was shapes and the chosen book was “Color Zoo”. I love that they selected a sturdy board book this time. It’s a simple, colorful book with each page featuring a cut-out shape that forms a different animal when combined with the other cut-outs behind it. (That probably makes absolutely no sense, but you can see what I’m trying to explain from the photo up there.)
Personalized Placemats – When you order a 6-month subscription, they send an extra item personalized with your child’s name on it. This time it was placemats with colorful shapes on ’em. I think I’m going to save these for doing messy activities like play-doh on.
Animal Puppets – This activity has everything you need to make shape-based animal puppets. The instructions suggest reading “Color Zoo” and then creating the animals from the book. There’s also a sheet for your child to create their own animal story.
Making Shapes – Using the “All About Shapes” booklet, your child uses the straws and connectors to create the shapes shown inside. They can use the included wooden blocks to recreate the shapes as well.
Shape Collage – Your little one can use the included foam shapes to make a fun collage on the scene boards. (Glue stick is also included, but not pictured.)
Letter Zoo – I love this one! It includes a set of cards with each letter of the alphabet broken into sections where your child can place the corresponding wooden blocks. There’s also an animal at the bottom of each card that starts with each letter that can also be filled in with blocks. (Yep, there’s even one for “X” — an “X-Ray Fish”!)
Race Home – A simple board game featuring shapes. This helps your child with shape identification, patterns, matching, and directionality.
Sorting Shapes – Sort the wooden blocks by color, name, number of sides, and shape. Your kiddo just places the blocks into the center of the corresponding spaces.
Shape Race – This game involves using the included spinner and “racing” on a board based on the number of sides on each shape, or just the shape itself.
Tangrams – This is fun — Your child can use the included blocks to recreate the pictures on each card. The number of each shape needed is listed right on the side so they can plan ahead.
Let’s Make a Shape Pattern! – Again, the wooden blocks are used to match the patterns on each card. There are also cards with incomplete patterns that your child can finish on their own.
Once again, I’m totally impressed with Ivy Kids! There’s so many fun games & activities and it’s great that they include tips to tailor each one to your child’s current age. I also love that everything is based on a different book each month — such a great concept! My girls are almost at the point where they’ll be able to engage with these boxes and I can’t wait! 🙂
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Disclosure: I received this kit for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.