Kid’s Crafty Sub Box: Green Kid Crafts

Another winning box from Green Kid Crafts…absolutely LOVING this box:

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I didn’t order the sibling supplement this month. As an experiment, I wanted to see how the boys did with one set of crafty goodness. For this month, it worked out really well. Tyson was so excited to see three candles, he insisted I join them. Diwali Candle making:

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The boys sat and worked to make their candles “beautiful” for a long time…love that it was great fine motor skills practice for Tyson as well:

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Our finished lovelies:

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The next day, with Ty at school, Jake ran to the box and grabbed the mask project. After setting things up for him, he went to town:

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And insisted it was a “scary” mask, not “cute” or “beautiful”…

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Finished version one, he proceeded to add to it as the day went on…and wore it everywhere:

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If you haven’t checked them out, do it!! Super fun crafty projects, awesome philosophy…kid crafty goodness delivered to your doorstep.

We are anxiously awaiting next month’s box!!

Currently have this vision in my backseat: IMG_2207


Crafty Kid Subscription Box RAVE: Kiwi Crate

I have had my eye on this particular subscription box for quite some time. I came across a $10 off coupon code and decided to pull the trigger. SO SO glad I did, we all LOVED this one. For this particular box Kiwi Crate paired with Carnegie Hall to present a music box:

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We started with the xylophone activity. First step: decorate the box…

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Love how Ty volunteered to help Jake write his name on his box. Sweet boy.

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And THIS picture speaks volumes and expresses our love of this box more than I can articulate through prose:

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Jake loved the sticker pattern part of the festivities:

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Super fun and clever way to teach kids about composing music and patterns:

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Playing his first ever composed piece of music, heh:

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These make me swoon. I love everything about them:

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We moved onto the bell bracelets. The kit provided pencils with which to decorate the wooden beads:

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They were a little too tricky for Jake to manipulate, so we used crayons instead. Just as much fun, less frustration from the three year old:

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After making the beads “beautiful” we stringed. Jake liked to shake after each bead to make sure it sounded just right…

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And then we had our own little family dance party featuring DJ Tyson…so.much.fun!!

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I absolutely LOVE this box and am giddy about what is in store for us next month…

If you would like to try, receive $10 off via this link: HERE. Let me know what you think!!

 


Subscription Box: Crafty Fail

 

Multiple rainy days = perfect time to bust out the crafty subscription box. Today, we gave the Babba Co. box a shot…

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By far, the biggest hit of the entire box was the pair of “noculars” and moon chart:

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The boys excitedly waited while I prepped the moon activity:

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Ty helped make the glue mixture. His face was priceless. Messy isn’t his thing. This was about as far as he got:

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Jake, however, loved:

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With Ty out of the picture, I stepped in and helped. One by one, we pieced on the paper squares:

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A lot of hardwork later, we had this lovely:

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While it dried, we read the book that was provided in the box. Super cute story:

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Now, this is where things turn sour. You are supposed to pop the balloon, pull it off the edges, and end up with a round, paper mache moon. Here is our version?!@#$ Not so much. Crafty fail. At least we got the fun little light up candle?

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While I love the idea behind the Babba Co boxes: activity, supplemental app freebies, book to supplement activity…it is a little spendy for me. We enjoyed this box but will not be renewing…I have fallen in love with a couple of others.

 


Salt Dough Ornament Advent Calendar

I have a feeling this will be a Thanksgiving Break activity for the next few years…we all love it and the final product makes me smile. I am glad we’re a little early this year as it just means a few extra days to look at the boys’ hard work. The boys were able to do the majority of the work. After helping to mix the dough, I divided it into two halves and let the boys roll it out:

And then handed over the cookie cutters:

I love how they are completely covered in flour…heh. On Ty’s face, shirt, arms…everywhere:

We worked in batches and the entire process took us about three days. I ended up making three batches of ornaments: two were perfect, one, I forgot to punch the holes in the top. Grrr. This is the third different salt dough recipe I’ve tried. I wasn’t happy with last year’s and gave this new one a try. I think it’s a keeper. Simple: 1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1+ cups water until thoroughly mixed. Bake at 250 degrees for 3 hours…

After letting the ornaments cool over night, I set the boys up for painting. Christmas music on in the background for inspiration, paints ready to go, and the boys went to town:

Batch one: success. I painted a quick, light layer of Mod Podge on each ornament after the boys went to bed:

As soon as they woke up, they begged to make the ornaments “beautiful”. I handed over the bling, sipped my coffee, and watched them beautify the ornaments:

Makes me swoon…

As I stringed the ornaments, I had the boys make super simple bead ornaments to add to the mix. All you need are a few pipe cleaners and beads. I put a star on the end and bent the pipe cleaner about 3/4 of an inch up to give me room to work with and finish the ornament:

Good for fine motor skills practice and takes a loooooooong time. One bead at a time…

Their finished ornaments:

And our family advent calendar. Each day, the boys will hang one ornament on our tree…

Loving the addition of Star Wars ornaments this year:

I had a little ornament-making fun as well:

Kid made holiday goodness…bring on the December crazy!!


Subscription Box: Amazepack

As soon as I saw the Amazepack subscription box, I knew it was a match made in crafty subscription box heaven. And I was not disappointed…I squealed when I saw this lovely on my doorstep.

And opened it right up…

I love that this crafty endeavor took me out of my paper-loving comfort zone and forced me to try my hand at painting…

I also painted a little glass sugar bowl for a jewelry holder gifty type thing…and yes, I know my painting leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t have a steady hand. Or the patience needed for fine details…heh.

The finished soap dispensers…one is complete, one still needs “something”:

I love the way this one came out. Funny, it was the one I liked the least out of the oven, but had fun embellishing it up. And there truly isn’t anything that can’t be prettied up by a little burlap:

 

Mod-podged the washi tape and paper accent to seal, glued on the flower, voila:

Added a little washi, but it still needs something…

I absolutely adore Amazepack…can’t wait for next month’s crafty fun!!


Grateful Tree: Green Kid Crafts Box

After some wet rainy day cozy coupe fun, we headed inside for a few crafty endeavors…

I traced a simple tree trunk outline on a piece of 12 x 12 kraft paper (could easily use a paper bag):

Inspired by the Green Kid Crafts “use everything” philosophy, we completed this project with simple things around the house. I cut up a few pages of today’s newspaper for the boys to use as the tree trunk. Gave them the glue and let them go to town filling in the trunk shape:

For the branches, I had the boys rip the little pieces of newspaper in half. Kept it simple.

While they glued, I cut out the leaves for them. I  used the leaves on the back of the Tile Collage as a template for the orange and yellow paper:

My heart swooned a little as Ty filled out his leaves. As he wrote meticulously, we talked about things both boys loved and would miss if gone. We also talked about things we were grateful for. I love how this “supplemental” activity on the back of a set of directions could easily be a fifth addition to the box and sparks such meaningful conversation:

Jake dictated his answers but was more than ready to glue on his own leaves:

Finishing up his tree. LOVE the little glue bottles. I am going to keep and refill them (keeps the boys from emptying the contents of larger containers in one go)…

Real, five-year old answers:

The finished trees. Such a sweet project:

Our fall display. I was so excited I didn’t let the trees dry completely. They have since dried and all dripping paint has been wiped away. This space makes me so happy. I love their love of artsy fun…


My Latest Obsession: Subscription Boxes

It started slowly: Studio Calico. And then Nature Box. And now…Green Kid Crafts. Advertised as “fun and earth friendly craft kits, devoted to kids”, I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t resist. We received this lovely in the mail today and the boys and I dove in:

The theme this month, “Food Adventures”:

Inside the box: the supplies for four craft projects, cheddar bunnies, and coupons…

Jake and I started with the “Fishing Game”:

He attempted to cut the felt himself but it was a little too tricky for him. I finished up cutting the fish while he ate the bunnies. The end result: a super cute little game.

I called out a color, and he went fishing…

And LOVED it…

I love that nothing really goes to waste. All products and packaging are recyclable. On the back of the project directions was a “grateful” activity. The boys can write one thing they are grateful for and I can help them make it into a tree…our finished trees: here.

Next, we did the “Ceramic Tile Coaster” activity:

Since I purchased this deal through Plum District, I upgraded to a double sibling box. Both boys got to do each activity. Jake was super serious, concentrating on each tile:

Tyson took the more efficient approach, empty nearly all glue onto tile and put the ceramic pieces on. Two different approaches, same end product:

While Jake finished his tile, Ty fished:

Once dry, they will work with hot or cold beverages. I LOVE them:

Final thoughts: I think this box is awesome sauce. I love it. I love the philosophy behind it. The boys LOVED it…we are fans. We still have two fun projects for another day and I am already looking forward to our next box of crafty fun!!