Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Green Kid Crafts :: Earth Friendly Craft Boxes Delivered Monthly {Review}

We are huge fans of monthly subscription box services. I've reviewed over a dozen in the past year, and I'm always ready to try another. There's something about getting mail that's just so exciting for kids! Green Kid Crafts is a monthly discovery box geared towards kids age 3-8. Each box is environment or nature themed and features three kid and parent approved projects that are related to that theme for a well-rounded, engaging experience. 

Green Kid Crafts is a mom-owned, green company founded by Penny Bauder, a mom of two and an environmental activist from Alaska. The company operates a virtual office, employing a network of passionate team members based across the US from California to Alaska to Connecticut. Green Kid Crafts is certified carbon neutral, Green America Approved, a member of 1% for the Planet, and has won numerous awards and designations for its responsible business practices.  
We received Discovery Box #10 which has an World Music with the following projects inside: Tambourine, Rhythm Bells, Spin Drum, and a bonus Box Guitar activity. My son was thrilled to see a Horn sticker from Box Play For Kids to put on a paper towel roll. Poor thing had to wait a week for the paper towels to run out so he could use it!

 I'm a bit of an organizing perfectionist so I loved opening the box to reveal the three main projects mostly contained within their own plastic bag. This makes it especially easy to quickly grab a project to be completed at Grandma's house or anywhere else if desired. Each project includes a card with instructions on how to complete the project, along with extra project or activity ideas you can easily complete at home with things you probably already have around the house.
We started off with the Tambourine project. This was an excellent test of patience for Buddy, as well as a great use of fine motor skills with the threading of the yarn through the bells and cardboard tambourine. The yarn did have plastic at the ends (similar to a shoelace) so it wasn't too difficult. He felt so accomplished when he was done! This project included a box of 8 soy crayons that seemed to apply easily on the top side of the tambourine for decoration. Buddy opted for an orange car and the use of all colors through quick scribbles (he couldn't wait to get to the next project!). 
The Rhythm Bells project used a lacing cord, natural wood beads, three included colored pencils and two bells. This bracelet/anklet was the perfect complement to the tambourine for some major music-making fun in our house. This project also put Buddy's threading skills to the test, along with the added challenge of coloring on the rounded surfaces of the beads.
 The Spin Drum project was Buddy's favorite. This is actually his first experience with water colors (I think?), so it was fun to see him get so serious about his creativity in this way. Assembly was quick and easily, and he quickly figured out how to spin the drum between his hands to play it.  
What a great use of all the materials in the box! After cutting off the lid of the box and putting the five included rubber bands over it, we had a simple guitar. Introducing music through these four instruments proved to be a wonderful afternoon of learning!

I like that the focus of Green Kid Crafts is on projects and materials related to the learning, the environment and nature. In this box we found cardboard and wood materials that are easily recycled, the soy crayons are made from 100% renewable resources, and the plastic bags which held the projects are biodegradable eco-bags. Music is a universally important language in cultures around the world, so this theme is a great open door to teaching kids about the world around us, and not just what's in our home and community. We definitely enjoyed this box from Green Kid Crafts, and would definitely recommend their service to parents.
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