Ivy Kids September 2014 Review + Coupon
Ivy Kids is a new subscription box that launched July 2014 for children 3-8. Ivy Kids is a small, home-based business started by a stay-at-home mom and former teacher. Each kit is personally made with â€œtender loving careâ€ by a teacher/mom on the Ivy Kidsâ€™ team.
Kids are $38.95 a month for the monthly option, and you get so much stuff. You can also add on a sibling package for $5.00 a month. Each month you will receive a kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. The activities have been carefully crafted to encourage curiosity, problem solving, and creativity in young children. The Ivy Kit games and projects are a fun way to develop fine and gross muscles, build math and literacy skills, encourage reading comprehension, and promote scientific thinking. I am not a natural teacher, but I want to help my 4 year old learn new things this summer.
Cost: $38.95 monthly, $36.95/mo for 3 months, $34.95/mo for 6 months. Add a sibling pack for $5.00 a month.
Coupon: Click HERE and use the code IVYSUMMER20 to get 20% off your subscription.
What's in the box?: Each month you will receive a kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. The activities have been carefully crafted to encourage curiosity, problem solving, and creativity in young children. The Ivy Kit games and projects are a fun way to develop fine and gross muscles, build math and literacy skills, encourage reading comprehension, and promote scientific thinking.
When does the box launch? July 2014
When does the box ship? Boxes ship around the 22nd of the month for ongoing subscribers with the expectation that the kit will arrive within 5-10 business days in the U.S. You can check the status of your shipments in the U.S. on your My Account page once your kit has shipped.
When will I receive my kit? Kits arrive around the 1st of the month
When am I billed? When you sign up for the monthly membership, you will be billed for your first kit immediately. After that, you will be billed on the 20th of each month until cancelled.
Can I skip? Yes! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I cancel? You can cancel a monthly subscription any time after the first kit ships. Please cancel by the next month's billing date to avoid getting billed for and shipped the next kit. Gift subscriptions (3 or 6 month terms) are not eligible for cancellation. Auto-renewing subscriptions (pay every 3 or 6 months) are only eligible for cancellation after the initial prepaid term has been completed. To cancel, please email email@example.com
Ivy Kids comes in cute green boxes and comes by USPS.
First Look: This box was about shapes. There were 9 activities in the box, plus a book, bookmark, and placement.
The inside lid has pictures of each activity, alone with all the extras.
Color Zoo Board Book $7.16 by Lois Ehlert : This is a great book that shows different animals made out of shapes.
Here is an example of one of the animals. This is a great book to teach animals and shape.
Ivy Kids always include's a personalize item for your child. In this box, it was a shape placemat. L was really excited to see his name on it.
There was a bookmark that includes questions for parents/caregivers to ask kids.
Making Shapes: This activity has straws and connectors your child can use to make shapes. There is also a book of shapes and questions to facilitate learning. IE, Can you use 2 square pattern blocks to make a rectangle.
Every activity included an information sheet. The sheet includes the matte rials included, how to play instructions, questions to scaffold learning and learning goals and developing skills. There is also a Little Ivy Tip and a Junior Ivy Tip. Each of these tips help you hear the activity to the age of your child. Little Ivies are for 3-5, Junior Ivies are for 5-8.
L had a great time making shapes from the straws. He made a rectangle, square and tied to make a triangle, but the connectors couldn't make angles.
Letter Zoo: There are cards for the entire alphabet. You child takes the bag of wooden blocks and places the right shapes to on each letter.
Tangrams: There are pictures of a dog, flower, robot, kit, butterfly and a car. You take the bag of wooden blocks and put them on the appropriate shapes on the card.
L had alot of fun with this activity. He has trouble with numbers, so I liked he had to collect the right number of pieces, before completed the card.
Shape Race: There are two cards, numbers and shapes. You spin the spinner and then place the shape on the right square. You choose to play shapes or numbers. For the numbers, you race by the number sides each shape has.
L and T both played this game. T had a great time playing, but tended to put the shape in the wrong square.
Game Time! I love that my boys are old enough to start playing games together.
Animal Puppets: You read Color Zoo with your child, then use the shapes to create your own puppets. You can then have your child create a story about the puppet.
Let's Make A Shape Pattern: There are several cards with pattern your child can practice on. There are also cards with blanks, so you child has to figure out the right pattern. There is even a blank card, where you child creates the pattern
L had a fun trying to figure out the right pattern. I didn't know if he would stick with it and try to find the right missing pieces. This was a great learning activity and I enjoyed watching L figuring out what the next piece needed to be.
Race Home: This is Shoots and Ladders with Shapes. You spin the spinner and move across the board to get home.
L and I played this game, and L won fair and square. This was a really fun game and I really got into the climbing and sliding.
Shape Collage: There are two background pieces, a glue stick, and a bag of shapes. You child can make a picture using the shapes.
L loved this activity. He made an elaborate picture and told me a story about what everything was.
Sorting Shapes: This activity has two sheets, one for colors and one for numbers. You decide which way to sort the blocks.
L did the easier of the two and just sorted colors. We are going to work on the number sorting later this week.
Final Thought: This was another great month. I really love how many activities there were in this box. Ivy Kids puts so many activities in the box, it will last you and your child a month. I love how Ivy Kids combines learning and fun. I love all the creative activities include in each month kit. If you want to try Ivy Kids, click HERE and use the code IVYSUMMER20 to get 20% off your subscription.
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Disclosure: I received this box free for review.