Ivy Kids December 2014 Review + Coupon Code
Disclosure: I received this box free for review
I was excited to see the December 2014 Ivy Kids box show up this week. School has ended till January for L, so we will have a few weeks of fun. L really loves school, so I want to do some activities during winter break, so he doesn’t get stir crazy. Ivy Kids really is an awesome box to fight boredom. Each month, Ivy Kids sends a book, a personalized item and over 10 activities for kids 3-8. The owners of Ivy Kids, are teachers and mothers. They know that a 3-year-old has different needs, than an 8-year-old. To address the different needs of children, each activity has directions for both younger kids (Little Ivy 3-5 years) and big kids (Junior Ivy 5-8 years).
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 IVY20 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 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A note about my review: You will see the same item in multiple pictures, ie crayons, pencil, thermometer, etc. There was only one each of these items, but I wanted you to see everything you need for each activity. Also, since L just got out of school, we haven’t completed the products yet, but I will update this review with pictures, as we complete the activities.
Everything is shipped by USPS.
First Look. Inside the lid is pictures of each of the activities in the box.
The book this month is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. This is a cute story about a little girl who looses a mitten in the snow. As animals run across it, they crawl inside. More and more animals crawl in together until ……Well, you need to read the story to find out the ending.
Each month Ivy Kids sends a personalized item with the box. This is a weather chart, so your child can record the weather. L is going to be so excited with this, as he loves weather.
There is always a factual book about a subject matter. This month, there was a book about weather.
Here is a peek inside the book.
Thermometer Experiments: Your child reads the book “All About the Weather” and then predicts the temperatures outside and inside the refrigerator. Your child uses the thermometer to test their predictions (hypothesis) and record the findings. L is all about weather, so he is going to love this.
Are Mittens Really Warm? You ask your child if mittens are really warm. Your child then uses the thermometer, to test the temperature of the air and inside the mitten, so see which is warmer.
Weather Chart: Your child records the weather daily, by clipping the clothespin to the appropriate weather box. Older kids can use the thermometer to measure the temperature and write it in the box provided.
Mitten Race: Your child picks an animal as a pawn. You roll the dice and follow around the board, until all the animals are in the mitten.
L got pretty competitive with this game. Depending on where you land, you had to go forward or backwards. L beat me fair and square.
Story Retelling: Your child creates a mitten and animal puppets from the supplies. Little Ivys can act out the story as you read the book. Junior Ivys can retell the story using the props they created.
Mitten Maze: Your child uses the dry erase marker to help each animal to the mitten. There are 8 mazes in all. There is a nice mix of easy mazes and difficult mazes, so both little ivys and junior ivys can be challenged.
L liked the mazes much more than I thought. I didn’t want to stop trying the harder ones.
Animals in my Mitten: Using the spinner, your child adds and takes out the appropriate number of animals from the mittens. If you land on the mitten (on the spinner) , you empty the cloth mitten and start over. Smaller children can forget the spinner and just play with the animals and put them in the mitten. You can also do color recognition and counting with the animals. Older children can use the spinner and work on recognizing positive and negative numbers.
Mitten Story: Your child finishes the sentence “A______________crawled inside the mitten because______________________________________. Your child can then draw pictures of their story in the big mitten.
Mitten Rhyme Pairs: Your child matches mitten based on rhyming. Once they have a match, your child clips them with the clothespin. L has been working on rhyming at school, so this will be a great activity for him.
This was a fun game for L. Ivy Kids put the last three letters in red, so it would make it easier for kids to rhyme the words.
Once your child has a match, they clip it with the clothespin.
Make Your Own Snow Globe: Your child uses the materials to create a snow globe. Your child can use the stickers to decorate the bottom of the snow globe.
Winter Collage: Using the scenery and the stickers, your child creates a scene from the book. Older kids can also write one or two sentences about what they made.
Final Thought: This box was another fantastic box from Ivy Kids. Between the books and activities, there were 14 different things to do in the box. That works out to $2.78 per activity! I think Ivy Kids is a fantastic deal for $38.95. Ivy Kids also recently won an award! They were named the Parents’ Choice Solver Honor awards for best Fall toys of 2014. If you want to try Ivy Kids, click HERE and use the code IVY20 to get 20% off your subscription. Also all past kits are 10% off until Dec 31st!
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