Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes.
The June 2015 Ivy Kids arrived and my kids were excited to play with it. Ivy Kids is a craft and activity box for 3-8 years olds. Each box is packed with fun learning activities, all made a featured book. There are usually more than 10 activities in each box, each in their own little bag.
Since a 3 and 8-year-old have different learning needs, Ivy Kids sends instructions for “Little Ivys” (3-5) and some for “Junior Ivys” (5-8). There are also tips for parents to help facilitate more learning. As a bonus, Ivy Kids includes a personalized item in every box. The June 2015 Ivy Kids was made around the book “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey.
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 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 is packed with materials and ships in a green box by USPS.
The inside of the lid has a sheet of all the activities in the box. Your child will not get bored with this box. There are so many things to do .
Each month, the activities are planned around a specific book, this month Ivy Kids chose “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey. There is always a bookmark included with questions to help further your child’s comprehension of the book.
There is always a personalized piece in each box, this month your child can put a picture in the hole and make themselves into a bear.
A fact sheet was included about blueberries, because blueberries is one of the important parts of the book.
Blueberry Picking: This is a fun game that can be played with 2 kids or teams of two. All the blueberries go in the bush and each child takes turns spinning the spinner. Depending on what space the arrow points, your child adds or takes away the blueberries using the tweezers.
My 3-year-old had a bit of trouble with the tweezers, I actually found them a bit tricky with the pom poms (blueberries) too.
Both of my children really enjoyed this game and would have played again, if it had not been bedtime.
Blueberry Hunt: This is hid and seek with blueberries, with a math aspect. One person hides the blueberries and the other players try to find them. Who ever finds the most blueberries, wins!
Blueberry Munch: This is a game for two players. Player one puts 10 blueberries in his/her pale and turns around, the player 2 pretends to “eat” some. Player 1 has to find out how many blueberries player 2 “ate”.
How Many Blueberries?: Using the pales, blueberries and number cards, your child makes addition problems. For example. your child can put two blueberries in the tin with the number 2 in front, then add 3 using the appropriate berries and cards, then put the equal sign and the number 5 with 5 berries.
Mama Bear and Little Bear: Using the materials given, your child makes a mama bear and a baby bear.
While this project would have been difficult for L when he was 3, it was easy since he can now cut.
The finished bears.
Where is Little Bear? Your child can decorate the bear with the paint tool then use the cards to place the bear in different positions all over the house.
Feed the Bears: Use the bear bags and the upper/lowercase letters, your child puts the lower case letters in the baby bear bag and the uppercase letters in the mama bear. Older kids can also identify the letter and/or the sound of each letter before putting it in the bag.
Blueberry Preserves and Jar Activity: A recipe was included to make your own blueberry preserves. After you make the preserves, your child uses the dotter tool to fill in the jars. You then can have a conversation about how many are in each jar, what the different sizes mean and half vs whole jars.
This was an easy but fun activity for L.
The finished jars.
Blueberry Pie Recipe and Art Activity: A real recipe for blueberry pie was included in the box. Your child can also make a craft blueberry pie using the cardboard circle, craft sticks, and dotter tool.
This was a really fun activity to do, L loved the dotter tool.
This is the finished pie.
Blue Modeling Clay: Using the modeling clay and rolling-pin, your child can make characters from the book “Blueberries for Sal”. Your child can let the clay dry, if they want to keep their creations.
Mama Bear Word Game: Using the mama bear bag, your child puts an uppercase letter in the bag and tries to think of as many words that start with that letter. Play continues with the next player when the first player can’t think of any more words.
Kuplink, Kuplank, Kurplunk: While reading the book, your child can use the blueberries and tin pail to act out parts of the stories. When Sal adds 3 berries to her pail, your child can do the same and say “Kuplink, Kuplank, Kurplunk”.
Blueberry Bear Bread Recipe and Bear Shaped Mold: This is the cutest recipe, Ivy Kids included a little bear mold to make your own blueberry bread.
Blueberry Hill: Your child can use the blue dotter tool to fill in Blueberry Hill with berries, then your child can cut out the characters and retell the story.
Final Thought: This was another fun month and the box was packed with activities. This box can be enjoyed easily by two kids or the box can be used for one child and it will last the whole month. I really enjoy how all the activities are themed around the story, it helps kids grasp the concepts in the story. If you want to try Ivy Kids, click HERE and use the code IVY20 to get 20% off your subscription.
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