Ivy Kids October 2015 Review + Coupon
Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes.
Ivy Kids is a craft and activity box for 3-8 years olds. Each box is $39.95/month and is packed with fun learning activities, all made from a featured book. There are usually more than 10 activities in each box, each in their own little bag. If you have more than one child, you can add-on a sibling pack for only $5.00. Since I have two children, I was sent the regular box with the sibling pack for review.
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.
Ivy Kids comes in a huge green box and ships by USPS.
First Look. The sticker on the inside of the lid has an overview of everything in the box.
Each box is based on the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Each book comes with a bookmark of questions you can ask you child, referencing the book.
There is always a personalized item in the box and this month there was a Mama duck and ducklings. There was a small error, because my youngest child is not named William.
Since the activities seemed to be divided into themes, I sorted them into sections.
Eight Ducklings: You label each duck with one of the name labels and then place them in alphabetical order.
Your Favorite Part of Make Way for Ducklings: This activity is very similar to one that my son does in Kindergarten. Your child draws a picture and writes a sentence about their favorite part of the book.
Paint Your Own Ducks Your child can paint their own duck to be the mama duck to the little yellow ducks in the box. Since this was the sibling pack, there were two ducks.
Feather Observation: There was an Mallard Duck Feather information sheet to go with this activity. Your child can examine the Mallard Duck feathers and look for variations and different kinds of feathers.
Feather Painting Your child can paint the white feathers with the paint to make their own unique creations.
Eggs in the Nest: You child rolls a dice and then places that amount of eggs (white pom poms) or ducks in their nest. When all the eggs or ducks are in the nest, the person with the most wins.
Duck Race: A duck goes in each nest and your child spins the spinner, the duck who gets to the top first wins.
Make Way for the Ducklings: Each player picks a duck and makes their way through the game. You move forward or backward based on where the ducks lands.
Mallard Ducks and Anatomy
Blow up Mallard Duck: Ivy Kids included a really cool Mallard duck in the box. It is weighted in the bottom, so it really floats. There were facts sheets so children can learn all about Mallard duck behavior and anatomy.
Draw Like Robert McCloskey: Your child can draw their own mallard duck with charcoal.
Maps and Geography
The Ducks' Walk to the Public Garden: Since the book is based on ducks traveling through Boston, Ivy Kids included a real map and pictures of where the ducks traveled.
Map of the United States: Your child can label where the Mallard family lives, there they live and places they would like to go. This would also be fun way to document family trips.
Final Thought: My kids love animals, so I know they will really love this month's box. We didn't get a change to do the projects yet, but we will do them over the next month. Ivy Kids is one of the biggest craft/activity/learning boxes for kids. I am always impressed with the amount of activities in the box. If you want to try Ivy Kids, click HERE and use the code IVY20 to get 20% off your subscription.
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