Green Kid Crafts has managed to create a monthly subscription box for kids that is a winner on many levels. Not only are the crafts fun, imaginative and attention-grabbing, but they are also created from eco-friendly, recycled and sustainable materials.
Add to that the fact that each thematic box provides open-ended directions for all the projects as well as a “Discover More” guide to provide suggestions of ways to extend learning and you have an educational product that truly promotes learning for all ages.
What’s in the Box?
Each month, the box that arrives at your home has the materials to make 3 to 4 open-ended crafts specific to a theme. It also includes a "Discover More Guide" that has factoids about that month’s theme, suggestions for other activities and a suggested bibliography with a synopsis and picture of each book.
"Each theme is designed to teach kids about the world around them and are usually rooted in nature," explains Kristine Ford of Green Kid Crafts. For example, past themes have included: Feathered Friends; I Love Bugs and Sun, Moon & Stars.
My kid testers and I had the pleasure of taking a look at the Dinosaur theme box, which included all the materials to make four projects: fossils; a dinosaur tail for imaginative play, a 3D wooden dino puzzle and a dino sculpture.
What’s the Target Age of the Green Kid Crafts Subscription?
"We design activities that will serve as enriching, open ended projects for kids in the entire spectrum of 3-8 [years old]," says Ms. Ford. She also notes the level of parental supervision necessary varies among ages and projects.That’s in line with what I discovered with my kid testers. The projects are open-ended enough that they keep the interest and capture the imagination of the whole age range and the materials can be used in different ways by different ages.
For example, the Dinosaur Box included a small stamp pad and corks to use as stampers. My older kid tester had the fine motor skills to use the corks with the stamp pad, but my younger kid tester abandoned the effort for fingerprint stamping instead.
Additionally, the "Discover More" guide provided a number of multimodal ways to explore the topic of dinosaurs more in-depth. From providing some other activity ideas to giving a quick definition of a dinosaur to explaining the different features of dinosaurs to explaining some of the theories of why dinosaurs are now extinct, this guide was thorough.
How Are Learning Needs Met by this Product?
The company has an advisory panel consisting of parents, child development experts and even their own kid testers. Ms. Ford says each box is designed specifically to meet Green Kid Crafts’ Healthy & Happy Child Criteria, which allow kids to:
- create something they can be proud of.
- move their body.
- use their thinking brain.
- discover the world around them.
- learn to care for themselves, others and the planet.
What the Kid Testers Have to Say:
Green Kid Crafts monthly subscription box was a hit with my kid testers. My toddler tester was actively involved with sustained interest for over half an hour, which, for a toddler is a long time to stay focused.
My older testers--knowing that everything was eco-friendly-- were impressed by the quality and durability of the materials, and were especially intrigued by the compostable cello bags in which the crafts were packaged.
The only complaint voiced was that the acid-free stickers used with one of the projects didn't stick to the felt as well as we would have liked. (They did, however, do a nice job adhering to the bottom of the kids’ socks, so perhaps it was the type of fabric!)
For the number of learning opportunities and the fun each box contains, I would highly recommend the Green Kid Crafts monthly subscription to parents. At this writing, Green Kid Crafts monthly craft subscription is just under $20 per month for one child, which is a great deal, especially considering that all the materials are eco-friendly and sustainable.