Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Green Kids Crafts Review - #craftytime

My husband and I had recently decided that we would homeschool our children. As much as I view this idea as an exciting adventure, a part of it seemed quite challenging. I instantly became overwhelmed by all of the choices and curriculums, that I actually started pulling my hair. How could I get my children to learn more about the world around them in a fun and hands-on way? Luckily, I know now how to compliment their pre-school & kindergarten studies.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a wonderful company, Green Kids Crafts, for the opportunity to review one of their activity boxes which are directed towards toddlers and young children. Green Kid Crafts is a Green America® Certified Business, and committed to using their business as a platform for social change. They are also the proud recipients of the 2012 Green America People and Planet Award. All Green Kids Crafts boxes come with at least 3 activities and all supplies are sustainable, non-toxic, natural, and/or made from recycled materials. In addition, a portion of their profits go toward environmental non-profits. As a mom who strives to help my family live an eco-friendly lifestyle, I happily agreed to give the product a try.


About Green Kids Crafts
"· Green Kid Crafts delights kids and their parents with fun, creative and earth-friendly craft activities, delivered right to their door! Every month’s Discovery Box is packed with three unique and engaging activity kits designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while developing their respect and love for the environment.

· Appropriate for ages 3-8, our projects are reviewed by experts to align with our Happy & Healthy Child principles, and kid tested and parent approved for fun.

· Each month brings a new theme relating to nature or the environment; past themes have included I Love Bugs, Outer Space, and Feathered Friends.

· In addition to the materials and instructions for the three craft activities, each Discovery Box includes a Discover More guide which provides more craft ideas using materials found around the house, related reading and other fun facts all related to that month’s theme.

· Green Kid Crafts is a mom-owned, green company founded by Penny Bauder, a mom of two and an environmental activist from Alaska. The company operates a virtual office, employing a network of passionate team members based across the US from California to Alaska to Connecticut.

· Green Kid Crafts is certified carbon neutral, Green America Approved, a member of 1% for the Planet, and has won numerous awards and designations for its responsible business practices. You can also read more about our “eco ingredients” online"


We received the Nature Discovery Box which came with the following activities :


* Naturalist kit, including a full size field bag for the child to decorate and DIY nature journal

* 2 Framed Sun Print projects using magic paper and your child's outdoor findings

* Pinecone bird feeder kit with peanut butter & bird seed

* Bonus activities which included coloring pages, games, a super fun scavenger hunt, and reading suggestions


My husband and I took our boys on outdoor hikes since they were small babies, which allowed them to develop a deep appreciation for nature, so this was the perfect actvity box for them! My four year old chose to do the bird feeder first. The younger child was more interested in eating the peanut butter and bird seed, so he did not want to help much - he couldn't wait for the scavenger hunt!


"Lil' Man" could do most of this activity on his own. He squeezed the peanut butter (which was all-natural, even the birds at our house eat healthy!) and I spread it with a plastic knife. Over a plate, he sprinkled the bird seed over it. I tied the yarn around the top, and hung the birdfeeder outside. My boys now enjoy watching the birds eat while they eat their breakfast.


We didn't let the fun stop there...we ended our nature lesson with a bird food inspired snack of almonds, dried berries, and black bean sticks! I enjoyed this bonding experience with my kids and at the same time they learned a little more about the world around them while learning the importance of preserving our earth.

You can purchase either the Nature Discovery Box or The Food Adventures Discovery Box for $25.50 or sign-up for the subscription service for $19.95 per month or $219.00 per year. Multiple child subscription plans are also available. Every month, you will automatically sent a different themed box. In my opinion, this is a great deal. For less than a family trip to the movies, you can have hours of fun and invaluable one-on-one time that is crucial to their social and psychological development.

If your child loves music, be sure to sign up by March 4th! My kids and I are quite excited to see what will be in that box!

You can follow Green Kids Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Also...today is the LAST day to enter to win a 6 month subscription plus a $100.00 Michaels gift card in the It's Time To Get Crafty Giveaway Hop Event! So be sure to enter HERE.

Disclaimer - Although I was sent the item above for review purposes, I was not paid or enticed to write an awesome review for this product! All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Have you heard of Green Kids Crafts? What type of Discovery Box would you like to see available?

5 comments:

  1. This is the first time heard about Green Kids Craft. But it sounds great. My kids will be excited to have them. THanks for sharing.


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  2. Cute! My daughter loved her Green Kid Crafts box and it certainly looks like your boys did too! Just love that little bird feeder! :)

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  3. We got a box and my son LOVED making the bird feeder! We have had so much fun making these crafts! He still looks out the window every day to see the birds at his bird feeder!

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  4. This is so neat. I'll have to keep it in mind for when my little one gets bigger.

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  5. Ooh. Sounds like an awesome activity!

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