Green Kid Crafts Subscription Box Review – December 2014
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Green Kid Crafts is a monthly subscription for children ages 3-10 that focuses on eco-consciousness, science, and creativity. My younger son absolutely loves doing crafts, so we will definitely be trying any kits we can find that promise to teach him something as well!
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The Subscription Box: Green Kid Crafts
The Cost: $19.95 a month
The Products: 3-4 activity kits centered around a theme each month.
Ships to: US and Canada (Canada is $8 shipping)
This month’s theme is geography! That’s wonderful because it actually aligns with what he is learning in school right now.
The reverse side of the info card has some additional information on the theme, suggestions for additional resources for parents, and a spoiler for the following month’s theme.
One of the activities listed for this month is a recipe book, but there’s nothing to create; it’s just a fold-out paper with five recipes listed. The recipes are from different countries, so it definitely fits with the geography theme! I will probably make one or two of these with my son, but my husband and children aren’t especially adventurous eaters, so it’s hard to tell how this will go. Neat concept, though!
The next activity was a beanbag toss game! These are the supplies they provided (we didn’t have to provide anything). We did one of these recently in a Kiwi Crate, so my son is already an expert at sewing / lacing up the little bags.
This is what the finished product looks like. My son prefers this beanbag game over the last one we made for two reasons: first, he has just learned the continents in school and was excited to show off his new knowledge. Of course that was fun for his father and I too! Second, this map is a little smaller and more manageable than the poster we got from Kiwi Crate. On the other hand, the map caused me to raise an eyebrow. It basically outlines the continents and oceans, but not countries, lesser bodies of water, etc. Green Kid Crafts states that it is appropriate for children ages 3-10. This map was perfect for my 6-year-old, and I think it would be a fun way for a younger child to learn and get a head start in geography, but I think a 9- or 10-year-old would find it boring or too childish. It was perfect for us, though! This took us about fifteen minutes to complete, and then my son challenged his father and brother with it for about ten minutes. Fun!
The next activity was to craft some flags to hang up in my son’s room. The instructions provide some examples of flags from different countries, but also encourage kids to be creative if they wish. These are the supplies that were provided; we only had to grab the scissors!
Here’s the finished product, hahaha! The countries represented by these flags are, in order, Spain, Alien Head, Finland, Star Planet, and Japan. A classic alliance! So clearly, my little one took a mixed approach in creating existing and original flags. He took this project on almost completely by himself, and completed it in about 30 minutes. He would have done it all himself, but the backing on the blue sticky foam was a little stuck, so I had to help him.
After my son completed his projects, I awarded him this cute sticker they included.
Green Kid Crafts included two awesome bonus items this month! The first was this Lorax poster that has a checklist for saving energy around the house! We went through all their suggestions together and my son loves it. He is a huge Dr. Seuss fan! This went straight up on his wall.
The other bonus item is a $40 gift card to Hello Fresh! I have always wanted to try a cooking subscription, but unfortunately Hello Fresh does not deliver to my area, so I might try to swap this or send it to a good friend of mine who lives in their service delivery area. It’s a really generous gift, though, and I do appreciate the thought.
Verdict: Green Kid Crafts promises to deliver 3-4 activities per month, and I feel like this month they really only delivered two. They also delivered “starters” for two other activities (the recipes and the Lorax poster). Having said that, the activities that were included were educational and loads of fun, one was very creative, one was very educational, and I definitely felt like we got our moneys’ worth. Nothing this month was STEM related, but that’s fine with me as long as some months are. If you are looking for a subscription that is very heavily (or strictly) STEM-related, this might not be the perfect fit for you and your child. The Lorax poster was a big hit, as I mentioned, but I didn’t find anything else about this box to be particularly “green.” We are an aco-conscious family, and my husband and I are concerned about our footprint on our planet, so I was excited to try an earth-friendly subscription for kids! With children, it is often harder to be kind to Mother Earth, but it is also a good opportunity to plant the seeds of responsibility. I appreciated that the materials were separated for organizational purposes, but they were separated into plastic baggies. It seemed pretty wasteful and unneccessary in terms of eco-friendliness. Also, I was a bit disappointed to see that the box was not to be used in any of the activities. The baggies and the box went straight into recycling. Recycling is great, of course, but I like to try and reuse things as much as possible before recycling. These are pretty small issues, but I had higher expectations from a company with “earth-friendly” within its logo! Overall, however, this was a very fun box, and I think my son had a blast with it and learned some things along the way. It was fun for me, too!
What do you think of Green Kid Crafts?