Green Kid Crafts Subscription Box Review – February 2015
Green Kid Crafts is a monthly subscription for children ages 3-10 that focuses on eco-consciousness, science, and creativity. My younger son and I are both crafting enthusiasts, and if he can learn a few things about science and the environment while he’s at it, that makes me very happy!
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The Subscription Box: Green Kid Crafts
The Cost: $19.95 a month
COUPON: Now through February 28th, use coupon code FEB30 to save 30% off your first month
The Products: 3-4 activity kits centered around a theme each month.
Ships to: US and Canada (Canada is $8 shipping)
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Something very strange happened this month. When I opened the box, there was no theme card! There was also no packing material, but I seem to recall that they don’t usually have much packing material anyway. So, we decided the theme was safari science based on the included sticker. My son just turned seven and loves collecting stickers (as emblems of achievement)!
The first project we completed was to create pictures of African animal habitats! All supplies were included for this project.
My son and I went through the stickers and decided which kinds of habitats each animal would likely be found. All of the animals on the stickers might be found either in grasslands or on the savannah, so those are the two environments we decided to make. My son drew the shapes onto the black cards with a wooden pencil, and the colors started to show through as the black film on top was scratched off (it was kind of like a lottery scratch card substance). Then he decorated with the animal stickers. The one on the left is the savannah, and the one on the right is the grassland. I think they turned out pretty cool! He was definitely impressed by the colors!
The next project was not so much a craft as an experiment of sorts – we made quicksand! We only had to supply water and a bowl.
We didn’t have as much luck with this project as we usually do with the Green Kid Crafts projects. Our bowl was too big so the quicksand was too shallow, and moreover, everything we tried to put it in sank too quickly! So then I suggested we let it dry out for a little while and see if things would sink more slowly. It dried up immediately and our little camels were forever entombed in the quicksand… (Actually it was pretty easy to get them out with water.)
The final project was all about animal tracking! All supplies were included for this one as well.
One part of the project was to smash down a little ball of clay and make animal tracks in it with the provided animal figures, then discuss what kinds of tracks they might leave in real life and why. Unfortunately, the ostrich figure that was included had a molded plastic circular base, so it was not possible to imprint its tracks into the clay. So, my son made loads of antelope tracks in it and then we stuck both figures in the clay because they are friends.
The second part of the project was to read the animal cards and then fingerpaint their footprints on the reverse side. My son, like all kids, loves fingerpaints, but the paint they included was pretty thin, so they didn’t turn out that great. We did, however, learn a lot about why different animals have different types of feet.
Verdict: Honestly, this month’s Green Kid Crafts seemed to be a little off. There is often a tiny issue here and there with almost any kids’ crafting box, but this one seemed to have a lot more than usual. I hope that this was an anomaly because I usually consider Green Kid Crafts a pretty high-quality box! We had fun with the projects anyway, and my son definitely learned a few things about safari habitats and animals. Also the habitat drawings turned out really pretty, so overall it was still a great experience, just not what we are used to with Green Kid Crafts.
What do you think of Green Kid Crafts?