Green Kid Crafts Subscription Box Review – June 2015
Green Kid Crafts is a monthly subscription for children ages 3-10 that focuses on eco-consciousness, science, and creativity. Crafting with my children is fun, but if they can learn about our planet at the same time, that’s excellent!
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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 was Outer Space! My seven-year-old son is especially obsessed with outer space, so this was a great box for him this month!
This is the reverse side of the info card. It has fun facts about this month’s theme plus some online resources for extra learning opportunities. It also lists next month’s theme (Spoiler Alert! It’s Robots!).
This is a bonus item that was included. It’s a DIY moon phases calendar. My son has it stuck to his wall, and every night he goes out and looks at the moon, then shades in how much of the moon is eclipsed that night. After 28 days, he will have a full moon phase calendar! Very cool!
Our first activity was “rocket balloons.” My son pumped up these long balloons with the pump, then let them go. They soared around (like a rocket, I guess) and made a loud noise while they flew (also like a rocket, I guess). The kids loved this activity, but I am skeptical of the educational value here, to be honest. Plus they destroyed the balloons before we even got to the race part, which is why all the extraneous supplies were included.
Our second activity was “space sand.” These are the materials that were included. We had to supply cooking oil, some bowls, water, and dish detergent.
I took this ready-for-action picture because from here, things got super messy. This is regular sand that has been exposed to non-toxic silicon vapors and resembles the dust on Mars. Like regular sand, it does not hold water, but this sand is actually hydrophobic! It repels water! On the other hand, it absorbs organic compounds like various oils, so we learned why space sand is used in environmental clean-ups. Cool! The alien was just for fun.
Our third activity was creating our own planetarium! These are the supplies that were provided. We had to provide a thumbtack from home.
This is the completed planetarium. My son stuck these constellation stickers to the sheets of colored paper. He then poked all the stars with a tack. Then we wrapped them over the end of the cardboard tube with a rubber band. The green pen is also a flashlight, so he can shine the light in the tube and project the constellations onto a dark wall! It turned out really cool!
Last month Green Kid Crafts included a little chart for my son to put his monthly sticker on. This is the sticker for completing all his activities this month. He loves collecting these things!
The verdict: This month’s Green Kid Crafts was a little different. We didn’t make much in the way of crafts, but on the other hand, we played with some different things that had varying educational value. So, I’m not sure what to think! I will say, though, that we regularly enjoy Green Kid Crafts, and the experience is always well worth the price tag.
What do you think of Green Kid Crafts?