Kid Wonder Box is a subscription box that provides materials that encourage children to engage in imaginary play. Each box will contain 5 different crafts and activities based on a different monthly theme. All the supplies you need are included, even mess mats and smocks!
Kid Wonder Box will soon offer three different subscription options for various age groups: Little Dreamers for ages 3-6, Big Adventurers for ages 5-8, and Junior Explorers for ages 7-10. Currently, Little Dreamers is the only box available for purchase.
This review is of the $29.95 ($24.95 + $5.00 shipping) a month Little Dreamers box, for 3-6-year-olds.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About Kid Wonder Box
The Subscription Box: Kid Wonder Box
The Cost: $24.95 a month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: All of the materials and supplies you need to complete five different crafts and activities that encourage children to engage in imaginative play. Boxes will be based on a different monthly theme.
Ships to: U.S. for $5.00 flat rate, Canada for $15 and the U.K. for $20
Good to know: You can add a Sibling Pack to any line and receive materials for a second child to join in on the activities.
Kid Wonder Box Little Dreamers June 2018 Review
The theme for this month’s box was Dino Discovery and it began with some great illustrations of dinosaurs on the outside of the box. Also on the box was a table of contents for what would be inside, which I thought was helpful.
Included in the box was a little card with a note from Scout the Pup, who must be their little box mascot. He introduced our theme and described a few of the activities we would be doing. There was also a booklet that contained some information on dinosaurs and a few activities such as reading practice, coloring and a seek and find.
Dress Like a Dinosaur! Activity
When I opened the box I was so impressed that each activity came in its own separate bag with a “What’s Inside” sheet right on top. It felt really organized which is something that I can appreciate as both a mom and a former teacher! I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with the entire experience from start to finish because of all these little details.
The first activity was incredibly simple and fun and really got us in the mood for the rest of the box - we got to dress like a dinosaur!! Our first step was to use the smaller felt pieces and peel off the backs and then apply them to the front of the mask. No extra materials necessary since the pieces had sticky backs on them already. A few minutes and we were ready to go!
The mask and tail are both made out of felt and the tail included a large velcro strap so that it can easily fit around different sized waists. My kids were really excited for this!
The mask fit my 3.5-year-old daughter perfectly but was a little big for my 2-year-old son. The tail, however, was so easily adjustable that I could fit it on both of them. My son is obsessed with dinosaurs so he wore this all day long, and even got upset when I made him take it off for naptime. The mask might not last us forever since they keep stretching out the strap, but the tail actually seems like it will hold up well over time!
Dinosaur Habitat Activity
Our second activity was to make a dinosaur habitat. I loved that the instructions were clear and included colored pictures. Everything that we needed was enclosed in the bag and easy to locate.
I liked that we were able to recycle our box to create our dino diorama. They included all of the felt pieces, complete with sticky backs so that we were able to just peel and stick everything in place, which is perfect for the targeted age group of 3-6-year-olds. They also included 4 little rubbery dinosaurs for us to play with in our habitat.
Make a Volcano Activity
While that activity was entertainment enough, they also included materials for us to make our own 3D volcano. The first step was to use the powdered tempera paint and knead it into the model magic to create the volcano. They even included a disposable smock for us to use and a paper mess mat to work on. All of these little details in this box made it such a stress-free experience for me as a mom.
Once our volcano was done, we had to let it dry. Then we used the little red and orange sizzle paper to make it look like lava coming out of the top.
Our last step was to use the included river rocks and add them to our diorama for play. There was a ton of sizzle paper that we could use to make lava flows as well. Definitely an imaginative project that my kids had a lot of fun with!
Also included in each bag is an extra activity sheet. This bag had a graphing sheet in it, which I think is perfect for reinforcing counting skills. Educational and fun!
Junior Paleontologist Yoga Activity
Our third activity was Junior Paleontologist Yoga. There were 5 included fossil cards and I hid them around the house. Then my daughter took her paleontologist notebook and crayon and we went on a fossil hunt. Once we found a fossil we had to consult our notebook to determine which dinosaur’s tracks we had found.
The notebook featured 5 different dinosaurs and had a space for observations. We used the crayon, which was dry erase (and erased very easily from our notebook!) and recorded a few things such as how many toes they had and then we stopped and did the suggested yoga pose. This was the cutest activity ever! We had so much fun, first just looking for the fossils, then we got educational as we described them and tried to match them, and finally, we did some fun, physical activity with our yoga poses. This was such a great idea for an active 3-year-old!
The only part that was difficult was that the fossil prints didn’t quite match the tracks, but that just meant we had to get more descriptive, and if we were wrong, it really didn’t matter too much since it didn’t affect our learning or fun. I really love that they even thought to use a dry erase crayon because this means we can go on multiple fossil hunts, which we have been!
The extra activity in this bag was this chutes and ladders game. It’s printed on cardstock with instructions on the back and they included dice and tiny dinosaur pieces for us to play. This is another fun game that we can play multiple times.
Dinosaur Excavation Activity
Activity 4 was an excavation activity. They included everything that we would possibly need including another smock and another mess mat.
Before we could excavate, we had to make our dinosaur bones. They provided model magic and a template for us to use. Once we made those we had to let them dry which meant we wouldn’t be digging them up until the next day. Fortunately, they still had an activity to keep us busy!
They provided a brush and paint for us to use to decorate our own wooden magnifying glass that we could use during our excavation activity. I thought this was such a great way to fill up time and also personalize some of the materials we would be using. So thoughtful!
For our dig, there was even a little cardboard piece for us to fold up to form a box and a bag of sand so that we could create our excavation site. There was also an observation sheet for us to use.
I buried the bones for the kids and then let them have at it with the brushes. They had a lot of fun. I am not a fan of sand, personally, so I had to sort of let go of my control issues for a minute since they inevitably got sand everywhere. But that’s my fault because I let my 2-year-old whose dominant arm is currently in a cast do some digging too. Sand was definitely flying all over our dining room. Luckily my in-laws bought us a dustbuster awhile ago, so we were able to put it to good use! Next time, I think I would do this one outdoors! But again, this was an activity that we could do over and over again.
The extra activity this time was a little more educational and asked us to put the steps of becoming a fossil in the correct order.
Fizzing Dinosaur Egg Activity
Our last activity was to make a fizzing dinosaur egg. This is the only activity that went a little awry for us. First I added a little water to our bag of baking soda and mixed it up and then it said to add citric acid. I have never used citric acid before and it didn’t give an amount so I ended up dumping the entire bag of citric acid into my baking soda bag. Then I added a tablespoon of water and ended up with a cold, fizzy mess in the bag instead of the dough to hide our dinosaurs in. Oops!
So because I knew it would be fun for the kids, I purchased some citric acid and made the eggs myself and then surprised them with them. Once I knew to only use a little bit of citric acid, the dough formed much easier. These had to dry overnight too, but fortunately, they had other activities in this bag for us.
Then we put our eggs into the bowl (which they provided!) with water and watched our dinosaur hatch as the egg dissolved. It didn’t fizz that much, but that’s because I was scared to use too much citric acid! Oh well, something we can easily repeat on our own in the future! The kids were happy enough to have two new dinosaur toys to play with, so it all worked out.
The extra activities in this bag were a word tracing sheet and a matching game. The little dinosaur pieces were perfect for the kids to play with - my daughter loves playing memory with them and my son enjoyed naming the colors.
They also included a card introducing the theme for next month which is Let’s Play Fun at the Farm! I can’t wait to see how they incorporate this theme into the activities!
Verdict: I was SO impressed with our first Kid Wonder Box! This box was created by two moms who wanted less screen time for their kids and you can tell that they thought of everything and provided all you needed and more for several hours of engaging play! They use the phrase “thoughtfully curated” on their site and that is the feeling I got throughout all of the activities. I really can’t believe that this box only costs $29.95 ($24.95 + $5.00 shipping) because there was just so much for us to do and explore. These activities took us several days to complete and you could easily stretch it out even longer. We are still dressing like a dinosaur and playing with our diorama days later! I love that so many of the activities were reusable, too. I’m really excited to see what they do with next month’s theme. In case you couldn’t tell by how much I raved in this review, this box is both mom and kid approved!
To Wrap Up:
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