Kid Wonder Subscription Review Box + Coupon – August 2018
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 August 2018 Review
The theme for this month’s box was Let’s Play Pirates and Mermaids! and it began with this great illustrated scene 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 card with a Pirate themed greeting from Scout the Pup, their little box mascot.
There was also a booklet that contained some information on pirates, ships and a few activities such as reading practice, tracing, mazes and a lot of reading practice. It’s a great little bonus book that we can use while we are in between activities.
Dress Like a Pirate! Activity
There are a few things that I love about this subscription and one of them is how well organized everything is in this box. Each activity comes in its own separate bag with a “What’s Inside” sheet right on top. I’m always impressed with their attention to detail and how they always include everything we need in those little bags. Plus they rate the activities by messiness, difficulty and time. This information is so helpful when you’re trying to choose an activity to complete with your child!
The first activity usually involves dressing up like a character from our theme. This month we got to be a pirate!
First up was to decorate our pirate hat. There was a little sticky strip on the back that we just peeled the tape from and stuck some feathers to.
Next, we added some stickers for decoration and our hat was complete. As I was reading through, I realized that we didn’t receive an eye patch to go along with our pirate hat. I was pretty bummed because what’s a pirate without his eye patch? Fortunately, my kiddos didn’t seem to mind since there were so many other exciting activities to complete.
While my son decorated the pirate hat, my daughter painted our cardboard tube for the parrot. They included the brush, mess mat, smock, and paint. Everything we needed!
Once the entire tube was painted purple, we set it aside to dry while we completed the rest of our box activities. He was just about dry and ready to go at the end. First up was to add our feathers, which was really easy considering they had these little sticky pads on the inside of the tube ready to go for us.
After adding feathers at the bottom and the top, we used the little red foam pieces and stuck them to the side using glue dots that they included. Then we peeled off the backing from the front of the red foam and it gave us a sticky surface to adhere more feathers to. This was when I realized that we were not given the large red sticker to use for the body. Nor were we given the beak or the eyes for our parrot or the pipe cleaner to use for attaching our parrot. This was pretty upsetting, especially after waiting this entire time for our parrot to dry to put her together.
Once again, my kids weren’t as upset by this as I was and so I made do with some of the extra stickers that we had to give her a face. Since we are pretty crafty in our home, I had a pipe cleaner that we were able to use, and afterward, I also glued on some of our own googly eyes. The tube had two little holes at the bottom for us to stick a pipe cleaner through and then we just wrapped it around my daughter’s wrist.
Here is my little pirate with her hat and parrot! Not quite as cute since our parrot is missing the details of the body and since our pirate has no eye patch, but this was a great idea. This is the first time we have ever been missing any items in our box and I know mistakes happen, so I’m not too upset over it, especially since the kids weren’t too bothered by it.
Also included in this activity packet were these two sheets that taught us to speak like a pirate and also helped us come up with our own pirate names. My children were Pinky Rascal and Smelly Fish Face, respectively.
An Arrr-mazing Show! Activity
Our second activity was to create our own puppet show.
These two pieces of cardboard fit together easily to create our very own stage. So cool!
Next, we got to make a pirate and a mermaid puppet. The pieces of felt were cut out already and came complete with sticky backs so all we had to do was stick them on in the right places. Then we used the included crayon to draw their faces on.
Our puppet show was ready to go! I love that this is something they can play with over and over again. It’s also small enough that we can take it apart and travel with it if we wanted to.
Also in this packet was a cannonball firing activity. We used the paper straw to shoot our black pom-pom cannons at the ship. Very simple, but so fun!
Treasure Hunt! Activity
What pirate-themed box would be complete without a treasure hunt? This next activity was so much fun for my daughter.
Before we began our treasure hunt, we had to get in shape and do some pirate training first. These cards were included and had my kids doing silly activities like scrubbing the deck and firing a cannon in order to earn their official Pirate certificate. This was a great activity to get active and be silly.
Once our training was complete, we were ready to find some treasure. The hunt came with a bag of treasure, instructions for parents, 5 clue cards and a treasure map. The instructions were very specific as to where each clue should be placed so this was a very easy treasure hunt to pull off!
The clue cards were just simple enough for my daughter to solve on her own and they had cute little rhymes with Pirate speak throughout.
My daughter was so excited every time she found a clue card and each time she figured out where to look. The final spot was “where she sleeps” and the treasure included gold coins and diamonds. To a 3-year-old, it was perfect!
The last activity in this packet was this mermaid game. It came with one dice and two tiny shells as the game pieces. Another simple game, but very fun and creative with the shell pieces.
Pirate’s Booty Slime! Activity
Our next activity was to make pirate’s booty slime. We love playing with slime, so this was a fun treat!
Everything was included and labeled clearly including the number order. They even had Youtube instructions to follow if we wanted to and we didn’t need anything extra from home.
Our liquid watercolor was this shimmery gold color, which is perfect for our pirate theme.
For some reason, my slime turned out super stringy. I’m not sure what I did wrong, maybe just not mixing it as well as I should have along the way. It still worked though!
We got to add some gold coins to our slime to turn it into pirate’s booty.
This is another one of those times when I was so impressed with the attention to detail. They included this adorable ziplock bag for us to store our slime in. How cute is that?
These two extra activities were also included. A tracing page and a letter find. Great practice for kids!
Design a Pirate Ship! Activity
Our final activity was to build our very own pirate ship.
We received this page with the parts of the ship labeled for us as well as this letter sort. They even included a pair of scissors for us to use for this activity and for our ship building!
Our first step was to cut out these sails which were printed on this very thin fabric.
Next, we used the smaller dowels and slid them through the holes on the sails and through the holes in the larger dowel. We used the included glue to ensure the sail stuck to it well.
We glued the wood block on top of our base, then inserted the dowels with sails into the hole. I tied the string to the back piece and then I took the string and pulled it over top of the sails and wrapped it around the front piece. Then we set it aside to dry.
Once our ship was dry, we were able to add some stickers to make it complete. It turned out pretty well! I think it will hold up to the kids playing with it for a while!
They also included a card introducing the theme for next month which is Calling all Wilderness Explorers. I can’t wait to see what fun they have in store for us with this next box!
Verdict: Kid Wonder Box is definitely one of my favorite boxes that we receive. We received our box over the weekend, so we spent Saturday morning completing all of the activities in this box as a family. This was the perfect way for us to spend some quality time together and it kept us occupied for most of the morning. There are so many activities and they include absolutely everything you need. I love that it is so well organized and that each activity can really be a stand-alone activity if you wanted. They seem to really think of items that will appeal to kids and it’s actually even fun for me to do as an adult! I am disappointed that we were missing a few pieces this month, but honestly, it didn’t take away from the overall experience much at all since this box was jam-packed with fun activities. I wish there was a little more emphasis on mermaids, but other than that, I can’t think of anything I’d change! It was an incredibly thoughtful curation of activities perfect for the targeted age range of 3-6-year-olds and at $29.95 ($24.95 + $5.00 shipping), I feel like it’s a great value!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the September box. From Kid Wonder:
We ship out on the 4th of every month! Order by September 1st to receive the next box!
Coupon – Use code MSA40 to save 40% off your first box!
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