Green Kid Crafts is a subscription box for children ages 2 to 10+ that delivers kits that include materials and instructions to complete six or more STEAM based projects each month for $19.95 (plus $5.95 shipping). You can choose between the Junior Discovery Box (ages 2-4) or the Discovery Box (ages 5-10+). They also offer two deluxe options for $29.95 (plus shipping): the Literary Discovery Box (ages 2-10+) which includes a book related to the theme or the Sibling Discovery Box (ages 2-10+) which provides two sets of each project.
This is a review of the $25.90 ($19.95 + $5.95 shipping)/month Junior Discovery Box Subscription for ages 2-4.
Not only does Green Kid Crafts focus on STEAM learning, but they also strive to encourage the growth of the "whole child" which includes fostering a sense of care for our environment:
We think a green company is one that not only strives for sustainability but takes a step beyond to try and create positive change. As a company founded by an environmental scientist, it makes sense that Green Kid Crafts is committed to ensuring that all of our activities, from process to product, have as little an impact on the environment as possible. Further, we view our work as a way to foster the next generation of environmental stewards by engaging kids with nature in positive, creative ways.
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About Green Kid Crafts
The Subscription Box: Green Kid Crafts
The Cost: $19.95 per month + shipping (save with longer subscriptions)
The Products: materials and instructions to complete 6 or more STEAM projects
Ships to: the U.S. for $5.95/month ($7.95 for deluxe subscriptions), Canada for an additional $15.00/month
Good to know: Shipping has recently increased by $1 (from $4.95 to $5.95)
Green Kid Crafts "Kitchen Science" Review
This month we received this card for our Kitchen Science activities that include information on STEAM learning, a link to an online guide, and a section about facilitating STEAM learning. I thought this last section was especially helpful and I like that they geared it towards vocabulary parents can use when completing the projects together. The digital guide included about 14 other activities that we can try, which I think will be great for some spring and summer entertainment!
*Note: This card is new to us this month, usually there is a longer activity guide booklet that we have received in past boxes, but maybe this is them moving in a more eco-friendly direction? While I can appreciate that, I can't help but feel like it takes away from the experience a bit since the activities are not quite as easily accessible.
Every month they send a new sticker for us to add to our Green Kid Crafts badge chart. This month we received the Kitchen Science Expert badge.
Kit 1: Homemade Soap
Our first activity was to make our own homemade soap. I love how everything comes packaged into separate kits making it easy to locate your materials while keeping it well organized inside our box. On the front of the card, it provides the directions for our experiment that they have given us supplies for while the back has a separate Soap Cloud experiment we can try using materials from home.
They gave us two chunks of pure glycerin soap base and I cut one in half and we put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. My daughter was excited that she got to push the buttons on the microwave for once!
Once the soap was melted, they gave us this itty bitty bottle of gold glitter to stir into it. We used the popsicle stick they provided and I think we only used about half of the glitter here.
They provided this silicone mold for us to use to make our soaps. It features some cute fishies, seashells, and a nice starfish shape.
They also provided these little erasers to put inside our molds to make our soaps a bit more fun!
After they were done adding the erasers I poured our glitter soap into the molds and then we let them dry overnight. I actually had to melt a little more soap to get them all filled, but we did still have some soap leftover. They recommend adding some natural ingredients next time such as poppy seeds and lemon zest, which could be fun!
The soaps turned out pretty well! A few of them had a bit of a hole at the top where the eraser kept it from filling the mold, but they were still pretty cute and would definitely make nice gifts as they suggested on the card. I like that we have a fun silicone mold to use for other projects now as well.
Kit 2: Fizzy Bath Bombs
Our second kit included materials to make our own fizzy bath bombs. I have never made bath bombs before, but I know it's fairly easy, so this was a great one to test out with the kids! On the back, they gave instructions for an extra dancing milk experiment using some materials we might find in our kitchen.
To make our bath bombs they provided baking soda and citric acid and a plastic egg for us to use as a mold. We had to provide a bowl, fork, vegetable oil and some water. They also recommended adding essential oils which I did have on hand.
We gathered our materials and first stirred together the citric acid and baking soda. Then we added a drop of essential oil, a little bit of vegetable oil, and a few drops of water and stirred some more.
Then we packed up our mold nice and tight and set it aside to harden for about 30 minutes before making the next one.
I guess I added too much water, even though I felt I was being careful because when I looked over at it, it was expanding right out of our mold!
I even had some citric acid and baking soda of my own that I attempted to add to fix my error, but that stuff just kept reacting!
The results were definitely not pretty and nowhere near gift-worthy, but they still worked! They fizzed up nicely and smelled good, so I'd say we nailed it, right?
Kit 3: Bubbling Volcanos
This last kit involved an experiment we do fairly frequently and have tried a few different versions of at home, but this was a new variation for us. The experiment on the back this time is for a balloon blow up that I know we will have to try since they will enjoy it!
My daughter spread out our baking soda onto the plate using the popsicle stick they provided.
Then my son added our colored tablets to each cup. There was a red, yellow, and blue one.
We had to provide our own vinegar which I poured into each cup to dissolve our color tablets.
They provided this pipette for us to use to soak up the colored vinegar and add to our baking soda plate to create mini bubbling volcanoes everywhere.
The kids had a lot of fun with this one and we were able to talk about mixing colors and what was happening. It was a fun learning experiment that actually kept them busy for a while! This is one that we will definitely be doing again since we have all of the materials at home.
Verdict: The kids and I had a lot of fun with our Kitchen Science experiments from Green Kid Crafts box this month. I thought the activities were great and I especially loved that they included some help for parents to facilitate the learning that happens. Last month, I felt like we needed a bit more from our box and this month feels like it was even lighter on the activities, especially since there was no paper activity guide. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the value that we received for this $25.90 ($19.95 + $5.95 shipping) box because that feels like a lot for what we received. We definitely enjoyed it and I love their green mission, but I think this is one of those boxes where your own experience would determine the value for you!
To Wrap Up:
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