Green Kid Crafts Review + Coupon – September 2019
Green Kid Crafts strives to encourage the growth of the “whole child,” which includes fostering a sense of care for our environment. Their process and products seek to have a minimal environmental impact, and the activities in each box aim to help kids engage with nature in creative ways. It’s not surprising that Green Kid Crafts was actually founded by an environmental scientist!
Choose between the Junior Discovery Box (ages 2-4) or the Discovery Box (ages 5-10+), both of which are $29.95/month. Green Kid Crafts also offers a Sibling Discovery Box (ages 2-10+) for $49.95/month, which sends two of each project. All subscriptions include free shipping.
This is a review of the Discovery Box for ages 5-10+, which costs $29.95/month + free shipping.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box
The Subscription Box: Green Kid Crafts Junior Discovery Box
The Cost: $29.95 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code JOY60 to save $12 off any subscription!
The Products: Materials and instructions for up to 6 science and art projects aimed at helping children ages 5-10+ get creative and engage with nature.
Ships to: The US for free, to Canada and select countries for a flat rate of $6.50/month
Good to Know: Their product offerings and pricing have recently changed!
Green Kid Crafts “Soaring into Flight” Box Review September 2019
Included in our box was a booklet that highlighted our theme of “Soaring into Flight” and provided some great information about aerodynamics. They also included some fun activities such as a maze and a hidden pictures puzzle. The other pages gave instructions for our four projects.
Each box includes a new sticker for us to add to our Green Kid Crafts badge chart. This month we received the Flight Expert badge.
Project 1: Homemade Hovercraft
Our first project was to make a homemade hovercraft using a few simple materials. We received a CD, a bottle cap, a gold balloon, and some poster tack.
First, my daughter stretched out our poster tack and then she secured it in a ring around the bottom of our bottle cap.
Then she centered it over the hole in the center of the CD and pressed down to secure it to the CD.
Then we attached our balloon to the top of our bottle cap.
We blew up our balloon from the underside of the CD and pinched the neck of the balloon to hold the air in. When we released it, the air turned our contraption into a hovercraft and it slid across the table.
Here it is in action! We didn’t get much lift-off, but we did have a great discussion about it thanks to the information they provided in our booklet. They related this to air hockey, which is something we recently played for the first time, so my kids were very excited to make the connection between the two!
Project 2: Things that Fly
Our next project was to experiment with various flying toys, all of which they provided for us.
First, we had this wooden plane which I assembled and then gave to my daughter to decorate. They provided a pack of three crayons for us to use for this. Assembly was simple and I just followed the picture directions on the package to slide the pieces together.
Next, we had a styrofoam glider. This one didn’t come with any instructions, but it was pretty self-explanatory. They simply told us to make sure we put the plastic piece over the nose.
The last flying toy was this plastic dragonfly spinner. I simply slid the pole into the hole at the bottom of the spinner.
The goal here was to compare the flight of these three toys. They provided a measuring tape for us as well as a chart where we could track the distance and make observations and comparisons.
Luckily, it was a beautiful day so we took these all outside and had some fun! They loved flying them all!
Once we got the hang of flying them, we did a little test to compare their distances. Since our measuring tape wasn’t very long, this was a bit tricky so we didn’t get any real results here, but I was able to teach the kids about measuring, practice number recognition, and also talk about comparisons in regards to distance. An older child would easily be able to conduct their own distance experiments and would probably enjoy turning this into a little competition between flying contraptions!
Project 3: Flight Challenge
Next up, we had a flight challenge using three paper airplanes, some paperclips, and a few binder clips.
I followed the directions on the back of the airplanes for folding them up. I simply folded along each numbered dotted line in order until my planes were formed.
We took them outside to fly them as well. We used one paper airplane as our “control” and then we added paperclips and binder clips to our other two airplanes to see if we could adjust their center of balance and see what flew best. We were deep into our challenge here, so I apologize for the lack of process photos! I can assure you that we had fun and learned a lot though!
Project 4: Bernoulli’s Principle
Our last experiment was to explore Bernoulli’s Principle using a few different objects such as a straw, a ping pong ball, and some thread. We talked about how airflow and pressure work with gravity to move our ball through various experiments.
First up, we bent our straw into an L-shape and then we blew into it with the ping pong ball over the hole to watch our ball levitate. This was so much harder than it looks since you really need constant airflow. This might have been simpler with a smaller straw since we wouldn’t need as much air to blow! The kids thought this was really cool.
You can see we had a little trouble with this one, but they got a kick out of it.
Next, we got out our hairdryer and set it to cool and added our ping pong ball to the top of our airstream. The kids absolutely loved this and had so much fun testing it out and watching our ball float in the air!
You can see how much they enjoyed it!
Lastly, we used some tape and attached the thread to our ping pong ball. They actually provided a little sticker for tape, but I didn’t realize it at the time so I used our own tape. Then we took the ball and held it under the faucet and watched how the ball was drawn into the water.
Verdict: The kids and I had a lot of fun with this month’s Green Kid Crafts box and thanks to all of the fun flight contraptions they included, we have been able to continue playing and flying on our own. I loved that they included the tape measurer and observation chart to make our experiments feel more official. There were a lot of great concepts taught and I thought it was awesome that we had so many different methods and forms of “flying” to compare from the hovercraft to our levitating ball. We were able to really see these principles in action and for the great experience we had learning and playing together, the value was there for us this month at $29.95 for this box!
To Wrap Up:
The first box of all subscription orders will ship immediately, through the 25th of the month. After the 25th, the initial box will ship with the following month’s mid-month shipment. After the first month, subsequent boxes will ship around the middle of the month.
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