Green Kid Crafts Review + Coupon – April 2020
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! The thoughtful approach makes this box one of our favorite kids art subscriptions.
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 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
Green Kid Crafts “Bird Science” April 2020 Box Review
Each month you receive a pamphlet filled with the instructions for all of the crafts. Our theme this month was “Bird Science,” so we were greeted with 5 sets of instructions, a maze, a matching game, and a hidden picture! This handy booklet also gives book suggestions and includes their social media info on the back to give you a chance to be featured in the book!
This is our first box, and while we received the “Bird Expert” badge, we did not receive the Green Kid Crafts badge chart. Hank wasn’t mad about it though- he was happy to sport it on his shirt!
Project 1: Pinecone Bird Feeder
I love how easy these projects are to create! They package everything in reusable and recyclable bags and label it for simplicity. This package included the items needed to make 2 different projects so we separated the sun butter spread, raisins, pine cone, and yarn out to make the pinecone bird feeder.
This project was so easy and so fun! The first step to create this bird feeder was to attach the yarn to the top of the pinecone. We received one large piece of yarn for all of our projects, so I erred on the side of caution and used only a small amount to conserve for the rest of the projects. Once the yarn was attached we spread the sun butter on the cone- I found it very thoughtful that they sent sun butter instead of peanut butter for those who have allergies! Next, we poured some of the included seed onto a plate and rolled the pinecone in it. Using our hands we packed the seed in and added the raisins. That completed the project! We went straight outside and hung it up in our cedar tree. While I didn’t get any quality photos, we had chickadees, swallows, and sparrows visiting the pinecone feeder within minutes of hanging the feeder! Hank was thrilled!
Project 2: Seed Ornament Feeders
The second project used some of the same materials the pinecone feeder did, but in a different way. The first step in this project was to boil 6 tablespoons of water, add the gelatin packet, and stir in the birdseed. Once the seeds are thoroughly coated with the gelatin, we added the mixture into the cups and packed them tight. After that, we cut the straw into 3 pieces, inserted them into the middle of the cups and placed them in the fridge for about 3 hours. Once they solidified, we pulled them out of their containers and strung the remaining yarn through the centers. I did have to use a piece of ribbon on one because we ran out of yarn, but it all worked out. The kids had a blast doing this, and were happy to be able to make three ornaments. Charlie was NOT a fan of the gelatin smell…as you can see in the picture of him plugging his nose! We were really happy with how well these turned out and hung them up for the birds right away. It’s been fun watching the chickadees peck at these from our window!
Project 3: Window Clings
For our next project, we received another package filled with supplies! We received 2 tubes of puffy paint, glue, plastic sleeves, and bird templates.
This was an interesting project and one I have never done before so I was interested to see how it would turn out. We received 4 bird templates which we cut apart and inserted in the plastic sleeves. Using the puffy paint the boys traced the bird clip art and filled in the insides with glue. After 24 hours we were able to peel them off of the plastic sleeves and stick them to the window! The puffy paint came out a bit thick, and was hard to get in the detailed areas, but it was an interesting concept. The kids were proud of their homemade window clings, and now want to make an animal track set!
Project 4: Paper Bag Puppets
For the last project, we received the items to make a Mexican Spotted Owl and Whooping Crane puppet.
This project went super fast and turned out really cute. We stuck the stickers to the designated spots and put the glue dot on the craft stick for the crane’s beak. I liked how the project instructions also included trivia about endangered and threatened animals for an educational bonus! I also was happy to be the audience of a very interesting (and loud) puppet show!
Once the crafts were done the kids spent a little time working on the hidden puzzle and the maze. Charlie is obsessed with mazes, so he couldn’t wait to help the ducklings find their mom! The hidden puzzle was a little tricky…I still can’t find the crown OR the carrot and neither can my husband…if you can find them please let me know…I feel the picture was cut off or something as I possibly see a partial carrot, but I’ve given up!
Project #5: Window Birdhouse
This month we also received instructions on how to make a window birdhouse while repurposing our shipping box! The instructions were all very easy to follow, and my kids loved doing this. I may be partial, but I found it adorable that they added pictures of windows and a rainbow to decorate the inside of the house! Once it was decorated, we added pieces of yarn, grass, twigs, and cloth to cozy up the place. We taped our house up on a window where there is a large piece of furniture in front of it so hopefully a bird will decide to check it out. I LOVE the fact that we can see inside…I have my fingers crossed that we get some bird tenants soon!!!
Verdict: This was my first month of Green Kid Crafts and it was a lot of fun! We live in the country, and our kids are OBSESSED with birds. We spend hours watching the birds and actually have some friendly chickadees that will eat out of our hands. This bird science box had some really cool projects and while we have made pinecone feeders and seed ornaments before, the glue/puffy paint window clings were new to us, as was the window box. We found the directions for all of the projects easy to follow, and the supplies to be very well organized. While we enjoyed all of the projects, I was hoping for a little more info on actual birds. At $29.95 (plus free shipping) I thought this box could have included a bird field guide or a couple other projects, as the supplies needed for these particular crafts didn’t have a very high monetary value, so I hope next month shines a little more! What do you think the theme for next month will be?
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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