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Wonder Kits Subscription Box Review – August 2020

Wonder Kits is a monthly kids subscription box that curates educational crafts and activities for ages 3-7. Each month you’ll receive five age-appropriate hands-on activities with varying themes delivered to your door.

For more ways to keep your kiddos educationally engaged during these times, check out our Returning to Learning back-to-school guide to see how subscriptions can help make your life easier as you navigate this unique school year.

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 Wonder Kits

The Subscription Box: Wonder Kits

The Cost: $20/month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Five educational crafts and activities for ages 3-7 centered on a monthly theme. 

Ships to: The US for $6, Canada for $20, and worldwide at varying rates

Wiggle Worms Wonder Kits August 2020 “Farm” Review

 

This is the lesson plan for parents which describes all 5 of our “Farm” themed activities for the week. They broke down each day into a set of steps with a list of included materials at the top and some questions for us to think about when we were finished. They also provide daily live demonstrations for how to use the kits which are all saved as YouTube videos you can access any time. We did not take advantage of the videos this time, but each video is roughly 10 minutes long and it’s great if you want to let your kid complete this somewhat independently by watching the videos. While we didn’t use the videos this month, I appreciate the fact that they are there if we need them. Let’s get started!

Day 1: Cow

 

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The materials all came packaged neatly and those with small parts came bagged up and were kept separate from other days’ projects. They included a brand new glue stick for us to complete our cow. I have to say, I appreciated an activity that I did not have to cut up and prepare myself. We have officially begun homeschool with my daughter (kindergarten) and my son (pre-K) and I have been printing, cutting, and laminating non-stop so having these projects ready to go felt like a relief!

 

The first step was to sort out our spots and match them to the numbers on the cow. Each spot had a number written lightly in crayon and it was easy for him to find exactly where they went and glue them down. Then there was a googly eye for him to add.

 

We added some udders by gluing them to the back of the cow and then we slipped him into the paper towel roll pieces which had slits cut into them. This allowed our cow to stand up on its own. We gave our cow a name and then talked about where cows lived and the sounds they make, which did feel a bit too low for my 4-year-old’s current level, but he is also a bit animal-obsessed and very knowledgeable on animals in general.

Day 2: Trace the Letter T/Tracing & Baby Match

 

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For day 2 they included a nice laminated sheet with the letter T on one side and a large T with an animal matching activity on the other side. They also provided a dry erase marker for us to use. Since we received this one for photography purposes, I should note that our marker was actually blue and subscribers may receive a different color.

 

First, we practiced tracing our letters and found all of the T’s on the page.

 

Next, we flipped over to the back and we used the large T shape to make a tractor by adding some circles for tires and other details. We talked about what words started with T and about the number of circles he drew on his tractor. Then we matched the pictures to their names by tracing the swirling dotted lines.

There was also an animal baby matching activity that he sped through. Overall, this day’s activities didn’t take us too long (although we could have easily expanded it), so we actually ended up doing Wednesday’s activity as well.

Day 3: Feed the Chicks

 

For this activity, we received a laminated sheet with some cute chicks, corn kernels, and some numbers to cut out.

 

My son is probably a little behind in his fine motor skills so I was thrilled to have him working with scissors to cut these numbers out. He did such a good job and then he was able to use the numbers to feed the chicks however many kernels were on the little card.

 

This was great for counting as he fed each chick; we also put the numbers in order, and then I had him doing some simple equations. We could have also done some number comparisons which we might try next time. I loved that this was such an open-ended activity that was very engaging thanks to the simple idea of feeding the chicks and using actual corn kernels!

 

We even got to practice our writing skills, so overall, this activity was a winner.

 

It even inspired my daughter and him to play farm – they got their animals and were very excited to “feed” them all.

Day 4: Build a Barn

 

The next day we used some popsicle sticks and this laminated sheet to build a barn.

 

He did a few different designs using the popsicle sticks and we discussed the different shapes that he made and used to build them.

 

Then he drew an animal inside of his barn. This activity was very simple, but I thought it was pretty engaging and he seemed to enjoy it!

Day 5: Hens with Chicks

 

Our last activity involved this painted brown paper plate, a paper hen and chick, and an egg.

 

First, he got to work coloring his chicks and egg. He’s been very into coloring lately, so he was excited about this!

 

Then it was time to glue our hen over the white part of the plate.

 

The next part was a tiny bit confusing as to where the chick and the egg were supposed to go. We decided to place them inside the “nest” as sort of a little surprise, although I think maybe we were supposed to glue them to the outside?

 

Then it was time to glue the hay they provided to the outside of our plate. This was a little tricky with the glue stick so we ended up breaking out our liquid glue to ensure it stuck.

He was pleased with the end result and I thought it was cute!

 

They also gave us two stickers and since we had finished up our farm week, I gave them to him as a little reward. He was happy to stick them onto his pencil case!

Verdict: This was our first time receiving a Wonder Kits box, and I think it had a lot going for it – the material was engaging, it was well-organized and included simple activities that taught or reinforced important skills, and I loved how they broke it down day by day and provided some questions for further engagement. As an educational box though, I felt like it was missing the meat of the lesson – a book about a farm or even a fact sheet with some information on the animals we learned about would be a great way to make it feel really educational. Of course, I can find that on my own and easily supplement with books and videos (maybe the answer is in their YouTube demos?), but at this price point of $26 ($20 + $6 shipping), I would expect something along those lines to be included. Otherwise, I appreciated the ease with which we could approach the lessons, and while some were a bit short, I appreciated the flexibility and range of skills they covered. It felt very age-appropriate for my 4-year-old, although I don’t know if it would be quite enough for my (almost) 6-year-old. I am definitely interested in seeing what else this sub has to offer though!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Order by the 30th to get the September box:

Your box will ship on the first Wednesday of every month. Please order by the 30th to get the current box. For existing subscribers, we ship on the first Wednesday of every month. Each month’s kit will focus on a different theme.

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

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