Wonder Kits is a monthly kids subscription box that curates educational crafts and activities for ages 3-7. Each month you'll receive 5 age-appropriate hands-on activities with varying themes delivered to your door.
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About Wonder Kits
The Subscription Box: Wonder Kits
The Cost: $20/month + shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 5 educational crafts and activities for ages 3-7 centered on a monthly theme.
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Wiggle Worms Wonder Kits November 2020 "China" Review
Wonder Kits has just begun a fun "Around the World" theme where they will be exploring different countries each month. The first country we received is China!
This resource guide explains this new series and provides a little overview of the box. They also include a few ideas to help extend our lesson such as listening to some music from China or checking out some more facts online.
This little passport will be helpful to keep track of our adventures! There is a section at the front for the child to add their name and birthday along with a drawing of themsevles.
This is the lesson plan for parents which describes all 5 of our "China" 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. This would be great if you'd like for your child to work somewhat independently!
My son was super excited to start on this box!
They included some sheets for us to add to our passport along with this great panda sticker that he loves!
He got started right away by adding his picture and name to the book. Then he glued the papers on China into his passport.
Day 1: Panda Bear
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I appreciate how all of the materials come packaged neatly and separately for each day making it easy to locate everything. They even included a brand new glue stick for us to complete our projects with.
The green piece allowed his panda to stand up when opened. He loved learning more about pandas and especially loves how his cute little panda turned out! We gave him a name and since he was still eager to do more, we actually continued on with day 2!
Day 2: Trace the Letter/Numbers/Beginning Sounds
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For day 2 they included a laminated sheet with the letter C on one side with a fun matching activity and some Chinese numbers on the back. They also provided a dry erase marker with a built-in eraser for us to use.
First, we practiced tracing our letters and found all of the T's on the page.
They also provided a set of chopsticks and a little container of sand for the next part.
We flipped our paper over and then he used the chopsticks to try drawing the Chinese numbers in the sand. This was a fun and engaging activity!
Next, he matched the pictures to the words at the bottom section. He identified the pictures and then we used letter identification to find the answers. After that, he practiced writing the Chinese numbers with his marker.
He was so inspired by our China box that he decided to create some artwork that featured all of the animals he knows of that are from China!
Day 3: Lantern
We received this lantern cut out, some ribbon, string, and pom-poms for our next activity. We also used our chopsticks.
This was a great lesson in fine motor skills as he attempted to use the chopsticks to pick up the pom-poms and place them in the holes of the lantern. Then we did a little sorting, adding, and subtracting using the pom-poms.
Next, he put the ribbons through the holes in the bottom and I tied the string to the top so we would have a fun hanging lantern until we were ready to play again next time!
Day 4: Chinese Take Out Graph
Since the lantern activity didn't take much time, we moved on to the next activity. This time we received a take-out box full of noodles (yarn), carrots (orange felt), and peas (green pom-poms). We also received a sheet of paper with a graph on it.
This was another great fine motor activity as he used the chopsticks to take out the different "foods" and then colored in the graph to show how many of each he received. Then we were able to discuss his graph and talk about which food there was more of and which there was least of. My only gripe with this is that there were extra pieces of everything, more than would fit on the graph, but since I realized this early on, I was able to rig it a little bit so that there were different amounts of each item.
Day 5: China Scene
Next, my son got to make his own China scene. There were several fun cut-outs that included a panda, dragon, fish, and pagoda.
This turned out really cute and he's been having fun playing with it!
There were a few bonus activities this month. The first was this dragon which we just had to assemble before hanging.
My son glued everything in place and then I tied the string on so that he could hang down. Pretty cool!
We also received this puzzle page that we could cut out.
My son needs all of the cutting practice he can get so I was glad that he was engaged with this one!
He loved putting the pieces back together.
He was so excited and proud when he finished!
Verdict: My son really loved this Wonder Kits box and I thought it was pretty cool, too! He loved exploring a new country and I loved how well organized this box was. I was also pleased with how many skills we worked on with this box from letters to numbers to fine motor skills, and I especially appreciate the flexibility of this box. While you could complete each activity daily and spread it out, it was just as easy to tackle multiple projects at once so you could easily tailor this to your schedule. It was nice having all of the materials prepared and cut out for you along with a lesson plan that even incorporated some questions to ask your child. There were also a lot of activities that we can do over and over again this month which I think is great! This is our second box and while we enjoy the activities a lot, I think that maybe I would love a little fact sheet or even a book to be included to just really give us a great jumping-off point educationally before we get started!
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