There are few things more exciting to a kid than getting a box in the mail with his or her name on it, right? Ivy Kids is a monthly subscription kit for children ages three to eight. For $35-40 a month, you and your child will receive a box absolutely filled with fun and educational activities to do together, all based on the theme of an included book!
Be sure to scroll all the way down to the end of this review for a FREE GIVEAWAY of an Ivy Kids kit based on the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
We joined more than six months ago, and no, this is not a sponsored post. I decided to write a review finally because Ivy Kids is an incredible resource for supplementary learning activities for kids across a pretty wide age range. That means siblings can both participate and enjoy! We love Ivy Kids, and I think you will too.
The July 2017 kit is all about octopuses, and it includes the book Octopus Escapes Again! by Laurie Ellen Angus. Wait ’til you see all the goodies inside!
Each Ivy Kit contains 99 percent of what you need to complete each activity, which in this case includes two tiny little octopuses, invisible ink, a small clear plastic bowl, and a several other small animal figurines from which to select a predator. Sometimes I like to add a few things we have around the house, but really, if you need it for one of the activities, you’ll find it in the box. Even crayons for coloring.
Following the included instructions couldn’t be easier, and each instruction page provides learning goals and questions to scaffold learning.
We talked about the octopus’ various defense mechanisms, and where octopuses live, etc. We spent time menacing the “baby” octopuses with the “giant” sea turtle and the facilitating their escape with the ink.
Pretty soon, “mommy octopus” came to the rescue of her babies, and we moved on to some really fun imaginative play. One of the great things about these kits is that the materials build on each other. We were able to take a larger octopus from another activity in this kits, and then borrow extensively from the A House for Hermit Crab and Over in the Ocean kits we’d previously received.
In our eclectic homeschool, Ivy Kids kits play a big role in learning through interactive activities and imaginative play. I have found that Bryn is more drawn to the animal and biology-related kits vs. the ones that are more abstract concepts like geometry. But as she continues to develop, I think those kits will become equally fascinating to her.
My recommendation is to visit the Ivy Kids store, where you can look through their existing stock of kits and order the one you feel is best suited to your child’s interests. These kits make great birthday or holiday presents, and that would be an ideal time to introduce one for the first time.
If you decide to subscribe, each month will be a new and exciting surprise! Be sure to follow Ivy Kids on Facebook to get a preview on the first of each month letting you know what’s coming. You might want to plan some additional activities, crafts or field trips around the kit’s theme for the month.
Have you tried Ivy Kids yet? If so, I’d love to hear how you use them in your homeschool.
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