Review & Giveaway: Ivy Kids’ July 2017 kit is all about octopuses

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!


This is the inside cover of each box. We pick one activity to do every day, otherwise we would tear through the entire month’s worth of activities at one time.

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One of our favorite activities from this kit was the Story Retelling and Octopus Ink Experiment

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.

IMG_0432 (Edited)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.


Mommy octopus to the rescue! Check out the amazing detail on these Ivy Kids kits.


We love getting a new board game each month, and we go back to our favorites again and again in our homeschool. With these activities, you’ll work together on counting with one-to-one correspondence and directionality.


Whenever I see a dice and bingo chip game or two in our Ivy Kids kit, I get so excited! Counting, colors, healthy competition — it’s all there.


And of course, everything in our Ivy Kids kits becomes a tool for imaginative play.

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.

This post contains no affiliate links and is not sponsored. The free giveaway was not provided by Ivy Kids. See my FTC disclosure here.

Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a FREE Blueberries for Sal Ivy Kids kit!

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32 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Ivy Kids’ July 2017 kit is all about octopuses

  1. We just joined ivy kids and live last months box (space themed) we look forward to receiving this months box. Thanks for the chance to win a great past box!

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  2. I have received 2 (Moon and this one). But have not used them yet. This coming year my K student will have a unit on the moon and on Octopus’s so I am saving them for then


    • It’s so hard not to open them! But it’s a good idea when you have planned units. Their store is also a great place to look for supplements to unit studies if you don’t have a subscription. Thanks for visiting!


  3. We havent tried ivy kids yet but they are on our list! So happy you are venturing into homeschool blogging and cant wait to see what the future holds for your blog!

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  4. I hadn’t heard of Ivy Kids until I came across your Instagram account today, but it looks like it would be a great addition to our homeschool materials!


    • Oh yay, that makes my day! We subscribed last year before Christmas, and honestly they make my life so much easier. It’s nice not needing to go buy all the bits and pieces at the craft store to do all the activities! And I’ve told family we are good on board games, because we get new ones each month! Good luck!


  5. I have never heard of Ivy Kids, but this kit is so cute! I found your blog through the SEA Homeschoolers Facebook page. I just started my blog recently too, and I am so excited to have another secular blog to follow! Thank you for doing such a fun giveaway.

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  7. I have not tried it yet but would love to! I homeschooled my 8 year old this past school year and this year my 5 year old will be joining us. This looks perfect!

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