I’d like to introduce you to Ivy Kids, a new subscription box service founded by a Brooklyn mom of two, Taseea Lainas-Cruz. Taseea is a certified early childhood teacher who became a stay at home mom after the birth of her second child. Like many of us, she found herself frustrated by the lack of developmentally appropriate educational games for her children. Taseea started to develop her own projects and activities to fill the gap and has turned her frustration into an amazing service for the rest of us.
Ivy Kids kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8. These boxes are way beyond the other box services I’ve tried, both because of the educational focus and the sheer volume of activities and projects included. It’s honestly like three subscriptions in one. It’s a book subscription, craft project subscription, and monthly educational supplement all in one! For me, it’s like home school preschool in a box. Each month includes a classic children’s book to read, a bookmark with a reading guide, and AT LEAST 10 activities based on the book. Many of those activities are games that can be played again and again. Several of the art projects we completed had enough materials to keep us going or to spin off into our own creations. Here are some details from the upcoming August box:
The kits include activities to help develop motor skills, build math and literacy skills, and to promote scientific thinking. Activities in the kits usually come with two sets of instructions, one for younger children and another for older children. So something that I would look at and think was too advanced for Jack turned out to be just his speed with the proper set of instructions. Every activity has questions and prompts to use to keep your child engaged and learning.
I started out using these as rainy day boredom busters, but quickly realized that there’s so much included each month that there’s no need to wait for a rainy day. These are for every day. Literally there isn’t a thing I’ve had to add here – there’s even a paintbrush and tray included in the painting activities. What a dream to have everything all prepared for me and ready to go. I really do not have the time to do the research into appropriate learning games and then hit several different craft and general stores to collect all the supplies. Ivy Kids has done everything for me – all we have to do is open the box and start learning and playing together.
One more thing that makes these kits a great value? If you have more than one child in your family, you can purchase a sibling add on kit for just $5 each month that will include duplicate supplies for the craft projects so each child can make their own craft. Note – you won’t get duplicate games since they are already made for more than one player, just the craft projects.
Ivy Kids has a promotion going on right now to celebrate the launch of the kits! Use the coupon code “IVYLAUNCH” to save $10 on a 6 month subscription or $5 on monthly or 3 month subscription, all subscribers will receive personalized items for their children each month. Bonus – the first 500 subscribers will receive a “welcome gift’ in their first Ivy Kit! Offer expires expires June 22. Click here to go to Ivy Kids and sign up!
I think these kits are a great way to keep (or start) the learning going at home – they are an answer to my prayers! Who knew my three year old could get so excited about color mixing?!
Disclosure: We were provided with two kits to review – no other compensation was received and these are my honest opinions.