April 18, 2014
Subscription Boxes Unboxed – Green Kid Crafts
I started my search for subscription boxes that you, our Dear Readers, might like with adult geekiness. But adults aren’t the only ones who need a little stimulation and fun. Many of our readers are parents looking for ways to promote science, critical thinking and un-plugged fun for their kids.
I have a box for you, as well.
Green Kid Crafts is exactly what it sounds like: eco-friendly crafts for your 3- to 10-year-old child. Each month, the fun and distinctive green and white box will arrive with three to four crafts based around a theme. The box that I received is “Discovery Box #23: Mad Scientist.” That sounds like fun, right? Other themes have been “Backyard Scientist,” “Around the World,” “Planet Protector,” and “World of Music.” The box will also include a copy of Green Kid! Activities Guide (a $5.95 value) with “tons of additional content for continued exploration and discovery all around the month’s theme, including additional parent resources, book recommendations, puzzles, games, coloring activities, and much more!”
The hope is that these crafts will inspire curiosity about STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), ecology, and activism while the kids have hands-on fun. At least, that’s the hope of Penny Bauder, the mom of two and environmental activist from Anchorage, Alaska, who started Green Kids Crafts. The monthly Discovery Boxes, the STEM Science Kits, and the Creativity Kits are all developed by teachers, crafty moms, and STEM experts—all while being kid tested and mother approved.
The company is certified carbon neutral. They work so hard at this that they don’t even have a traditional office, but rather a virtual office that stretches from California to Alaska to Connecticut. The company has won awards for both the products they sell, and also the business practices they use to sell them.
Each monthly Discovery Box starts at $19.95 for one month, and goes down to $16.95/month if you sign up for a year’s subscription.
Do I think it is a good fit for our readers? Absolutely.
The box is kid friendly with bright colors and easy to understand instructions. Each craft comes in its own reusable bag with almost everything you will need. If there are other items or ingredients needed, they are listed on the easily read instruction sheet before opening.
The box also included a bright card with pictures of all three crafts finished, which made me itch to try them out even more (yeah, I don’t think growing up is on my list of things to do).
My box came with everything advertised except the Activities Guide. I’m guessing it was forgotten in the packing. I would really like to see the guide to be able to tell you more about it, but if it is of the same quality as the rest of the box, I’m sure it is excellent.
The three crafts included were Fizzing Lava Lamp, Magnet Friend, and Slime Monsters! The great folks at Green Kid Crafts even sent along a pair of kid-friendly safety scissors to use for the crafts. The instruction card for each craft gives an age appropriate explanation for how the chemical reaction works with the correct nomenclature.
Overall, I think that this is a great product for children and adults alike. The children have fun activities that inspire them, and the parents have ecologically responsible, educational entertainment for their children.
Next month’s box is a Botany Discovery Box and that sounds like a lot of fun. I wonder if anyone would make fun of me for wanting one?
Featured Image Credit: Green Kids Crafts