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Ivy Kids Review and Coupon Code – August 2014

ivyIvy Kids who kindly sent me this box to review is a brand new educational monthly subscription box service for kids 3 – 8 years old.  The activity kits have been created by certified early childhood teachers and will help to ensure that your child has a solid foundation in math, literacy and science!  The activities included help your child build confidence and be well-rounded in all disciplines to ensure future academic success.

Ivy Kids boxes aren’t just like learning, they are fun too and you have the tools at your fingertips to create quality time and an exciting learning experience with your child!

Ivy Kids Review – August 2014

Website – www.ivy-kids.com

Price – $38.95 Month or less with a longer subscription

Shipping – Free

Each month you can expect a new book, bookmark reading guide, materials to retell the story, Science Booklet, Science experiment, Art Projects, Math projects, board games, fine motor skill exercises, literacy activities, detailed instructions on each activity and an item personalized for your child (with a 6 month subscription).

When I opened the box I was shocked, in a good way!  There are so many items and activities included in each box I think it will take my son a whole month to get through all of them!

Each subscription box includes a detailed image of all the learning activities and each activity has a name!

123The Book

mouse paintMouse Paint

This book is great!  When I showed it to my son we sat down and he was pointing out the colors and counting the mice (he is only 3, but can count to about 20 and knows his colors pretty well).  The book provides a lesson in color, which I think worked well for my son as he is constantly learning his colors and I like to keep him reminded!

The Activities

Each activity includes an instructions sheet that includes – Materials provided, How to play, Tips, Question to ask your child, Learning goals and development skills.  Everything is also included for each activity (aside from scissors which is great because it could definitely be a safety hazard and i’m pretty sure everyone has scissors).

makemiceMake Your Own Mice

Use the magical magic clay to create your own mice! Leave your creations to dry.  Once the clay has hardened, paint your mice. Make as many mice as you desire by dividing the clay into smaller pieces or if you wish, make any one large mouse!

They recommend an adults cuts all the materials, but I think it depends on the age of your child, mines is 3 for instance so he isn’t very good at cutting paper, but he does love to paint!

All about colorsAll All about colors

Now this one is cool!  I haven’t introduced my son to all the activities included yet (working on it), but this was the first one we tried!

There are six little bat things and pictures, you match each color of bat up to the correct picture, e.g. purple grape purple bat. You can play “I Spy” whilst looking through the bat and ask your child to find something purple!  My son loved looking through the bat and seeing everything in a different color and he also matched his colors up to the pictures good too!

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Mess-Free Finger Painting

Anything that is mess free is a win for me, my son recently drew on my fireplace with a permanent marker, so yeah, mess free is awesome.

Use the primary colors to make secondary colors just as the mice in the story did!  Squeeze red paint into  one of the bags provided (not shown in picture) and in the same bag squeeze the yellow paint.  Close the bag securelyand gently squeeze it to mix the colors then see what happens!  Do the same with red and blue, and blue and yellow!

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Making Patterns!

Lay one of the pattern stripes on a flat surface, Place the matching color chip on the strip to recreate the pattern!

I Spy With My Little Eye

Place the picture side up, divide the chips equally between you and your child. When it’s each players turn, secretly select an image and give clues to help to other person guess the picture!

I think my son is a little young for this one and might not understand it fully but hopefully when he is around 4 we can start with guessing games, this will come in handy!

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Storyboard

After reading the mouse book for the first time, read it again then use the materials to act out the story!

This is a really cool idea, and I definitely think it will help with building up your kids memory, as well as pretend play!

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Hide the Mice

Let your child place the cat at the top of the board, then remove the mice from the board.  To do this your child should hide the mice from the cat by matching each mouse to the correct colored space.

Another great way to learn shapes and colors!

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Run Away from the Cat!

Each player chooses a mouse then places it on “start”.  Spin the wheel and if you land on the cat, move your mouse one space backwards.  The game ends once all players reach the end safely!

My son didn’t quite get the grasp of this, he loves cats (although he is not getting one since i’m allergic) so I don’t think it bothered him moving back one!  But it’s definitely a game to play once he is a little older!

dylanMouse Sun Catcher (Personalized)

Create a beautiful decoration for your home, a fun and simple activity!

Spread the glue on the rough side of the transparent sheet, place tissue paper squares on top of the glue. Remove the paper from the four corners of the sun catcher then stick on a window!

Pretty cool idea!  I think I did this in school when I was a kid, or something similar!

The Fun

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The Verdict

Ivy Kids has one amazing subscription box for preschoolers and older kids!  I love how the activities are all different and I love the curation of the box!  I couldn’t believe how many activities were included, I don’t even think my son learns this much in a week of preschool!

I didn’t do a cost breakdown obviously because most of the items are specially made for the box.  And to be honest, the fact that the box is so well put together, with all the items included, instructions and a theme, this totally makes the box more than worth it for me, just think about how much a week at preschool costs!

Ivy Kids also wants you and your child to spend some “quality time” together, and this does just that, kids love being around there parents more than anything, whether it’s playing a game, doing crafts, this box covers it!

If you would like to find out more about Ivy Kids or Sign Up Click Here!  Don’t forget to use the coupon code “IVYLAUNCH” for $5 off a 1 or 3 month subscription or $10 off a 6 month subscription! Stay tuned because I will be reviewing the July box in a couple of days (yes, I know I’m backwards)!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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