This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com but all opinions are my own.
I love that the Spring season has officially arrived! The forest behind our house is bursting out in blossoms of pink and white and buds of emerald green. All the birds have returned and are busily constructing their nests. Bees have woken up from their winter sleep and are back to collecting pollen and making their golden honey. The sun is shining and the days are getting warmer. I love it!
Becoming more active as pleasant temperatures return also seems to bring a renewed zeal for doing fun activities with the kids. Time to get our brains and bodies working! BabbleBoxx recently sent us a fun box of items to try out this spring and I’m excited to tell you all about them!
Have you ever heard of KiwiCo? They’re the coolest hands-on science and art subscription crates for kids from 0 to 16+. Kids are naturally creative and curious. KiwiCo crates were created with this in mind, with the intent to make it fun and easy for families to spend time learning, building, and creating together. There are seven variations of the crate that target specific age groups, all of which are based around STEAM learning. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
The Tadpole Crate
Designed for ages 0-36 months, the Tadpole crate offers age-appropriate products and information that supports and encourages the learning development of your child while also being fun and captivating for them. Inside a Tadpole crate, you’ll find things like projects with crafts or activities, Wonder Magazine that provides expert advice and researched-based answers to your parenting questions, online resources like printables and parenting education, and sturdy board books.
The Koala Crate
Designed for ages 3-4, the Koala crate promotes play-based learning through activities and creative materials. Koala crates feature materials and supplies for 2-3 creative activities, a parent guide to help you support inquiry-based learning, Imagine! Magazine that features stories and games, and online resources including tutorials and tips and tricks.
The Kiwi Crate
For ages 5-8, this was the original inspiration for KiwiCo crates. The Kiwi crate encourages kids to build and innovate through the use of hands-on “maker” projects that explore art, science, and engineering with high-quality materials and easy to read instructions, Explore! Magazine that features games, comics, and additional experiments, and access to online resources.
The Atlas Crate
For ages 6-11, the Atlas crate teaches kids about the big world around us by featuring a new destination every month. Projects included focus on exploring world cultures and teaching new STEAM concepts through creative learning. Also included are cards and stickers for use in creating a world culture “scrap” book.
The Doodle Crate
The Doodle crate is made for artists ages 9-16+! Featuring awesome art projects like candle-making and sumi-e ink wash painting, your budding artist can learn new techniques and get inspired by the easy-to-follow instructions and video tutorials.
The Tinker Crate
Like the Doodle crate, the Tinker crate is also for ages 9-16+ but with a more scientific leaning. In contrast to the artistic flair of the Doodle crate, the Tinker crate delves into the STEM world with incredible building projects like a miniature trebuchet (the superior siege weapon) or a hydraulic claw. Also included with each crate’s project are detailed instructions or blueprints, Tinker Zine with additional activities, and online resource video tutorials.
The Eureka Crate
For ages 14-104! The Eureka crate is the most advanced crate available from KiwiCo and leans heavily towards engineering. Examples of projects include an articulated desk lamp, an electric pencil sharpener, and a wooden ukulele. Also included in the crate is a Maker’s Guide that explains the science and math behind the project and design challenges that help develop creative problem-solving skills.
Our kids recently completed a Kiwi crate and a Koala crate project box and, let me tell you, they had a blast! The Kiwi crate they built is called “Arcade” where they constructed a homemade spin on the classic claw arcade game. It took about an hour for us to work together to complete the wooden claw, build the pom-pom creature “prizes”, and make the game box. The Koala crate is titled “Rainbows” which contained everything the kids needed to make “stained glass” art, a rainbow-dyed tote bag, and an adorable cloud pillow.
Our boys had an inclination towards the Kiwi Arcade crate while the girls gravitated towards the Koala Rainbow crate. Our oldest, Maggie, mostly enjoyed helping the others follow the instructions to complete the projects. She was especially helpful to her little sister, Zellene, as they worked together to complete the Koala Rainbows crate.
As parents, we loved the awesome arts and crafts ideas along with the convenience of the supplies being included. The vast majority of kids love these types of interactive projects. We think you’ll love Kiwi crates!
Right now, KiwiCo has a special offer available! Your first subscription month is free! Just pay the $4.95 shipping and handling! (One free trial per household.)
Fruit of the Loom
The warmer weather means I can start changing out everyone’s wardrobe for the new season. Goodbye thick fabrics and hello lighter, more comfortable fabrics! The kids always seem to prefer their spring/summer clothing over thicker and bulkier winter clothing. Maggie is constantly wearing warm weather clothing around our house, even in the dead of winter. I have to force her to put on weather-appropriate clothing before we leave the house.
We want our baby, Aram, to feel comfortable in the warmer weather and Fruit of the Loom has some really fantastic product lines of baby bodysuits. The first is the Grow & Fit line of bodysuits! Grow & Fit bodysuits are designed to provide unrestricted movement, comfort, durability, and gives your baby room to grow in both length and width for up to 6 months!
Next up is the line of breathable bodysuits. The “magic” behind these bodysuits is the fabric: breathable pique mesh knit. When you handle the bodysuits to check out the fabrics the first thing you notice is how soft and lightweight they are. I wouldn’t mind having clothes as soft and light as these myself! Made for comfort and durability, these breathable bodysuits will provide the ultimate relaxation for baby in those warm summer months.
I love both of these styles of bodysuit but I really love that the Grow & Fit line can last up to 6 months! I’m a bargain hunter so products that last potentially twice as long are a home run in my book.
Both breathable and Grow & Fit Fruit of the Loom bodysuits are available on Amazon.com:
With the warm weather also comes swimming! I don’t know about your kids but ours LOVE swimming. It’s their favorite part of summer, I think. They get so tan and their hair seems to lighten by a couple of shades!
The nasty part of swimming pool fun is the chlorine. It can build up on your hair and scalp and, as a mom, that concerns me as chlorine is pretty strong stuff. If you’re like me, having a product that can safely remove buildup is a relief on my mind.
First of all, what’s Snip-its? Snip-its is a salon and spa aimed towards kids with kid-friendly hair care and kids haircuts!
Per Snip-its, “The fun begins the minute your child enters our salon! Your child will experience a world designed just for kids, that’s bright and colorful. Snips and The Gang are at the ready to make friends and play, too. When your child checks in, he or she will receive a Snip-its Adventure Club card and be welcomed with our interactive Snip-its sing-along video. Moms and dads have a special place of honor at the parent chair where they can be close at hand and share in the fun. Our specially trained stylists will consult with you on haircuts and styling as your child is entertained by our custom computer games and activities with Snips and The Gang. Once the stylist finishes your child’s adorable new look, it’s time to trade in the Adventure Club card for a special prize at the Snip-its Magic Box.”
Sounds pretty cool! But what does that have to do with swimming and chlorine? Snip-its Swimmer’s Solution!
Snip-its Swimmer’s Solution is a clarifying shampoo that purifies hair and scalp without stripping natural oils. Chlorine and residue from hard-water or styling products dissolve easily, restoring hair’s beauty. Snip-its Swimmer’s Solution should be used in place of a daily shampoo once or twice weekly for clean and healthy hair. It’s a great way to gently cleanse the hair and scalp without harshness on the skin and eyes. Another tip (if you’re a mom like me) is that it’s also ideal for deep cleansing before chemical and conditioning treatments!
Now that you’ve thoroughly cleaned out the harsh chlorine, it’s not a bad idea to try to renourish your kids’ hair. Snip-its No Yellin’ Melon is a crème conditioner that’s perfect for this! I like natural things and No Yellin’ Mellon includes natural ingredients like Jojoba and Panthenol which naturally restore moisture and strength while anti-oxidant Vitamin-E adds shine and protection. A dollop about the size of a nickel daily is all you need to keep hair soft and shiny. It’s excellent for course-textured and/or thicker hair.
Don’t have a Snip-its location near you? Their products are all available through their website, www.snipits.com!
Snip-its is offering a special discount on these great products from May through June called the “Swimmer’s Duo”! With this package, you get both products for just $20!
Additionally, if you have a Snip-its location near you, you can get $3 off a kids haircut from May through June. Use code: SPRING. Expires 6/30/2019
As a family, we want to try new things. Just like a marriage can fall into a rut, so can other family relationships. Often, it feels like you’ve run out of things to talk about!
That’s where these cool notes come in. MyWish4U has created a series of lunch notes with interesting facts and jokes for parents who want to reach out to their kids at lunchtime called Lunch Notes From Me! Each note pad contains 101 notes that you can tear off and place with your child’s lunch for the day. Topics include:
- Facts and Funnies
- Facts and Funnies 2
- Riddles and Giggles
- Riddles and Giggles 2
- Sports Facts and Sillies
- Wacky Facts and Giggles
Lunch Notes From Me! are a wonderful way to let your kids know you’re thinking about them even when you’re not there. Lunch Notes From Me! are filled with cool facts and riddles so your kids are not only learning but laughing too! If your child is a bit introverted, I can see how these notes can be a great way for them to engage with the other kids at the lunch table without it feeling forced. Really, Lunch Notes From Me! don’t have to be limited to the school lunchbox. They can be enjoyed in a huge variety of places and ways including road trips, vacations, play dates, family gatherings, around the dinner table, etc! They’re also great as memory flash cards.
Since we homeschool, we decided to use these school lunch notes as general conversation starters for around the dinner table. It’s made finding new and interesting topics very easy and has refreshed the conversations we have as a family! For example, did you know that female dolphins are called cows and males are called bulls? I knew that young dolphins are called calves but had no idea that adult dolphins are bulls and cows. Seems a little bizarre if I’m honest!
Some more things we learned:
- Zebras are white with black stripes.
- What starts with “P” and ends with “E” and has more than 1000 letters? The answer is the post office.
- At 6 feet, 4 inches, who was the tallest U.S. President? The answer is Abraham Lincoln.
At $4.99 a piece, Lunch Notes From Me! are well worth the price due to the wonderful fun we’ve had with them as a family. We’ve been surprised by some of the facts and laughed together at the silly jokes and riddles. It’s brought a nice spark into our dinner table conversations.
For more information and to order, visit www.MyWish4U.com!