Green Kid Crafts is a subscription box that sends 5-8 themed projects made with eco-friendly materials to your home every month. The boxes contain hands-on explorations in science, math, technology, engineering and art that are intended to challenge children from 3-10 years of age.
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This is a review of the Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box! This box included their premium book add-on, which doesn’t seem to be a current optin.
The January 2019 Green Kid Crafts theme is SPACE.
The box itself is in green, with cute doodles on it.
All the items are packed neatly inside the box!
The booklet provides essential information about the subscription and projects that you can work on.
The booklet has a table of contents and an introduction to outer space.
The booklet contains a lot of cool on-page activities for your kids to enjoy, like puzzles and mazes.
There’s also a find-the-difference activity that will help enhance your child’s observation and analytical skills. Another activity that my kids love is the fill-in-the-blanks story.
Here, my son was serious in filling up the blanks to complete his own outer space story.
The next activity is all about the planets. Kids are asked to cut out the planets and paste them in the proper position on the solar system map.
This part of the booklet features more interesting activities we can do in addition to what’s included in the box.
We tried making the Moon Snack, as suggested by Green Kids Crafts. For this activity, we used rice cake, cream cheese, banana, and cheerios.
Can you recognize the different phases of the moon we made using the moon cake?
After spreading a thin layer of cream cheese on top of the rice cake, you can now put the sliced banana and smaller cheerios for the finishing touch.
If the rice cakes serve as the moon, then the sliced banana and cheerios work as the craters. So delicious!
Everything in my box!
This month’s box also includes an exclusive Astronomy expert sticker badge from Green Kid Crafts!
This sheet is actually a moon calendar.
Study the phases of the moon with your very own moon calendar! Every night for 28 days, color in the shadow for each night of the moon’s cycle that you can see. Once complete, you will have a personal representation of the phases of the moon over a 4 week cycle.
The kits featured this month come in individual plastic bags made of 100% recycled materials.
Smart: Kids Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space by Roger Priddy ($9.37) Premium Book Add-On
Open your eyes to a world of discovery with this amazing fact-packed book from Roger Priddy. From the Solar System to the Milky Way, from Mars to Mercury, from UFOs to the Space Shuttle, Smart Kids Space is an ideal first guide to the mysteries and wonders of our incredible universe. Written in an accessible and fun style, the informative text is perfectly complemented by visually stunning, large-sized, full-color photography. Perfect book to introduce children aged three and over to the fascinating world above us.
It’s a hardbound children’s book that contains thick glossy pages, colorful fonts, and high-quality pictures.
Space is written by Sarah Powell, designed by Nicole Friggens and Katherine Radcliffe, and produced by Priddy Books.
This spread features the Solar System, along with all the sun and all the planets. It’s so informative, it even has some fun facts about each planet.
There’s also a feature about space rocks and satellites.
The book’s glossary is super informative. Even I learned something new, plus it’s really eye-catching too. I highly recommend this book, it’s such a wonderful way to learn about our solar system!
Activity No. 1: Planetarium. For the first project, we received colored papers, tissue tube, flashlight pen, rubber band, and constellation stickers.
A planetarium is a building where images of stars, planets, and constellations are projected on the inner surface of the dome. There’s a detailed step-by-step procedure on how to build your own mini planetarium.
The first step is to stick the constellation sticker on the middle of the colored paper and write the name of the constellation on the corner. Wrap it on the craft tube and, using a pin, poke holes into the dots on the constellation stickers.
Go into the dark room or closet and shine the flashlight pen through the tube. Then, you’ll see the constellation projected on your wall or any other surface!
Here’s the Hercules constellation!
According to the booklet, there are a total of 88 constellations across the sky and the names and shapes are taken under god, hunters, princesses, objects, and mythical beasts associated with Greek mythology.
Activity No. 2: Space Sand. For this project, we used space sand, cups, and a craft stick.
Start by filling one cup with water and put a little space sand in it. You can also use cooking oil or dish detergent.
Using the craft stick, carefully stir the sand under the water and observe what will happen to the space sand. Did it blend? Is the space sand wet or still dry?
For the next experiment, fill another cup with water and sprinkle a thin layer of space sand on the surface of the water.
Using the craft stick, slowly push it through the thin layer of the space sand, and observe. Did your craft stick get wet or still dry?
In the third experiment, fill the cup with water and add a little of each color of space sand. Do the color mix?
Now using the same cup, place it to the freezer overnight and check. Did your sand freeze?
Activity No. 3: Comets & Shooting Stars. For the last activity, you will get a recycled felt, wooden ball, rubber band, and ribbon.
This third activity includes two projects. The first is named Comet Catch and it’s about making a model of a comet and using it to have fun playing a game of catch.
The second project is called Shooting Star Launcher where you’ll use balloons and mini marshmallows, as well as toilet paper and roll tape from home.
In doing a Comet Catch, simply put the red felt sheet on the table, followed by the foil sheet. Cut the ribbon into two and place on top of the foil in a cross shape and put the wooden ball at the center.
Crinkle-up the ball and the ribbon inside the foil, wrap the felt sheet around the foil and secure it using a rubber band.
This is how it should look like from the top. The foil is crumpled inside the red felt sheet.
My son and I played the comet catch. It was a whole lot of fun!
Like the comet catcher, shooting star launcher is so easy to make too. Using the empty toilet paper roll, tie a knot in the balloon and stretch onto the end of the tube and taped it. To use, simply put the marshmallow in the tube, pull back the knot, and let go. Watch how the marshmallow come shooting out like a real shooting star.
Green Kid Crafts never disappoints! This month, they gave us space-themed activities and projects that my kids enjoyed. Aside from learning interesting information about our solar system, the kids were also able to develop their creative skills and problem solving skills while doing everything in the box. As usual, the experiments lead to lots of conversations and I’m really grateful to see my kids learning new things. This month’s box is truly exciting and we are already looking forward to next month and what crafts and projects it has in store for us.
Has your family tried Green Kid Crafts?