Are you seeing Walt Disney’s MOANA when it hits theaters Nov. 23? Whether you’re a fan of the film, or just the kiddos having a few new activities to do this weekend, you’re going to love this free MOANA Activity Pack Download! Keep reading to download the file complete with coloring pages, a memory game, and bookmarks. Read more
Those little themed character boxes of Valentine’s Day cards don’t cost much — They’re like $6 and you have the whole class covered, right? Well, unless you also buy a bag of snacks or tattoos to stick on them. But let’s be honest, we hate buying them. The valentine comments are either bordering inappropriate or your kiddo’s fave character is completely picked over so the only box left is the smashed up, partially open one you’re not too sure about. If you’re like me, chances are you either prepare for Valentine’s Day way way in advance or completely forget and are scrambling to put something together for the kiddo at the last minute. Either way, store valentines won’t cut it. But we’ve got you covered! Some super awesome bloggers are sharing their adorable —But simple! — DIY Valentines (with printables) that you can either do way ahead of time or 10 minutes before school drop off. Bonus? The kids will LOVE spending time with you making these, so you get your bonding and artsy time in, too. Man you’re awesome! Read more
Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new all-time record with a 5-day international debut of $517 million globally! Keep the fun going with this action-filled activity pack. From coloring sheets to memory games it’s sure to get the family ready for seeing the new movie (or keep them entertained once it’s over and they’re not quite ready to leave the Jedi life yet). Click on the giant Activity Pack image below for the activity pack PDF download then click on the movie’s poster for a full-size download of the poster! May The Force be with you. Read more
It isn’t always easy figuring out ways to entertain the kiddos on a rainy day after school — especially if they have a friend over — but these free Inside Out downloads are sure to have you set. From the recipes for themed snacks to activity and coloring sheets, there’s enough fun to keep the kids busy for a few hours, or even to plan an Inside Out themed family night or birthday party! Click on the images in each download section to be directed to a PDF you can save to your computer. Read more
Roast some popcorn, put on your favorite dress and get your scissors out, because this weekend is the perfect time to watch the newly released Cinderella movie with the family and play some games to go with it! From Cinderella-inspired recipes to crafts and games, these free printables are the perfect touch to family movie night fun, or any slumber party. Read more
Disney recently announced all the big hits they plan to release in theaters this year during the D23 EXPO, and The Good Dinosaur — A tale about a world where dinosaurs aren’t extinct — is one of them. A sheltered Apatosaurus named Arlo finds a friend in a human boy called Spot, who helps him find his way home in this visually stunning and adorable tale set to release on Nov. 25. This movie doesn’t have an audience rating yet, but looks appropriate for toddler/preschooler ages and up, and the free downloadable activities in this post are perfect for those ages! Scroll through to get your free movie-themed downloads for activities that just might occupy your little one’s time and keep their interest! Read more
Finding ways to have fun with the kids this summer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, the cost of groceries skyrockets and more families opt for staycations over the traditional family getaway, the time is now to get creative with summertime fun. Art museums, public museums and local zoos often offer free days to sample every so often, but the fun doesn’t have to end there — Keep reading for some activities you can do from the comfort of your own backyard! Read more
Just before all the December-February holiday craziness I had the opportunity to learn about Curious.com, a website full of educational video courses, and tour Sunset Magazine. I did my hair and makeup for the first time in a while, and showed up not knowing what to expect.
Once there, Sunset Magazine gave a tour, then gave us a mini wine tasting class (Um, yum) before the O’Neil Sisters showed everyone how to make a floating necklace, just as they show Curious.com users online. The food was delicious and paired well with the wine and fantastic company.
At the end of the event, everyone was given $100 to use on Curios.com to learn something new — Everything from reading Russian to monetizing YouTube is available in their learning library— and a special link for readers to get $25 to use on the site as well! Use this link to try out Curious (and be sure to let me know what you decide to use your $25 for)! I still haven’t used my credit on the site, but I’ll likely use it in the business learning section.
Garland crowns are popping up on shelves right now as the accessory for Spring, but at about $6 each, it’s cheaper to make your own. If you’re not super crafty (like me), or don’t want to buy the wire and fake flowers all separate to make a bunch of crowns, check out me easy way to make them in the video below (turn your volume up, sorry for the low audio).
This video is a part of the Making a Maleficent Party series and is in no way sponsored by any company.
I’ve seen Kiwi Crate ads for years, but never really knew what the box was like except for the fact that it had crafts for kids to do and my daughter, S, wasn’t old enough to do them. Until now, that is. She’s older and just about in the age bracket for the regular Kiwi box meant for ages 4-8 so Kiwi Crate sent me a box to try out. When the box arrived I had no idea what to expect, but I’m definitely happy with what was inside. I think my box was from August because it’s the Amusement Park box — complete with a silly squirter game craft and build your own bumper cars.
What You Get
- A reusable box for projects or play
- 2-3 projects
- My Adventures With Kiwi Crate chart (if it’s your first box)
- Chart sticker for current box
- Kid-size scissors (if it’s your first box)
- Explore! Magazine with a note from Kiwi, a story, educational activities, extra project guides, parent resources, and recommended books related to the month’s topic
Why I Like It
- Projects are simple but educational and fun
- Everything needed is in the box
- Keeps the research and guesswork out of coming up with crafty family projects
- Encourages kids to use different parts of the brain, and fine tune motor skills
- All supplies are either used for a project or are reusable/recyclable
The Full Review
Kiwi Crate includes a pair of child scissors and a My Adventures With Kiwi Crate chart as a little Welcome Kit for new subscribers so that your family has the tools needed, and you can add a sticker from each box to your chart to show the kiddo’s accomplishments. My box also included a preview ad for the current Time Traveler Series: September was Castles & Catapults, October is the Wild West and November will be all about Discovering Dinosaurs.
My crate came with everything my daughter would need to complete her activities (even the water squirter and balls for the squirter game), which is a huge plus for me. I didn’t need to get anything from the store or anywhere else in my house because everything was literally included in the box. The instructions in the pamphlets for each activity were super easy to follow and understand (definitely not IKEA furniture), too. Because the instructions have large, clear step by step illustrations showing what to do, even a child who can’t read yet would be able to follow along. But there are also short, simple written steps next to each illustration for early and experienced readers.
S still needed my involvement to complete the projects because she’s 3, but the pamphlets let me know that ahead of time by rating the projects as Medium Parent Involvement Needed. The pamphlets also outline how the project might be benefiting your child’s growth. The squirter game lists Moving/Gross Motor Skills, Discovering and Creating, while the bumper car project highlights Creating, Discovering and Movement/Fine Motor Skills. I love the blend of education, science, creativity, and fun. Completing these projects really gave me and S focused time together, which is sadly rare. Since we worked on the projects at night it was too dark for her to play with her new toys outside(and not great lighting for my photos), so she tried out her new toys inside for a bit and was excited to play with them more outside the next day.
Depending on the Kiwi Crate subscription plan you go with, your box may be around $17, but they gave me a coupon code for 25 percent off your first month with free shipping and a Welcome Kit — just enter SE25 at checkout! There’s also a Give $10, Get $10 deal going on at the Kiwi Crate website right now that gets you a box for about $10 after tax. Each box comes with all the materials for 2-3 activities (which is awesome because I don’t like paying for a subscription then having to run to the store with my kiddo to get supplies), but it would be nice if the boxes ran around $13-$15 instead of $17-$19 since it’s a monthly subscription. Though there are Mini Crates available with just one activity that cost less, too. Kiwi Crate recently added Koala Crate (box for ages 3-4), Tinker Crate (ages 9-14+), and Doodle Crate (ages 9-16+) to their products and are accepting pre-orders. (I’m excited about Koala Crate and will be pre-ordering that this week.)
Kiwi Crate sent Savvy Every Day a Kiwi Crate box for this review. This post is not sponsored Kiwi Crate, there are no affiliate/referral links and all opinions are that of the writer.