Growing up, one of my favorite activities was arfs and cracks (or for those of you who don’t speak 3-year-old, arts and crafts). It was a fun way to bond with my mom while at the same time foster my creativity. We had it all…glitter, feathers, and construction paper galore! I could spend hours working on projects and letting my imagination fly. Those were the days :)
So you can imagine how excited I was when Penny Bauder, the CEO and founder of Green Kid Crafts, contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing a review of their monthly craft subscription box. My answer…a cheerful and enthusiastic, “Yes!”.
As much as I have loved all of my subscription boxes to date, I think Green Kid Crafts might just be my favorite. As a mother, there is nothing more important than spending quality time as a family. But sometimes, you get stuck in a rut, looking around desperately for new activities to enjoy together. With Green Kid Crafts, the entire family can engage in eco-friendly, monthly projects that not only help to spark creativity but cultivate a respect and love for the environment. Fun with a purpose. Gotta love that!
What sets Green Kid Crafts apart from other craft subscription services is that they are the only carbon neutral service in the nation. Every project created with Green Kid Crafts is 100% earth friendly. For supplies, they avoid plastics and foams in favor of materials that are natural, recycled and good to the earth. They are also passionate about avoiding waste, so they use minimal and 100% recycled materials for shipping and all of their craft projects are packaged in plant-based compostable cello bags.
This month, the box contained a wooden wind chime, pirate loot, and “All About Me” personal scrapbook project. Each craft was individually packaged, containing an info sheet and sustainable materials needed to complete the projects.
Wooden Wind Chime
Wind chimes are widely used around the world. They are said to have a healing effect on the mind and body. Their sound can help release stress and calm your thoughts. Many people consider wind chimes to be good luck. Harper enjoyed the delicate ring that it made and paraded around the house striking the chimes together.
This project was fun and easy. I love the idea of having a blank slate and variety of different materials at your finger tips. Children have the option of using paint or markers to color both sides of the wind chime. After completing the background of their choice, there are mosaic squares and sequins provided to use as adornment. Once the wind chime is finished, this project becomes a beautiful ornament to hang from a door or tree, and plays peaceful and delightful music.
As summer kicks off and children begin to enjoy weekend trips to the beach, their imaginations will run wild with this fun and creative pirate loot craft. Complete with an eye patch, pirate hat and hidden treasure, this project becomes a fairy tale in action.
This project helps to incorporate some great basic skills. Cutting is always an important skill to practice and this craft makes it easy as the children just cut along the dotted lines. They can also work on cutting circles to make the treasure coins. Children get a chance to practice their writing skills by adding their name or decorations with chalk.
“All About Me” Personal Scrapbook
Being that Father’s Day was a few days ago, I decided to make the “All About Me” scrapbook into a Happy Father’s Day scrapbook. I love to make collages, and nowadays it is hard to find the time. So this project was the perfect excuse to tear through some old magazines and favorite photos and go crazy.
This project was my favorite of all three because the materials were so diverse. They included recycled and salvaged ribbon, fabric squares, allergen-free stickers, recycled paper and recycled collage shapes. There were so many materials to choose from! The paper mache accordion book makes the perfect compact display for pictures while allowing for plenty of room for additional decor.
In addition to the three packets of crafts, there was another booklet filled with even more ideas for wind, pirate and book projects. Suggested materials include supplies commonly found around the house. So really, just when you think you are all crafted out, the fun continues! After reading through the various craft ideas, I will never recycle another toilet paper roll again. Who knew how many fun projects you can make with them :)
Even though Harper is still too young to enjoy this craft box, I was thoroughly impressed by Green Kid Crafts and their overall product. I would highly recommend this to anyone with children of pre-school age and older. I can only imagine how much fun Harper and I are going to have in a few years. But don’t think I didn’t have a ball creating these projects by myself. The age range on the box might suggest kids 3-8 but this 29-year-old kid was having a blast!
Not only does Green Kid Craft’s website have tons of wonderful ideas for crafting, but they dedicate an entire page to green parenting as well. Check out their suggestions for green food blogs, products, and health and safety resources.
Interested in ordering a Green Kid Crafts box of your own? Monthly memberships are available for only $19.95. Looking for an awesome birthday or holiday gift for your child and their friends? How about a gift subscription for three, six, or twelve months. And there is even an option to include additional supplies for a sibling too! For a limited time, Green Kid Crafts is offering $10 off your first craft box! Just use the code: SUMMER when checking out.
*Full Disclosure: Green Kid Crafts did provide me with a box free of charge. I was not paid to write this post. With exception of some of the factual information given about the various products, all opinions regarding the products are my own and 100% honest.