However, when it comes to dreaming up crafts, I am no good. I've checked out almost every craft book from the library, I've spent hours on Google and Pinterest, I've read countless blogs, but I still come up short most weeks. A lot of the activities I find are either not age appropriate, or require supplies that we just don't keep in our house.
Enter Kiwicrate.com - this amazing website allows you to subscribe to have a box of craft supplies (complete with theme, instructions and all needed materials) delivered to your door every single month! A box for one child costs about $20 and for a small fee you can choose a 'sibling add on' to have extra supplies included for another child (or two). It seems like a steep price until you look inside the box. Not only are the craft supplies really high quality (they sent us two pairs of brand-name, very-nice scissors in our first kit), but there are enough activities to last for several days. Plus, you'll be enrolled in their newsletter which will link you to even more activities that compliment that month's theme.
Here's a look at our first craft box. This month's theme was: Pirates. We spread out the crafts from our box over two afternoons, but we could have taken longer if we'd wanted.
|Here's what I saw when I opened the box|
|The supplies for one complete kit|
|Coloring the treasure chests|
|Excuse the sideways pic...|
|Making pirate hats|
|Pirate ship (notice figurehead on right...)|
|Coloring the pirate bandannas|
|Barely got them to hold still to show the whole getup|
|Mom, are we done taking pictures yet?|
|Making pirate parrots|
|Kit made: 2 chests, 2 parrots, 2 bandannas, 2 hats, 2 eye patches and 2 treasure maps|
|Searching for 'buried' treasure|