Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Review

 Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits.  These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivky Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

This is a photo of the inside of the box, there is a fabulous reference guide on the box to show you all of the items and activities included at-a-glance. We were sent  “Penguin and Pinecone” for this review. 

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When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit.  I mean EVERYthing.  These kits are incredible!

Each activity has a very well written instruction and idea sheet.  I organize all of these in sheet protectors in a binder.  They come in these great plastic baggies, but this method works better for my brain.

I keep all of the bigger items in the box, and when we chose an activity, I go to the box and grab what we need.

 

Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself.  I read it to her also.

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She LOVED it!

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We began by extending the story and making scarfs for the tree and the pinecone, just like the book.  She loved the little plush penguin and sled.

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Planting her own pine tree seed was a BIG HIT! I was hoping the seed would actaully grow, and thankfully it did!

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About 2 weeks later she has a sprout! We will plant it in our yard in the spring!

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We used the cute little walking penguin to play a game together using the included alphabet board.  She wound up the penguin and let him walk on the board, wherever he landed she had to think of a word that started with that letter!

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Any craft is her favorite craft.  She loved making the penguin bag and the snowflake mobile. The mobile took her awhile, each snowflake is laced!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization.  The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day!  They did the BINGO activity together and played the Feed the Penguin game with the cute little fishies.  Nanee even took some pictures for me!

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We explored a pinecone together and learned lots of facts about them!  She loved this!

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She spent SO long getting her pinecone craft just right.  We are planning to use it as a Christmas tree ornament!

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We ended with a bang, a very successful pinecone in water experiment.  She had to guess what she thought would happen to the pinecone after it was in water for awhile.  Based on what she had learned, she guessed that it would close up.

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It did!  She was amazed!  It closed up even more after I took this photo! 

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, which we reviewed a couple of months ago.

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

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10% off all past kits during February 2016

Use code: IVYWINTER

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review.  If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!




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