Dog’s Colorful Day Unit Study with Ivy Kids

Dog's Colorful Day Ivy Kids Kit Review

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

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy 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.

We were sent Dog’s Colorful Day for this review.

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Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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    • The book Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, a messy story about colors and counting. 
    • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
    • Your Own Colorful Dog: A soft and cuddly dog to color and use for story-retelling.
    • Paint by Number: Roll the die, select the corresponding color paint dauber, and paint a space with the number that was rolled.
    • My Dog’s Colorful Adventure: After reading the story Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, create your own story about a messy dog.
    • Colorful Dog Puppet: Create a dog puppet with 10 colorful spots and re-tell the story Dog’s Colorful Day.
    • Roll-a-Spot: Roll the die and cover the matching spot on your board with a colored chip. Be the first player to cover all the spots on your board to win the game.
    • Letter Match: Cover each letter space on the board with the matching letter sticker. Can you find and cover all the hidden letters on the picture?
    • Create a Colorful Sun-catcher with Wet Glue Painting: Add different drops of coloring onto wet glue and use a stick to create a colorful design in the glue. Once the glue is dry, hang in a sunny window and enjoy!
    • Dog Race: Roll and Dot! Roll the dice and use the paint daubers to stamp a dot in the column displaying the number rolled. Continue rolling and stamping until the paint dots reach the top of at least one dog column. Which dog column will win the race? 
    • Story Re-telling Cards: After reading Dog’s Colorful Day, use the cards to retell the story. Your child can sequence the cards in the same order as they appeared in the story. 
    • Mixing Colors in Water: Explore color mixing by adding different colors to water. Then record your findings on a observation sheet. 
    • Patterns on Bones: Use the colored chips to continue the pattern on each bone. Can you make your own pattern?
    • How many spots do I have?: Create your own number stories about Dog and his colored spots.
      She was SO excited to open our box and see a stuffed dog! She loves stuffed animals and dogs!

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Activities From Our Box…

After reading the book, she immediately begged to begin decorating her stuffed dog!

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We usually spread our activities out over a few weeks. often doing a “box” activity after we have finished her regular schoolwork. Although some of these activities are below her school level, she still enjoys them and loves to share them with you through pictures.  She knows I blog about these kits and loves to help me share with other families.

Below you can see us sequencing the story together…

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The more crafts the better for her! She loved the dog puppet craft!

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She grabbed the sticker matching activity one day and said, “I know I already know my letters and numbers, but this is fun!”

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Her brother joined in on this day, and we made the sun-catchers together!

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We also did the color-mixing activity together. They both loved these activities!!

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She loves the printable games included, and often plays with me and then again by herself!  Below we were playing Dog Race: Roll and Dot.

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I love that she still has fun with activities like this although she is a bit old for them. Below she was painting by number.

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Patterns on the dog bones!

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She asked me recently if she could keep doing these boxes. She said, “I know I am getting old for them but they are just so fun, I love them!” You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit, Over in the Ocean and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

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

Use code: IVY20

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!

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!



Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits!

Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

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

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy 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.

We were sent Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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  • The humorous and heartwarming book Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. 
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Houseful of Cats: Paint the beautiful wooden house and use it along with the cat figures to retell the story
  • Story Re-telling: Use the board and cat figures to retell the story of Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats that have names from A to Z. 
  • Cat Puppet: Create your own cat puppet with a personalized name collar 
  • Cat Bingo: Learn about the different cat species while playing bingo. The person to get 3 cats in a row gets bingo.
  • Houseful of Pets – Roll and Stick: Roll the dice, find the number rolled, and cover the number with a colorful cat or dog sticker. Keep rolling the dice until you have found all the hidden numbers and your house is full of pets!
  • Find Your Way Home Board Game: Players take turns moving the cat pawns along the alphabetical path until each cat has reached the house at the end of the board
  • Kitty Bank: Use the paints to decorate your own cute and functional kitty bank.
  • Cat Fact Boards and Trivia: Learn fun and interesting facts about cats and solve the trivia questions
  • Cat Race – Roll and Stamp: Choose from 3 different racing sheets! Player counts the number rolled and then stamps the column displaying that numerical symbol. Continue rolling until the cats reach the top of at least one column. Whichever column has the most cats wins the race.
  • 100 Cats: What does 100 cats look like? Find out by stamping 100 cats onto the hundreds board.
  • Word Families: The first player to collect all the word cards that belong to his or her word family wins the game.  
  • Cat Alphabet: Color these uniquely formed letters. For silly fun, try to use your own body to make the different letter shapes.
    She was SO excited to open our box and see CATS! She loves cats!
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She immediately asked to go read the book and she loved it! Not so sure the dog loved a book all about cats!

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      Activities From Our Box…

      She chose to do the story-retelling activity first and loved all of the little kitties!

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      She always loves the games that are included, I think spending more time with me and playing together is a highlight!

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      She is a craft-loving girl and this one was a favorite!

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      She loved the Cat Facts game, the pictures were awesome!

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      She is a bit too old for rhyming so we just peeked at it quickly.

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      We played BINGO a few times, which she loved!

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      She loved playing “A Houseful of Cats,” and so did I! I loved that there were varying levels included, we played a few different ways.

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      Her very favorite was the kitty bank craft! She also loved the little cat house!

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      We continue to just LOVE Ivy Kids and are thankful to have these boxes! You can buy this kit here!

      We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit and Over in the Ocean!

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

      Use code: IVY20

      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!

      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!



      Subscription Boxes ~ Gift Ideas

      We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Subscription Boxes for Kids Gift Ideas! Below I will share with you which ones we have personally used and one we have not tried but have heard good things about!

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      First let me tell you about my 3 favorite subscription boxes, all we have personally used!

      First up is Little Passports which we have used for many years and bought personally. we collected the 12 month subscription and enjoyed every month. We used these a lot when we were doing our continent studies which sadly I have gotten away from. We still have some LP boxes saved up which I plan to use with Ladybug this year and next!

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      Next up is Ivy Kids, which we got to experience thanks to them becoming a blog sponsor. We have used several of their kits and my daughter loves them! I highly recommend this kit for those of you looking to do unit studies with your younger children but just don’t have the time to pull together all of the resources. These boxes are a perfect match for you!

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      Current Deal:

      20% off of your first Ivy Kit {new Subscribers only} Use Code: IVY20


      Our most recent addition has been KidStir which has been a huge hit with her! We got a box to review as an affiliate and plan to buy several more {shhh, they are Christmas gifts}. I realized soon after getting this box that this is the perfect activity to do with a grandparent if possible! Ladybug is a pretty picky eater and some of the recipes are a bit ‘strange’ to her but she tries them since she made them!

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      You get a neat cookbook binder with your first box, and each box also comes with 2 neat tools. Everything included is very high quality!

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      Current Deal:

      Get 40% off your first shipment on subscriptions of any length. Use code: THANKS40 {expires Thanksgiving Day}


      Finally, Green Kids Crafts, which we have not personally tried but I have read reviews and like what I see!

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      Current Deal:

      Green Kids Crafts: Use coupon code BFSUB16 to take 70% off the first month of any subscription. And coupon code BFGET40 will get you 40% off any single Discovery Box, Creativity Kit, or Science Kit! To view their subscription options and Discovery Boxes and Kits, go here to start saving! These codes will expire midnight of November 27, 2016 or until supplies last.


      Stay tuned for the remaining categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our  Family Game Night Ideas here, our Brain Games here,  our Gifts to Inspire Creativity here, our Indoor Activity Ideas here, and our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

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      Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

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      More awesome gift ideas and DEALS on Amazon…

      Be sure to check my Facebook page daily, I am searching for the best toy deals every day!

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      Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

      Over in the Ocean Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits 

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

      Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

      Not familiar with Ivy 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.

      We were sent  “Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef ” for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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      • The award winning book Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes
        • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
        • Create Your Own Coral Reef: Use the clay, sea creatures, and sea life provided to create your own coral reef. Let the beautiful artwork from the book inspire your clay creations.
        • Coral Reef Sticker Scene: Use repositionable stickers to create different coral reef scenes
        • 3 Dimensional Fish and Seahorse Ornament: Use puffy paint to create a 3D fish and seahorse decoration.
        • Sea Creature Bingo: Players take turns picking a card from the pile and calling out a sea creature. The player with the sea creature on his or her board collects the card. The first player to cover three sea creature spaces in a row gets bingo. 
        • Painting with Stencils: Use the stencil with watercolor paints to create a beautiful underwater scene with coral, seashells, and sea creatures.
        • Sea Life Exploration: Use your senses to explore the starfish, coral, and seashells included in this kit.
        • Starfish Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the top and bottom of the knobby starfish. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the starfish fact board to learn more.
        • Starfish Painting: After exploring the starfish, use watercolors to paint the starfish.
        • Coral Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the coral. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the coral fact board to learn more. (Size, type, and shape of coral may vary.)
        • Coral Painting: After exploring the coral, use watercolors to paint the coral.
        • Clay Imprints: Use the starfish, sea creatures, and seashells to make beautiful, detailed imprints in the clay. You can choose to create a keepsake with the clay by painting the imprint and letting the clay air dry.
        • All Around the Octopus Game: Select a sea creature pawn and travel around the octopus, collecting seashells along the way. The first player to reach the finish first wins!
        • Sea Creature Dominoes: Players take turns matching the sea creature dominoes end to end. Be the first to match all your dominoes and win the game.
        • Songs – Three Little Clownfish and Five Little Seashells: Use finger puppets and seashells to sings some fun songs about clownfish and seashells. These songs are a perfect accompaniment to the book.
        • Sea Creature Memory Game: Players take turns flipping over one number card and one sea creature card to find a match. The player with the most matches wins the game.

        Here’s a picture of it all out of the box!

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      I organize the printables in a binder and keep the other stuff in the box as we work through the unit.

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      Activities From Our Box…

      My mom {Nanee} comes over once a week to hang out with us and Ivy Kids boxes have become a bit of a weekly tradition.  Nanee happened to come over the day after this one arrived and they dug through it together and chose some crafts to do right away, after reading the book!

      Puffy paint sea creatures kicked off their fun together!

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      She LOVED making coral out of the clay, painting real coral, and creating a coral reef – all with Nanee! During one of their activity days, my mom asked me if I had told my blog readers how much she loved these boxes!  She highly recommends them for grandparents who love to do things like this with their grandkids!

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      I tend to do more of the school-y stuff with her.  We played BINGO together! You can see her using the ducking from the Make Way for Ducklings kit! We pretended the stuffed owl and the duck were playing too.

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      She loved the coral reef creature memory game! Since she is beyond learning numbers and number words, she focused on learning the names of the different sea creatures while we played.  I love how the activities can be adapted across many age/ability levels.

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      The octopus game was a big hit also, she loved the real shells that were included!

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      Stenciling sea creatures was another favorite activity!

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      We continue to just LOVE Ivy Kids and are thankful to have these boxes!

      We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit and Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit

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

      Use code: IVY20

      Over in the Ocean Ivy Kids Kit

      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!

      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!



      Gotta Go! Gotta Go! ~ A Monarch Butterfly Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

       Gotta Go Gotta Go Ivy Kids Kit Review - A Fun Way to Explore the Monarch Butterfly

      {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 Ivy 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.

      We were sent  “Gotta Go! Gotta Go! for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

      • The book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
      • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
      • My Little Caterpillar: Use the brightly colored pom-poms, clothespins, and pipe cleaners to make cute little caterpillars. 
      • Butterfly Magnets: Transform your caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Create colorful butterfly wings by dripping water onto a colored filter. Clip the wings to the caterpillar and add a magnet to make a butterfly magnet.
      • Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel: Create a life cycle wheel with the 4 stages of the butterfly’s life.
      • Clay Model of the Butterfly Life Cycle: Use the clay to make models of each of the 4 stages of the life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult.
      • Butterfly Handprint or Footprint: Create a beautiful keepsake and decoration for your home with a butterfly made from your child’s handprints or footprints on a canvas board. 
      • My Monarch Butterfly: Learn interesting facts about monarch butterflies and examine a model to learn more about these beautiful insects. Use the model to help you draw all the parts of a monarch butterfly.
      • Mexi-Go! Board Game: Get your butterfly to Mexico for hibernation and then back home again to lay eggs as fast as you can.
      • Butterfly Symmetry: Use the pom-poms to make butterflies with symmetrical wings.
      • Hanging Butterfly: Use markers, pom-poms, and/or paint to decorate a 3-dimensional butterfly.  
      • My Butterfly Garden: Plant easy-to-grow wildflowers in your decorated planter. When the wildflowers bloom, they will attract beautiful butterflies.  
      • Save the Monarch Butterflies – Plant Milkweed: This month, Ivy Kids has made a donation to the Save Our Monarchs foundation to help preserve this beautiful butterfly. Save Our Monarchs has provided milkweed seeds for planting. Planting milkweed seeds outdoors can help increase the monarch butterfly population.
      • Caterpillar Patterns: Use the colored pom-poms to continue the pattern on the caterpillar’s body. 
      • Rhyming Wings – Matching Game:  Players take turns flipping over two butterfly wing cards. A pair is a match if the words on the two wings rhyme.

      Activities From Our Box…

      I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself. We barely got the box open and she was snuggled up in the beanbag reading. Below she was reading it aloud to me.

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      We began by planting wildflower seeds, which she completely LOVED!

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      Our seeds grew quickly!  We don’t have flowers yet but they sprouted already and are growing!

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      Mexi-Go was a fun and simple game included in the kit. She learned all about how the Monarch Butterfly migrates to Mexico and this fun game was a reinforcement of that!

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      She loved creating the Life Cycle Wheel as we learned more about this through the awesome sheet that comes with the kit. You can see it on the table by her.

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      I love her little clay model of the butterfly life cycle!

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      She loves ANYthing artistic so drawing and labeling her on Monarch Butterfly was a big hit. She used the guide that came with the kit as well as the realistic butterfly {see it sitting on the table beside her}.

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      Her completed butterfly!

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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! 

      The Butterfly Foot Print Craft looks like it was loads of fun and I love the finished product but am secretly glad my mom handled the mess of this one!!

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      They also did the Butterfly Magnet craft together and it turned out beautifully and hangs on my fridge now!

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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, and our Penguin & Pinecone Kit!

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

      Use code: IVY20

      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!

      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!