The Three Snow Bears ~ Ivy Kids Kit

Three Snow Bears Ivy Kids Kit

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

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

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 The Three Snow Bears kit for this review!

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This kit includes:

      • The book The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, a story about a girl that meets a polar bear family. This books gives readers a glimpse into life in the Arctic.
      • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
      • Plush Polar Bear: This cuddly polar bear is the perfect companion while reading the story. 
      • Build an Igloo: Learn how people in the Arctic use ice blocks to build igloos. Then use "ice blocks" (made from biodegradable corn starch) to build your own igloo. 
      • Clay Polar Bear: Learn fun and interesting facts about polar bears. Then use the white clay to create your own polar bear.
      • All About Polar Bears: Identify the different body parts of a polar bear.
      • Arctic Sea Ice Experiment: Use the bowl provided, water, and your freezer to create an iceberg floating in the Arctic sea. Explore how ice acts in water and how polar bears use the ice.
      • Polar Bear Frame: Select a photo and add it to the frame. Pretend to be one of the bears from the story and use the crayons to draw clothes onto the bear frame.
      • Snowflake Wreath: Use lots of snowflake stickers to create beautiful winter wreath for your home. 
      • Save the Sled Dogs Board Game: Roll the die and move your polar bear on the iceberg path. The first polar bear to reach the sled dogs wins the game.
      • Catch the Seals: Pull-back the polar bear and watch it go. If the polar bear lands on or touches a seal card, the player collects it, identifies the letter(s) on the card and names something that starts with that letter sound. 
      • Roll and Cover Game: Select one of the fours boards provided. Then roll the die,  find the number on the board and cover it with a white pom-pom. Cover all the spaces to win the game.
      • If I lived in the Arctic: Think about what life must be like living in the Arctic. Write your ideas on the space provided on the board. Then use the crayons to color a picture of yourself dressed as though you lived in the Arctic. 
      • The Three Snow Bears Story Retelling: Color and cut out the characters from the story The Three Snow Bears. Then reread the story and use the characters to act out the story.
      • Number Stories: Create your own number stories using the characters from the story The Three Snow Bears. If Papa bear has 3 snowballs and Baby bear has 2 snowballs, how many snowballs do they have altogether?

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Some Activities From Our Box…

Her VERY favorite activity from this box was the Arctic Sea science experiment! She loved creating her own iceberg and investigating how polar bears interact with the icebergs. She played with this for so long after the actual lesson and has since frozen water to have some of her other toys go ice skating.

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My mom absolutely loves these kits and they will often do the crafts and messy activities together when she comes over. I love having things specifically for them to do together!

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They studied igloos and made one together. She couldn’t stand the sticky feeling so she asked to wear gloves!

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Another simple but fun craft!

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We used the math activity in the box to work on division word stories instead of addition and subtraction.

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Learned all about polar bears…

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Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it! One thing I didn’t grab a photo of that I wish I had was her clay polar bear! She and my mom both made polar bears and they looked like cats, they were hilarious!

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, Dog’s Colorful Day, Are You a Ladybug?, 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!



Christmas Mini Kit from Ivy Kids Kits

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

Ivy Kids Kits sent us the special holiday mini-kit to enjoy and share with you! You can still order this one and it is on sale! No code needed!

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.

Ivy Kids 2017 Holiday Mini-Kit featuring

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Encourage your child’s love of reading with hands-on activities and crafts this holiday season! This fun and festive holiday kit includes:

    • Book: The Twelve Days of Christmas: Enjoy reading or singing this beautifully illustrated, classic Christmas story.
    • Plush Christmas Teddy Bear: Play and cuddle with a velvety soft 10.5 inch bear.
    • The Twelve Days of Christmas Poster: After reading the book, color a poster for the 12 days of Christmas that goes perfectly with the story. 
    • Wooden Stand-up Christmas Tree: Decorate the tree with colorful paints and glitter glue.
    • Tree Photo Frame Ornament: Use paints and glitter glue to decorate your wooden ornament and place your favorite photo inside. 
    • Ceramic Bird Ornament: Paint your bird and hang it on your Christmas tree.

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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, Dog’s Colorful Day, Are You a Ladybug?, and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Penguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1]  Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-Iv[2] Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Dog's Colorful Day Ivy Kids Kit Review[3] Ladybug-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1]

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!



Rainforest Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Rainforest  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 The Rainforest Grew All Around for this review.

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In this Ivy Kids kit you will find:

  • The book The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell, is a beautifully illustrated story that introduces readers to the rainforest and is fun to sing out loud!
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Rainforest Animals: Included in this month’s kit is a collection of unique rainforest animals.
  • Rainforest Animal Matching: Match each rainforest animal figure with the card displaying the animal’s picture and name.  
  • Wooden Snake: Use the paints to decorate your flexible wooden snake and use the included snake figures as models.
  • Sounds of the Rainforest: Use the materials provided to create a rainstick, which is a musical instrument that sounds like falling water. 
  • Layers of the Rainforest: Place animal stickers on each layer of the rainforest board. Use the rainforest fact board to help you identify the animals that live in each layer. 
  • Rainforest Animal Scratch Art: Scratch off the colored coating on each rainforest animal to create colorful body parts and decorations on each animal. 
  • Kapok Pod Observation and Exploration: Included in this month’s kit is a pod from a real kapok tree that grows in the rainforest. Use your senses to explore the pod and record your observations.
  • Inside a Kapok Pod: Hit the pod against a hard edge and crack it open. Observe and explore the inside of the pod and record your observations on the sheet provided.
  • Planting a Kapok Tree in a Terrarium: Plant real kapok tree seeds in a terrarium  to mimic the humid rainforest environment.
  • Rainforest Animal Bingo: Cover all the rainforest animals on your board to win the game. 
  • Snakes and Vines: In this board game, players race their frog pawns up the kapok tree. Use vines for a short-cut but watch out for the snakes. The first player to reach the bromeliad plant wins the game.
  • Bromeliad Jump: Push down on the frog to make it jump onto one of the numbered bromeliad plants. Keep score of the numbers your frog lands on.
  • The Rainforest Grew All Around Story Retelling: Sequence the cards in the same order as the events happened in the story and then retell the story. 
  • Rainforest Diorama: Turn your Ivy Kids box into a rainforest. Create a rainforest scene inside the box with the rocks, leaves, twigs, and rainforest animals. Let your imagination run wild!

 

Activities From Our Box…

She really learned a lot from this kit, and really enjoyed the layers of the rainforest activity.

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Once she finished she went on a hunt for all of the rainsforest animals in the book and created a place in our schoolroom to display her rainforest theme! 

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Opening the Kapok seed was by far her favorite activity from this box. I was enthralled also!

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After opening and investigating, she planted the seeds! 

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The kit came with mini rainforest animals, and she loved these! She even learned some new animals she hadn’t heard of before!

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Another super fun activity was making a rainstick! 

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This girl loves snakes and has many toy snakes. When she opened this box and saw a wooden snake inside, she was thrilled. She painted it and it now hangs out with her other toy snakes.  

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There aren’t pictures of everything she did because she enjoyed much of the kit with her grandma. There was BINGO, Scratch Art, and more! This was one of our favorite kits ever! I know I have mentioned this before but my mom and I both highly recommend these kits for grandparents who might want something fun to do with grandkids.

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, Dog’s Colorful Day, Are You a Ladybug?, and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Penguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1]  Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-Iv[2] Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Dog's Colorful Day Ivy Kids Kit Review[3] Ladybug Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

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!



Ladybug Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Ladybug 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 Are You a Ladybug? for this review.

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Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

  • The book Are you a Ladybug by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, a fun and interesting story that introduces children to the life of a ladybug.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Realistic Life Cycle Figures: Learn more about the 4 stages of a ladybug’s life by exploring the realistic figures.
  • Ladybug Life Cycle: Match each figure to the corresponding stage of the life cycle. Use the realistic life cycle figures as models for an observational drawing. 
  • Clay Model of the Ladybug Life Cycle: Use the colorful clay to make models of each of the 4 stages of the life cycle: eggs, larva, pupa, and adult ladybug. 
  • Ladybug box: Use paints to decorate a cute and functional ladybug box.
  • Ladybug Painted Rocks: Use paints to create beautiful ladybug rocks.These adorable rocks can be used as paper weights, shelf decorations, or additions to your garden.
  • My Ladybug Garden: Grow your own garden and attract ladybugs with easy to grow forget-me-not seeds. Decorate your planter with ladybugs and painted rocks.
  • Ladybug Spots: Roll and Cover: Roll the dice, find the number on the ladybug board, and cover it with a black pom-pom.  
  • Ladybug Paper Plate Craft: Create your own ladybug by placing the stickers onto the plate. Then find a nice spot to hang your ladybug.
  • Ways to Make 5 : Place different numbers of pom-poms on each side of the ladybug to make a total of 5 spots on the ladybug. How many many ways can you make 5 spots on the ladybug? 
  • Ways to Make 10: Place different numbers of pom-poms on each side of the ladybug to make a total of 10 spots on the ladybug. How many many ways can you make 10 spots on the ladybug? 
  • Catch the Aphids: Catch as many aphids as you can with the ladybug racers! Name the letter and letter sound on each aphid you catch! How many can you get?
  • Ladybug Race: Pull-back the ladybugs and then watch them go! Use the number cards to measure the distance that each ladybug traveled.
  • Odd or Even Spots on a Ladybug: Investigate whether a number is odd or even by dividing it equally between the two sides of a ladybug.
  • Ladybug Frame: Add your favorite photo to this ladybug frame and decorate.   

 

Activities From Our Box…

I always let her looks through the box with me and choose what she wants to do first. She chose to make the clay model of the ladybug life cycle!

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The kit comes with the actual toy models and a reference page, it’s fabulous!

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Thankfully Nanee was back with us and they did most of this kit together! They absolutely love doing these kits with one another! They did all of the crafts and played all of the games together. Below you can see photos I was able to catch while they were working together!

This girl can’t get enough crafts and this box was full!

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Painting ladybug rocks was super fun!

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They enjoyed many ladybug games, these adorable ladybug game boards came with the games and were great. Below was a math facts game.

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Odd and even numbers was a great review for her!

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Three little wind up ladybugs came with the kit to play a couple of fun games, like the one shown below. I heard giggles galore with the games that used these bugs!

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We haven’t seen the results yet, but our ladybug flower garden has been planted!

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There aren’t pictures of everything she did because she enjoyed most of the kit with her grandma. I know I have mentioned this before but my mom and I both highly recommend these kits for grandparents who might want something fun to do with grandkids.

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, Dog’s Colorful Day and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Penguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1] Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-Iv[2] Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Dog's Colorful Day Ivy Kids Kit Review[3]

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!



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!

A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w[2] Penguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1] Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-Iv[2]  Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1]

 

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!