Friday Finds: Activity Boxes for Kids

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With the summer winding down, you may be finishing up with your vacations and camps. For those moments of downtime, we still need to make sure that camp mom is fully equipped, which is why we love activity boxes. From food boxes to arts and crafts, here are a few of our favorites:

Foodstirs
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Foodstirs
Foodstirs

Foodstirs: We love to cook at home, but I can always use inspiration when it comes to cooking with the kids. We recently tested Foodstirs, a unique culinary experience where kids can learn all about ingredients and how to cook. For our experience we made delicious brownie popsicles. The kit included all of the dry ingredients such as sugar, flour, salt, etc and we provided the butter and eggs. This also included vivid and step-by-step instructions that guided us through making the brownies, and then the icing. Designed for kids 5-12 years old, the foodstirs boxes are created by chefs and tested by kids where you can receive a 3 or 6 month kit. Kits range from $27.99-$34.99 and include all of the tools, fun food facts, lesson sheets and more to create your own meals and treats at home.

Boodle Box
Boodle Box

The Boodle Box: My girls have been loving The Boodle Box, a fun and trendy subscription box for girls. This includes a curated collection of age-appropriate full-sized finds for teens and tweens such as fun accessories and cute products such as hair chalk, nail polish, funky pens and pencils, necklaces, hair ties and much more! In our recent box, the girls had a blast playing with the hair chalk as they transformed their hair pink, purple and blue! They also loved the scented nail decals where they wore watermelon-scented nails. The service is also really easy to set up and works where you can purchase a subscription for one-month, three months, six months, or a year! We love these themed boxes as a fun way to test out new products that covers everything for for girly girls, athletic girls and girls who have yet to decide where they fit in. They also have a "shop" icon on their website that features full-sized products for purchase.

Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts: We love this mom-owned, eco-friendly creativity and science kit subscription service for kids ages 3-10. Launched in 2010 and one of the first kid’s activity box companies, they develop open-ended creativity and science kits that exercise kids' creativity, build confidence, and engage kids with the world around them. This includes kits that offer kids a way to go “unplugged” and be engaged through crafts that encourage creativity, learning, tactile development, and interaction with parent/caregiver. Additionally, the boxes are designed by educators and child development experts, each month has a different child-tested theme and includes all materials and instructions for 3-4 craft and science activities – hours of fun, learning and exploration!

The Happy Trunk

The Happy Trunk: Fans of arts, crafts and science will love the incredible new collection of projects from Happy Truck. The company produces and delivers monthly project boxes filled with age-appropriate crafts and science projects that are designed for kids ages 3-7 and 8-11. We recently tested out the Sculpture Mania kit one where my daughters made the Stained Glass Sculpture, Nevelson Found Object Sculpture and the Rainbow Wire Sculpture where all of the materials and clear instructions were provided. They loved creating and building as they enjoyed this engaging hands-on fun. Great for parties, summer travel and weekends, the Happy Truck is a fun way for kids to create and for parents not to have to worry about hunting down supplies.

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