Green Kid Crafts Review — Nature-Based STEAM Activities for Kids Age 2-10
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5 Things We Love About Green Kid Crafts
The most obvious benefit of craft subscription boxes like Green Kid Crafts: you get a done-for-you activity box delivered right to your doorstep.
But it’s not the only thing we love about them!
As you might guess, my 2- and 4-year-old girls were thrilled to explore the Junior Rainbow Science box we received from them, and we went through all six activities in just two days.
While exploring the Rainbow Science box, they learned about what a rainbow is and how it’s formed.
They made a rainbow mobile, created a painted hand print rainbow, designed a prism suncatcher, and then made homemade rainbows with it, and they also conducted a color scavenger hunt.
In this review, we’re going to share five things we love about Green Kid Crafts, and I’ll even share a few photos of them doing the activities. 🙂
Let’s get started!
We received a free box from Green Kid Crafts in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Thing #1: There are 4-6 activities per box
You don’t get just one or two activities each month when you subscribe to Green Kid Crafts. Friends, this subscription box has SUBSTANCE to it.
The kit we received included six learning-based projects, and it was a nice mix of experimentation and craftiness.
Included in the Rainbow Science box:
- colored paper and dice for a scavenger hunt
- wooden rainbow, paintbrush, and paints
- the same paints for a handprint rainbow
- prism and beads for a suncatcher
- instructions for creating a rainbow with the prism
- stackable crayons for a drawing activity
Here are a couple of their finished projects:
Thing #2: It was founded by a mom/scientist
As a fellow mom, I can appreciate the thought that went into creating an educational (and eco-friendly!) craft kit that will keep kids entertained.
And because this particular mom is also a scientist, you know it’s going to be good.
Per the Green Kid Crafts website:
“Founded by mother and environmental scientist Penny Bauder in 2010, Green Kid Crafts has sold over 1.5 million boxes specially designed to help children exercise creativity, develop a love of discovery, and learn about the world around them.”
Thing #3: Each box is rooted in sustainability
As much as possible, they use eco-friendly practices to produce Green Kid Crafts boxes.
Anything that helps to reduce our carbon footprint is a winner in my book!
Their core values:
- global reforestation
- environmental activism
- clean air
- sustainable materials
Green Kid Crafts believes that “leading by example is the best way to help our children learn”. You can’t argue with that!
Thing #4: They promote the “whole child”
The activities in each box are developed by teachers, moms, and STEAM experts to support key developmental skill for kids age 2-10 (and up).
They are reviewed by a panel of of experts to meet the Happy & Healthy Child criteria.
This means they are:
- Being creative, building confidence, and enjoying a sense of accomplishment.
- Moving their bodies and fine-tuning their gross motor skills.
- Using their “thinking brain” to enhance reasoning and/or problem solving skills.
- Learning to be open-minded and discover the world around them.
- Caring for others, including people AND the planet.
Oh, and — if they are sharing a box with a sibling — they learn how to work together as a team.
Proof that they really do love each other:
Thing #5: They plant a tree for each order
This has to be one of my favorite things I love about Green Kid Crafts:
Through a partnership with One Tree Planted, Green Kid Crafts plants one tree for every order placed.
How cool is that??
Green Kid Crafts Review
Our first activity was a scavenger hunt. A numbered die was included in the box, along with another one that had colored dots.
The girls each rolled a die and had to find small objects around the home to put on the provided colored papers based on the number and color they rolled.
I think you could do it just as easily without rolling a color, and simply roll a number for each colored paper, but either way, it was a lot of fun!
Next, we learned about rainbows, and did some painting. Most of the colors were provided, but we were missing orange, indigo, and violet, so the girls got a lesson on color mixing. 🙂
While Kenna painted the wooden rainbow, I attempted to paint Raelyn’s hands the colors of the rainbow.
However, two-year-olds aren’t exactly known for their patience, so we gave up on it partway through and I let her color with the stackable crayons instead.
I was ready for a break after that, so the girls colored and had another scavenger hunt on their own. We finished the last project the following day.
Our final activity was another craft turned science experiment….
I helped them get started by securing the prism to a pipe cleaner, and they worked together to add the colored beads (as pictured previously!).
Once it was complete, we used light to create rainbows on a white piece of paper. Since it was the middle of the day, we weren’t able to find a dark place as instructed. However, we were still able to see a few rainbows.
After that, we hung the suncatcher in our kitchen window, so anytime the sun shines through it, teeny tiny rainbows dance across the wall.
Where can I find Green Kid Crafts?
Glad you asked! Your kiddos will be SO excited to get their first box in the mail.