Stars & Stripes – Kids Night In Box Review

I recently learned something new about my four-year-old. I had no idea that he knew all of the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, he still calls the American flag a “Captain America Flag,” but I was shocked when he just started spouting out word for word the lyrics to a classroom favorite. He latches onto lyrics so well. Memorizing songs or creating lyrics is how I did well through school; I retain knowledge through song and it sounds like this kid will too! 

 

Ro loves the opportunity to learn and be challenged. While the Kids Night In Box is FUN and FAMILY FOCUSED, it EXPANDS THE MIND. He has learned so much from these boxes – the impact of recycling, sportsmanship, thinking outside of the box, etc. This month’s box was no different!

 

It’s a Match!

 

The Kids Night In Stars & Stripes Box not only provided pertinent information for young American citizens, but offered activities designed for the entire family. The Statue of Liberty Matching game was and still is a hoot! It was the first thing Ro gravitated towards (with the exception of the balloon) because he is a fangirl for a matching game. With each flip of a card, we learned so much about the Statue of Liberty. Did you know she was originally colored brown or that her shoe size would be 879!? If there is ever a trivia night tailored for facts on Lady Liberty we are going to rock it!! 

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Strung Together!

 

Do you remember those necklace and bracelet bead kits that you would get at summer camp or church? My oldest loves them! He thinks they are so much fun to build together. He concentrates so hard and sticks his tongue out to the side as he carefully strings each individual bead together. As part of the Kids Night In Stars & Stripes Box, he made me a very patriotic necklace. Now, the “A” in USA may be upside down, but it gives it character. Since he made it for me and presented it to me with big ole puppy dog eyes and the proudest look on his face, I will now forever wear this necklace. It is a part of me.

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O Say Can You See!

 

As I mentioned earlier, my son loves a song and a reason to sing his heart out. With the Kids Night In Stars & Stripes Box he is now working on the musical stylings of the Star Spangled Banner. Just think Whitney Houston, Super Bowl circa 1991, that’s how he sounds singing the Star Spangled Banner! Could you imagine? With a collection of patriotic songs, he is certainly one happy camper. Be on the lookout for his tour dates. 

 

Just a Little Note!

 

I think my favorite part of this months box was the provided stationary to send a letter to the Armed Forces. It doesn’t have to be in the month of July, but any time of year, letters from home can make a big difference to the women and men serving this country. I think it is so important to teach our kids the importance of these individuals and the overall impact they have on our lives as American citizens. I remember doing this as a kid and feeling an immense amount of pride as I stamped and mailed off my letter and care package. This may be something we will do on the regular moving forward. 

 

I think my son and I learned a lot from this month’s Kids Night In Box. It put a lot of things in perspective for me as a parent, but it also opened his mind to learning more about American History. If does well on his AP US History exam when he gets to high school, we will give credit it to the Kids Night In Stars & Stripes Box 🙂 

 

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Summer Reading with Kids

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King

When I open a book, I am instantaneously thrown into a world of wonder. I am delighted with every turn of the page. I long for others to feel the excitement that I feel every time I pick up a book. It’s magical! I am fortunate enough to have two kids who love the power of a good book.

Reading has become a daily occurrence in our household. Books are read while at school and at home on the weekends, but every night is closed with two books. This is OUR time. While my kids are still young and in school during the work week, we are creating an environment which thrives on the written word. These tactics can transform the summer reader as well.

The Books of Summer

While reading should be the reward, developing incentives for reading can be beneficial to the young reader. We are participating in the 1,000 books before kindergarten challenge with our local library, but this can be transformed into a monthly challenge for kids. A book a day, 10 books a month, 50 books for the summer, etc., these are great options for kids. For each book they read, they will receive a sticker. For every 10 stickers, they will be rewarded for a small toy, experience, etc. A grand adventure ahead!

Create Your Own Story

Tapping into their creative side can be beneficial. Challenging kids to write and illustrate their own children’s book can be a summer-long project. Each day, they can spend 20-30 minutes on their book. By the end of their summer, they can host their own author reading for friends and family. Taking pride in their own creation is but one aspect of the project, by reading from their favorite authors, they can gain inspiration for their own developments.

Invest in Your Own Library 

The summer is the perfect time to build your family library. We have four bookshelves filled with books across our house. We love investing and growing our collection of beautiful and inspiring children’s books. Penguin Random House has released three beautiful books that have been the ideal additions to our storybook collection.

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PAPER SON  – The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung & Chris Sasaki 

From China to America with only a few papers in his hands, Tyrus Wong became an illustrator for Disney, using his gorgeous watercolor technique to create the iconic backgrounds of Bambi. Through the enchanting writing of Julie Leung and the illustrations of former character designer for Pixar Animation Studio, Chris Sasaki, Wong’s journey from immigrant to celebrated artist is wonderfully captured. My four-year-old is drawn (no pun intended) to the detailed illustrations of this children’s book. He will sit in his reading corner, flipping from page to page, carefully examining the beauty that is this book.

Available for purchase on September 24, 2019. 

Take Your Pet to School Day by Linda Ashman & Suzanne Kaufman

One word can be used to describe this book – FUN! When pets show up at Maple View Elementary School unannounced, chaos ensues and my kids bust into instantaneous laughter. Through Ashman’s skillful rhyming and Kaufman’s captivating illustrations (BIG fans over here), kids can learn the power of classroom etiquette with new friends. This children’s book is perfect for kids and pet lovers alike.

Now available for purchase.

When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland

Dealing with your emotions can be hard. Understanding your feelings as a kids can be even harder. Through her debut piece, writer and illustrator Eva Eland introduces sadness as a welcomed guest; exploring its intention, giving it a name and form, and discovering ways and activities to approach moments of melancholy through mindfulness. It is important to respect the feeling(s). This is truly a beautiful piece which provides thoughtful conversation with the kids.

Now available for purchase.

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

These are just a few ways to encourage summer reading. What are your ideas? Let me know in the comments. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to encourage reading with my kiddos.

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Just Imagine – Kids Night In Box Review

How many times were you told to “use your imagination” as a kid? I heard it countless times, and do you want to know something? Once I did start to use my imagination, I was able to transform any “boring” (because what does that really mean to someone under the age of 10?) situation into something exciting. I appreciate my parents for challenging me to think outside of the box in order to create my own FUN!

 

We look forward to our monthly Kids Night In Box, because it provides a space for the entire family to engage in fun and exciting activities. This month, the Just Imagine box, relied on the sentiment of just “use your imagination” (see how I brought that full circle?). Each activity, book, recipe, etc. was curated to challenge the mind – to step outside the norm and use that creative side of the brain. While every box has been a hit, this one really hit it out of the park. 

 

Literally a Box Car

 

Something special about the Kids Night In Box is that you can use and reuse every aspect of the box, including the box. In this month’s box there was a delightful activity where you transform the subscription box into a car. With the box, wooden wheels, wooden rods, rubber bands, scissors, markers, and stickers, the boys made a speed racer. I did have to break up a few fights, because they both wanted to take full control over the car, but once they started to share, the fun was endless. They helped decorate their side of the car, and generously handed the mechanic (myself) the tools needed to make their box car. Such a simple and highly entertaining activity for the entire family. 

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Play With Your Food

 

“Don’t play with you food!” In this case, we threw that statement out the window. Playing with your food, can turn into a moment of pure joy and creativity for the kids. Their Kids Night In Box came with a bag of pretzels, a bag of cheese cracker, and a bag of fruit chews. I laid out all the materials (I may have stolen a nibble or two) for the boys to design with their food. Ro wanted to make a birdhouse out of snacks. Once he completed his masterpiece, he decided to transform into a GIANT bird and eat the birdhouse (the mind of a four-year-old). For our two-year-old, he started to sort and match like pieces together, creating almost an apartment complex of pretzels and cheese crackers. The boys LOVED making with their food. Do you think if I use this with vegetables they will be just as excited? It’s an idea!

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Wikki Stixs

 

Who remembers playing with Wikki Stixs as a kid? I remember the countless hours of fun I would devote to building and rebuilding unique art pieces out of those malleable wax sticks. With it being summer and their Little Mermaid obsession, we created our own mermaid from Wikki Stixs by thinking outside of the box. Now, she may not look entirely amused (thanks to my four-year-old’s facial construction), but she is really living it up under the sea. She is one fancy mermaid! There was a lot of debate on what we should make at the beginning, but watching the cogs in their minds turn as they developed ideas was priceless. This is a great activity to take on a road trip, to a restaurant, the doctors office, etc. You can’t go wrong. 

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More Imagination

 

This box had so many exciting activities:

  • A recipe for a Hot Air Balloon Adventure
  • Story Time
  • Board book – Not a Box 
  • So much more!

 

We sincerely love and look forward to our Kids Night In Box every month. When we see our box sitting on the front porch, we can’t wait to dive in, because 1) we know it’s fun 2) we know we will spend time together and 3) we always laugh. To get your own box go to >> https://frstre.com/go/?a=19136-4863f8&s=456886-78ed66 << You can also select from the Date Night In Box, Date Night In Box – Faith, and Kids Night In Box – Faith. All great options for you and your significant other or family.

 

So, tell me, what’s one way you create outside of the box? Leave your response in the comments below. 

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