Rise Up – Kids Night In Box Review

“Good is not a thing you are. Good is a thing you do.” – Ms. Marvel

              I will be referencing a bunch of Marvel superheroes, so my apologies in advance to the DC fans out there.

One of the biggest tasks I have taken on as a parent, in my opinion, is the responsibility of raising kind souls. As human beings it’s easy for us to default to a negative head space because of the many emotions we hold inside. I envision toddlers and preschoolers in this instance, as little Bruce Banners. They are pint-size people full of big emotions, and sometimes they don’t know where to harness that energy, just like Hulk.

While the vision of a green tiny human with purple shorts sounds cute and quite honestly like the perfect Halloween costume, I don’t want my kids hulking out due to frustration, hurt feelings, or anything in between. In the August 2019 Kids Night In Box – Rise Up, kids and parents are provided the tools needed to have fun and learn how to effectively approach the topic of bullying. I think about this often in regard to my kids. I don’t want them to be the victims of bullying and I especially do not want them to turn into the Thanos of their pre-school. With the support and knowledge from the Home Educators of American, Kids Night In Box, has provided another exceptional box to tackle this important topic.

SUPERHERO STYLE

Each Kids Night In Box comes with a special book themed specifically to that month’s box. In this month’s box, we were given a copy of How to Deal with Bullies Superhero Style, an insightful children’s book written by Wiley Blevins and illustrated by Debbie Palen. In this book, a young boy named Zach transforms into a superhero addressing situations of bullying amongst his peers. In an effort to stand up for what is right, Zach uses his words instead of his fists to better the situation.

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My oldest is currently in Pre-K, so Kindergarten is no longer a thought, it is quite honestly right around the corner. I know how sweet his soul is and how empathetic he is to other’s feelings but having conversations around bullying at this very moment is so important. This book has been the perfect introduction and reminder of what we can say when someone is bullying a friend or classmate. I certainly appreciate having this book in our personal library.

BECOME THE HERO

Our FAVORITE activity from this box was the creation of his superhero costume! In the box, your child is provided a superhero mask kit, superhero cape, and superhero ID badge. In an effort to be like Zach from the book, we started our costume making journey with the ID badge. On the badge there is a place to put your superhero name and superhero power. Now, my son went very unconventional during this part of the activity. As a lover of Pokemon, he became “I Love Pokemon” and his power is “Pokemon Blast.” I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, he is so strong and mighty as “I Love Pokemon.” A true force to be reckoned with.

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After creating the ID badge, together, we followed the pictured instructions for the superhero mask kit. Carefully placing each foam piece, the end result was fantastic! As a lover of the color orange, his perfectly designed purple and orange face mask, gave him the confidence he needed to become the best superhero around.

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Watching my son run around the front yard with his cape, mask, and ID badge, was quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. We plan to reenact How to Deal with Bullies Superhero Style dressed in his costume and practice how to address different situations he may face at school, swim practice, the park, or anywhere he may potentially encounter a bully.

BULLY VS. BUDDY

One thing I love about each Kids Night In Box, is that they provide critical thinking opportunities. With the Bully vs. Buddy chart, my son was able to identify instances of bullying. I read through a number of scenarios and he had to identify, by circling a happy face or frowny face, if they scenario was an example of someone being a bully. Alternatively, for the older kids, the back of the Bully vs. Buddy sheet allows older kids to right down characteristics of how an individual can be a buddy or how a person can be a buddy.

We work really hard to teach our boys how to be the best buddies they can be and approach each situation with kindness. This is a great tool to learn how different actions can help or harm the people around them.

A LITTLE EXTRA

Each Kids Night In Box comes with a few extra items, so the impact of the box can go above and beyond. In the Kids Night In Box – Rise Up, my son received a pair of bright orange sunglasses. If you know anything about my son, HIS color is orange, so these were perfect. Megan Pruitt, Founder of Kids Night In Box, has labelled these shades as “Bully Blockers” and we are obsessed. My son can put these on as a way to block out the bullies.

These were a few of our favorite activities, but there were so many more ways to have fun and learn how to address the important topic of bullying in children and adolescents with this month’s Kids Night In Box.

I say it each month, but we look forward to receiving our Kids Night In Box. It’s exciting, educational, and engaging! To get your box, CLICK HERE!

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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 🙂 

 

To get your own box CLICK HERE! 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.

 

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May 2019 Family Activities Calendar

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder how I can keep every day creative for the kids. Of course there a days we just want (really need) to sit back and relax, but the Energizer Bunny in me needs to do something at all times. Something amazing about our society is the need to create a national/regional/local holidays dedicated to something absurd. Lumpy Rug Day? Why not? No Dirty Dishes Day? Count me in! With so much inspiration right here in front of me, the creative pool is ready to be molded.

I have created a May 2019 Family Activities Calendar based on unique, and quite honestly, bizarre holidays throughout the month of May. You may find inspiration. You may not. Either way, I present you with some ideas to plan your month of May with the kiddos.

May 2019 Family Activities Calendar

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