Nutrition Explorers – Kids Night In Box Review

“Our bodies are our gardens our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare 

If we left our kids (most of them) to their own culinary wills, they would eat so many white cheddar cheese puffs, chocolate chip cookies, and fruit snacks, that they would turn into a giant ball of junk food. Even with picky eaters who prefer the unhealthier options, we can teach our kids the importance of well rounded meals. 

Even if he doesn’t want to eat it, we encourage our oldest (four-year-old), to take at least one bite of everything we eat as a family. Sometimes there are wins, but most of the time there are a lot of losses. No matter what, we always champion him for trying. He’s proud of just eating one (yes, that’s right), just one black bean, because he hates them, but at least he tries. 

In this month’s Kids Night In Box – Nutrition Explorers, my oldest has dived into a food expedition. With every Kids Night In Box, there is a special theme. The Nutrition Explorers box was timely, as we have been working on his eating habits. Jam packed with so many wonderful activities, healthy eating was provided a fun platform my son could easily support. 

Eat A Rainbow

The first activity we completed together, as a unit, was the Rainbow Activity sheet. Armed with pastels, we colored in our rainbow and discussed fruits and vegetables that are the same colors. My four-year-old profoundly stated as he colored brown all over the rainbow illustration that the fruits and veggies “turn brown anyway.” I mean…he’s not wrong. The best part of this activity was watching his face light-up as he called our various fruits and veggies. He paced back and forth until the moment he would pause and say, “wait! I know! How about a…a…a…PINEAPPLE?!” It is proudly displayed on our fridge and serves as a reminder to healthy options he can consider when trying to “eat the rainbow.”

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Explore Nutrition

One of my favorite classes during my undergrad career was Nutrition. I just found it so interesting and enlightening. I vividly remember sitting down with the My Plate chart to create a meal that satisfied the good fats and cholesterols, dietary needs, etc. With this activity, my son and I filled out our My Plate diagram together. With his crafted binoculars in hand, we examined each provided sticker and placed it appropriately on the plate. He quickly identified was grain, protein, dairy, vegetable, and/or fruit. There were a few items like sushi that teetered between a few areas of the chart – protein, grain, and vegetables. He thought that was hysterical. Once committed to the activity, he quickly took full ownership, telling me what was what. Like our Rainbow Activity sheet, the Explore Nutrition My Plate sheet is proudly displayed on our fridge for the world to see. 

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Food Journal

Included in this month’s Kids Night In Box is a My Plate Food Journal. It was the first item my son was drawn towards. He immediately flipped through the pages and demanded my husband sit down with him to fill it out. What I love about this journal is that he can track not only his food intake and exercise, but he can rate his dietary choices and experiences. The other night we had fish tacos with black beans, and I’m not going to lie to you, they received a very poor rating from my four-year old. There were a lot of circled unhappy faces; however, with this said, he tried it and determined on his own (not by assumption) that he does not like fish tacos and black beans. Now, every night after dinner, my husband and son sit down together to fill out his journal. It’s pretty funny to see things through the eyes of a preschooler. 

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I say this every month, but the Kids Night In Box, is the box that keeps on giving. Along with the countless games and activities, each box comes with a hand selected children’s book, applicable to the box, and a snack sample for the kiddos to try. If you are looking for a way to bring the family together or to drive thoughtful thinking between you and your child, this is the perfect subscription service. We LOVE Kids Night In! To get your box CLICK HERE

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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 🙂 

 

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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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Winners Never Quit – Kids Night In Box Review

“Failure happens all the time. It happens everyday in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” – Mia Hamm

 

One of the hardest things we can teach our kids (at least for me), is the concept of overcoming “failure.” For a toddler and preschooler, wrapping their heads around not getting the outcome they want, can be extremely difficult. There are tears and fits of frustration, but it’s a special moment of learning and growing. In this month’s Kids Night In Box – Winners Never Quit, we were able to address sportsmanship, strengths and weaknesses, winning and losing, and so much more through play.

 

Each month, Kids Night In Box provides a perfectly curated box to address an important topic of conversation, like Winners Never Quit or April’s box, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Founder, Megan Pruitt designed this month’s box with this lesson in mind – teaching little ones to lose with dignity and how to give well wishes those who beat them. Through reading, games, videos, and art, my son and I were able to do just that!

 

At the very top of the box was a copy of Mia Hamm’s Winner Never Quit! I was so excited to get this box, because 1) we LOVE to read and 2) I have heard wonderful things about this children’s book. In this picture book, Mia Hamm teaches kids that playing is just as fun as winning or losing. Through words and illustrations, teaching kids about the power of being a team player was much more impactful. The Kids Night In Box also provided self reflection questions based on the age of the child. This critical thinking is such an important skill to develop and when paired with the overarching theme of sportsmanship, it’s even better. My four-year-old can’t get enough of this book.

 

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I don’t think they were aware when they were putting together our Kids Night In Box, but my son’s favorite color is orange. He’s slightly obsessed and no one else in our family is allowed any claims to the color. I say all of this because the smiley face foam ball he received in his box is neon orange. The ball can not only be used as a stress reliever, but it is the main component of the Strengths + Weaknesses game. With the ball and spoon, kids can discover and understand that every person has his/her unique strengths and weaknesses. Provided was a list of actions, such as throwing the ball with your right hand and switching, balancing the ball on a spoon and walking, tucking the ball under the chin and walk around, balancing the ball on three fingers, and more. Ro discovered he is a master of tucking the ball under his chin as well as balancing the ball on a spoon. He did learn that he needs to work on throwing the ball in the air and catching it. He’s been practicing since we played and he’s improving every day.

 

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Having kids identify what it means to be a good sport or a bad sport can be hard, but in our Kids Night In Box, the Good Sport Challenge addresses this concern. Have you ever seen a professional soccer player receive a red or yellow card while out on the pitch? In our box there was a dual sided card – Good Sport with a smiley face and Bad Sport with a frowny face. In the Good Sport Challenge, I read off scenarios where the child was either being a good sport or a bad sport. For example: You are playing a board game with your brother. Your brother leaves the room to go to the restroom and you move your game piece closer to the finish line. Are you being a good sport or bad sport? This was a positive challenge for Ro as he analyzed each situation to determine the best course of action.

 

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I’ve expressed in the past our family’s love for board games. We LOVE a game night – Candy Land, Hungry Hippos, Zingo, etc. we are game. This month’s Kids Night In Box has a board game designed to teach kids on how to be a Good Sport. Each person takes turns rolling the dice and moving their soccer player across the board. If the little one gets frustrated and wants to quit, it is the perfect time to address that if one of the players quits there is no room for a winner. It’s a fun and easy way to promote healthy sportsmanship.

 

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This is just a brief insight to all of the goal scoring fun! GOALZO! We indulged in some delicious Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bar, watched a sportsmanship video, creating our own soccer ball, and so much more! There is one more amazing thing about this box – you can reuse it all! It’s fun that can be had over and over and over again. What is better than that?

 

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Kids Night In Box – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I am often plagued with the thought of “what are we going to do?” (cue dramatic music) when it rains all weekend long. We are currently in the times of technology, but that doesn’t mean I want my kids glued to the T.V. or their tablets while we hunker down inside from the storms brewing outside. I want to keep their minds moving and grooving even outside of school.

Well, let me tell you what turned our wet April weekend around – Kids Night In Box! My fellow parents, this subscription box service is a GAME-CHANGER (lots of emphasis on game-changer). Filled with activities, treats, and books, this box has everything you could need for a fun and educational night in with the kids.

If you know me, I LOVE Earth Day (April 22nd!), and this month’s Kids Night In Box is appropriately themed Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. As an advocate for Mother Earth, I am constantly introducing my boys to ways to support the environment. Instead of listening to me repeat the same mantra over and over again, they got a taste of what it means to positively give back to Earth through engaging activities.

This sustainable box was jammed pack full of environmentally conscious goodies, like:

  • Recipes
  • Book
  • Arts and crafts
  • Snack
  • Eco-Friendly Pledge

We love a good book, especially a book that gives us an inside look on the impact recycling can have on the environment. Don’t Throw That Away! by Lara Bergen is a fun and interactive flap book which shows kids how to transform every day trash into something new and innovative. My four-year-old wants to turn our recently recycled milk jug into a bird house and I think we are definitely going to make that happen. Let’s not fail to mention the adorable illustrations are truly captivating.

After reading our new book, we created an upcycled bubble blower. Bubbles are a kid’s guilty pleasure. I’m pretty sure my two-year-old is sleeping with a jug of bubbles right now (I’m kidding…maybe). With just a cardboard craft tube (toilet paper roll), mesh material, craft tape, cupcake scented bubbles, and bowl, we created a “bubble-blowing machine.” The boys lost their minds! They were thrilled with the streams of bubbles that flowed from their new bubble blower. The Kids Night In Box comes with a list of four games you can do with your upcycled bubble blower and my kids loved them all.

After blowing bubbles on the front porch (cautiously separated from the rain), my oldest and I went to work on creating the most stunning newspaper flowers the world has ever seen! Early in the day we painted our blue water color (provided in the box) background, which dried during our bubble extravaganza, as the foundation of our newspaper flowers. With water colors, paper straws, stickers, and a lot of creative energy we went to town making a masterpiece. We took some creative liberties, but we are proud of our art. It’s currently taped to the front of my son’s closet door.

This is just a snapshot of our Earth Warrior themed day. We devoured our Nature’s Path Enviro Kidz Organic Crispy Chocolate Rice Bar (yum!). I’ve already started using the Bumkins reusable snack bag for the kid’s snacks.  We also signed the Eco Friendly Pledge found the back of our Kids Night In Box user guide. Every part of the Kids Night In Box is reusable and the box is recyclable! I mean, how amazing is that?!

You’re probably thinking, “how can I get my box?” No worries! 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.

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