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    May112012

    Review: Green Kid Crafts

    Just before my recent visit to the desert to see my grandsons, I received five free craft projects of pack into my grandma bag and review with Bubby, courtesy of Penny Bauder and Sue Sears, owners of Green Kid Crafts.

    Green Kid Crafts is a subscription service offering do-it-yourself craft kits for kids. The name refers to the fact all crafts are made of natural and recycled supplies in earth-friendly packaging. Everything needed for a complete craft—except glue, scissors, paint or markers (though paint powder was included in one I received)—is in the unique and crafty kits.

    For my review with Bubby, I received from Green Kid Crafts kits for making a 3D collage (a wood, bejeweled star), a Great Horned Owl mask, a fishbowl collage, a pirate loot project, and an Easter project.

    Bubby and I had great fun with all the crafts we did. The 3D collage star was his favorite to do:

    Though the fishbowl collage came in a close second:

    Bubby's favorite craft to wear, though, was the owl mask. He loved to put it on and sit outside calling owls (and scaring his dog and little brother):

    A couple times, the whooo-whoo of the mourning doves had him fooled that he had indeed rounded up some owl friends. I, of course, didn't have the heart to tell him the truth, and he was thrilled with his magical mask.

    Bubby and I saved the Pirate Loot activity to do at my house when he visits in June as searching for treasure PawDad hides in the backyard has always been a favorite activity when he visits. As Easter had come and gone by the time I visited, I left the Easter project with him and his mom for Mom, a former teacher, to come up with a way to use the great materials for another creative project.

    What I loved about the crafts: The kits were inventive activities I likely wouldn't have thought up myself. Having all the materials included (except glue and scissors) was quite helpful. Plus, despite being simple crafts using readily available materials, they weren't cheesy and Bubby was thoroughly impressed with all of them.

    What I didn't love so much: What I didn't love was that they took longer than I expected. But that's my fault, not the fault of the creators. I simply had forgotten how long such things take with a nearly four year old...and how much Gramma would need to do (cutting, mostly) as my grandson wasn't quite ready for some things.

    Green Kid Crafts—a mom-owned and carbon neutral company—offers subscriptions for three different craft kits a month. Subscriptions are available for 3 months ($45), 6 months ($85) and 12 months ($165). For more information, visit www.GreenKidCrafts.com.

    Reader Comments (1)

    I think the Owl Mask might have scared me along with Roxy and Baby Mac. The craft kits would be great for having fun with kids; Bubby sure looks fully absorbed while creating his.

    May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

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