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I know, you're thinking "another box service?"
But this one is different and superb for home schoolers and for re-enforcing SCIENCE and MATCH concepts, that your kids may not getting a great grasp on if you're in Common Core land!
(OOO- I said the evil word, sorry!)
What makes Appleseed Lane subscription box service different?
It provides your kids (and you) with hands-on, STEM-themed projects for children ages 4-8. Given the critical importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, and the fact that kids learn best by doing, Appleseed Lane was created to make STEM highly accessible and extremely fun for kids of all backgrounds while also encouraging quality family time.
You know, the type that doesn't involve having to look up tutorial videos (loom bracelets anyone?) or having family time in front if a video or TV monitor!
We were sent a March box to review- it's theme was was the Sound of Music.
No silly, not the MOVIE, but the sounds that music makes.
(ok, yes I guess you could add some movie thematics in there if you wanted to....)
Delivered to parents¹ homes each month, every Appleseed Lane box is created by a strong team of seasoned teachers, crafty parents and STEM enthusiasts and thoroughly tested by kids. The boxes contain everything you need for up to 4 projects, kid-friendly content, and a badge.
As you can see, our projects were String Telephone, Jingle Bell Tambourine, Rubber Band Guitar and Jammin Kazoos. Now we've actually made all these before with Miss Grace (the guitar real recent), so she was drawn to the tambourine.
The project calls for your child to decorate the tambourine, then using pipe cleaners, to tie on the jingle bells. As you can see the instructions (pix below for telephone), are very clear and have thorough instructions, with pictures. So this way the older kids can 'do it themselves'.
Miss Grace's only comment was that orange, brown and black would not be her FIRST choices for included markers, but she would stick to the letter and use what was in the box.
I;m not sure why the sun looks more like a bug, but she was in bug mode that day. The flower under the rainbow also suffered a bit I'm afraid! The tambourine is a pretty sturdy stretched canvas paper, with pre-drilled holes, so everything is pretty easy for the kids. I hadn't taken a picture of the tambourine before it accidently got left outside when the severe thunderstorm came through, so I can't show you a finished picture, as it didn't survive!
We haven't had time to work on any more projects, but I love how the kids can be creative and learn valuable concepts (included in the parent guide).
As you can see, April is GREEN science month is honor of Earth Day! This would be a great box to have on hand for Spring Break boredom! Save 30% on your first month! Code: GREEN
Appleseed Lane boxes costs $19.95/month + shipping for a monthly subscription, $18.95/month + shipping for a 6-month subscription, and $17.95/month + shipping for a 12-month subscription. Sibling kits are also available double the materials for a low additional cost.
Be sure to sign up for their newsletter too- a winner is drawn every month from subscribers, to win a FREE monthly box!
These boxes would be great to have for over the Summer as well, so check them out today!