Ivy Kids is a monthly subscription box that has tons of educational material for kids from ages 3-8 that are developed by certified early childhood teachers. Each month, a kit is sent that contains more than 10 activities that revolve around problem solving, identifying numbers and letters, building gross motor skills, literacy skills and math skills.
*Disclosure: This box was paid for by my own funds. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.
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What is included
10-12 creative and hands-on learning activities for your little one that revolve around a certain theme.
Let’s see what’s inside this month’s box.
This month’s theme was ladybugs! Oh how I love bugs (ha, NOT). But I have to say this was one of the most exciting boxes we have received from Ivy Kids.
As always a quick sneak peek is adhered to the box that lists all the activities inside! Right off the bat, just looking at this, my daughter gets excited for what fun stuff is about to happen! Little does she know, it’s all going to be learning kind of a fun! 😉
Also, as always a book is included in the box that goes with the month’s theme. We learned so much about the world of ladybugs through this book. It was engaging and used simple words, hence making it easier for a 3-4 year old to understand. The illustrations were colorful and certainly got my little one’s interest.
Let’s get into each of the activities and see what we learned from them.
Of course, we had to start off with an artsy project first, and do some fun painting of the ladybug. Everything is included in the box, so you really just need tiny hands and their creative minds.
The ceramic ladybug box was super cute and made it so much easier to paint different sections.
Our final project looked like this! My 3 year old couldn’t have been prouder of herself. A cute little keepsake box painted by her very own self.
Ladybug Spots: Roll and Cover
Fun learning activity that teaches kids about counting, number symbol identification, adding and subitizing. As always, I really appreciate that Ivy Kids provide learning tips for both Little Ivy (3-5 year olds) and Junior Ivy (6-8 year olds). Makes life a lot easier and lets this mama focus solely on teaching.
We learned to recognize numbers and count the dots on the dice to match it to the number on the board.
Catch the Aphids
Letter identification activity and perfect for a 3 year old as we continue to learn our letters. The pullback ladybug racers were super fun and both my girls were able to play with it for hours!
Recognizing the letter on the cards as her ladybug passes through it.
Clay model of the Ladybug Life Cycle
Oh how Ms. Haniya waited till we reached this activity! Playing with clay/play-doh is one of our favorite past time activities around here, so naturally this was welcomed with a little too much eagerness. And the fact that a ladybug lifecycle could be incorporated in it? Who would have thought? Once again, learning made so much more fun.
Ladybug life cycle figures were included as well. I was definitely a bit creeped out, they looked so real! But thankfully, the kiddos loved it. 😀
We made different colors of ladybugs and had way too much fun with it.
Ladybug Life Cycle
The ladybug figures were again needed in this project to learn about the ladybug lifecycle. This was yet again a great learning activity and I am so glad for the inclusion of the bug figures because it really helped in reinforcing the different stages a ladybug goes through as it grows!
My 3 year old definitely learned a lot with this and had no problems matching on the provided lifecycle boards.
Another fun learning activity that lets your kids play while they don’t even realize that they are learning at the same time! We placed the numbers in sequence and had raced with our little ladybug racers.
Perfect activity for 2+ kids. My 17 month old joined in on the fun too and both of them had a blast playing together. Quality time spent as sisters (rare for 2 toddlers haha).
My Ladybug Garden
A perfect hands-on activity that encourages your child to explore with hands and learn about planting seeds! This was another fantastic project that dealt with more science related concepts.
Everything was included except water! Ha 🙂 Love this about Ivy Kids curation, that you really do not need anything from your end.
We got our hands dirty and played around with the soil as as the water got absorbed. Next, we planted in the seeds.
Lastly, we used the stick on tiny ladybugs to decorate our little garden. Fabulous project! Way too much fun and learning happening here. 🙂
Ladybug Paper Plate Craft
Relatively easier and fun craft that lets your child identify the different parts of ladybugs and create their own ladybug to hang somewhere.
Arts and crafts are always tons of fun!
She was super happy with her ladybug plate.
Ladybug Painted Rocks
Another art project that was loved by Ms. Haniya. Great for developing fine motor skills, and promoting creativity.
The rocks included were a little hard to paint, but nonetheless, my daughter thoroughly enjoyed showing off her creativity in painting it like ladybugs.
Our very weird looking set of ladybugs, which again we were very proud of. 🙂
Ways to Make 5 & Ways to Make 10
One of the 2 advanced level activity we did not work on as of yet. However, I wanted to include it in my review to show the total amount of fun, educational, and creative projects that come with the Ivy Kids subscription. This is something we will be working on in a couple months as we get to addition/subtraction.
Odd or Even Spots on a Ladybug
Second activity that we have kept aside for later use. I love how you can always come back to these learning activities and re-use so many of them for learning purposes.
Ivy Kids once again did not disappoint us! The range of projects included all revolved around STEM-based learning. Also, the activities are always age-appropriate and only make learning a very fun “thing” for kids. Furthermore, the instructions are by far the best part out of all the kids subscriptions that I have seen, and I have seen quite a lot of different ones! Ivy Kids manages to provide thorough and detailed instructions with absolutely no confusion for the adult helper or the older child! It is a perfect subscription for kid ages 3+ or a homeschooling parent as every thing is included — all you need is your love bug and a whole lot of enthusiasm for learning!