Along with playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa, and opening Christmas presents, the arrival of winter also has one major draw back – the kids often spend lots of time cooped up indoors. Enter Craft Caravan
, the answer to every strapped-for-time and/or non-crafty parent’s prayers. In a nutshell, this awesome company will deliver little eco-friendly packages of kid contentment right to your doorstep every month for a very economical $9.65 + shipping. And today they’re graciously offering up a six month subscription to one lucky reader!
Above is a photo of their November craft club kit. C wasn’t actually supposed to be in the shot but once I opened the envelope his curiosity got the better of him. I tried momentarily shooing him away several times but he just kept inching closer and closer back to the table.
I really appreciate that these kits are centered on seasonal and open-ended crafts so that “small kids can practice basic crafting skills (such as gluing, cutting, pasting, etc) while older kids can get more sophisticated with their projects”. Each month you and your child will receive:
- All craft project supplies, except glue (to maintain the lowest shipping costs possible)
- Easy illustrated craft ideas and instructions
- A kid-friendly fact sheet about the craft theme
- A bright green envelope for delivery – great for re-use in any craft project!
Inside our green envelope we found two sheets of double sided punch-outs, a paper wreath base, and a fall leaf kit containing some raffia as well as pre-cut paper leaves and strips. As is my custom with art activities, I let C take the lead. He headed straight for those realistic looking rocks and leaves.
After a bit of brainstorming about what to do with our new treasures, we decided on nature crowns for both kids.
This was right about the time S decided she needed in on the fun too.
We happily let her join in.
Next up were the construction paper leaves and raffia. We could have used the wreath base but decided to save that for another project down the line and went simple instead.
We lined up all the leaves in a row and wrote something we were thankful for on each one. Then we punched holes in each leaf and used the raffia to hang them as Thanksgiving decor.
These two activities alone took up a good chunk of our morning (and zero creative effort by me). The best part was we still had tons of materials left over for future projects.
Along with a sampling from the kids craft club, we also received one of Craft Caravan’s Christmas Card Making kits
. It will be the perfect thing for making cards to accompnay little treats for the special people in the kids’ life (babysitters, teachers, best pals, etc.).
For your chance to win six whole months of kid craft goodness, simply leave a comment below. Additional entries are available for being an MPMK facebook fan
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– please leave a comment with an email address for each separate entry.
This contest is open to U.S. residents only and will end at midnight EST on Monday, December 5th, 2011.
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