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What does STEAM/ STEM have to do with art projects and science experiments? How does this relate to my kids in my own home? What great questions! Let’s find out together as we explore the part these play in the education world and in your home through this Green Kid Crafts Review.
What is STEAM?
STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
It is closely related to STEM. One of the first thoughts that popped into my head as I was writing this was “full steam ahead!” It seemed fitting as we talk about educating our kids today to prepare them to lead our world tomorrow. 😉
People around the world are learning and discovering new things every day. We see new ideas and technology being shared all the time. Many schools are putting more of a focus on STEAM-related classes and projects. How can we teach our kids at home in a way that helps them keep up with this ever-changing world?
One great way to help them continue learning is by giving them many opportunities with hands-on projects and activities.
There is a lot of discovery, skill, and creativity involved in STEAM projects. It makes sense that many kids are drawn to these activities/ future careers!
STEAM vs. STEM What’s the difference?
I’m sure you noticed in the paragraph above that the the main difference between STEAM and STEM is the “A” in STEAM. The letter “A” stands for Arts and represents just that, the arts! Things like dance, drama, music, visual arts, design, and language arts.
On the other hand, STEM focuses mainly on the scientific side of things. Bringing the two together gives a great opportunity to combine creativity, imagination, and critical thinking skills to really help your child reach their potential.
Now that we have a background of what STEAM and STEM are and we’ve caught a glimpse into how these skills could be helpful, let’s get into the review of this particular subscription box!
What comes in the box?
The box comes with materials for up to 6 science and art projects and a 12-page magazine with puzzles, games, book recommendations and more project ideas.
What are the benefits?
- All of the materials needed to complete the projects and activities come right in the box.
- It gives your child the opportunity to tap into their creative skills, imagination, and artistic ability!
- There is a different box theme each month, each theme will be based on STEAM topics.
- It provides great activities that can be done together, talk about spending quality time!
Who is this box subscription for?
You can choose the box that fits your child the best. It could be worth getting one to try out and see how the level of difficulty matches your child’s abilities. You want it to be challenging, but not so hard that is causes frustration. If it’s a good fit, carry on! If not, you can always switch to another one.
There are two different boxes under the Green Kid Crafts based on age:
- Junior Box for ages 2-4
- Discovery Box ages 5-10+
How does it work?
- First, you’ll want to head to the website and select the Green Kid Crafts box.
- Then choose a subscription plan. Plan options include 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. (Prices vary depending on the plan you choose.)
- After you have finished your order, your box should be shipped out within a few days. Once the box arrives, it’s time for your kiddo to dig in and have some fun learning!
=>If you have chosen to have an ongoing subscription, your future boxes will usually be shipped the second week of the month. The subscriptions will automatically renew, but you cancel anytime.
What I Like
*The box comes with the ideas and all of the materials right on hand, so you don’t have to try to think up new activities and then try to round up everything needed to do them.
*The activities are educational AND fun, which makes for a great combination when you’re looking for something for creative kids. There are plenty of activities out there, some just don’t have the learning factor;)
*You can have it shipped anywhere. If you have grandchildren, nieces or nephews that live in another state or country it’s an easy and fun gift that keeps on giving!
What I Don’t Like
*You won’t know ahead of time what comes in the box, so each set of activities is a surprise. Some people don’t mind this and some want to know!
*The subscription automatically renews, so make sure you are on board with it continuing. (This can be especially important as you try to follow a budget.)
*Some of the activities may require an adult’s help, depending on your child’s ability to read and follow instructions. Just be aware that they aren’t all necessarily independent activities. Each child is different, so the difficulty of the tasks will vary.
Below you can see a star rating and read a couple of customer reviews!
Wrapping it up with the Green Kid Crafts Review
We’ve come a long ways from exploring STEAM to checking out activity levels in a box.
My final decision is that the Green Kid Crafts box is IN. It’s a keeper!
It would be a great addition to the fun activities and learning opportunities you already provide for your child! (or grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.)
These are educational activities that arrive at your doorstep in a box and are instantly ready to be put to the test. Plus they often include additional activities you can try and things to explore.
It gives your child something to look forward to each month and helps them learn and grow in all kinds of new ways. Take a look for yourself through the picture below!
Green Kid Crafts