Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kid's Busy Box....an answer to every busy mother's prayers!

My kids LOVE art. They could be having the worst day and all I have to say is, "Let's do some art projects" and everything is okay in the world again. The frowns and tears are suddenly replaced with smiles and cheer (hey, that rhymed...yeah, it's the little things that amuse me, obviously).

So I was totally excited when I was given the opportunity to review the Spring Solo Deluxe Edition made by Kid's Busy Box. The company was started by 5 mothers in Maryland who wanted to stimulate their children’s creativity and confidence without spending a lot of time searching for ideas and shopping for materials. Between the 5 of them, they had 11 children who all loved the creative process of art....so these moms came together and created this wonderful company, with the hopes of inspiring other parents to nurture their own children's creative abilities.

Each Kid's Busy Box is comprised of:

• 20 high-quality crafts
• Easy-to-follow instructions
• All the craft materials included: yarn, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, beads, stickers & more (materials vary by season)

You have the option to use your own glue, crayons, markers, tape and other art supplies to complete the projects OR you can upgrade to a deluxe edition and all the art supplies needed are included! How wonderful is that?! When you upgrade to a deluxe edition, it's really as simple as opening up your Kid's Busy Box and you're ready to start creating art with your children!

If you have more than one child, you can select a DOUBLE TAKE or TRIPLE PLAY to get two or three craft sets so each child can do the same craft (everyone's happy this way!)

As stated above, we received the Spring Solo Deluxe Edition box to review. Included were all the supplies and instructions that we would need to complete the following 20 crafts:

Seeds in a Garden ... Caterpillar ... Ladybug ... "C" is for Clover ... Wind Sock ... All About Me Book ... Decorative Egg ... Pasta Sorting ... Snap Bracelet ... One Fish Two Fish ... Royal Crown ... Floating Butterflies ... Sailboat ... Earth Card ... Beaded Napkin Ring ... Secret Message ... Bird's Nest ... Bunny Rabbit ... I'm Feeling Happy ... Action Figure

When Kid's Busy Box say everything is included with the deluxe edition, they weren't messing around! Every single thing that we would need (even down to a ruler, scotch tape, child-sized scissors and a hole punch) was included!

Bella wanted to start off with the One Fish Two Fish craft and she had so much fun with it. The instructions were very easy to follow and she was able to do everything herself (with my supervision), including glueing the colored rice onto the paper and cutting out the paper fish.

Cole was anxious to make the Wind Sock and, again, he was able to complete the project himself (with my supervision).

Here is he is with the finished project hanging above him....

Then, today, while Bella and the little twins napped, he wanted to do some more crafts. He chose the Royal Crown and the Birds Nest.

Not only did the kids have a fun time with these crafts, but I enjoyed the time as well. Sometimes I have a tendency to feel overwhelmed and stressed when doing crafts with the kids because there are so many various supplies needed and I'm constantly running around trying to gather everything, while the kids are whining and becoming more anxious the longer they have to wait.

But with the Kid's Busy Box, everything was already thought out and all the supplies were right there (literally....all the crafts you need for each project are stapled together with an instruction card so you don't even have to go digging around in the box for everything!!) The crafts are geared towards children ages 3-7 (parental supervision is advised).

In helping the Three Bay B Chicks, Domestically Challenged and myself in promoting the We Heart Art contest/giveaway, the generous ladies of Kid's Busy Box have offered to award one lucky winner with a Spring Solo Deluxe Edition box of their very own!!!

So what do you need to do to win this box??? Well, just continue to have your kids create a lovely art project for the We Heart Art contest/giveaway and remember to submit your entry via a post on your blog showing off the art (a Mr Linky will be up tomorrow and Thursday on my blog, as well as the Three Bay B Chicks and Domestically Challenged). All winners will be chosen randomly on Friday. If you would like to see the other amazing prizes available, click HERE. If you'd like to read more details about the We Heart Art contest/giveaway, click HERE.

If you need some suggestions for art projects to create with your kids to submit to the contest, hop on over to these creative blogs, where ideas, tips, and insights are never in short supply: Tip Junkie, Today’s Creative Blog, Toddler Craft, and I Blame Mom.


Laura said...

Thanks so much for posting about this! I can't wait to get one! I think it will be perfect for Alise this summer!

Onna@toddlercraft said...

What a cool craft box!! Wow!! I love it!! I have a craft cabinet, but I go a little crazy with crafts!! That is such a great thing to have handy!! Would make an awesome gift too!!

I am putting more ideas up today for inspiration!!


Tami said...

That's the coolest craft box! Caleb would love it since it has GLUE. He HATES to color. We struggle with it at school. We've tried and tried, his teacher has even gone as far as bribing him with CANDY! He refuses to color. I know he can, and he's pretty good, his brothers are both artists. Jeremiah, LOVES coloring still at age 21 Daniel as well, all his projects have been A+'s due to the time he takes to color. Yet Caleb refuses =(
You should see the supplies I have some from the younger boys and a bunch of cool new stuff. And it sits, with ME usually finishing his spiderman coloring book. LOL

Tess said...

Ive put up a link for your art contest! Im going to take photos today and do I post it on all the site's Mr Linky?

Mrs. Fish: aka Two Fish said...

How cool that is! My son would be busy for hours with that...my twins are still too young. Dropping in from MBC to share some love, go grab your One Lovely Blog award. Happy Tuesday!

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

Do they make that in bulk packages?? ;)

Heather Happymaker said...

What a fabulous idea! What happy, beaming faces on your children!

I think we should all have closets full of various types of busy boxes. Some for "on the go", some for meltdowns, etc.

Jennifer said...

How cool! I want one just for myself! LOL!

Deb said...

This looks great! It would be a perfect gift for anyone--especially for a mom with younger kids and a new baby. It would keep them busy for hours and be totally fun.

Jen said...

I want that busy box! I want it I want it I want it!!!!!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

Wow. What a great idea. I may have to buy one of these for the next birthday party I attend!

Paula Constable said...

What a great idea! I think I should mail one to the In-Laws!

Morgan said...

How cool that you got to review that! Your kids look like they were having fun!

I've received several review offers, but haven't accepted any of them... after seeing how cool your item was, I might have to start taking people up on their offers soon!

The Mother said...

We had a box like that. We still have it actually. But no one has dug into the feathers, glitter and masks in years.

Mine are into slightly more complex crafts these days--they make miniatures for Warhammer. Very intricate work.

And in the meantime, every plastic cup in my house has paint stains on it.

Little Lady Cakes said...

My son is still young for the busy box...bummer. :) Am I too old?

Thank for stopping by my site!

wife.mom.nurse said...

That is sooooo cool!

Your kids look like they had a blast!


Elizabeth Channel said...

Fun times! So creative!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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