The temperature is dropping quickly here in Idaho. Yesterday in was 19 degrees and we “enjoyed” our first snowfall. By “enjoy” I mean we are all so excited to wake up to the white stuff–it’s so beautiful!–and then Greta wants to go build a snowman so we spend 30 minutes digging out all the snow clothes and layering it on and then she only plays outside 5 minutes because it is freezing! And it is. I don’t blame her. I like being inside, sipping hot cider and cuddled up with a blanket when it snows, personally. We have a long winter ahead of us and although Greta-the-great is usually gung ho when it comes to playing outside through the other seasons–sun up to sun down!–I dare say she takes after me when it comes to being cold–I can barely tolerate it.
In preparation for the winter ahead, I restarted our Kiwi Crate subscription–an activity box delivered to your door full of hands-on art projects, science, games, imaginative play, recipes and then some. We had it for a few months when Faye was first born and Greta absolutely loved doing the activities that came in the crate. I loved that it kept her busy and happy while my hands were tied up with a new baby. Each month there is a new theme–gardening, dinosaurs, space was a hit!–this month it was a medieval theme. I could see Greta’s eyes light up as soon as she opened the box and there was an illustration of a castle.
We had some of her cousins over and they had the castle put together within a couple minutes and then for the next hour, added every sticker that came with it and all the flags and then came the different voices for the characters–my favorite part.
I have never received a crate that Greta didn’t pour over for an extended period of time. They are all so engaging and it was nice to see that Greta was equally as interested in playing with the castle as her boy cousins were. Which meant, my sister and I could sit back and just catch up.
Greta requested the castle stay in her room, so we cleared a spot on her bookcase for it. I am not sure Santa can top the cardboard castle come Christmas.
The crate would make such a great holiday gift for friends or family with kids. Kiwi Crate plans start at just $16.95 and you can add materials for extra siblings for just $9.99/month with free shipping on ALL subscriptions! They have generously offered our readers 30% off on your first month subscription with code CLJ30. (Note: Promotional code excludes sibling add-ons.) You can even shop for individual arts and crafts and even party favors on the website–I think it would be so great for the kids’ table at Thanksgiving!
How are you making it through winter? (If you say move to Florida–I hope you have a spare room. ;)
This post is sponsored by Kiwi Crate.