I have to admit, I didn't actually consider doing regular art times with Kiggster until I saw a service called Kelly Kits that allows you to subscribe for monthly art shipments. I was intrigued but was also a bit skeptical if it was going to be something I could use with her since she wasn't even 2 yet. However, they assured me that it would still be great at her age (about 20 months old at that time) but it would just be less structured than if it was an older child. Their website recommends the kits for kids aged 2-102 years old so I think almost everyone is covered in that age range! So I was given the opportunity to review one month of their service. The month I was sent the review, they were doing printmaking art kits, Sponge & Stamp, and below is a picture of everything that came in the kit:
Before I delve into the kit I received, I'd like to tell you a little bit more about Kelly Kits first.
Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer. The Original Kelly Kit comes complete with one set of five unique activities that cover the five art disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, & collage. Each kit contains all of the tools & materials needed for the activities, the user just needs access to a kitchen! To increase functionality for homeschooling parents, each activity includes an instruction card with an enrichment idea to adapt the art activity to a school lesson. Kelly Kits are designed to encourage creativity & teach!
I love that the Kelly Kits come with everything that we need to have art time…maybe except the water but I did not have to get anything extra for my printmaking art kit. They call it the "all-inclusive art-play curriculum," which I would have to agree with! The paints included in the kit were in powder form so all you had to do was mix in a little bit of water and it's ready to be used. It even came with little scissors with rounded edges that are safe for little ones to use. I was so glad because of course as I was unpacking the kit to see what was inside it, Kiggster came up and swiped the scissors off the table and what does she do?! Put it right up to her eye and says "Eye!" OMG, I was glad they weren't sharp at all! But surprisingly, those tiny little scissors still cut really well on the sponge sheets and paper even though they weren't sharp at all.
Kiggster and I planned (ok, I planned) a playdate with her bestie, Bellie, to have a backyard printmaking session. Both girls are less than 2 years of age and so her mommy and I kept that in mind so we did not have any structure to the play time and allowed them to take the activity how they would like it. It was a good thing because they were all about running around and coming back to the activity whenever they felt like it. They watched as Mommy cut shapes out of the compressed cellulose sponge paper, which can be drawn and cut into designs then puffs up when coming in contact with moisture, then ran off to ride their bikes. Then came back to play with the paint, then run off to seek out the sprinkler… But we did manage to sponge paint Bellie's onesie and Kiggster's construction paper by the end of the playdate!
The printmaking did require a little more effort to coordinate to minimize the mess (plate of paint, dipping cup of water for sponge, cutting materials, etc) for kids under 2 but I can see this as a smashing success for kids just a little bit older and not needing micro-management. There are even enrichment ideas that come with the instructions to help you get the most out of your art kit and if you're a visual learner, you can also log into your Kelly Kit account to view the instructional videos uploaded for that month's kit.
I am excited to see how the sculpting kit will be like, I think Kiggster will really like that since she loves "sculpting" and "painting" with her food so that will be right up her alley! The Kelly Kits come with enough supplies for 2 children, however, when we used our printmaking, we found that it could even be used for a lot more than 2 children. They were very generous with their supplies of paint, construction paper, and sponge materials.
Kelly Kits offers you many different options for receiving your art kits and they can be purchased through their website. There are subscriptions for $9.99/month or $99.90/year and you would receive those kits on a monthly basis from one of the 5 art disciplines. You could also purchase gift packs for $29.99, where 5 different kits are shipped to you at one time and you have 3 different gift packs to choose from that come with enough art play activities for 2 children.
How would you like to win a one year subscription from Kelly Kits?! Kelly Kits has been gracious enough to offer one Kangaroo Mama fan the chance to win one year of art kits delivered to your home every month, which sells for $99.90 on their site! You can enter the giveaway here at Kelly Kits' Facebook Page but don't wait because the giveaway will only last 48 hours and it will end on Friday, September 7, 2012. As a bonus, every person that enters the giveaway will also receive a code for one free Kelly Kit and all they would pay for is shipping of $2.49. The free code is optional for redemption. So click this link to enter the flash giveaway, which will prompt you to like Kelly Kits' FB page, then enter your email address and you will be entered and a special code will appear for you to redeem your free kit. You will also have the option to like additional Facebook pages for extra entries.
If you happen to miss this 48 hour sale, you will have a second chance to win another one year subscription from Kelly Kits during the Keeping Kids Creative giveaway event! The giveaway will be going live on Monday, September 17th and will end on September 30th.
Don't forget to come back and enter the Keeping Kids Creative Giveaway Hop and win some amazing prizes from Kangaroo Mama-over $400 worth!
Be sure to watch the video below of the Kelly Kits founder, Kelly Hanson, on what is Kelly Kits, art play, and how it started:
Kangaroo Mama was provided product for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company. Fulfillment and shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the sponsor company and not Kangaroo Mama.