Monday, February 23, 2015

Imaginative University Activity Kit Review

I like activity kits because I like how convenient they are and I like how my daughters discover and learn while having fun. They're 3 and 6 years old and they love asking the question why, how and what and love experimenting on simple things like panting seeds and a lot more.

This is the first time I received an activity box from Imaginative University and I was surprised when I received the big and heavy box filled with not one but 2 different months' worth of activities. Of course my daughters couldn't wait to dig through the contents and start the activities. :)

Before I start talking about my experience, let me tell you a little something more about Imaginative University which came from their company site.

Imaginative University is a subscription service that mails out activity kits to kids ages 4 to 10. It started in the Spring of 2014 with 2 goals:

1. Provide busy parents with a product that makes quality time with their kiddos a little more attainable.
2. Provide a means of employment for residents in our very rural town of Arkansas.

Pictured above is the January "Snow" kit. All the materials I needed for the activities were already included in the box except the red container, spoon and cup.
Since we live in SoCal and we didn't get the chance to visit the nearest mountain here for the snow, my daughters were very excited when they learned that we're going to make a snow man. My daughters' voices singing to "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?" filled the air as I ready the materials needed to build the snowman.

The materials were very easy to gather because they were color coordinated. I don't have to guess or find the materials needed because at the upper left corner of the instructions, there's just a specific color I needed to find to gather the materials. The materials inside the box have colored stickers to make it easier to find them.

The first activity we did was the "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Activity and the materials needed and included in the box were:
- Book - "Snowy Day"
- Baking Soda
- Shaving Cream
- Snowman-making kit
- Powdered drink mix

As I've said above, I provided the red plastic container, cup, water and spoon. It was nice because I have all these things at home already.
We read the book entitled "Snowy Day" first before we did the activity.

The instructions were very simple to follow and my daughters were very happy when we formed their snowman. It was a bit messy so I made sure to put a box and a lot of papers below our activity space.
The eyes, cap, stick and nose was also provided and it looked like real snow, no? :)

My daughters played with the snow for a long time and didn't want it to "melt" (using the powdered drink included). This was a super fun activity and I love how my daughters had fun,
Next stop is the Cut a Snowflake activity. The materials needed for this activity are:

- filter paper
- scissors

Both materials are already included in the box so all we did was fold the filter paper and then cut holes on it. When my 6 year old daughter opened it, she was so happy to have made her very own snowflake. :)

Other activities included in the January "Snow" kit are:
- Symmetry
- Insta-Snow
- Crystals

The second kit included in the box was entitled CreARTivity, which includes 5 activities. We haven't done the activities yet so I'll update my post once we do it and post more pictures. In the meantime, here is the list of activities included in the CreARTivity:

- Beautiful OOPS!
- Colored "Sand/Salt" Art
- Kandisky Art
- ?Paint Brush?
- Shaving Cream Painting

My daughters are excited to do the Colored Sand/Salt art and the Kandisky Art. :)

The ImaginativeU (U is short for University) aren't as fancy as other kits I've received but the activities are very fun to do and I think they're at par with fancier boxes when it comes to my daughters learning and having fun. The activities are easy to do and my 3 and 6 year old daughter had fun doing them. :)

You can visit the Imaginative University on Facebook, Pinterest and their Website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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