With a newborn that has arrived in our house & a husband that is deep in busy season at his job, our house has been in full on hibernation mode this past month. With four kids, eight and under, there have been several weekends where we haven’t even left the house! Our days always start off smooth because the kids are pretty good at entertaining themselves in the morning with their toys, books, & each other. But once afternoon arrives, it’s a whole new story. The house has quickly turned into a disaster. The kids are looking for something new to do. And I’m usually reaching for another cup of coffee due to the exhaustion of life with a newborn! To help survive the afternoon rut, I have found it best to break out some art supplies & simple activity kits to break up the day. Today, I am sharing about one of our favorite new finds for kids: the Seedling activity kits.
Seedling creates award-winning activity kits that inspire kids to explore and engage in open-ended play. Founded in 2007, Seedling has grown globally to include more than 350 products. Their high-quality products range from crafting to innovative tech toys and apps, encouraging kids to be creative and engage in open-ended play. Seedling activity & craft kits are great for kids, ages 3-8+. Today, Courtney and I are excited to share more about these kits:
Someone is a huge animal fan in our house (and is also a big fan of craft time!). When this Design Your Own Bear Mask arrived on our doorstep earlier this month, Abby could not have been more excited. This super fun and cute DIY kit comes with all the supplies you need to make your own felt bear mask and paws. This set comes from the Design Your Own Disney Kit sets that are out right now. These kits are centered around favorite Disney stories and characters, such as Baloo from Jungle Book.
Here is another fun project from the Design Your Own Disney collection from Seedling. If you have a Little Mermaid fan, this Design Your Own Fantastical Mermaid Tail activity kit is one to check out. With this kit, Alex made her very own custom-made mermaid tail with character felt characters & glitter glue.
If there is one movie that watch on repeat in this house…it’s The Lion King. Abby could not have been more excited when I pulled out this craft kit one afternoon. She had so much fun creating her very own Circle of Life Drum. One of the coolest things about this kit is that the actual package of the kit is the drum. You end up painting the round box that everything came in & stringing on the fabric to make a very realistic looking drum. The quality of the drum, once completed, is fantastic and definitely remain a part of our toy collection here at home!
Every little girl wants their very own tea set. This adorable Design Your Own Tea Party Set, based off Alice in Wonderland, was a huge hit with Courtney’s girls. The girls painted their little ceramic dishes with the paint that came in the set. All Courtney had to do was bake in the oven and now, they have their very own special ceramic tea set to play with.
With two older boys (ages six and eight), it can be difficult to find a craft that may keep them engaged. Seedling sent this awesome kit called The Maze. First, the boys got to design their own marble maze using wooden strips & a tilting board. Now this is fun, but that is not all. You can turn the maze that you created into a virtual reality adventure. Using the Maze app, you take a picture of the real life maze and go on a virtual adventure using the Seedling VR Viewer.
The boys have had so much building & completing their own mazes through virtual reality. Through the app, you can add photos, sounds, and even riddles to customize your maze. In addition to creating your own maze, you can also complete some prebuilt mazes that are provided on The Maze app. This game from Seedling is definitely one I recommend for older children. The Maze builds critical thinking skills and is a great introduction to game and app development.
Seedling activity kits give kids the materials to craft and design their own toys, costumes, and beyond. It puts the child in control of the experience and encourages them to create their own adventure. This is my first experience with Seedling kits & I have already been browsing the website trying to decide which one that we may want to try out next. These kits are great to have on hand when you need something fun & engaging to do with your little ones. Seedling activity kits come with everything you need to complete the project and are easy to do with their step-by-step directions. One of the things that has impressed me most about these kits is the quality of the products. When you complete the project, you have created an item to last. These kits are an investment that truly create something to play with over and over again. If you are looking for something to beat the winter (or soon to be rainy day!) blues, I highly recommend checking out Seedling.