Rainy Day Crafting and a Giveaway

As I mentioned last week, we spent much of our summer in Michigan.   For Michigan, the weather was amazing!  The temperatures were in the 80s or higher most days and it rarely rained. We spent a lot of time at the beach.  But we did have a few days of gray skies and rain and my desert born kids weren’t sure what to do with a rainy day.

Thanks to Kelly Kits, I had a little project up my sleeve for a rainy day diversion.  Kelly Kits is an all inclusive monthly art play curriculum for children 2-102. Every art play activity focuses on a simple art techniques in painting, sculpting, drawing, print-making, and collage.  Kelly Kits was founded just over 4 years ago by mom Kelly Hanson.  I love what she has to say about why she started Kelly Kits: “I know too many well intentioned, yet overwhelmed moms who pour through Pinterest, internet pages, and library books to find great projects to do at home with the kids who just get too busy to plan and gather all of those materials! I have done it for them! For me – and for you!”   Seriously! The biggest hurdle for me in doing really cool crafts with my kids is just getting the supplies together so I love that these kits just show up at your door once a month!

Where’s the sponge?!

When our kit came in the mail, we opened it up to see what project was inside — printmaking.  Looked great, but where was the sponge to make the prints? Ummm… I had no idea! I didn’t see any sponges at all.  Then I saw in the included letter that instructions could be found on-line.  Great! I went to sign in … and nothing.  I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong so I shot off an email to Kelly Kits and within minutes the problem was solved. Absolutely fantastic customer service!

My daughter and I watched the how to video together and figured out what we were doing.  My one concern about the kit was that the paper had arrived curved from the box. I had no idea how I was going to deal with paint, sponges and curved paper! Just as I’m wondering what to do about that, the video launched in to a short segment on how to unbend your paper.

Ella printmaking with her sponge!

My daughter loved this kit and so did I! We had a ball making sponges out of the special paper. I love that the paint was included in a powder form.   I also appreciated the lesson on positive and negative space in art even if we didn’t quite get to it because we were just enjoying our time together.

What I appreciate most about Kelly Kits is the great price! Each kit is $9.99 and includes enough material for 2 kids.  We easily could have gotten 3-4 activities out of our kit.  If you are a homechooler looking for an inexpensive way to include art in to your curriculum — this is it!

Would you like to WIN a year subscription?!  Kelly Kits is giving ONE Growing Up Gabel reader an entire year for FREE!  And — every single person who enters will receive a code for ONE FREE KELLY KIT (shipping is $2.49)! You can enter on their Facebook page — but HURRY! This giveaway ends Wednesday, August 8, 2012!



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