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KiwiCo has subscription boxes for kids of all ages that contain fun and educational activities designed by child development experts.
Its newest box, the Panda Crate, is a subscription box for babies and toddlers (0 to 24 months).
I tested Panda Crate with my toddler, and she didn’t just engage with these toys once — she wanted to go back to play with them again and again.
Depending on your subscription, prices currently range from $20 to $30 per crate.
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As a work-at-home mom, I often feel overwhelmed by making sure I’m teaching my daughter everything she needs to know and appropriately stimulating her to help her development. She doesn’t go to daycare and she’s not old enough for preschool, so it all falls on me.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, up until age 5, it’s important to talk, read, and sing with your child every day. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates for regular play “because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”
So, to support Ellie’s development, I make sure we get those four things in daily: talking, reading, singing, and playing. Even though I know those are the activities we should be doing each day, I still sometimes run out of ideas and activities.
This is where play subscription boxes like Lovevery and KiwiCo come in handy. I was excited when KiwiCo launched its new Panda Crate subscription box for babies and toddlers (ages newborn to 24 months). They sent me a sample box to try out, and here’s what it was like for me and my daughter to explore the activities in the box.
What is the KiwiCo Panda Crate?
KiwiCo offers different versions of the Panda Crate for five age bands: 0 to 2 months, 3 to 6 months, 7 to 12 months, 13 to 18 months, and 19 to 24 months. Each box has fun and educational activities designed specifically for your child’s age.
The boxes are created by experts, including former educators and child development professionals, and also tested by kids. This certainly makes my life easier, knowing I can spend less time researching which activities are appropriate for Ellie and more time playing with her.
Because the crates are designed by experts, they deliver activities in your child’s zone of proximal development. This is a fancy way of saying the activities provide a little bit of a challenge so your child learns — but not so much of a challenge that they shut down and give up. It’s the sweet spot of learning, and as a former teacher, I’ve seen how students flourish in this zone.
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The box definitely hit the sweet spot for Ellie. She …read more
Source:: Business Insider