Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts (review and giveaway!)

My girls love craft projects!  Even Esther (age 1) will sit and color for a good portion of school time every morning.  I sometimes find it hard to come up with enough to keep them busy.  When I came across Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts, I knew we had to try it out.  We were sent a kit to review, and have another to give away.  :)


A kit from Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts includes craft materials (aside from scissors, crayons, etc) for 12 preschool age projects, mailed right to your home.  These are absolutely perfect for Julia to do while I am helping Lucy with her schoolwork.  Our kit focused on the color red and the shape trapezoid, both of which appeared in various projects.  Julia worked on coloring, cutting, gluing, and more.  She was proud of her creations and enjoyed showing them off.  I liked that the kit includes a list of books to read relating to the themes, as well as some snack ideas.  The crafts were very relevant to the month/ season, and fun to do.


While we received two kits, Lucy (age 6) chose not to do some of the projects because they were too simple for her.  These were right on Julia's level (age 4), and challenged her but kept her interested.  Having some sample activities posted on the website would have been helpful in determining the age and skill level appropriate for the kits.  I would also like to see a greater discount for families ordering multiple kits.  The papers are not intended to be copied, and the kit does contain some consumable items (a brad fastener, swatch of fabric, popsicle stick, etc).  They are definitely worthwhile, but pricey if you bought several of each.  Right now Esther is too young for one anyway.  :)


I am looking forward to ordering a few more of these for Julia.  It was so nice to have a box of ready to go crafts on hand.  Instead of spending time searching the internet, printing things out, and gathering supplies, I could focus on my day and feel prepared for those crafty moments whenever they struck!  Not only were we creating fun projects, but I felt good about the shape/ color/ cutting lessons involved as well.

Are you interested?  If you'd like to order a kit, use the code (one little word) for $2 off your first order.  Keep in mind that each kit needs to be ordered by the 15th of the previous month (ie order December before November 15th) and is no longer available after that point.

Shirley is giving away a January box to one of you!  To enter, leave a comment letting me know you've done one of the following (one comment for each entry, with a total of three possible):
- follow my blog or email subscribe
- like Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts on Facebook
- tell me your favorite easy holiday craft!

The giveaway will close on November 19th at midnight and the winner will be contacted by email.  Happy crafting!

*Giveaway closed.  Congrats Erika!*

29 comments:

  1. I just found your blog adn now subscribe via email.

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  2. I like Shirleys Prepackaged Crafts on FB!

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  3. Our favorite craft is handprint turkets. The kids cover their hands in paint and then make a handprint onto construction paper. I buy feathers for them and they glue the feathers to the turkey.

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  4. I don't know about easy but my girls love to make salt dough ornaments. They love playing with the dough and painting it.

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  5. I just subscribed to follow your blog here but our google account is in Erin's name. I love the stories and ideas you share. Thanks Christy.

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  6. I have a couple easy thanksgiving craft ideas. One is making leaves out of construction paper and writing things we're thankful for on them. We decorate our front door or an empty wall in the house with them. We like making hand prints on material with different colors making them into thankful things or turkeys for a thanksgiving table cloth. For Valentines day we cut out hearts to put up around the house with love notes or encouraging notes to each other and hanging them around the house.

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  7. We do a Thankfulness tree this time of year. I cut a trunk out of construction paper and have it pinned to our kitchen bulletin board. We have leaves (also free handed out of construction paper) and write what we are thankful for and pin those up too. It is fun to see what a 3 year old and a 1 year old come up with and to watch the tree get really full of leaves!

    Heather

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  8. I now follow your blog. Probably should've done that before anyway. ;)

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  9. I "liked" Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts on FB.

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  10. As far as crafts go, I'm still a sucker for handprint turkeys. =) My kids like them, and I like that I can make them fancy with feathers, or just have the kiddos color them. Plus, I can use my hand to make a Mama Turkey, and theirs to make babies. ;)

    And last year my oldest (then 4) was addicted to paper snowflakes! Love it. I did have to restock the printer paper pretty often, though!

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  11. We like to make paper chains at Christmas to count down the days until Christmas...remove a chain link each day of Advent.

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  12. so far...anything with hand prints!

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  13. I subcribe via email!

    jewelsntreasures (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. I like Shirley's crafts on facebook (Vanessa J)

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  15. My favorite craft is probably using the girls hands to make various things: trees, turkeys, etc.

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  16. I follow your blog!
    erika@mccannlive.net

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  17. We love to paint ornaments for the holidays with the kids!
    erika@mccannlive.net

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  18. We made reindeer out of our foot and hand prints. The foot is the face with the hand prints being the antlers. It is fun to see how much the kids grow each year.

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  19. subscribing to your blog via email!
    ldavis345@gmail.com

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  20. "Liked" on facebook!
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  21. My favorite easy holiday craft is stringing cranberries for the tree!
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  22. My favorite holiday craft is making turkeys out of pine cones with my younger cousins!! It allows them to be so unique and use their imaginations(:

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