Anyone else scroll through their social media feeds and dream about being the kind of mom that has it all figured out? The one that posts daily photos of all her enriching, educational, and fun kids activities? You know the mom I’m talking about. Her makeup is always done and her kids have plenty of cute crafts that also encourage some developmental skills. Oh and of course her home is always immaculately clean!
It is completely safe to say that I am not that mom.
I am not a creative, Pinterest-fueled momma. (Most days I am a semi-awake, coffee-fueled momma just trying to survive)
If you’re like me (hey girl, let’s be friends!) then I have a treat for you.
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I have discovered the absolute best activity to entertain your kids. It is zero prep. Everything you need is included. And I can promise you that your kids have never done this before. (Also, you’ll be able to take some seriously Instagram-worthy photos!)
Just wait until you see what is inside.
A Day at the Farm
Each box has a specific theme. You receive a book, snack, and activities that are all based on that theme. You can look at past boxes on their website. Each month is something new and unique. And in my opinion, the best part is that it isn’t just a toy. It’s a memory that you’re making.
Each box comes with a booklet outlining that night’s activities. If I were you, I’d at least skim through it before you plan on having your fun Kid’s Night In.
However, like I said, there is no prep. You can totally fly by the seat of your pants, as they say. Which is exactly my style.
There is also a recommended menu, much like Date Night In. When your order has shipped, they’ll send you a link to access the menu. But you can choose to skip it if you’d like. This month, since the theme is Day at the Farm, the menu is bagels decorated to look like various farm animals. How cute!
One thing I love about Kid’s Night In is that every box comes with a book. We love building my son’s library, but books can get expensive. So getting a new one every month is pretty much awesome. It guarantees that you’ll have something valuable to keep.
If you love reading to your kids, or if you have an older child that would like to practice their reading skills, this is a great box for you! The entire night is based on the book, so your child will definitely learn through play!
Who needs Pinterest when you can have every single item you need delivered to your doorstep? I’m not kidding, it’s all included (except scissors).
They give you eight “egg cartons” (that’s what they refer to them as, but I don’t really know what they are). This makes four farm animals. They give you glue to stick the cartons together, as well as little embellishments to glue to your animal (snouts, ears, etc).
You do need scissors. Which, was kind of a letdown. Would’ve been cool if they were perforated so you could just pop them out. Oh well!
They also include paint and a paintbrush. This is why I would recommend reading through the information booklet ahead of time. If you have multiple children participating, you might need extra paintbrushes. You also might want to put some newspaper down if your kids are messy 😉
The information booklet has all of the instructions on how to make each animal. They include the supplies for a sheep, cow, pig, and duck.
There’s one thing I have to address, though. In honor of full transparency, there was one major let down. The embellishments were messed up! Everything that there were two of came as exact copies, rather than mirror images. This means that one ear (or wing, in the duck’s case) on each of them was upside down.
That’s probably not a big deal for kids. But it hurt my perfectionistic heart. It’s the most obvious on the cow, because one horn is pointing down.
This thing is so cute! It’s Farm Animal Yoga, so each pose is compared to an animal. This is such a great way to help your kid(s) calm down. Yoga is extremely beneficial, even for kids.
Yoga is not only a great way to calm down and help with emotional regulation, but it also helps kiddos with body awareness. It can also help them with concentration and self-esteem. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of yoga for kids, this article is great. You might be surprised to find that your child loves doing yoga!
Why not jump in with them and strike a few (yoga) poses? You’d be amazed how great it feels just to stretch in ways you’re not used to.
Even though you are provided a suggested menu, there are snacks included. This month we got animal crackers (obviously!) and lemonade. This lemonade was delicious, by the way. So, if you don’t want to do the bagels, your kids will still get a little treat.
The book you receive comes with stickers! So your book is also a little activity. Nothing extravagant, but it’s definitely fun to personalize your book.
Besides, what kid doesn’t love stickers?
These foam visors are so cute. The booklet instructs you to put them on and tune into their curated playlist. Time for a ho down!
The playlist was super cute. My son loves music, so although he’s too young for most of this, he still danced around with me. It was super fun to have our own little curated playlist.
I am honestly tempted to keep getting the Kid’s Night In Box each month just because of how cute and fun it was. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Date Night In, but how adorable are those little farm animals I made, even with the wonky ears?
My son is too young for this (they recommend 3 years or older, which I think it about right) but I certainly had fun. One nice thing about Night In Boxes is that you can order just one month, or you can subscribe for 3 months, 6 months, or a year. So, if you still aren’t convinced, just get one box and see what you think. But I promise, your kids are going to beg for next month’s box.
I think this is such a special treat to get for your kid(s). It’s a nice, low-key way to connect with your kids. Or, if you have an older child that would be willing to take the reigns, you could finally have a night off! (One can dream, right?)
Will you be getting next month’s Kid’s Night In? And if you’re curious about what I thought of their Date Night In, you can read all about that date right here (hint: it involved cotton candy and blindfolds!). Make sure you check out Kids Night In right here.