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Kid-Friendly Activities At Your Door

Kid-Friendly Activities At Your Door

By Rachel Meeks

BabbaBox no longer offers subscription boxes but we list other companies below that do.

A BabbaBox is an activity box that is delivered to you and arrives on your doorstep to help you create, explore, story tell, and connect with your kids.

When asked if I wanted to review a BabbaBox, I took one look at the BabbaCo website, thought that the crafts and enrichment activities would be perfect for my kids, and replied, “Sign me up!”

My kids are two and six years old, and the BabbaBox is designed for kids ages three to six. You can sign up to receive a BabbaBox through a monthly or annual subscription.

When it arrived, the way it is packaged makes me think this would work well as a gift.

As I opened the box, the first thing I noticed is the kid-sized scissors, and thank goodness, because we have scissors, but they always disappear, and this way I wouldn’t have to go looking for them before we could start. The BabbaBox is complete with everything you need to do the crafts and activities, including glue, colored pencils, and even googly eyes.

Each BabbaBox focuses on a monthly theme, and this month’s theme is “feelings.” The activities are designed to help kids express emotions, and the supplemental materials help parents engage with their child as they do the activities together.

This box contains two projects to create: feelings magnets and sock puppets.

My kids loved making the sock puppets. The sock puppet craft is more involved than what I would normally do on my own, but having the materials ready and the step-by-step instructions makes it easy.

Every box has two or three hands-on projects to create together. Both of my kids could participate and share the contents. I was glad there were two sock puppets so they could each make one.

The activity to explore was a creative idea. The kids put on spy glasses to observe other people’s feelings. Our glasses broke as I took them out of the box. The company’s policy is to send a replacement as soon as possible if something in the box is missing or defective, but I just taped them back together. Then the kids ran around and asked people what they were feeling to record it in their feelings journal.

Because there are so many activities and suggestions in a BabbaBox, I think the best way is to focus on one activity per day so you can make the most of it instead of racing through all of them at once.

The book for story telling emphasized caring for other people and empathy. My almost three-year-old was drawn in by the illustrations.

Included with the subscription is an age-appropriate app that you can download for an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. There is even a bonus gift for mom included inside the box—- a small back massager to take away feelings of stress.

I think my kids would definitely look forward to receiving a package like this in the mail every month full of activities that we can do together.

Since BabbaBox no longer offers craft-based kits (available for single purchase and via subscription), here are some that do: Kid Made Modern, Seedling, Kiwi Crates, and Green Kid Crafts.

About the Author

Rachel Meeks

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to b...

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to be a parent when you’re not surrounded by a ton of stuff.)

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Tristan K.
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Tristan K.

The kiddos and I made rainclouds using a cup of water and shaving cream on the top. We then added food color to the top of the shaving cream to mimick the clouds getting heavy with water and then “raining.” They loved it!

Kari E
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Kari E

My daughter (3) is really interested in sewing, so I’m enjoying making memories with her as we talk about how the sewing machine works!

Brittany
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Brittany

I’m always looking for activities to do with my toddler.  This looks like a lot of fun 🙂

BV
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BV

I loved making dream catchers.

kelli
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kelli

My son loves to paint. In face, our master bedroom features his artwork above our bed! Love that he likes to be creative. He is 2.

Lisa
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Oh!  This looks great!  My daughter loved when I painted her feet and she made ghosts, or her hands and she made bunnies and hearts for her grandparents!

Katherine
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Katherine

I loved making plaster masks!

jL
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jL

My two year old twins are really into drawing and “playing stickers” right now. My daughter is very intense about her coloring. And loves to say, “So pretty!” when she’s done.

Colleen
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Colleen

My almost-2-year-old loves it when I get out the butcher paper and he can go to town with finger paints! I’m always looking for new things to expose him to, though, and these look great!

Ana
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Ana

It might be old school but my daughter LOVES “painting with her hands” 🙂

Jennifer B
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Jennifer B

I WANT this!  My 3 year old loves paint and glue!  I used to love to color and loved the 3-D art projects in school.

Randi
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Randi

This would be an AWESOME gift for my niece.

Sally S.
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Sally S.

My favorite as a kid was paper mache, tons of mess but tons of fun too!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Leigh
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Leigh

I had a great time making suns on paper plates with my kids (14m and 3) this summer.

Jan
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Jan

We are having a lot of fun paintng! We spice it up by using not just our hands, but our feet and our bellies! Everyone gets to pick an object to use too – a leaf, a sponge, etc. (Ages 6 and 2yr old twins)

Leslie
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Leslie

Sounds great. I remember my first craft was sewing with roving a felt doll when I was little. I loved it.

Jessica
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Jessica

My favorite activity right now is finger painting with my 2 year old. It quickly becomes body painting but still lots of fun!

Kim
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Kim

My son loves to glue things- anything- so I just give him old birthday cards, business cards, or envelopes and let him paste them to poster boards to make collages.

Sarah
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Sarah

What a great idea!  Anything with stickers or glitter as a kid and I was good to go!  

Allison
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Allison

My daughter loves to finger paint. My favorite memory is just letting go of the mess and letting her go crazy with the paints.

Milly Hernandez
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Milly Hernandez

My husband and I made this past weekend with our 5 years old daughter a couple of robots made with toilet papel roll tube, we paint, decorate and our daughter had a really good and fun time. She loves to made crafts and paint and drawing. Our next project will be make some socks puppets and she wants to make a show puppets for us!! This box is an awesome idea, I love it!!! 

shel
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shel

I always loved painting suncatchers with my mom and my sister and hanging them in the window on a sunny day!  My son is 15 months and I can’t wait until he’s old enough for some serious crafts!

Jenny
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Jenny

My son is only 6 months old, but I remember a craft I did with my late grandmother.  She taught me and my three sisters how to make miniature boxes from Christmas, greeting, birthday cards.  At one family gathering, my sisters and I made hundreds of these little boxes, and then handed them out as gifts!  I can’t wait to show my son how it’s done!

Brooke
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Brooke

My favorite crafting memories are making potholders, shrink-a-dinks and painting Christmas ornaments. I’d love to win this box and make future memories with my almost 2-year-old and 5-year-old!

Ally
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Ally

Well it’s not really crafting, but my kids’ favorite activity is getting a huge plate of shaving cream and adding food coloring to it. They love mixing it around and making new colors. 

Laura
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I remember making potholders on looms. LOTS AND LOTS OF POTHOLDERS. Those things were awesome and you would get mesmerized by the “over under over under” and then get all angry because you couldn’t find another white loop but cream and it threw everything off! LOVED THAT! Incidentally, my niece started making them!

Michele
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Michele

I made St Patricks Day “clues” with little green footprints curtesy of my 6 month old and left them around the house. They had pictures to help my 2.5 year old know where to find the next clue (for example, a washing machine, a bed, a bathtub). The final clue sent her to the tub where she found a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end. The “gold” were chocolate coins that she got to enjoy. Fun!

Liz
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Liz

I love the theme of feelings. What an adorable, clever way to get kids to learn empathy!

Rachel
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Rachel

I think I need help coming up with craft ideas for my 4 year old! She loves to finger paint and comes up with awesome stories about her projects!

Audrey
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Audrey

A favorite childhood craft was making paper mâché volcano, how fitting for where we lived then (Hawaii). Will do this with my son soon, now that we are back in Hawaii!

paige
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paige

My daughter’s learning how to sew and we made fabric napkins for her school lunches this year — she also made her little sister a pillow!

Belle Chang
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Belle Chang

Making favorite Sesame Street characters with my son using Playdoh!

Kristel
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Kristel

I loved doing art with my mom and brothers. We drew with pen and ink, oils, watercolors, pastels, crayons, and everything else. Now as a mom I use what I learned from my mom with my own kids!

Andee
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Andee

We’re currently coloring by numbers – it’s a lot of fun!

Alison
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Alison

We had a kit for mini lunch bag puppets that my mother-in-law gave my two year old before we got on an airplane to go home.  At first I though, “Great.  Crafts on a plane?  With a two year old?  Is she nuts?!”  They were GREAT!  The pieces were precut foamies with a peel off backing and just stuck right on like big stickers.  After making three puppets, my daughter played with them for the rest of the plane ride!

Caitlin
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Caitlin

My favorite crafting memory is from my childhood.  At my kindergarten we used to have “trash to treasure” where we brought in old egg cartons and things and made crafts out of them.  I also loved that we used old wallpaper samples to make covers for the books we wrote and had “published” by the school’s press (which was just a stamp) but it inspired me to do a lot of writing throughout my childhood.

Kat
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Kat

My son loves to paint, but my favorite craft as a kid was beading. We had a local store that kept beads is glass jars, and I loved poking through the jars to find pretty beads for jewelry and key chains.

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Stacy
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Stacy

My favorite memories growing up are making tie-dyed shirts and god’s eyes. I love letting my kids have fun with the shaving cream and now my daughter is enjoying sewing kits. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carrie Phillips
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Carrie Phillips

My favorite crafting memory was when my mom used to melt down our old crayon pieces and make new multicolored crayon shapes. I always thought she was just being crafty but I now realize that she was being thrifty as well!!!
Carrie

Linda
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Linda

I love to watch my son paint!

Holly
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Holly

I always thought Playdough was the equivalent of crafting and that’s about as crafty as I get with my kids!

Aubrey M.
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Aubrey M.

My childhood was a crafting wonderland, as my mom had various crafty businesses when I was a kid. We were always making something fantastic!  One of my favorite things about this — more of an impression than a specific memory — was that I had access to just about anything I needed when inspiration hit.  I loved perusing her bottles of acrylic paint, boxes of beads, piles of fabric scraps.  It was great!  My son is almost three and just becoming interested in making things, so thank you for the chance to win!

Gerette
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Gerette

I love teaching my seven year old to sew and knit and can’t wait to do the same with my five year old. It’s amazing to me how so many “old-fashioned” crafts have become popular again. When I first started doing needlepoint in my 20s, I remember getting a lot of odd looks.

Sarah Shaffer
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Sarah Shaffer

There is just something about shaving cream. Seriously, best craft supply ever. A $2 bottle of sheer entertainment. My kids get so excited about “painting the outside of our glass slidingdoor and then spraying it off with the hose (and I get a clean door!), making snow puff paint, putting it on each other’s faces and then “shaving” it off with a play razor. Love it!

Jessica
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Jessica

I love that crafting has endless possibilities. I remember crafting with my mom (a perfectionist seamstress) when I was little and learning life skills along the way. Now, as a mom, I craft with my kids using other avenues. We use all kinds of supplies and tons of imagination. We make messes. We make projects. We make memories. We love crafting!

Rebekah
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Rebekah

My daughter and I made a rug for her doll house together. It was a fun time of connecting.

keely
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I’m not sure if it counts as “crafting,” but what came to mind were the (many) times my sister and I made homemade “Glamour Shots.”  We hung a sheet on the wall, picked out different outfits and accessories, props, etc.  We took Polaroids of it all.  So great.

Elaine
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Elaine

Favorite crafting time with my girls was the most recent red white and blue bead necklaces for te 4th.

Robin from Frugal Family Times
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Every summer we rent a cottage. Each year I pick up four little canvases, one for each of us, and we all paint the scenery or something we want to remember from our holiday.  It is so lovely to look back and remember our holiday and see how much the little artists have grown.