January 6, 2019

Kids’ Night In Box Review, December 2018: Winter Wonderland

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Overview of Kids Night In

Kids Night In, created by Night In Boxes, is a monthly subscription box service that offers an exciting night-in experience for kids. Each box includes several fun activities that kids will love. Kids Night In offers a regular box option as well as a faith-based option and subscriptions start at $42 per month, with discounts for quarterly, semi-annual, and annual subscriptions. Shipping is free within the US, but not internationally. 

This Kids Night In Box was provided to me by Night in Boxes for reviewing purposes. The box we received is the December "Winter Wonderland" Faith Night In box.

December KNI Box: Winter Wonderland

Contents of the December 2018 kids night in box

I opened this box while my kids were out with friends so I could get a sneak peek at the activities. My kids are always up for anything that seems remotely fun, and I could tell that this box was going to be a huge hit. As the theme was Winter Wonderland, all of the activities revolved around snowflakes. The box included the book Snowflake Bentley, three snowflake-themed art projects, a game, a faith-based discussion guide, and an optional recipe.

The Winter Wonderland Menu

The Kids Night In menu was quite simple compared to the Date Night In menus. It included just one recipe and that was for snowman French toast. We weren't able to make it due to dietary restrictions, but I knew the kids would go be thrilled to have breakfast for dinner, so we made sweet potato pancakes instead. While we cooked, we listened to the Smallfoot soundtrack to help set the mood. 

The Activities

This box included six activities, and amazingly, we were able to get our three daughters to cooperate with each other on all of them. That was a miracle in itself!

First, we read Snowflake Bentley, a charming book about a man who first developed techniques to photograph snowflakes. We'd read it before but it had been a very long time, so this was a nice refresher. The box included pre- and post-book discussion questions for both younger and older kids, which was really helpful.

Second, they made a cool glittery snowflake using bleeding tissue paper. An instructional video was provided for this and made it super easy. The only downside was that the box did not contain enough tissue paper or the right colour tissue paper to match the demo project, but the kids innovated and came up with their own ideas to make it their own. 

Then we played a snowflake dancing game. We listened to the song The Snow is Dancing by Claude Debussy and the girls danced around like snowflakes as I prompted them to demonstrate different rhythms that snowflakes might make. 

The next art activity was a beaded snowflake built on a pipe cleaner structure, which they were able to put together solo. We completed the faith-based discussion, which used the verse "You were fearfully and wonderfully made..." to introduce kids to the idea that they are as unique as snowflakes.

Finally, there was a hand-shaped snowflake ornament project perfect for preschoolers. 

Honestly, the box included way too much for one night; we ended up spreading it out over the weekend, which made it even more enjoyable for the kids. 

The Verdict

Overall, this was a wonderful experience for the kids. They've had to sit on the sidelines for months while we've enjoyed our Date Night In boxes, so it was awesome to be able to bless them with their own special night. 

If you’re interested in ordering a Kids Night In box for yourself, you can learn more here.

Kids Night In Box a Super Fun and Eay way to create and awesome date night in for kids
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