KinderHands review and giveaway

KinderHands review and giveawayYou know I’m big on learning activities for my kids because besides the obvious fact that the children benefit from the activities, I derive so much pleasure just watching them learn, laugh and basically just enjoy themselves. Besides planning my own activities, now and then we are really glad to have some ready materials to work with so that I can take a break from the planning, so to speak. That’s where the next piece of news fits in – there’s a new monthly subscription educational box service in town – KinderHands!

Similar to other edu-play boxes (read my reviews of Lollibox and Toddibox), KinderHands is a box filled with ready-planned activities for parents to bond with children through learning activities. Besides having activities nicely packed in the box, the KinderHands Book Box includes a book that is specially chosen to match the theme of the box. What I felt made it superior to its competitor in this aspect was that KinderHands made the activities an extension of the book rather than just including a book with the theme of the month – I shall show you more in awhile.

The Book Box I received for the review was about Owls and the kids LOVED the book! Owl Babies by Martin Waddell was truly a good read because my kids could empathise with the baby owls who couldn’t find their mummy and how the littlest owl just kept whining ‘I want my mummy!’ – definitely sounding every bit like my boy!

Included in the box is an activity kit to make owl finger puppets to go along with the book.

DSC_0751Older kids should be able to work on this better on their own – my girl needed quite a bit of help to put everything together.

And after a lot of gluing and twisting, we made three lovely owls (one without wings because there was 1 fluffy pipecleaner short in the pack).

KinderHands review and giveaway

Can you spot the owl without wings? ๐Ÿ™‚

Ah, finally all done. Unfortunately the owls are pretty fragile and kept falling off the pipe cleaners – maybe a hot glue gun might fix that problem. To be fair, we were given Elmer’s school glue for the project but from experience, pipe cleaners just don’t take very well to glue. And the pipe cleaners had rather sharp edges after the cutting and twisting. Cute project though, don’t you think?

DSC_0773The second project in the box was to make a flying owl. There was sufficient material provided to make two owls for a race. ๐Ÿ™‚ Provided in each neat package is a coloured sheet of instructions with photographs for the steps.

flying owl collageSo how do these owls fly? It was recommended by the instructions to hold one end of the string while your child holds the other end lower and to watch the owl fly. We tried, but it wasn’t really very spectacular and because she was so keen to do the owl race and there were only two of us then because the little one was napping, we figured out a rather innovative way to watch the owls ‘fly’. Here’s a video of the flying owls (by then my little one had woken up from his nap):

The last activity in the box puts a twist on the classic favourite sport.

bowling collageCardstock to make 10 b-OWL-ing pins were provided and we had the option to just colour in the eyes, beak and wings or to use the blank side to draw our own owls. With an excited kid who couldn’t wait to play, we obviously went with just colouring with the markers provided. Roll the cardstock around a toilet roll tightly, tape the cardstock together (not to the toilet roll) then remove the toilet roll and repeat for the rest of the bowling pins. We made 6 instead of 10 because she got tired of colouring after awhile and just wanted to play. And we didn’t write numbers on the owls either as instructed.

Now for this activity, the kids are introduced to:

  • Science (chain reaction)
  • Numeracy (counting pins that fell, tallying scores, adding the numbers written on the pins)

We didn’t use scrunched up newspapers as per instructions given because we have a simple bowling set at home which comes with plastic bowling balls so we used that. I’m pretty sure newspapers wouldn’t roll as well but well, they were trying to provide an alternative if you really don’t have one. But seriously, any ball will do and I’m sure with kids, balls are aplenty in the house.

Did we like the KinderHands box? Overall, yes because the book selected was great, the kids learnt some owl facts from the fact sheet provided, the activities were innovative and made relevant to the storybook and there wasn’t a lot of preparation work to be done by the parent prior to starting the activity. My only grouse is it has only three activities! Perhaps there could be a couple more, or at least one more since its competitors offer more activities at a similar cost ๐Ÿ˜›

The KinderHands Project Box is recommended for children aged 3-7 years old. It is available in two options:

  1. Project Box {S$29.90} comes with all the project materials required (no book) – offers flexibility to parents who may want to source for the recommended book on their own or may want to use other books
  2. Book Box {S44.90} comes with both the project materials and featured book – offers parents convenience so there’s nothing else to do except to get down to opening the box and doing the activities with the child.

There’s a new theme each month, and the theme for September is “Stars”. KinderHands just started in July so there are only currently three themes in the shop.

Subscription or single box orders can be placed online via the KinderHands website, with free delivery (Singpost normal mail) within Singapore.

From previous reviews, I’ve heard your feedback that you’d like to have the same box that was reviewed so here’s the good news! I have an Owl Theme Book Box {worth S$44.90} to give away!

Simply fill in the Rafflecopter widget as usual. Commenting on the blog is the only mandatory thing to do to qualify for the contest, but it would be nice to check out the other options to get more chances to win!

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38 Responses to KinderHands review and giveaway

  1. Shirley Yong (Yoko) says:

    Thanks for hosting! I’m so excited i hope i win ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nadia says:

    The flying owl is soooooo cool!! Would like to win one for the boys and try it out ourselves, bet it’s going to ignite a whole feeling of excitement when they try it out!

  3. Robert Sim says:

    I like the bowling pin owls. Tks!

  4. Jolin says:

    Thanks for hosting. I love the b-OWL-ing game the most.

  5. Winnie says:

    My kids love the bowling pin

  6. Carol Lim says:

    We like the flying owls!! Thanks! =)

  7. Mich says:

    Hope to win. My girl likes the owl bowling pins

  8. Waiwai says:

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I like Flying Owls!
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  9. Lilium Day says:

    I love how the owls fly! So cute! Thanks for hosting!

  10. Summerbabies says:

    Seems a bit different from lollibox. Would love to try it.

  11. Joelle Tham says:

    Thanks for this gd review. I think the crafts are great!

  12. Lyn says:

    It’s an educational n fun activity! Would love to have it.

  13. Winnie says:

    I like the bowling game best. So much fun!
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  14. Jus says:

    The flying owls were a pretty cool idea! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  15. Wenli says:

    I have not let my boy try on these edu-play boxes. This will be a great start!

  16. Cynthia Lau says:

    The b-OWL-ing pins will be able to keep my child occupied for at least an hour. It is so interesting!

  17. Ting says:

    It has to be the bowling pin!
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  18. Xgg Chan says:

    I love b-OWL-ing best!

  19. Ade Leo says:

    This is so interesting! Thanks for the recommendation! I think my 5yo will like all of these crafty activities very much!

  20. Li Peng says:

    Simply love the book that comes along with the craft. Simply convenient!

  21. Arsheitha Ganesan says:

    I like the flying owl and feel it’s fun to have them fly around your house and the kids playing with them.

  22. Valerie Toh says:

    I love the b-OWL-ing game!!! I have a bowling set for my elder boy at home & he simply loves to roll the ball towards the pin. b-OWL-ing can get him to anticipate in coloring the pins & DIY from scratch! He will definitely enjoy it! ^_^

  23. Sharon Toh says:

    My boy would love this owl craft set!
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  24. Priscilla Neo says:

    My 4 years old boy will love this, he loves craftwork and we are running out of ideas. This will come in handy.

  25. ashmika jain says:

    Hi,

    Loved the concept. Very creative. My daughters love to do craft work. Hope to win it for her on Daughter’s day. We loved the flying owl one the most. Simply awesome.

    Thanks

  26. Lynn Soh says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! My girls will love the book set!

  27. Evelyn says:

    I would love to win as I love owls !!!

    Evelyn
    Elim220380@gmail.com

  28. Mae Shenoy says:

    I think my baby will be thrilled to have it.

  29. Eunice wee says:

    We love doing crafts together. This kit would be great fun. Thanks.
    Loving the owl babies…CUTE!

    Cheers
    Eunice wee
    Nikki_wee@hotmail.com

  30. Ang Siew tiang says:

    Very nice! I’m sure Alanis and I will have a lot of happy time together with this kit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Meiru says:

    Owl favourite is definitely the bOWLing pins! We are PINning our hopes on this comment. HOOTray! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Megan says:

    My girl loves to do art and crafts. I am sure she will be very thrilled to receive this set!

  33. Keith says:

    Love the ideas; awesome

  34. Monika C says:

    My son will love the bowling pins. Hope to win this to keep him busy. Thanks!

  35. evelin says:

    love the owls! hope to win it for my boys, thanks

    • simplymommie says:

      Hi evelin, the giveaway ended on 24/9 and the winner has already been contacted on the 25/9. Thanks for participating! You may wish to check out the rest of the giveaways that are going on now on the blog by clicking on the giveaway banners at the end of the blog post (clicking on the pic will bring you directly to the giveaway post).

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