Note: I received a promotional item to facilitate this post. All opinions are honest and my own.
With summer right around the corner I wanted to get some new clothes for the kids, so my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I headed off to Gymboree. I noticed a display of bright & cheery play clothes from Gymboree’s new Hop N’ Roll line, and found a ton of great items for E, our two-year-old. You can check out all the Hop N’ Roll clothes online, or find them in your local Gymboree.
When we went to check out, I saw a sign promoting Gymboree’s partnership with KaBOOM!, with a focus on giving kids the playspaces they need. I’m a firm believer that kids need play time for many different reasons developmentally and socially, so I absolutely love this!
All the way through May 31, Gymboree will be supporting KaBOOM! with a series of programs and activities – including donating a percentage of proceeds from the Hop N’ Roll line and creating an exclusive arts & crafts box with Kiwi Crate – with the goal of raising enough money to build a place to play for 10,000 deserving kids in 2015. We tried out this special edition mini Kiwi Crate, and you’ll just have to see what craft we got to do, and how much fun the kids had:
The box has everything (and I mean everything, down to strips of tape!) you need to make a fun craft with your children. Since we have two boys perfect for Kiwi Crate, I loved that it included enough supplies to make two wind-powered cars. The boys got right to work, with minimal help from me.
They decorated their bases and sails with provided stickers – I love how colorful everything is, and it was fun watching them decide how to decorate their elements. It was a great learning experience for them, too. They wanted to know what the clay was for, and I made them guess. J figured out the real purpose – helping to keep the wheels on!
C figured out the wheels could double as a dumbbell:
They loved their cars, and being the competitive brothers that they are, they couldn’t wait to race and see who’d win.
J won, but I reminded him that he has bigger 7-year-old lungs to power his car, versus C’s just-turned-6 lungs. We talked about strategies of where to blow on the sail to make the most impact – they quickly decided that blowing at the bottom center of the sail was the best spot.
Watching my kids play and have an absolute blast with their Kiwi Crate was just another reminder of how important Gymboree’s partnership with KaBOOM! really is. I hope you’ll support the cause and help give 10,000 kids a space to play. And if you’d like to receive this great Kiwi Crate we tried out, you can get it for just $5, with all proceeds going to KaBOOM! It’s a limited edition crate, so snag one before they’re out! Just click here to order your Kiwi Crate.