I remember loving the snow as a kid.  I’d play outside in it with hardly a thought to how cold it was, how much snow was in my boots or the snot running down my face that I couldn’t feel because my face was frozen too.  As I got older, the snow became more of a nuisance and something that I had to endure, especially when it came to driving in it and walking to and from school when I got into college.  But since becoming a mom almost seven years ago, I’ve had a chance to see snow through my children’s eyes and I’m reminded about the magic it creates for them.  Just before Christmas, we received our monthly Kids Night In Box with a Winter Wonderland theme and my kids couldn’t wait to open it!

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

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As with the other Kids Night In Boxes, this one included a book called Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  It is a story about Wilson Bentley, who was the first person to photograph snowflakes and who became a world renown expert on snowflakes.  It was a little longer of a book, but both the kids and I were interested in it and we all learned some new facts about snowflakes.

This box had three different art/craft activities, all centered around snowflakes.  The first one was creating a sparkling snowflake using the bleeding tissue paper method, some glue and glitter.  We did a similar activity as part of our Under the Sea box last year and it was fun to do it again with the kids.

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

Next, we took a break from our art project to let it dry and used the Snowflake Dancing Cards that came with our box.  I pulled up the music found on the Kids Night In website for this month’s box and then read the cards to my kids.  It was so funny to watch them try and interpret the words on the cards: shimmering, gliding, melting, etc.  Even the baby had fun sitting on the floor watching them and flapping her arms around.

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

Then we pulled out the supplies for the other two activities: a snowflake made out of pipe cleaners and pony beads and a kit to trace their hand and decorate it with a poem and foam snowflakes.  Both of my kids love arts and crafts, so the pipe cleaner snowflake project was right up their alley.  And thankfully my kids hands are still small enough that they could each fit a hand on the foam sheet to make that project, so we avoided a meltdown. *phew*

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

Last, we made some snow cones and flavored them with the powdered drink mix that came with our box.  Normally I would use my homemade snow cone syrup recipe, but the kids insisted on making the flavoring just like it showed in the booklet.  To make the “snow”, we threw some ice cubes in our Blendtec (easily one of the best purchases we’ve ever made) and crushed them up.  The kids were shivering by the time they were done with their snow cones, but happy and ready to snuggle up in a blanket to warm up.

Winter is a magical wonderland for kids and we loved learning about snowflakes as part of this month's Kids Night In Box!

Our family honestly loves Kids Night In Boxes.  They are so well thought out and great for a range of ages, as well as being educational.  So with the new year, I thought it would be fun to give you guys the chance to win your own Kids Night In Box to try out with your family!  The giveaway starts today (1/4/19) and ends next Monday (1/7/19) at 12am MST.  Winner will be announced on Instagram.  Must be 18 or older and live in the US.  All you need to do is enter below:

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If you’d like to try your own Kids Night In Box for your own kids, grandkids or friends, you can sign up HERE!  (You can also see previous examples of Kids Night In Boxes we’ve received HERE.)

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14 Comments

  1. My daughters would love this! Winter is definitely too long here in New England and this would be a great way to help us get through it.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      Yes, it is definitely a great activity to pull out on those cold days where you are stuck inside. You can also split up the activities and do them all on different days to make the box last longer.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      Haha, right? Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s THEIR box. 😉

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      I totally agree Jessica. They put a lot of thought into each of the activities and it really shows.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      Yeah, my kids love all the different activities. They are both super hands on kids so this is perfect for them.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      Yes, I’m sure you two would have so much fun together!

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