Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bub & Me: KinderHands Monsters Theme Edu-Play Kit + {Book Box Giveaway}

There's a new monthly subscription box service in town to help busy parents who wish to cultivate creativity in their young children. Like current edu-play subscription boxes in the market {e.g. LolliBox}, the KinderHands Project Box is designed to eliminate all the hassle of preparation so parents can focus just on spending quality time bonding with their child and supporting their learning, all in the comfort of their own home :)

However, unlike other similar products in the market, it is not just a purely "hands-on" product. A specially selected popular book title is also recommended with the projects to inspire the child’s interest in the theme and incorporate literacy for a holistic learning experience. This also helps to cultivate in them a love for books– an important foundation for lifelong learning and something we advocate strongly at home as well.
Over the past week, we've explored the Monster Theme Book Box and were pleased with what we found. Lil Pumpkin doesn't just like all things pink and princessy, but she's also a big fan of the "queer". Not sure if many kids love vampires, zombies, werewolves the way this gutsy girl does :P So yes, she did enjoy the monster themed book, "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" and its related activities very much.

The book is very easy to understand and I love the way award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley created this ingenious book for kids to chase away their monsters. Kids turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they're ready to show him who's boss, they turn the remaining pages to make him vanish! It's an entertaining book to read aloud with Lil Pumpkin, but I also like her to read aloud to us and tell us the story according to her imagination. This encourages her to exercise creativity, and even if she can't read the words it's fine... I just enjoy seeing what her mind comes up with and it needn't be limited to the actual storyline. And yes.. I just love hearing her cutesy voice too ahahahah
And that's the way it is with the projects inside the box as well. Although each individually packaged project comes with detailed photographic instructions and required materials, they are designed to be as open-ended as possible so as to encourage kids to use their imagination.

We created Little Monster Munchies with the cookie cutter & Wilton candy eyeballs that came in the box. It was very easy for Lil Pumpkin to cut the bread with the cookie cutter {something she's done before}, then decorate with cheese, jam, sprinkles and fruits as she pleased. Oh don't waste the extra bread pieces.. you can make at quick microwave bread pudding with it :)

The project box inspired me as well and I made her a Monster Sandwich Obento as well which she eagerly gobbled up :P She didn't really like the raw spinach leaves though. I should have sliced the kiwi for the green hair haha.
The little fashionista also enjoyed making the beaded jewelry for the Monster Bells Sing-Along project. Other than cutting the chenille stems, she could thread the beads and bells all by herself. There's a good variety of plastic and wooden coloured beads in different sizes. With her jingling new jewelry, we sang along to the "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" song taught in the instruction booklet.  
The final project in the box to make a Monster Puppet is my favourite. No sewing required {hurray!} plus it's extremely versatile. With the given felt pieces, just cut them out for facial features and stick self-adhesive velcro fasterners {also given, but be prudent when using as it's just enough} to the back of each felt piece to hold the monster's face together. You can even make use of the die-cut pages in the "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" book to trace directly onto the felt. And that's not the end of it. With the velcro felt pieces, you can interchange the facial features around to create totally different monsters! Great way to learn about colours and shapes too.

The KinderHands Project Box is recommended for children aged 3-7 years old. It is available in two formats – the Project Box {S$29.90} comes with all the project materials required while the Book Box {S44.90} conveniently comes with both the project materials and featured book to save busy parents the hassle of purchasing the book separately. There's a new theme each month, and upcoming theme for Aug 2013 is "Owls". Subscription or single box orders can be placed online via the KinderHands website, with free delivery within Singapore right to your doorstep.

Promotion:  Enjoy S$3 off your first subscription box or single box now! Offer ends 31 Aug 2013.

KinderHands online shop launched last month & for my special blog readers and friends only, I have TWO Monster Theme Book Boxes {worth S$44.90 each} to give away!

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a KinderHands Facebook page fan

3. Share this post link on your Facebook wall and tag our pages. Make sure your post is public so we can view it!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your favourite monster + name of your FB account that you used to like the page + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, please contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.

TWO random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps!

Details:
* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* All winners will be announced on Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 on this blog post and notified via email. Winners have 5 days to reply, or the prizes will be redrawn.
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in the mail.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winners are Shannon Heo and Christina Tan. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: KinderHands provided the Monster Theme Book Box for review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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22 comments:

Theresa said...

What a fun box subscription! Anything that gets kid's imaginations flowing is a winner in my book. I just love the cookie cutters! Super fun!

Stacy said...

*Heart* your monster bento! Esp the rolled tongue heh. I am with lil pumpkin though on the spinach leaves...

manniqueen said...

Participating in the free giveaway! :)

Can't decide what's my favourite monster because i'm also a fan of all things "queer" like Chanel! :P

My favourite "literary" monster: Frankenstein
My favourite "mythological" monster: Medusa
My favourite "cute-and-not-so-scary" monster: Cookie Monster

Shannon Heo (shannon.heo*at*gmail.com)

min~* said...

favourite monster: MIKE! from monsters inc.
name of your FB account that you used to like the page: Yeo Szemin
email add: istophere@gmail.com

hoping to win this for a dear 4 year old princess i've a date with soon!

Angie @ Simply Mommie said...

My favourite monster's Cookie Monster! :)

Cen-Lin Ting said...

name of your FB account : cen-lin ting
Favorite monster is shrek!!

Tinkene@gmail.com

Playful Sarah said...

I LOVE ED EMBERLY!

Okay.
Favourite monster must be Cookie Monster! The first monster I knew in my childhood.

FB Name: Sarah Lee-Wong
sarah.wong@theplayfulparents.com

Serene Seah said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway !

We heart Cookie Monster !
FB name : Serene Seah
Email : serene_Seah@hotmail.com

Hope to win this for Xav !

Shirley Yong said...

Favorite is One-eyed Monster!

FB name : Shirley Yong
Email : shirley@yong.sg

Thanks for hosting!

Dana's Mommy and Daddy said...

Hi Ai

supporting your giveaway. My fav Monster is 'Sulley' from Monster Inc. Email: angelinesim(at)yahoo(dot)com

alissa apel said...

Super fun! She made some cool things.

Waiwai Leung said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
Love Cookie Monster!
Waiwai Leung, mami(at)peipeihaohao(dot)com

Christina Tan said...

Favourite monster: big spiders (to my son, spiders are monsterous)
Fb name: Christina Tan
Email: xtinatan@gmail.com

Winnie Lam said...

Cookie monster
Winnie Lam
lamwinnie@gmail.com

Carol Lim said...

Love Shrek! (he can be considered a monster, albeit a friendly one, no?)

Carol Lim Mei Mei
cmeilim@gmail.com

Akila said...

I love cookie monster.
Name:Ganesan Akila
Facebook name:Arsheitha Ganesan
email:akilac2003@yahoo.co.in

smirfkim said...

Fave monster of all is Sulley from Monsters Inc.

My other favourite monster is the one I created to scare my son when he is naughty ("Don't go inside or else the monster will bite you!") :)

Name of FB account: Tracy Kim

Email talkatoo@gmail.com

Xgg Chan said...

Favourite Monster : Loch Ness Monster!
FB account : Xgg Chan
Email : chanxgg@gmail.com

AYLI said...

Thanks Ai for hosting the giveaway!

Hahaha love the monster sandwich bento! Totally awesome and Lil pumpkins expression!!

fav monster: "Mike" in monsters inc
fb name: Delia Mar
email: deliajh@singnet.com.sg

thanks babe!

Lilium said...

My favorite monster is Count Dracula! Ha ha ha...

FB Account: Lilium Day

Btw, this book is also available in Chinese!

Connie Huang Low said...

I love cookie monster. i feel monster should not be scary
FB account: Connie Huang Low
email: sherbetgal@yahoo.com

thank you again for hosting!

Mummy J said...

I love cookie monster

Name: Jolin Poon
Email: babyhappie@hotmail.com