StoryCraft Box Review and Giveaway!!!

Saturday, June 29, 2013
One of my very favorite alphabet books is LMNOPeas by Keith Baker so I was SUPER excited when I saw it on the StoryCraft Box list! 

A friend was bragging about these boxes and I knew I had to try one with T. Big problem though-choosing just one! I love The Big Orange Splot as a back to school read and to keep handy when a situation arrises in my classroom. I love A Bad Case of the Stripes and all things David Shannon in general. I love Room on the Broom and read it every Halloween without fail. I love Gregory the Terrible Eater and consider it a classic. I love Miss Rumphius and have many fun activities to accompany it at school. I also really love Come on, Rain! and use it as mentor in workshop. I am not as familiar with The Scrambled States of America but I have seen it and I feel certain my class would love it! 

Knowing how much my guy is into letters and words and sounds right now, I felt like I should jump on that, so I went with LMNOPeas. I have the book in my classroom but we did not have a copy at home. So glad we do now! We've revisited it many times!

When the box arrived, T was ecstatic. He loves getting mail and a package really throws him over the top! We opened it to find a list of  skills that can be supported with the text. <teacher happy> 
 The box is had every material needed to complete the activities-glue stick, watercolors, popsicle sticks, cards, velcro, cup for water, binder ring, stingers, art paper, and letters. WOW! I told T I couldn't believe how easy this was and he said, "Mom it's not easy for everyone." HA! We were on two different pages!
After reading the book (which we did the night before and then on the same day, I let him choose our first activity. He chose painting. We folded the paper, he traced the lines, wrote the letters of his name, decorated and then painted a name masterpiece. It now proudly hangs in our home! He is so proud of it!
While he designed, I put the velcro on the sticks. There was no prep before we started. It was AWESOME! These would be used for making letters of the alphabet. He loved this and I love knowing I have these around for later! I'm thinking road trips, hotel stays, etc for these bad boys! 
This is how he made an A.
We did alter one of the activities that suggested glueing letter cards to the index cards. T is a little beyond that so we added family names and basic sight words to the cards. The box absolutely encourages you to branch out and use these supplies to meet your needs. We used the letter cards to play games with sounds and matching. We even made a few words. We also completed one of the extension activities involving careers. T now knows all about yogis. 
The directions are very clear. I love that. I wish the pictures (I'm visual) were on the same page as the directions, but that is the only thing I would want to change about the whole activity box! I think that says a lot....I'm a little opinionated! :)

StoryCraft Boxes were created by reading people, by educators. They are fun, hands on, book based projects that are super parent friendly. They are realistic in the amount of time you need to do them. They address different learning styles, introduce new textures and mediums, build academic skills, and fine motor. Most importantly, they allow you to focus less on finding materials and focus more on quality time with your child. I think that was the best part. It is all there-book, materials, directions. Perfect. 

We are sharing the love and giving one reader their choice of StoryCraft Box! Enter below! Tell your friends! 

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All opinions are my own. I received one StoryCraft Box to review with my honest opinions. Check one out and see what you think about it! 

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