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I’m a teacher with a penchant for picture books and art projects.
I want to raise kind and creative kids.
Despite being committed to alla these things, I still often feel like all the ideas have left the building when I’m looking for arty inspiration.
On many an occasion, I’ve been supremely exasperated by an art or craft project gone pear-shaped.
I’m often intrigued by new art processes but am too hesitant to try them or just don’t have the right supplies.
Often I get to the end of the day with such brain drain that bedtime stories are a drag, not a joy.
Despite living in a home surrounded by books and art supplies, I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect with my kids through reading and creating.
A subscription box delivered to your doorstep each month, allowing you to easily integrate art & storytime into your family’s routine.
What is it?
KidArtLit is the brainchild of two of my InstaFaves- Julia Linsteadt and Megan Lingo.
Both are awesome-sauce experts in their respective fields and all-round top human beings.
Julia is an art teacher committed to infusing creativity into everyday family life.
(She is one of my Oh Creative Ladies. Read more about her here.)
Megan is a veteran teacher with an insane knowledge of quality literature.
Basically they’re a creative, bookish Dream Team.
When they offered to send me one of the launch KidArtLit boxes to try out with my family, I was all very much “YES PLEASE!”
So disclaimers- yes, I received a box for free. Yes, they are my friends.
Imagine how awkward it would have been if I received the box from my lady friends, only to discover its contents and premise were very, very average?
I was blown away by the ideas contained within the box and the obviously considered thought that had gone into it’s development.
It’s like Julia and Megan are holding your hand, helping you to build a family culture of creativity & reading.
Here’s how it works…
Sign up for a KidArtLit subscription or choose from one of their pre-paid gift options.
Each month, they handpick a high-quality, hardcover picture book and create a related, open-ended art project for your family. They box up the book, all the art supplies you’ll need, and their inspiring mini-magazine and ship it all right to your door. They also include a “Ready-Set-Go” activity so your family can engage with the delivery right away. New books, art materials, and ideas arrive for you every month, and your family’s experience deepens over time. There is no commitment; cancel anytime or easily skip shipments with just a few clicks.
Here’s a sneak peek into what this month’s box looked like….
What did we think?
My preschooler is of the firm belief that all packages delivered to our house belong solely to her.
Yes, she can read her name.
Yes, she can read the names of all other family members.
If I am not ninja quick, she opens all packages, claiming the contents for herself.
All KidArtLit boxes come with a Ready-Set-Go activity. Something that the kids can tear into as soon as the box lands on your doorstep. Genius!
Super simple to set up and pack away, an activity that introduces littles to some of the key concepts to be explored by the month’s featured book and projects.
It was the perfect opening activity.
This month’s book was the glorious ‘A River’ by Marc Martin.
The included magazine gave useful pointers on how to approach and explore this book with your littles.
Even as a teacher, trained in the art of reading aloud with children, I found the tips added depth to my engagement with the book.
Each box contains all the materials needed to complete the art projects twice. Or enough for two children.
Above are the masterpieces created by Mr 2.
I really loved the process-focused prompts included in the mini magazine.
The two processes that we were introduced to via the art projects, were so simple but so effective. We’ll definitely be creating with these processes again in the future.
So what did we think?
Yes. Just yes to all of it.
It’s a beautifully and thoughtfully curated box that will inject bookish, creative inspiration into your everyday.
The sweet stuff
When you sign up for the KidArtLit mailing list, you get access to the free KidArtLit online library, which includes tons of creative, bookish inspiration and the Clickable Resource Guide. This popular download spills the beans about all of the go-to spots for creative inspiration, including favorite websites, podcasts, supplies, and books for families.
Each month, subscribers have the chance to get their next box paid for! Enter to win by posting your family’s KidArtLit experience on Instagram with the hashtag #KidArtLitKids.