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Penguin Themed Fun in a Box from Surprise Ride!

Penguin themed fun from Surprise Ride - an awesome gift for kids!


Surprise Ride has created a fun subscription box for kids aged 6-11.  This box has supplies to complete a variety of projects matching the month’s theme.  This month’s theme is appropriate for the snow that just arrived here in Illinois.  The theme is Penguins!


Inside my Surprise Ride box was: 

Intro the box:

  • Instructions and info about the box
  • Penguin facts and info card 
  • March of the Penguins book

Supplies to make a fleece pillow:

  • 2 fleece panels
  • Stuffing
  • Instructions

Supplies to make a Winter Wonderland:

  • Enchanted Snow (Insta-Snow)
  • Magical Clay (Crayola Model Magic)
  • Igloo mold
  • Igloo drawing tool


  • Good luck penguins keepsake
  • Stackable penguin pencil
  • Self-inking snowflake stamp
  • Popcorn snowball snack 

While this box is for children aged 6-11, my 3 year old was intrigued by everything inside!  Immediately he wanted to play with the stamp and read the book, all while holding the little keepsake penguin.  We haven’t worked on the Winter Wonderland yet, but we will start that tomorrow evening.  Tonight we made the pillow!  While my son needs help with the activities due to his age, most children will be able to complete the activities with low supervision.


Penguin themed fun from Surprise Ride - an awesome gift for kids!


And when your child gets hungry, there’s even a snack – a popcorn ball from The Popcorn Factory!  Yum!  We can’t wait to open ours and try it!  I suspect that’ll be our snack after making the pillow tonight…can’t wait!

The box is $29.99 per month and you can cancel at any time.  Or you can purchase a longer subscription for months of fun at $24.99 per month.  You can purchase up to a year at a time which would make a great gift for grandkids!  Each box has a new theme ensuring something new every month.  One box’s theme was Chocolate…yum!


Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Ivy Kids – the ultimate subscription box for kids!

Ivy Kids created an awesome box full of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities for preschoolers - my son has had so much fun with ours!


My son loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom so the moment I saw the November kit of the month from Ivy Kids, I KNEW I had to check it out.  Although I saw the full list of what activities were included, I was still pleasantly surprised to see how jam packed the box was when it arrived.  It is seriously full of hours of fun!!!

What you can include in a typical Ivy Kids box:

  • A classic children’s book
  • Over 10 activities related to the book of the month such as:
    • Bookmark reading guide
    • Materials to retell the story
    • A science booklet
    • Science experiment
    • Art projects
    • Math Manipulatives
    • Board games
    • Fine motor exercises
    • Literacy activities
  • Detailed instructions to scaffold learning
  • A personalized item for your child (with a 6 month subscription)


My November Chicka Chikca Boom Boom box included:

  • The book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Magnetic Palm Tree with Letters: Use the magnetic palm tree and letters to retell the story
  • Make Your Own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree: Use the cardboard roll, leaves, and letters to create your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree.
  • ABC Palm Tree Bingo: Use the boards and letters to play ABC Bingo.
  • Chicka Chicka Name Tree: Use the paint to make “leaf” handprints. Then use stickers to make your name in the tree.
  • Make Your Own ABC Puzzle: Use the crayons to color the alphabet puzzle pieces. Then put the puzzle together.
  • Coconut Tree Math Game: Use the spinner to determine how many coconuts to collect from the tree.
  • ABC Animal Matching: Use the dry erase marker to match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters, as well as, the adult animals to the baby animals.
  • All ABout Palm Trees: Read the science booklet All About Palm Trees to learn fun and interesting facts about Palm Trees.
  • Coconut Shell Observation: Use your eyes and hands to observe the coconut shell and record your findings.
  • Tracing Board: Use the dry erase marker to trace all the letters in the alphabet and the numbers 1-20. Then erase and play again.


Ivy Kids created an awesome box full of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities for preschoolers - my son has had so much fun with ours!


This is my favorite subscription box so far!  At approximately $38.95 per month (price varies per subscription) it is one of the pricier boxes I’ve tried, but it is PACKED with activities…and my favorite part is that several of the activities are re-useable!  The box is completely worth it.  Everything is centered around a theme giving you several lessons that are ready-to-go.

Every activity is packaged separately in a ziploc bag.  Even the small supplies that could make a mess in the box like paint and pom pons were packaged again inside a smaller bag.  Normally I’m overwhelmed when figuring out activities for the kids, but Ivy Kids made it so easy for parents or babysitters.

I would like to mention that my son is just 3 1/2 years old and he will have a ton of fun with these activities, but so would kids a few years older.  My 2 year old will even have some fun with it!

Head on over to check out Ivy Kid’s kit of the month – right now December’s kit is up and it looks like a lot of fun for cold days when the kids are stuck indoors.  The theme is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and it includes a mitten lacing card, supplies to make a winter collage, and so much more.


The gift of kindness: Kreation Krate

Teach your children about random acts of kindness this Christmas with Kreation Krate's Kind Kids box subscription


My son is just 3 1/2 but he has a heart of gold.  Alex was just 18 months when his little brother was born. All day long, he would bring us baby toys and blankets, and gave his little brother lots of kisses.  While they have occasional toddler quarrels now, he still makes sure his little brother is taken care of.  It’s honestly the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!

I’ve been looking for Christmas gifts this year that will be unique, memorable, and fun.  Kreation Krate has a variety of boxes developed for crafters to have fun and spread joy.  The Kind Kids box especially stood out to me as it is a great way for kids to practice random acts of kindness!


Teach your children about random acts of kindness this Christmas with Kreation Krate's Kind Kids box subscription


Included in our Kind Kid’s Little Box of Sunshine was:

round tip scissors
4 slide out boxes
orange and yellow ric rac ribbon
orange and yellow polka dot ribbon
kind cards
wool felt


Since the box is created for children aged 4-12, you may need to assist your child, especially with the scissors.  Instructions are included making this activity great for kids, for even the little ones!

I love that this $10 box provides a fun afternoon of crafting with my son, along with teaching him about acts of kindness towards others.  Everything you need is included, even scissors, so you can just sit down with your child and Little Box of Sunshine and craft away!

Once the boxes are cmplete, keep one in your purse or child’s backpack and let them give it out to someone who needs some extra sunshine in their day.  Your child will learn what random acts of kindness are all about, and learn how wonderful it feels to make a positive impact on someone’s day.

So surprise your child this Christmas with a box under the tree filled with a craft they’ll enjoy creating with you, then let your child surprise others by gifting the completed little boxes of sunshine!

Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Family!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide (toddlers, moms, dads, kids, grandparents, and more!)

My favorite season is here and I would love to share it with you!  As you hunt for the best gifts for your friends and family, we here at FamilyCentsability.com are putting together our annual Holiday Gift Guide.

In our gift guide, you will find gift ideas for kids, moms, dads, grandparents, pets, and more!  Many of the products we feature also include a product review so you know just what you are spending your money on.

Please feel free to pop on over and follow Family Centsability on Pinterest!  On our Holiday Gift Guides board you’ll find other ideas we’ve found and shared.  We also have a very popular 15 Minute Baked Apple Cinnamon Roll-Ups Recipe you’ll love this winter!

Keep an eye out for product reviews to be added to the products we are trying out ourselves!


For the kids:

CrocLights Gust Boots and Dawson Easy On Sneakers

Ivy Kids Educational Subscription Box

Kreation Krate Kind Kids Craft Box

Lil Gadgets Bluetooth Headphones
Also view on Amazon

Lunatik iPad/iPhone Styluses
Also view on Amazon

Mickey Mouse Toddler Bed from Delta Children

Muck Boots 100% Waterproof Hale Boot

Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo Figure

Surprise Ride Seasonally Themed Subscription Box

Transformers Rescue Bots Epic Optimus Prime Figure

Zoku Ice Pop Molds and Slush Maker


For the ladies:

Aura Cacia Essential Oil Products for Relaxation and Health
Also view on Amazon

Family_Time.Mine Daily Planner

FRENDS Stylish Headphones
Also view on Amazon

Gaiam Fitness & Wellness Products

iFrogz Phone Cases & Accessories

iLuv Selfy and JStyle Runway iPhone Cases

Lepow Poki 10000 mAh charger for phones

Little Pink Tools

Muck Boots 100% Waterproof Hale Boots

My Amazing Blowdry Secret Hair Care Line
Also view on Amazon

Otterbox Commuter Wallet Case
Also view on Amazon

Silk’n Hair Removal Device


For the men:

Muck Boots Wellie Style

Otterbox (rugged) Defender Case
Also view on Amazon

Zagg Invisible Shield Screen Protector


Press and brands:  Please contact us if you would like your products to be reviewed and included in our gift guide!   


Get your Christmas shopping done early with the annual holiday gift guide from FamilyCentsability.com!





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