When the box was opened, there was a book about polar bears, an itinerary for our evening, two sheets of painting paper, a roll of masking tape, three pipe cleaners, a bag of beads, a small bag of popcorn, a few peppermint candies, a packet of candy to be microwaved, a white crayon, some animal yoga cards, a sheet of star stickers, and some watercolor paints.
The first activities were learning-based. I read the book about polar bears to the kids. We all learned a lot, and the pictures were great! Of course, what else do you expect from National Geographic? The kids were super unimpressed by the jokes in the book, but I thought they were hilarious. Why do polar bears have fur coats? They look ridiculous in jackets! :)
After we read the book, our itinerary had a little lesson on the Arctic that I read to the family.
Then, the kids affixed stars to their papers and covered their papers with paint. The polar bears appeared! We also sprinkled salt onto their paintings to give them a winter appearance. When the paint dried, we peeled the stars off.
The masking tape included in the box was meant for this activity. The kids had the option of using it to create birch tree outlines on their pictures. None of my crew wanted to do that. So...we ended up with a big, new roll of masking tape! Bonus!
I did try to reach out to the company this past week--through their Facebook page and their company website to ask about how many children are expected to be able to participate. I also wanted to ask how many pipe cleaners we should have had. I have to believe there should have been more than three. Also, the book said that there was supposed to be sprinkles for the popcorn snack. We had no sprinkles in our box. Again, I was able to use sprinkles I had in my pantry. They have not responded to my messages.
We all had a great time though, and we are all excited to see what the next month brings. I do think that I will check the box ahead of time next month so if I don't have enough supplies included, I can get them before we begin.