Family History Subscription Box for Kids – Addi’s Nest!
Addi’s Nest is a family history themed kid’s subscription box filled with books, games, activities, and crafts that help kids have meaningful family experiences! We received the first box free in order to get the word out and write a review.
The theme for this box was “Tell Me a Story.” Each activity/craft had to do with storytelling. The ability to talk about your day and create a story is a skill that children begin to learn develop soon after they learn how to form sentences. I notice that at about age 3, my children can tell a story. They continue to develop this skill as they listen to stories, pretend, and talk with their parents. As children enter school, they are asked to tell many stories. My son’s school assignments often involve writing about what he did over summer break or write about a time when…
Last year he did a journal entry at school every morning where he basically practiced telling stories. When I heard Bruce Feiler’s keynote at RootsTech a couple of years ago, he talked a lot about how important it is for families to talk and tell each other stories. The stories or narratives we tell in our family are so important to the shared family identity that we create and perpetuate.
The Addi’s Nest boxes have four goals: Learn, Relate, Discover, Create. I love these objectives and I think they roll of the tongue so nicely. Learn, relate, discover, create. Learn, relate, discover, create. Learn, relate, discover, create! I could say it over and over! Okay I’ll stop…
Addi’s Nest boxes include a book every month. It could be about a historical event or person, different cultures, or family stories. This month it was a beautiful book by beloved author Paul Fleischman and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline. The book made me cry! It has some very touching moments. The overall idea of the book is heart-warming: an elderly man and his great-granddaughter look at the items he collected as a diary and placed in matchboxes when he was a young, illiterate immigrant.
I love the idea of creating an object journal kept in a little treasure type box. That is just the thing a child would enjoy opening up and hearing stories about. I want to make one for my children. And what a fun project this could be for school “all about me” projects? they could create their own little diary with objects.
Addi’s Nest boxes help kids relate to different family members still living or those who’ve passed on by learning more about their lives and the history that affected them. This month’s box included a sheet of questions to cut out and put into a jar. Then during family time, people can pull out the questions and answer them to facilitate question time. As I was sitting at dinner with my kids today, rushing to get to soccer practice and feel worn out, I didn’t have any ideas of what to talk about with them. The jar of questions is the perfect thing for those times when you want to have a meaningful conversation but might not have ideas of what to say! The questions include fun prompts like “what makes a good friend?” and “share a time when you showed kindness to someone else.” The Table Topics Conversations were created by The Dating Divas.
With Addi’s Nest, kids discover more about themselves and their families through games and activities. One of the cutest items in the box was a set of story stones from TheStoneSoupWorkshop at Etsy. The idea behind the rocks is that kids can be creative and pretend with them. They can tell stories with the rocks! And that’s just what my kids did.
My son told us a story about going to school and what his school is like. For some reason, holding a painted rock makes it so much more fun to talk about your day! (What kid likes being asked, “how was school today?” Haha.)
A craft is included in every box from Addi’s Nest that has to do with keeping memories or telling family stories. The craft this time was one we have never done before, and my daughter was way into it. Check out our….
Sock puppet! You can use the sock puppet to tell stories, of course! My daughter loves to tell this story about when she was a baby:
“When I was a baby, and I could crawl, I went over to the fridge that was open, got out a biiiig nectarine, and took a bite. Om, om. Then the juice dripped down my chin and got all over me. And when mommy saw me, she laughed and laughed!”
This story has become part of her identity almost, because she truly loves making us all laugh! She’s been practicing knock knock jokes. (Do you know any good ones for 4-year-olds?)
It was my daughter’s birthday last month and Addi’s Nest boxes celebrate kids’ birthdays. She received, in our box, a special surprise: this sweet felt cupcake created by the talented felt food designer, Natalie Morrison, at Aldison Designs. I am so in love with felt play food right now. I think it is just the perfect thing for preschool age children. We have some of the typical plastic food, but it didn’t last long before it lost its shape or broke. I do love the Melissa and Doug wooden cupcakes and cookies and cake set that we have though! But the thing I love about felt food is how soft it is. No owies from it dropping on little toes. I want to get a set of felt play food for our family history storytime group that I run at the Tucson Family History Center.
Another fun part of the box was a small journal that says “Life is an adventure” on the front. It can be found at the “From Dream Is A Wish” Etsy Shop. My daughter enjoyed carrying it around and pretending to write in it. The idea is that with this journal, you can write down your own stories or use it to interview family members and write their stories.
A bonus prize in the box was a pretty family watercolor portrait from Lacy Llama Crafts Etsy Shop. I love that it included grandparents.
Thank you Addi’s Nest, for creating such delightful and thoughtful curated box! It sure helped us have some meaningful activities together as a family. After receiving my first box free in order to write this review, I signed up for a subscription. Hope you will too.
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