One of my favorite homeschool learning methods is the unit study. Although we use a textbook science program, BJU Press, I love bringing science to life by expanding on the subjects we are learning. We chose to use BJU 2nd Grade Science because we purchased the entire first grade kit, although I am not a huge fan of text book science and history programs, they can easily be supplemented with books, crafts and lots of hands on observations. During our recent Plant Life Cycles study we discovered two already put together-do-nothing-but-read-the-instructions kits that helped bring this chapter to life.
While on a Pinterest hunt for Plant Life Cycle ideas I came across Ivy Kids. At first I was surprised I had never heard of Ivy Kids Kits, secondly I was pleasantly surprised by how many activities came in each kit (around 13) and third I LOVED the idea that each kit was centered around a classic and popular children’s book. As I perused the store I found a kit all about plant life cycles centered around the Eric Carle book The Tiny Seed. Score!!
Once the kit came in the mail, my initial observations were confirmed. The kit is jammed packed with organized, easy to follow, fun and unique activities! We started straight away by reading The Tiny Seed, which is a beautifully illustrated story of a tiny seed making a big impact! Another great book for our home library! Total added bonus!
The first activity we tackled was seed counting. My daughter enthusiastically and meticulously counted EVERY SINGLE SEED! Yes- all 637 of them! The next day she did seed sorting by type and size. (Picture in collage above)
Building AND Painting a bird house.
This kit didn’t only include fun games and crafts but several educational hands on observations. In this picture she is observing the growth of her Marigold seeds in the included Marigold Seed Observation notebook. All the supplies to grow the marigold seeds were included. Not having to travel around town finding supplies-Priceless for this momma!
Creating a sticker flower garden. After she finished her flower garden, she asked me to laminate it and now uses it as a dinner placemat.
We enjoyed playing this fun and very creative board game (included in the kit)
How cute is this activity! Again ALL the materials to create this craft were included.
More hands on observations included sprouting 6 different types of seeds in plastic baggies. She first had to draw what the seed looked like before sprouting and then a couple weeks later we got to examine each seedling with our magnifying glass. The above seed is a pumpkin seed. She loved drawing the seedlings on her observation sheet and a cute flower notebook with pencil that was included in the kit.
In addition to the above we also used THIS Kit by The Young Scientist Club. I purchased them both at the same time, but honestly the Ivy Kids Kit was so detailed that the other kit wasn’t necessary. Although we did very much enjoy growing a mini garden and I do recommend the kit as it is packed with experiments for a great price.
Although I didn’t get any pictures of the books we used during this unit study. Library books are my #1 must have with any unit study. I will usually get anywhere from 20-30 books and some videos from the library. We read them throughout the study, one or two each day!
My thoughts on Ivy Kids are completely my own and I was not given this kit to review. I love sharing with others when I find great supplements that makes our jobs as homeschool mommas easier. I have already ordered our next Ivy Kids Kit to supplement our current unit study…Animal Habitats!! *In addition to purchasing the kits separately you can sign up for a monthly subscription and use the code IVY20 for 20% off your first kit.
If you feel your using a boring textbook science program, only a few added things can help bring science to life and make a world of a difference.