The Snail and the Whale Ivy Kids Kit Review

Ivy Kids Kit The Snail and the Whale

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

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Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent The Snail and the Whale kit for this review!

Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (1 of 1)

This kit includes:

  • The book The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson is an adventure-filled story about the friendship between a snail and a whale.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Humpback Whale Toy: Explore the whale toy and learn interesting facts about the humpback whale.
  • Flowerpot Whale Craft: Create a whale using a flowerpot and accessories. 
  • Clay Model of a Snail: Use the clay and shell to form the snail’s body. Then use your snail for imaginative play and/or to retell the story.
  • Snail Collage: Assemble the snail and create a collage on the shell with the colorful tissue squares.
  • Snail Trail: Use the silver glitter glue to create a sparkly message or design, just like the snail in the story. 
  • Snail Slime Experiment: Use the ingredients provided to create your own snail slime. 
  • Whale and Snail Body Parts: Learn interesting facts about snails and whales. Then label each animal’s body parts.
  • Snail Race: The snails are trying to get from the rock to the whale’s tail.  Which snail will be first to reach the tail?
  • 4 in a Row: Snails vs. Whales:  In this version of 4 in a Row, one player will be the “snails” and one player will be the “whales.” To win, you must cover 4 spaces in a row. There are 4 different boards to choose from. 
  • Snail and Whale Patterns: Use the snails and whales to create and continue the pattern in each row.
  • Snail Letters: Roll your dice and move your pawn around the letter path on the shell. When a player lands on a space, identify the letter or name of a word beginning with that letter. 
  • Snail with an Itchy Foot: Pretend your snail wants to explore the world. Place your snail racer next to the “zero” card, pull it backwards, then let it go. See how far your snail can go. 
  • If I Were a Snail…: Pretend that you are the snail with the itchy foot. Then think about where you would want the whale to take you and why you would want to go there.
  • Find the Rhymes: Players take turns flipping over 2 cards at time, trying to find words that rhyme. Collect the most pairs to win the game. 
  • Snail and Whale Number Stories: Create your own number stories using the snail and whale pieces.

Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

    Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (11 of 11)

Some Activities From Our Box…

I love how organized the kits are, it is so easy to open the box and pull out the instructions and materials for each activity. Sometimes I will pull several out like this and let her choose what she wants to do.

Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (1 of 11)

Making slime is always a favorite! We never got into the slime-making trend so for her this was an awesome experience!

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These kits are great for grandparents to do with their grandkids! My mom loves coming over and having activities already planned out for her to do with my daughter.

Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (4 of 11)

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They made the crafts together and learned all about the snail and the whale!

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Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (5 of 11)

As always, she loves the games included with each kit. This kit was especially fun with the little snail/whale pieces to play with. Below you can see her playing the Snails vs. Whales game.

Ivy Kids Snail and Whal Kit (10 of 11)


Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it!

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We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

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