A few weeks ago I talked a little bit here about toy storage and organization, and how we try to go for the “less is more” approach when it comes to filling up the playroom. But of the toys we do have, I feel like the kids barely even play with them anymore. There are, of course, the favorites like the garbage trucks and a handful of others. But most of the time my two are throwing balls back and forth or asking to paint or color or do things that are more activity-based.
As Cullen is getting older, I can definitely see that he’s much more interested in learning new skills and doing things that feel purposeful, and I’m doing my best to provide lots of opportunities for new experiences.
Let me introduce you to my latest online shopping discovery – Seedling!
Seedling is an amazing online collection of imaginative and creative toys and activity kits for kids. Here are a few things key things that Seedling offers:
- Activity kits provide an experience that encourages creative play and exploration, and are designed for kids between ages 3 and 13+!
- The Pocket Money Collection – with price points $1-$15 – are fun, novelty things that kids can save for and choose themselves.
- Awesome gift ideas – creative, beautiful packaging and all-in-one kits and gifts that are gender neutral and good for many ages.
- Recycled and recyclable materials in product design and packaging wherever possible, and made of first class materials and tools in Auckland, New Zealand.
- The philosophy behind every Seedling product is simple: to help fuel imaginations and open new paths to discovery.
I was able to choose a few different things from Seedling to try, and the first thing my eye went to was the Junior Gardening Kit. This is one of the Activity Kits, and includes children’s gardening gloves, a terra cotta pot, three garden tools, and wooden planter signs.
With all the gardening fun we had last summer, I knew Cullen would absolutely love this kit. But I also knew that one set of gloves was not going to cut it, so I ordered an extra set for Graham from the Kit Collection.
We started working on our garden over the weekend, and the kids were super excited to bust open the kit. Cullen immediately chose the red gloves and got to work.
Unfortunately, the gloves were a little too big for Graham (which is understandable, since they are aged for 3+), so he used some hand me downs. But he didn’t seem to mind one bit because he was too busy yelling “SHOVEL! SHOVEL!” and leaping for the gardening tools.
The tools are really good quality and made of nice wood and painted metal. I can tell they will hold up to kiddo abuse and Seattle weather! I am so so SO excited about gardening this year.
But beyond gardening we also checked out some of the Pocket Money items. I like the idea of small toys that are more activity based and not just tiny junk that gets lost in the bottom of toy bins. I picked out a Ready to Grow Dino Egg that I thought would be really fun for the boys to do together. They can check back on it over the course of two days and watch it hatch and grow (and then fight over it when it’s hatched!). We haven’t done this one yet but I think they will love it.
Another Pocket Money choice I made was the Glow-in-the-Dark Marine Animals collection. My idea for these was to get them all charged up and ready to go, and then to let the boys take a “special” bath in the dark (close the blinds, turn off lights, etc.) and drop these into the tub with them. So fun, right? They are going to go nuts!
Our last Pocket Money selection was the I’m Just A Bit Blank paintable puzzle. Cullen has always loved puzzles (just like me!) and I think he’ll have a lot of fun with this one. I’m saving it for a rainy day and thinking up all sorts of fun ideas of puzzles that would be fun to paint together.
And last but not least, our other Activity Kit was another painting item – the Design Your Own Birdhouse kit! I love how nicely everything is packaged – these would make for such beautiful gifts
I wanted to space out using all of our new things, so I didn’t tear into all of them right away (which was not easy!). I put a few away in the hall closet, but I couldn’t resist the birdhouse. After naptime it was gross and drizzly outside, and Cullen’s eyes lit up when he saw the kit! Graham is really into coloring right now, so I knew he was going to love it too.
To avoid mass paint splatter and a brown birdhouse, I got the boys set up to paint next to each other and let them work together to paint one color at a time.
They were both SO INTO IT! It was amazing to watch, and even more amazing to watch them actually work together on something. Usually Cullen just paints on paper, so it was interesting to watch him approach an object. He quickly decided he wanted to paint the roof red, and Graham seemed to understand and followed suit (aka copied everything Cullen did, as usual).
I have struggled to get Cullen to be more interested in art projects and drawing, and I felt like this activity showed me a different side of his creativity. I tend to change up the materials, but always suggest we create things on paper. Now I can see how much better he responds to something 3D that he can hold and manipulate. I’ll definitely use that going forward, and I’m already planning to go get a few more flowerpots that the boys can paint and then plant together!
Color by color the masterpiece came together…
And after setting out to dry for a bit, we all went outside to check out the final product. I could tell that both boys were so proud and excited, and my heart totally melted over each smudgy swipe from the paintbrushes.
One of the first things Cullen asked this morning was, “Can we go outside and see if the birds have moved into our house!?” Looks like I need to invest in some bird food…
One of the things I am most excited to use Seedling for going forward is for sending gifts. I love to send themed packages, but it can be hard to come up with all the right little coordinating items. The Seedling kids and accessories are a perfect solution, and there are so many choices for different ages and interests.
But wait – there’s more! We’re also offering a great giveaway as an extra thank you to all of you guys for reading and supporting Daily Garnish and partnering businesses.
One lucky reader will win a $100 gift card to Seedling! Click over and browse the Activity Kits and leave a comment with your favorite one! Winner will be chosen 5/20 (open to US readers only). Good luckk!
Up next, a recap of our wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day weekend – it was a good one!
This post is sponsored by Seeding. All opinions and thoughts are my own. As always, thank you for your continued support of Daily Garnish.