The box arrived, and they were immediately interested in the contents.
“You’re taking it to Grandma’s,” I reminded them. The promise of a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa added a layer of magic to the box.
A late April anniversary combined with an early April spring break for the kids meant Ryan and I were able to sneak in a few days to Traverse City, leaving the kids in the capable hands of my mom and dad. Armed with the knowledge that bumpers are now built directly into bowling lanes and the stamina to take two kids to play Skee-ball and other headache-inducing games, we thought the #PerfectPlaydate nestled inside the Avery & Austin subscription box might be a welcome, quiet alternative for an afternoon of fun.
Deterred for a few minutes by my reminder, they wandered off to pack their suitcases — I’ve learned to check their work and adjust for more clothes and fewer stuffed animals. As I prepared dinner, though, small fingers traced the letters, and my curiosity mingled with theirs until we just had to peek.
Each Avery & Austin box comes with everything you need for a fun afternoon — or morning, evening, or any time of day you prefer! — with two of your favorite little ones. There are materials for an activity, a healthy and simple snack, a little treat for mom, and easy-to-follow instructions for the activity.
Something I really appreciated about the activity instructions was how simply they were written — and that real-life photographs were used directly on the card. Abbey and Dylan did this craft together, but if she were to do the activity with one of her friends, I think they would love working it out on their own. At seven, I think she and a friend could navigate the activity on their own, as long as I took a few minutes to set up placemats, water for cleaning brushes, and a handy roll of paper towels.
This month’s theme was “Rock Your Garden,” though the kids focused on the rocks for the garden and not the adorable carrot seeds and biodegradable starter pots. The starter pots were perfect, but we are still weather wary after our ridiculously cold winter, and the kids would have tried to plant the seeds the minute they sprouted instead of waiting for warm enough weather!
Cozy and comfy in their jammies, the kids painted frogs and a deer to decorate our yet-to-be-started garden. They are absolutely in love with their little rocks, though, so I have a feeling it might be tough to get them to go outside!
The #PerfectPlaydate is, indeed, a fun way to entertain your child and a friend, but it’s also a fabulous way for grandparents to participate in a fun activity with their grandchildren. Grandmas don’t always have a stocked craft cabinet or might not want to pick up activity supplies, like paint, for infrequent craft activities. Avery & Austin take the guesswork out of the entire activity — in case you couldn’t see them in the photo, the kit even included the brushes used for painting.
Consider sending one with your kids the next time they’re spending the day with grandma — I know Abbey and Dylan would be thrilled to pack one every time they visit — or grandparents, consider a subscription for your favorite grandkids! #PerfectPlaydate is a lovely gift your grandchild will be sure to use each month.
If you’re interested in trying Avery & Austin’s #Perfect Playdate, you can receive 15% off (through July 30th) with the code ANGELAAMMAN15OFF
*Disclosure* I received a complimentary Avery & Austin Perfect Playdate box for consideration for review. All opinions are my own, and all of the kids’ artistic vision is theirs.