I recently had the opportunity to try out a KidStir subscription box. I saw a little snippet about KidStir in Family Fun magazine, checked into it because my kids love helping out in the kitchen, and received a box to try out and share my impressions with you.
What is KidStir?
- Kidstir is a subscription-based service that delivers fun cooking kits to your door. The kits are kid-friendly, and they provide an opportunity for kiddos and their parents to cook and learn in the kitchen together.
- It was exciting for the kids to receive the box in the mail. When I told them that we got a package, and it’s something for us to do together, it immediately piqued their interest and got them excited. Here’s what it looked like upon opening.
- The box contained recipe cards, activities, place cards, an apron, and a silicone spatula/spoon. The spoon was a hit and the kids immediately started playing with it and fighting over it. I had to dig a second one out of the drawer so that they each had one.
- When I first saw that the recipes were all Thanksgiving sides with a bit of a twist, I thought, Noooo! They’re not going to eat this. We are not huge fans of Thanksgiving sides, and some of my family tends to be more “purist” (ahem…cough, cough…the hubby) and doesn’t enjoy adding nontraditional ingredients to classic recipes. When I read the recipe titles to my son, he responded, “Popcorn in cornbread? Gross!” Uh-oh.
- *If you go to the KidStir website, you can see the different types of boxes that they have throughout the year. There are A LOT of fun ones. Click HERE, scroll down, and click to check out the different boxes.
So as we made our weekly shopping trip (which has been extra-slow lately since my 18-month-old insists on helping push the cart 🙂 ), I saw the fresh cranberries and bought some figuring we should give one of the recipes a whirl. We made the cranberries, and next week we will try the stuffing. I want to spread it out a bit, make the experience last a little longer.
We made the cranberries in the afternoon, and I am going to admit that I really did like them. We served them for supper, and even dad put some on his plate and ate them (even though he doesn’t like cranberries). I don’t know if my son would have eaten them prior to this experience, but he had two servings at supper. He said, “These taste like jelly!”
What I Like about KidStir
- The recipes are simple, and the ingredients are fairly clean. When you go to their About Kidstir page, you can see that they do care about health and nutrition for kids. The cranberry recipe had only a few ingredients: cranberries, orange juice and zest, maple syrup (not the fake stuff), and cinnamon.
- The recipes include simple pictures. This is awesome for kids who can’t yet read. Cooking together turned into a great lesson, as I directed my 4-year-old to look at the pictures and tell me what he thought we needed to do next.
- The confidence! My little guy took the lead on this project with ease. The tasks were easy for him to do, and he even learned how to zest!
- The fun! We enjoyed working and trying a new recipe together. I think he liked that he wasn’t just helping mom with one of her recipes; it was a bit of an adventure to navigate this new project together.
Things to Consider
- If your child can’t read, you won’t be able to take advantage of all the activities. There are a lot of paper inserts with activities that are fun, but require reading and writing skills. That didn’t stop us from enjoying the box, but it’s worth mentioning.
- To get a good price, you have to commit. The more months you commit to, the cheaper the price gets. You can click here for a breakdown. If you sign up from this link, you should get a discount on a subscription. 🙂
Would I Do It Again?
Yes! At the moment, I don’t know if I would commit to a full year, but I would definitely purchase more kits. Because the kits are themed according to the time of year, they could be fun gifts. For example, the February one could be a fun Valentine’s Day idea. What I like about it as a gift idea is that it allows you to give an experience, not just an item.
Overall, I would definitely do this again! 🙂
I hope you are having a fantastic day!