Author Archives: Janette Harwell

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

It’s time to celebrate National Piano Month with our very own Piano stickers (which also happen to be one of our most popular styles).

As we were prepping for the photo shoot, our 5-year-old had the best idea…”Why not paint the egg cartons black so they look like real pianos, Mommy?” Brilliant!  So the first thing we did was paint 10 recycled egg cartons black, then we applied our Piano stickers. Wow, what a difference…our pianos really popped!Box Play for Kids Piano PartyWe printed 10 copies of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on aged paper then rolled up each music sheet and tied them with a gold string. We found wooden stars at the craft store and painted them a metallic gold. And added some colorful, festive balloons to match the music notes.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyBox Play for Kids Piano PartyWe then created Mozart face masks. We assumed Mozart was the composer of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But after a little bit of research, discovered he did not actually compose the famous tune. It’s an old French melody titled “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman” (“Shall I tell you, Mother?”) However, at age 25, Mozart did compose a set of 12 improvisations on “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman.” The kids loved the masks so we kept them in the mix anyway.

Box Play for Kids Piano Party
As always, it’s not a party without great (classical) music and yummy treats. We continued with the black and white theme and had our local bakery make these star cookies.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyGoodie boxes to entertain, teach and enrich kids’ lives with music. This article from She Knows shares 10 Ways Music Benefits Children. Definitely worth a read.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyMusical genius in the making! Twinkle twinkle little star…

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyHere’s a recap of our Piano Party for little ones.

Box Play for Kids Piano Party Ideas

eco-friendly stickers

Now Boarding: Aviation Themed Kids Party

National Aviation Day is a week away, so we put together these aviation party ideas to guarantee “frequent flier smiles”.

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack

The Decór
We simplified our center table decór by limiting our color palette to red, white and blue pulled from our Airplane stickers. Instead of a traditional table, we used our vintage trunk to give the party a cool retro vibe. The globe gives you a dominant blue, while the adorable miniature stacked suitcases give you a bold pop of red.

Party Activities
It’s always a great idea to have a few fun party activities to keep the kids busy and entertained. Why not encourage their sense of adventure and creativity by repurposing toilet paper rolls into DIY airplanes. (Be sure adults are around during the craft to assist the kids with creating two slits for the popsicle stick.) And for more fun, we picked up some blank passport books and customized them for the party – rubber stamps and all!

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 18Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Stickers

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 19

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 20Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 8

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 17

Yummy Treats
The red & white straws and our sky blue plates are by Susty Party. They’re colorful and compostable. We added blue star stickers to the straws to tie into our theme. Sip in style!

Box Play for Kids Aviation Party Pack 16

After a day of activities, the kids will get a kick out of these crafty airplane treats. (As if kids needed one more reason to love an ice cream sandwich.) These were a huge hit at our home – 5 year old approved! You’ll love it because they’re inexpensive and easy peasy.BPFK Airplane Ice Cream Sandwich

Here’s a recap of all the ideas. Happy birthday adventures!

BPFK Aviation Party 2014For more creative party ideas click here.

BPFK_GET STICKERS HERE blue

2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards Finalist

Hooray! The judges have named Janette Harwell, founder of Box Play for Kids, as a 2014 @AmericanMadeMSL Awards finalist. Support and share our work to get involved! #celebratethemaker

Click on badge below for link:

About American Made:
American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

“We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy.”

VOTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 15, 2014. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OCTOBER 17, 2014

Summer Poetry for Kids

We just returned from a week long vacation in California. The ocean is so therapeutic, not to mention a whole lot of fun for the entire family!  I came across this great post by Playful Learning on Summer Acrostic Poetry.  It was the perfect creative activity to do with our daughter after a long, hard day at the beach :-) . It captured some very sweet moments we won’t forget.

Box Play Summer Acrostic PoetryBox Play CA Summer

We also never travel without our little friend Oscar the Octopus. TP rolls are available in every hotel, vacation home and camp site!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer. xo

 

Books To Kick-off Summer

Box Play for Kids Summer Books 2014
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This is our daughters absolute favorite book right now! She loves to draw and paint but is a bit of a perfectionist and gets frustrated when she makes mistakes. This gem encourages finding opportunities to make something beautiful out of something you might think is just a mistake. We love the interactive and 3D components of the book.

Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic
Michael is an eight-year-old Parisian boy who hates his older brother Martin…and the feeling is mutual. He has to spend the summer at his grandparents (without his parents) along with other older cousins who also despise him. Over the vacation, “Michel discovers both independence and real moments of happiness.”

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon is in season and so we picked up this fun read! Have you ever swallowed a seed? Find out what happens to this adorable crocodile (no spoilers).

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadi
The illustrations in this book are so sweet and magical they will transport you to West Africa. I want to share the beauty of the different cultures of the world with our 5 year old so when I discover books like this I am thrilled and probably more excited to read the book for the first time than she is.
Lalla wants to wear a malafa (the colorful cloth that some Muslim women in Mauritania wear to cover their clothing and heads when they go out in public) so she can be beautiful like her mother, mysterious like her older sister and a fine lady like her cousin. “It’s a story that shows how families are much the same the world over.”

Happy reading!

Just In Time: New Sticker Designs for Spring 2014

We asked our customers and teachers what they’d like to see from us next and the consensus was “Can you add more interactive components to your new sticker styles?”… and so we listened! We really appreciate all of your feedback because it definitely helps us evolve and grow.

Drum roll…

Rainbow Watches
These stickers will be packaged together (color and b+w version) and will allow the little ones to repurpose a toilet paper roll (cut in half) into fun learning tools. The kids will learn the old-school way to tell time and the colors of the rainbow – ROYGBIV! We intentionally left the minute and hour hands off so the kids can choose their favorite time of day and draw them in.

BPFK Rainbow WatchBPFK Rainbow Watch

Airplane
This new sticker style will include three stickers – the airplane body and wing graphics – as well as a craft stick to create the wings. The large sticker will include dotted lines to help guide you make the cuts needed for the craft stick. (Only adults should handle exacto knife but you already know that.)

BPFK Airplane

New Teacher Packs repurpose 1/2 pint school milk cartons
After testing these stickers in the classroom and at events, we decided to package them as sets of 25 since the maximum classroom size for pre-k and kindergarten is 22. The additional sets are for the teacher and/or teacher assistant and in case of any mistakes.

Frog
Optional: Once the four stickers have been applied. The kids can cut, curl and glue a tongue to the opening of the milk carton.

BPFK Frog

Bumble Bee
Optional: The kids can create antennas using black pipe cleaners and yellow mini pom poms or tooth picks and a ball of tin foil. Let their imagination buzz, buzz, buzz!

BPFK Bee

BPFK_GET STICKERS HERE