I have an exciting subscription box to share with you today from Kidstir! Kidstir.com was created in 2014 by moms to help educate kids about good food and cooking while spending meaningful time with their families. These kits are designed to engage your child every step of the way- from menu planning and shopping for ingredients to preparation and eating! They are made with children between the ages of 5-10 in mind. Evan just turned 4, but spends plenty of time in the kitchen with me. Claire isn’t quite there yet at just 15 months, but she loved playing with the tools and watching her big brother.
Kidstir also partnered with the California Autism Foundation and Elwyn Foundation for fulfillment services in 2015. As a mom to an amazing young boy with autism, I truly appreciate this. Evan has two areas where he really shines- building and cooking in the kitchen. I am glad they are giving these opportunities to others with similar challenges.
Each box contains three fun and easy-to-create recipes, two kid-friendly cooking tools, and a variety of engaging and educational activities. For those with nut allergies, no recipes use nuts as an ingredient. The content is also reviewed by childhood development experts, nutritionists, pediatricians, kids, and families.
The kit I received in May 2016 is called Hello, Breakfast. Since this was my first one, I also received a special cookbook binder with 12 chapter dividers (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, appetizers, salads, sides, soups, bakery, drinks, desserts, celebrations) for Evan to collect his recipes.
The shopping checklist makes it easy for kids to help menu plan and grocery shop for needed ingredients.
This kit came with recipes for Strawberry Sundaes (healthy breakfast parfaits with strawberries, maple syrup, yogurt, and granola), Egg-Cellent Cupcakes (mini-quiches with eggs, ham, spinach, and cheese), and Sunny Scones. It also included a fun Breakfast-in-Bed Room Service doorknob hanger (I definitely needed this!), silicone Cupcake Cups, and a set of Measure-It-Up! Cups. I personally love that the measuring cups include a spout for easy pouring.
I also enjoyed the fun facts and activities included in the box, particularly the food culture feature on Breakfast around the World (note: we made the bread and butter with chocolate sprinkles from Holland/Boterham met Hagelslag a couple of years ago). These activities and games also include special kitchen tips, science, math, and vocabulary.
After looking through the binder and all of the pages, Evan chose to make the Sunny Scones. These simple scones are delicious served with butter or jam. For the more adventurous eaters, extra flavor ideas are provided- cinnamon currant, cranberry orange, and jam-filled.
Evan measured out the dry ingredients and cut in the butter using a pastry cutter (he has always been a huge fan of the pastry cutter- first time at 15 months old making vanilla bean cream cheese scones).
He whisked together the wet ingredients and we folded it into the the dry to make a workable dough.
He patted the dough into a circle on a floured surface. I bought these plastic knives last year to help Evan work on his knife skills without worrying about an overly sharp blade. They were perfect for slicing the scones into triangles.
The scones were a huge hit for the whole family! Even with Evan’s slightly heavy hand in the mixing, they still rose beautifully and were light in texture. Evan and Claire wanted them plain while Chad and I ate ours with strawberry jam. I was also able to freeze the extras for a quick breakfast on a future busy day.
Interested in Kidstir? There are a variety of subscription plans (monthly, 3, 6, and 12 months) with prices starting at $12.95 a month. You can also purchase individual kits here for $19.95. Shipping for US, Military and FPO addresses is $3.95/kit with Canadian shipping available for a higher rate. For new customers, the purchase of a monthly or gift Kidstir subscription (single kit purchases do not apply) includes a two-year subscription to Every Day with Rachael Ray, FamilyFun or Parents magazine.
Disclaimer: I received this box from Kidstir in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are my own. I am also a part of the Kidstir affiliation program.