Friday, August 5, 2022

Mini-Theater Kit from STEAM4KIDZ Review

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW.


I was so pumped to be selected to receive the Mini-Theater Kit from STEAM4KIDZ for E to complete!  This specific kit is geared for kids ages 6-12 to complete independently.  E (age 10) did great with it!

Our Kit

I love that there was information for both the adult and the child!

A peek inside our kit

I'm so pleased with the organization of our kit!  Everything was separated into bags by projects and it was so well laid out and organized, E was able to find everything easily.  All the materials needed to complete the projects were included in out kit and kids have access to step-by-step videos for each project and these were amazing!

This Mini-Theater kit has various projects for kids to work through.

  • They will build a model Proscenium Theater.
  • Create a 3 color light box to control colors and mood within their theater.
  • Create scenes for their theater.
  • Cut out animal characters for each scene.
  • And last but not least, create plays using their characters and scenes!

And of course, they are learning about theater all along the way.  I love that this kit is both hands-on and educational.

E starting to build the theater

Assembling the fly bars

A complete fly bar

E constructing her theater.

E with her basic theater

E watching the video and creating character stands.

E finished the basic theater, fly bars and stands.

Creating the light box was next.  Above you can see the materials and video.

First the outer box was constructed.

Then the wires were stripped and the proper connections were made.  The video explaining this and demonstrating it was fabulous.  I think it really helps kids see and understand the process.

E's finished light box, red light

Green light

And blue light

E watching the video for instructions on how to color the Medieval Scene.

Scene Completed

E with her completed theater!

A close up view

It's so fun that she can create different characters and scenes and even different moods (with the light box) for her theater.  She is now working on her next script and I cannot wait to see her creation!

If you are looking for a fun and educational hands-on project kit for your child, I cannot recommend the Mini-Theater Kit from STEAMKIDZ enough.  It is a great addition to our homeschool and I am so pleased we received it!

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Thursday, August 4, 2022


I have an upcoming film to share with you from the Kendrick Brothers, LIFEMARK.  This film will release in theaters September 9th and I can't wait to see it!

Film Synopsis:  David's comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother suddenly reaches out to him hoping to reconnect.  With his adoptive parents encouragement, David embarks on a journey that helps him learn about his past.  LIFEMARK is inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

Check out the trailer below for yourself.


Beach Vacation

We took a much needed family vacation last week/weekend and went to the beach!  It had been far too long.  We managed to squeeze it in right before A went off to college and we all had a delightful time.  We even took Stevie Dawg with us.

B with F and G buried in the sand

D is completely buried!

G flew his micro-kite.

B in the air

And also F, I love jumping beach photos.
A and Stevie Dawg enjoying the water.

A gorgeous sunset

E getting ready to boogie board

In the water

D taking a ride

F riding the waves

The girls built a small sand castle.

We also played a round of mini-golf!

A fun sign

And of course, we found a shark head gift shop!

We tried rolled ice cream!  It was so different.

Watching them make it

Rocky Road Rolled Ice Cream

We had such a good time and I can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Exciting Day


Today was all the feels with a big day for our family!  We dropped A off at college, oh my heart.  Her dorm room is so cute.  G turned 6!  How can this amazing boy be 6 already?  And B found out she made the Varsity volleyball team.  I'm so proud of how hard she has worked over the last few years in the game she loves.  I'm emotionally exhausted but I wouldn't have it any other way.  What a truly adventurous day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Timberdoodle's Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit Review

I have another fun product to share with you today from Timberdoodle, Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit.  This kit is geared for students 8 and older.  E has really enjoyed making this card!

What's in our kit?  Our kit includes

  • a tiger design template
  • jelly wax
  • crystal pick-up pen
  • pre-sorted crystal packets
  • crystal tray
  • Ziplock bags
  • envelope
  • Instructions

How does this kit work?

The artist will peel back the protective plastic on the area they are working on, this exposes the sticky area of the mosaic.  The crystals are in bags marked with letters.  These letters correspond to the letters on the card for that color.  Using the pen, the artist will then dip it into the jelly wax and pick up the needed round crystal and apply it to the mosaic on the corresponding coded position.  This concept is similar to painting by numbers but it uses colored crystals instead of paint!

You can see where E has completed some of the chin above.  

More progress

A close-up of the mosaic so you can see the letter guide

Almost complete

E with her finished Tiger Crystal Art Card.  I love that it comes with an envelope to send to someone if desired.

E's completed card

Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit is currently included in Timberdoodle's 4th grade curriculum kit and we highly recommend it.  It is such a fun art project and E (who is 10) had no trouble completing it!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received our Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.