Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts {Review and Giveaway}

Ever have those weeks where you plan to do a bunch of fun crafts with your child but by the time you know it, it’s the weekend and you haven’t sat down for “art” time with your child even once? I know that feeling all too well. I pin lots of fun crafts on Pinterest, I find a lot of cute ideas on other blogs, but when it comes time to preparing the craft it just doesn’t always happen. This is why, when I heard about Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts, I knew I had to check it out!

I was sent October’s box. I opened it to find 14 different craft projects for the month. At first it just looked like a bunch of coloring pages but on further investigation I saw that it was a lot more than that. Each project consisted of multiple pages where the child colored, cut, glued, or taped things. Along with each activity is a bonus to help the project be more than just a “craft”. Some had conversation starters, some a website to check out for more information, or questions to ask your child. Shirley focuses on a color and a shape for the month and you see that throughout the activities planned.

Since today was Columbus Day, Jacob put together the Columbus Day project. In the box there was a piece of paper with the ship on it, a piece with the sails, and a half sheet of blue water with a wavy line for cutting practice which was the water. There were also craft sticks in the box. I provided the glue, markers, and scissors. I believe in letting children do as much of the projects by themselves as they can. The only thing I helped Jacob with for this one was holding the piece of paper he was cutting because he is still learning to cut. If your child is still too young for scissors you could cut the pieces out for them.

Here is Jacob’s Columbus Day project that took me only one minute to prepare (had to get items out of the box and grab my supplies:

Columbus Day craft

Shirley also includes a parent pack with a letter to parents, craft instructions, a suggested reading list, and snack ideas for the month. A monthly calendar is included as well which is a great visual learning tool for children. To encourage parents to support their children’s self-esteem she also includes a certificate of achievement. This month’s says “Way To Go” and has spaces for the parent to fill in something great their child did. Children also work on a book throughout the year and each month has a couple pages sent to complete so by the end of the year they have a book on whatever the topic is.

I also really like that there are Faith based aspects to some of these projects. {It’s easy to skip these additional projects if you do not want to do them with your child}.

Overall, I really like the concept behind these boxes. When I first saw the price I thought it was a little steep but in the end I think they are a good value considering all the time a parent will save searching for the projects and preparing a month’s worth of projects. If you would like to try Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts out you can use coupon code MTFM to save $2 on your first order!


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Giveaway ends on November 10, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received a craft box to review but all thoughts are my own.)


  1. Marsha Marshall says

    My son would love this!

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  7. I love this idea, having everything you need in one box each month. I love that you can share time with your children and create together. Creativity is one of the best gifts you can offer your children and these boxes are one way to do just that.
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  15. I subscribe to the e-mail.

  16. I like that there is a faith-based component to the crafts.

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  22. I love the number of crafts it comes with and all the extras!!! That is really cool!

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  26. I really like that everything for the project is all together

  27. entered the kirkland giveaway

  28. I like that they would save me time. My kids love crafts, but it can be such a headache to put something together for all three of them to do!

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  32. I like that they are faith based.

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  42. I subscribe via email
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  43. I like that the kits teach the basics of learning to color, cut and glue.
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  46. I like that conversation starters are included in the kit

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  52. I love the fact that their is a certificate of achievement ! If I rack up enough of these boxes the certificates can become decorations in the house. It’ll be something to show that their hard work has paid off! It seems like its a life lesson box via the arts.

  53. I am now following you by email.

  54. I am following Shirley’s Crafts on twitter (marsha32)

  55. I love the idea of a month of learning through crafts. My 15 yr old (who I homeschool) loves to sit with my grandchildren (her nieces and nephews) and do educational things. This would be such an awesome win.

  56. I am following you on twitter (marsha32)

  57. I like that the box includes a “bonus” way to make it even more than a craft.

  58. I follow you on Twitter. That’s how I found out about this giveaway!

  59. Tweeted it. Scheduled to run Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

  60. I like that I don’t have to buy all the supplies separately.

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  66. shared on facebook :)

  67. Became a subscriber. Prepackaged crafts would make life a heck of a lot easier for this Momma of 3 under 5, Perfect for craft time / feeding the baby. When you only have one hand, Fussy baby and need to feed the baby. Love this idea. Sometimes it”s so hard to get a craft spare of the moment. Searching for all the supplies !!!

  68. My favorite part of these boxes is that it would promote creativity for my kids.

  69. I am following you on Twitter (@YourKidsEatFree).

  70. I am following Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts on Twitter (@YourKidsEatFree).

  71. I like that there are faith based crafts.

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  74. I really like the addition of the parent pack…something for mom and the child, plus it sounds pretty handy and useful!!!

  75. Melissa Wilson says

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  76. Melissa Wilson says

    I LOVE these boxes because they have lots of fun stuff in it, im all about some crafts!

  77. Melissa Wilson says

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  81. I like the certificate of achievement idea! Kids need reassurance and praise!

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  84. Diana Hatch says

    I love that it comes with everything you need

  85. Diana Hatch says

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  87. I subscribe to this RSS feed via Google Reader so I don’t miss a thing!
    Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

  88. I’m an email subscriber, too!
    Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

  89. I like that there’s a faith-based aspect to these products!

  90. I’m an email subscriber

  91. I like that the crafts comes with instructions & additional ideas

  92. I’m a follower on Twitter (MsTylerpants).

  93. I’m a Shirleys Crafts follower on Twitter (MsTylerpants).

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  95. I like that the box comes with a certificate of achievement!