I'm always looking for ways to keep my 3 year old entertained in educational ways. I've tried searching on Pinterest for ideas, but I often get overwhelmed or end up forgetting to buy all the supplies needed for projects.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a Lovevery Play Kit and jumped at the opportunity! The Play Kit had age-appropriate activates and toys for my 3-year old that we both could do together.
In this post, I'll share with you our experience with the play kit and everything you need to know before getting one!
Lovevery provided us with a play kit, but all opinions are my own!
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What are Lovevery Play Kits?
Lovevery Play Kits are age-appropriate activities and toys that are sent every 2-3 months, depending on the age. The Play Kits are put together based on developmental stages which is broken into every 2 months for the first year and then moves into quarterly boxes for years 1-3.
Inside the Play Kits
Here's a breakdown of each of the Play Kits.
The Looker Play Kit (Weeks 0-12)
This Play Kit features toys with high contrast images and black and white sensory mittens. This kit promotes building new brain connections, process new surroundings and helps babies explore new high contrast images.
The Charmer Play Kit (Months 3-4)
This Play Kit is designed to let your baby explore with their mouth, eyes, and hands as their personality emerges and their social awareness grows. This kit helps baby develop speech and oral motor strength, encourage social awareness, practice using both sides of the brain, and how to make the most of tummy time.
The Senser (Months 5-6)
This Play Kit helps your baby investigate their world around them, while working on getting themself closer to what looks and sounds exciting to them. This Play Kit helps babies develop language skills, strengthen coordination, practice fine and gross motor skills, and have fun with tummy time.
The Inspector (Months 7-8)
This Play Kit makes the most of your baby's natural curiosity about how things work with opportunities to explore texture, practice nesting and stacking, and learn about object permanence. This Play Kit promotes speece development, practice nesting and stacking, learn about object permanence, and lay the foundation for memory development.
The Explorer (Months 9-10)
This Play Kit is designed to experiment with gravity, practice balance, and begin coordinating both sides of their body. This Play Kit helps babies explore cause and effect, practice coordinating and balance, experiment with gravity, and build emotional intelligence.
The Thinker (Months 11-12)
This Play Kit encourages your baby to define and organize information while engaging their budding imagination. The Play Kit helps baby develop princer grasp and hand strength, explore pretend with a customizable doll, build hand eye coordination, practice problem solving and explore opposites.
1 Year Old
The Babbler (Months 13-15)
This Play Kit offers new challenges in balance, object permanence, and spatial awareness, as well as an early introduction to physics. This Play Kit has fun lessons in cause and effect, build fine motor skills, helps toddlers get more comfortable with routine and times and explore rotation, spatial relationships, and parts of a whole.
The Pioneer (Months 16-18)
This Play Kit lets them experiment with cause and effect, use both hands at once to complete a task, and learn about a wider range of emotions. This Play Kit helps toddlers practice two hand coordination, process and manage emotions, explore gravity, motion and chanign direction, and build finger strength and dexterity.
The Realist (Months 19-21)
This Play Kit helps develop their senses and understanding of what things are and how they work. This Play Kit helps toddlers have an early lesson in counting, build concentration, dexterity and tenacity, practice precise hand-eye control, and explore new sesnory experiences.
The Companion (Months 22-24)
This Play Kit will help your toddler approach situations with confidence, discern difference, practice fine motor skills, and—as always—play to learn. This Play Kit helps practice bilateral coordination, use tools to transfer objects, process and manage emotions, experiment with different dimensions and spatial relationships.
2 Year Olds
The Helper (Months 25-27)
This Play Kit responds to your two-year-old's natural curiosity with Montessori-practical life activities and tools to develop security in their routines. This Play Kit supports child's budding independence, develop security in routines, practice fine motor precision, and builds resistance and problem-solving skills.
The Enthusiast (Months 28-30)
This Play Kit includes opportunities for your child to refine their motor precision, explore geometry, and experiment with weight and balance. This Play Kit helps children find and fit geometric shapes, balance liquid and solid volumes, practice grip and two-handed play, and engage in pretend play with pals.
The Investigator (Months 31-33)
This Play Kit will support toddler's natural curiosity and helps toddlers practice jumping, balancing, and tossing. The Play Kit also helps toddler build concentration, language, and memory skills.
The Free Spirit (Months 34-36)
This Play Kit includes toys and activities that help kids fit shapes and colors together, provides early exposure to numeracy, practice problem solving and balancing skills, and engage in imaginative play.
3 Year Olds
The Observer (Months 37-39)
This Play Kit encourages pretend play, practice nesting with early exposure to architectural concepts, set expectations by planning your day and encourage independence and self care.
The Storyteller (Months 40-42)
This Play Kit helps kids have a positive association with reading and math through puzzles, problem-solving and imaginative play.
The Problem Solver (Months 43-45)
This Play Kit supports curious three-year-olds interest in categorization, conversation and collaboration.
The Analyst (Months 46-48)
This Play Kit challenges the almost 4 year olds by having them practice using precise fine motor skills, solve new sensory and STEM puzzles, and cook with fractions.
Lovevery Play Kit Review
We ordered The Problem Solver kit for my 3 year old and we were so excited when it arrived! The box was neatly packed together with a sheet on top that explained what was inside. Inside the box we found:
Turtle Hatch Game
Number Sense Nature Counters
Wooden Wobble Puzzle
Liquid Color Lab
Montessori Math Bars and Number Tiles
Uncle Rob's Pizza Party Book
and a Play Guide
Little A has started learning about math in school so this was the perfect way for us to expand on what she was learning in school at home.
The first thing we decided to play with was the number sense nature counters. These are cute little animals and shapes that kids can count and sort by color. We first set it up by getting the Montessori math bar set up, then sorted our animals, and then placed them into order and counted them all.
Little A had so much fun with these! After we counted them for a while, we decided to start making up patterns and lined them up and put them into different pattern lines.
I really liked that while the play guide gave me some ideas on how to use these counters, we were also able to adapt and find new ways to use them as well. I should also note that A has never gone to a montessori school and was able to use these toys and counters no problem!
Our all-time favorite activity in the kit was the Turtle Hatch Game. The goal of the game is to work together to get all the little turtles into the "ocean" before the sun rises. Each turn, players roll the dice and either get a number to move the turtles, get a water symbol to add more water into the ocean, or a sun to put a sun piece in the puzzle. The game ends when the turtles have all reached the water or the sun comes up - whichever comes first.
This was the first game that A was able to play from start to finish! It kept her attention and it also taught her how to be patient and take turns with me. Since we got the game she's been asking to play it every day!
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Pros and Cons of Play Kits
Here are a few pros and cons of the play kits
Age Appropriate Activities - These kits provide done-for-you age-appropriate activities and include everything you need.
Adaptable - Play kits include supplies as well as a guide that allows parents the option to adapt activities for their child based on their specific needs.
Price - these kits can be pricey, ranging from $80-$120 every few months. The products inside are definitely high quality
Are They Worth It?
I loved the different activities inside these play kits. They can be used in so many different ways and you are able to use them with your child no matter what age they are! The Play Kits provide hours of entertainment and I've found that they're definitely worth the price tag.
Lovevery is a company that prides itself on being Montessori-inspired. Their play kits are designed to blend in with your home's decor, provide open-ended play, and help develop skills.
I really like the concept of these Play Kits because it gives parents an easy way to introduce some new concepts into their children's lives without having to go out and search for new toys. I also like the open-ended tools which allow children to use them how they want to rather than another toy that only has one function.
The biggest con is the price of these kits are pretty high, especially if you are just looking for something specific. However, they do provide hours of entertainment and the toys are very high quality.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Often are Play Kit Sent?
Play Kits are sent every 2 months the first year and then are sent quarterly years 1-3.
How Much Do They Cost?
The Play Kits are $80 each for the first year, and then $120 each for years 1-3.
Where to Buy Play Kits
Lovevery Play Kits can be bought directly through their website here.
What Ages are Play Kits for?
Play Kits are made for ages 0-3.
Can you Buy the Toys Without a Subscription?
The toys cannot be purchased without a subscription, but Lovevery does sell some Montessori toys on their website.
Can I Give a Lovevery Subscription?
Yes and that would be an amazing gift! On their website, they have a section where you can gift a subscription - either by yourself or create a group gift!
Can Subscriptions Be Cancelled?
Yes, subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. There's no contract or anything!
How Much is Shipping?
Shipping is included in the membership!