Kidstir April 2016 Review
Cost: $15.95/month for a 12 month subscription + Shipping Flat Rate of $3.95
The Box: Our very first Kidstir box arrived this month. I was pleasantly surprised by the sturdy yet easy to open package. Once opened, the inside lid provided a colorful visual describing the April 2016 Amazing Appetizers kit. The placement of the information and the information itself served as sort of a table of contents; quite convenient and useful as we sifted through the items.
Box Content: As a first time subscriber, we received a hardcover Kidstir cookbook binder with laminated divider tabs to hold and organize Kidstir recipes. The binder is the perfect size for smaller hands and my daughter knew exactly where to place our first set of recipe cards.
The April Box offered three recipes: 1) Tiny Toasts 2) Cauliflower Crunchies 3) Pizza Friends.
Each recipe begins with a list of necessary ingredients, tools, and kitchen skills. Reviewing the first page helped us prepare for the task at hand. I especially appreciated the tools and kitchen skills lists, because we were able to talk about each item and why it’s needed. This naturally guided the teaching and learning process for my daughter and me. The next page offers directions that are easy for any young chef to follow, again, featuring colorful photographic visuals to reinforce the steps. The final pages are filled with tips, fun facts, and even games! For example, the Pizza Friends recipe included a “Kitchen Learning” page with a brief narrative on the history of pizza. This will be a natural opportunity to launch an expanded discussion on where different foods comes from and how foods can change over time.
In addition to the binder and recipe sets, also included are:
• Two wooden stir-it-up spoons
• Two kitchen artist brushes
• A Shopping List (kids can check off the items as they shop!)
• Party Stickers and Games
• Access to more resources online
For our first family cooking adventure we chose to make Tiny Toast. The recipe offered a simple crostini recipe base to follow with a selection of topping options. We happened to have all of the ingredients on hand for a caprese crostini so we were able to “shop” for the ingredients in our pantry and refrigerator! My daughter used the provided Shopping List with ease. The List is printed on heavier paper so it should stand up to repeated handling and use, but I may just laminate it for added reusability and durability.
Verdict: Kidstir is a hit in our house! The materials are easy to read, follow, and understand for my nine year old (and husband). The recipes and materials were simply and thoughtfully organized, making the experience enjoyable for all of us. It allowed my daughter to be fully engaged and even lead the process! I love the aesthetics of the design–cohesive, colorful, lively, and uncomplicated. The caprese crostinis were honestly delicious. We devoured the platter, which bolstered her confidence in the kitchen and her enthusiasm to tackle the next recipe and the next box.