The Happy Trunk Delivers Smiles!

By Erin
In DIY/Crafts
February 10, 2013

My daughter has quite the imagination. I love it. So I am always looking for new crafts and pretend play projects to do with her. The Happy Trunk is the perfect solution for parents in search of educational {shh! they’ll never know!} projects to entertain their little one’s curiosity. When you sign up, each month a new box is delivered to your door step! Filled with craft supplies, a fun science experiment, and directions for the projects. Themes vary month to month and kits are available for children ages 3-7 and 8-11 – great for both genders.

the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

The Happy Trunk kindly sent us their Ocean Adventure trunk. Projects in the kit included:

  • Ocean animal cards
  • DIY ocean in a bag
  • DIY fishing game
  • DIY jelly fish
  • the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

    First up? Jelly fish. I asked her to read the fact card aloud before we began the craft. When The Mister came home from work she asked him if he knew dead jelly fish could sting too. She found that fact interesting. *wink*

    the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

    Her finished jellyfish is so colorful!

    mixing ocean

    Next we started the ocean in a bag crafts. I made an executive decision to help with this one. Dividing up the gel and blue “paint” powder {worry not, I think it is just blue koolaid} between the two bags could be tricky for younger ones. Once I had the bag sealed I let her mix it squish it all around. Then she plopped in the ocean animals and shells. I hung them in her bedroom windows. They are especially pretty when the sun comes out from behind our typical overcast.
    ocean in a bag

    the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

    Finally, she colored fish for the fishing game. I put her “pole” together and while she was putting the paper clips on the fish, I grabbed one of her blankets to stoke her imagination a bit.

    the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

    catch and release *wink*

    the happy trunk, kids crafts, teaching kids

    After we were all done, I asked which project she liked best…

    I liked coloring my fish. When I was fishing with my blue sea blanket, I caught all the fish! I loved you to make my fishing pole and I liked to play with it. ~ Luv

    The Happy Trunk delivered quite a bit of happiness to our home! Not only would a monthly subscription make for a sweet gift, but the one-time trunk purchase is a great way to ensure you have something fun on hand during a rainy day! A single box to gift is just $19.95!

    Feel free to connect with The Happy Trunk on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to keep up to date on the newest ideas!

    Erin received the above product, free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only. Review product provided by The Happy Trunk.

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    Erin is a hopelessly devoted wife & momma to a five year old girl and a one year old boy. For the past year she has been on a quest to get back to the basics...

    37 Responses to “The Happy Trunk Delivers Smiles!”

    1. Jennifer says:

      Awww…this looks like so much fun (plus I love the “hidden” educational element). It looks like she had a blast!

    2. She’s just adorable! I love the ocean in a bag craft, I’ve never seen anything like that!

    3. This looks like a really fun idea and I like the price too! Sneaky way to add in some fun learning activities on a rainy day!

    4. Rosey says:

      What a super great group of activities!

    5. j says:

      It looks like she enjoyed all the activities. Awesome idea!!

    6. Betsy Barnes says:

      What a cool idea! She looks like she’s having a blast, so adorable :)

    7. Amy Orvin says:

      I have never heard of it. This is something my little neice would just love. Thanks for the review, I will let her know about it.

    8. Tammy S says:

      This sounds like so much fun. I like that they get to make different things each time. The Ocean Adventure trunk sounds like it is a ton of fun.

    9. Blessie Nelson says:

      I would like to do the same with my children!

    10. June M. says:

      This looks like a great box delivery system to encourage children’s creativity. My young nephews 5 & 7 both love drawing, coloring, crafting, and such. I think they would really love something like this (I will have to let my SIL know about this company).

    11. Julie Wood says:

      Your daughter is so cute! She did a good job with her Happy Trunk and made really great jelly fish. This box had really nice stuff in it! I like the crafts that you can make. I will have to tell my sister about this because she has a young daughter!

    12. Wendy Mastin says:

      So much fun to look forward to receiving; Also great “you’ve got to be good” idea.

    13. Cynthia C says:

      Looks like lots of fun! I wish my kids were small again so they could enjoy.

    14. Maria Iemma says:

      What a great idea. learning and having fun is a great way to teach.

    15. Bella T. says:

      Awww. We love the ocean and we love creativity. That definitely looks worth $20.

    16. Gloria Walshver says:

      My kids are all grown, but my grandkids would enjoy these crafts.

    17. april yedinak says:

      I love the pics. This looks like a great idea for fostering fun and creativity in your little ones.

    18. Gloria Walshver says:

      Kids are very artistic in drawing pictures and other things. Their imagination perplexes me greatly.

    19. Gloria Walshver says:

      Kids are very artistic in drawing pictures and other things. Their imagination perplexes me greatly.

    20. kelly nicholson says:

      reminds me od are class in school..

    21. Marysa says:

      This sounds like a lot of fun! I could use the help with creativity!

    22. ANN*H says:

      These are so nice. The kids look forward to something different with each box. Lots of fun things to explore for each individual child.

    23. Jessica White says:

      That is super cool, I should do the same with my kids!

    24. Kelly Ann T. says:

      This would be great for my niece who loves crafts, and it is educational to boot. Her birthday is coming up soon, and I’m going to look into getting her one of these boxes. As a teacher, I’m going to try to incorporate the fish activity into my classroom.

    25. Carol L says:

      How I wish they had this around w my kids were smaller. It’s so adorable and their sense of achievement couldn’t be greater. :)
      Carol L

    26. susan glazer says:

      i love the creativity involved with this. i never saw items like these for children before. fabulous!

    27. Helga says:

      That looks like such a fun learning tool!

    28. Helga says:

      This is sneat for kids to stay busy and happy!

    29. Melissa Shirley says:

      My kids would love it

    30. kathy pease says:

      this looks awesome for the little ones..what a great way to bring out their creativity and spend some quality time together

    31. Christina Strapp says:

      That is neat, looks like a lot of fun.

    32. Michael Lambert says:

      My daughter would really like this.

    33. Sylvia Ortiz says:

      What an innovative way to keep a child excited about using their imagination in crafting. Thanks for the great share.

    34. johnny-amy lynn says:

      This is really cool!! Awesome for kiddos

    35. Rich Hicks says:

      I think this is great. Learning has to be fun and just think how many hrs that $20 will give you peace and quiet while they play

    36. crystal allen says:

      my daughter would love a happy trunk too ! i can see it providing hours of educational fun

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