I received the Kids Hygge Box in exchange for an honest review.
“And what is hygge in a few words? It’s homeyness, coziness, and togetherness. It is bonding with those you love and who make you feel safe. Snuggling on the couch under a blanket with your loved ones. Going berry picking and eating more berries than are going into the bucket. Playing games with friends and family well past your bedtime.” — Hygge in a Box
Well we’ve had a lot of togetherness over the past few months and it hasn’t all been hygge (😬😬), but now that summer is winding down and school is on the horizon I feel like we’ve been at each other less and enjoying each other more. Making lasting memories trying small, simple things in all of a few minutes or an afternoon — making beeswax candles, building our first birdhouse, playing tic-tac-toe. All of the makings were in our Kids Hygge Box from Hygge in a Box. The Canadian co. curates seasonal and stand-alone collections of hygge treasures, recipes and DIYs from Canadian makers available by subscription or single box. The Kids Hygge Boxes varied but here’s a look at ours.
My kiddos are older than this bunch but the tips offered here apply to families at all stages. Tell stories, look at family albums, ask questions and really listen to the answers. (Plus many more ideas expressed more eloquently than that.)
I’ve been sharing some of the activities from the Kids Hygge Box in my Instagram stories as we’ve been doing them, ‘tho it’s a fine balance trying to take and share photos and still be in the moment. The bird house came together in an hour and we’ll have it for years. (We just took it down to paint it, so that’s another activity we can do together.)
I’ve been wanting to try this salt water taffy recipe but need to pick up a candy thermometer or see if our neighbours have one I can borrow. Have you ever made it?
This book has tonnes of great ideas for kids 6 to 12. We did a couple this week (donate old coats and make sun tea) and some in the past (make a ring toss, craft food faces) and there are all kinds of new-to-us activities that sound like fun too.
I went to a 30-minute scrunchie-making workshop last year and they made it no-sew with fusible webbing, so I’m going to pick up some of that instead of lugging the sewing machine up from the basement. (We used to have a great little shop in the neighbourhood called Yarn Forward and Sew-On that would have carried it but I’m sure you can find it at Michaels or the hardware store.)
Baths are hygge for sure. This bath bomb is called Monkey Farts 😂😂 and smells rather nice.
One day we’ll go for a nature walk and pick some wildflowers and leaves to try this flower press. Each one is handmade in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I’d forgotten how soothing painting can be. My son and I enjoyed a relaxing hour outside on our back deck painting the plaster shapes that were included.
We love the robot design on this keychain and backpacker cross-stitch kit. Follow me over on Instagram to see it come along. (I think we’ll try it this week.)
This little kit makes up to 30 dime-sized seed bombs that can be planted or tossed in a ditch to grow beautiful, locally-sourced wildflowers bees will love. 🐝
These adorable little hard candies are made in Toronto. This is the fruity pet mix with cats, frogs and dogs and bunnies in tangerine, lemon, lime, pomegranate, strawberry, acai berry and blackberry.
“Bring out the candles, light a fire, build a bonfire or simply lower the lights and you’ll be providing a mood that lends itself well to conversation and connection.” — Hygge in a Box
We had a wicked rainstorm shortly after we made these beeswax candles and we lined them up along the kitchen windowsill and lit them and it felt just as cozy as can be. I’d love to make some more for gifts and to use at home.
And finally a tic-tac-toe kit that you customize with markers or paint, using the wee burlap sack as the board. Another great DIY gift idea!
If you missed out on the Kids Hygge Box you can enter to win one here. The giveaway ends Sunday August 23 at midnight. August 23 is is also the last day to order Hold Onto Summer Box, a special edition for anyone looking to enjoy some hygge “me time” as the season comes to a close.
How have you enjoyed some hygge this summer? What do you think of the Kids Hygge Box?