MINNEAPOLIS CSP | GIVEAWAY | VISIT WEBSITE
I’ll be the first to admit that going on an “adventure” every day sounds daunting and exhausting. Truth be told, as a middle-class mother who definitely feels the financial sting of an oil change or the weekly Target visit, I find myself doing a lot at home with my little people. We own LEGOS, Tinker Toys, color books, dolls, books, games, puzzles, dress-up clothes…you name it. But, every so often, mama likes to pour out my oft-neglected creative juices and whip me up a good, kid-friendly craft project. Today was one of those rainy, jammie-wearin’, “let’s-check-Pinterest” types of days.
Enter Problem: I don’t keep my house stocked with popsicle sticks, sequins, buttons, feathers, glitter, pipecleaners, felt and yarn. If you do, more power to you (and where DO you keep it all?)! If you don’t, I’ve got a solution (and a free giveaway) that you might enjoy…
What is it?
Last month, I was approached by a local businesswoman and mother – Holly with Minneapolis CSP. Minneapolis CSP is a Community Supported Project that preps and delivers weekly art, craft and play kits for Minneapolis families. I personally loved this idea because, as much as I love crafting with my kids, the idea of collecting all the goods needed to complete a project from start to finish sounds wearing (pack kids in car, shop at Michaels, pay and leave, realize you forgot the most important piece, go back in with kids, pack crying kids in car, get home…just to find their interest in the project, and probably yours, have soared clear out the window). I am a huge advocate of supporting local businesses, and her “theme” seemed to mesh with mine quite well so I thought, YES, let’s do a giveaway so people can see how conveniently wonderful this idea truly is. Little did I know what an epic failure I would be at maneuvering a hot glue gun, but practice makes perfect (or so they say).
Some quick details on Minneapolis CSP:
The craft kits vary in price and can be delivered to your home for free Monday-Friday (if within the delivery area of Minneapolis). Edina deliveries are on Thursdays. If outside the delivery area, you can schedule a pick-up from South Minneapolis (address available upon purchase). You do not need to be home for deliveries, which is nice. We had our cute little Spring animals waiting for us in our storm door when we got home. Minneapolis CSP does send out a weekly newsletter and also announces their projects on their Facebook page.
Fit for what ages?
The projects vary in difficulty level depending on the week, and almost always require some adult assistance. The Spring animals we did together definitely took teamwork. I manned the glue gun (poorly, mind you), my four-year-old did the googly eyes, feathers and cutting, and my two-year-old stuck a few cotton balls on the lamb. But, she was pretty proud of her end result (“Me did it!”). I was planning on giving these animals to my mother-in-law for Easter, but after seeing how cute they turned out, I’m thinking they might’ve found their permanent home on our console table. Other projects Minneapolis CSP has concocted include: tooth brush robots, rod puppets, bird seed cakes, snow globes, and superhero masks.
How much are we talkin?
The individual kits cost anywhere from $3 – $7. You can order weekly or become a regular subscriber. The subscription seems like a convenient deal since CSP invoices you weekly via PayPal or you can pay with cash upon pick-up/delivery. An online form is set up on their website with a link to PayPal. Forget the sticker shock when you hear your total at Joanne Fabrics. You only needed six inches of that ribbon you bought anyway! Now, you can spend less and only get what you really need. There are sometimes a few items that are not provided by CSP, including glue and paint (if they are part of the project you select).
Wanna be a WINNER?
Minneapolis CSP has graciously offered to give away TWO of their weekly project kits. The winner of this giveaway will receive the Spring Animals kit and the Fabric Necklace kit…just in time for Spring!
TO WIN: I’m going to make this simple… Because I often like staying home in my PJs and desperately need more entertainment ideas, I’m asking you to COMMENT BELOW telling me your favorite stay-at-home activity you do with your children. It can be a craft project, a game of imagination, a culinary or science experiment…basically, anything you do with your kids on a rainy day at home.
The giveaway will run for one week, with a deadline of Wednesday, April 9 at noon CST. I will notify the winner that evening. GOOD LUCK and I hope to hear some fresh ideas from your big, brilliant brains!