How much actual quality timeDo you spend with your children?
"Among work, school, tasks inside and outside your home, how much actual quality time do you spend with your children?"
The answer I gave myself when I first read this question was: little.
Especially, less time than my children deserved and needed.
You are joining the club that allowed me to:
- Improve my children's daily routine with creativity and fantasy;
- Spend quality time with them without TV, Youtube, Tablet, and other "third wheels";
- Have fun with them while helping them to learn new things!
-> Would you like to get new activities to entertain your children in a creative way on a daily basis?
-> Would you like your children to be busy by cutting, drawing, and coloring, making activities that stimulate their fine motor skills and their fantasy?
-> Would you like TV and electronic games to be set apart for hours to be replaced by activities that are fun and educational?
Great! Take a breath and keep on reading what I have to say...
Whether you are a mom like me, a dad, an aunt, a kindergarten teacher.
No matter what your role is, what really matters is the impact you may have on the life and growth of the children who spend time with you every day.
Today's children have the tendency to get bored.
Today's children have the tendency to get bored.
It seems there is no space for wonder, simplicity, simple games.
Growing, educating, making a child happy is nowadays ten times more difficult than fifty years ago.
It's a daily challenge that often makes us feel frustrated, I know.
How many times I did get mad and said to my children: how is it possible that with all the toys you have, you never know what to do? Always bored, lazy, unmotivated? Like you can't survive without Tv and cartoons?
How many times did I feel a terrible mom for not being able to invent stimulating activities or to have fun with them, ended up buying another useless toy with the hope to turn on their enthusiasm and make them happy?
I then started to speak to other moms like me. And that's not all. I started reading books, talking to child psychologists, asking for kindergarten and primary school teachers' opinions. I've understood I couldn't get all the fault since we are going through a generational discomfort which I can't carry on my shoulders alone!
Children spend seven hours a day in front of a screen
For example, did you know that, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend seven hours a day in front of a screen (TV, console, smartphone) with inexpressible consequences on their health and brain development? And did you know a child spends only an average of 56 minutes a day with his/her parents?
56 minutes. Less than one hour.
I realized there were days when I was in the same room with my children for six hours in a row, but not even ONE was 100% quality time.
You know, it's not the amount of time we spend with our children to be important. .
What really makes the difference is the quality of that time.
It took a while, but I succeeded. We succeeded, as it was an adventure that involved the entire family.
I tell you how it went.
My children often asked to print something to color, mainly their favorite cartoons characters. After printing once again My Little Pony images, I thought: I am a graphic designer, I can use Photoshop, I can do something similar as well...or better, I can do something more elaborate that implies anything going beyond the simply coloring! What about trying?
I then started to plan the first activities to cut and glue that we brought along on the critical moments such as during dinners at the restaurant or when taking a flight. I drew some printable games inspired to the most popular games (and also some classic ones from my childhood like Goose game or Battleship!)
The first game we drew, printed and experimented was "Blah!": it was successful. My children's friends asked to play one game after the other and last year I had to print two copies for Christmas since someone inserted it, with my big surprise, in the toys list for Santa Claus. :)
At that point, we became popular among moms and at school. They started asking how to support me in my crusade for creative games. Someone even proposed to organize a fundraising or to help me with donations. This excitement inspired me to bring Kiwee to life.
What's about Kiwee?
I like to describe Kiwee as a kind of safe haven where professionals such as illustrators, teachers, entertainers, pedagogues…(all experts in children!) work hard on a daily basis to create educational and creative resources, games, posters, decorations, fairy tales...All printable in a "print-and-go" format. Basically, you only need to download, print and start the adventure.
We dream big.
However, we don't want it to be a big e-commerce of printable products. For this reason, we thought to set up a real "Club", a "Kiweers" tribe from all around the world that confront with one other and exchange experiences and resources to turn Kiwee into a big reality.
What do I get by subscribing to the club?
> Savings: the club subscription gives you unlimited access to hundreds of printable (only the "customizable products" are not included and you can purchase it separately) resources for a total value of about $ 4,000. Most of the printable resources you find online has a cost from $ 5 to $ 10 each. The birthday party set or the planner have a price of $ 18 - $ 30. This would imply spending a substantial amount of money every month if you want to offer new games and activities to your children. Conversely, with the club you will pay a small yearly amount and will have access to all the printables available in the catalog and to those we are going to add in the future;
> Draw upon an always bigger wealth of resources: our catalog already has hundreds of printables, but our team of illustrators keeps on working on new posts to be added every week. Kiwee is not only about activity books and printable games. We also create prints for children's bedroom, gift ideas, decorations to adorn spaces during holidays (Christmas, Halloween, etc.), planners. Our printable resources are a complete solution to your needs.
I have decided! I want to take part in the Kiwee Club!
But this is not all since we have some special gifts in store for those joining our club.
- Possibility to suggest ad hoc printables
that our team will analyze and possibly add to the catalog;
- The printable Planner of Super Mom (value $ 18) 20 pages, in A4 and A3 (PDF)
- The printable Planner of Super Teacher (value $ 18) 27 pages - in A4 and A3 (PDF)
- A printable custom 2019 calendar with the picture of your child or your family (value $ 19) A4 and A3, a beautiful gift idea for your family and friends.
Ok. How much is this?
- Hundred of activity books, printable games, creative resources ready to be downloaded and printed with just one click (value: about $ 4,100);
- Unlimited access to all printables available in the catalog (except the customizables products, that can be bought separately) and to new ones that will be added every week;
- The fabulous printable planners of Super Mom (for sale online at $ 18);
- Also, the fabulous printable planners of Super Teacher (for sale online at $ 18);
- Custom calendar 2019 (for sale online at $ 20/$ 25);
The Club subscription is allowed only during specific times of the year and is limited to a certain number. Once reached the limit of available places, subscriptions will no longer be possible and our resources can be purchased only singularly online.
The purpose of this choice lies in the fact that we want to take time to monitor new Kiweers and offer them a better service, a Club where they can feel at home with their family. :)
Speaking of Kiweers, here is what they say about our club:
Kiwee strengthened the relationship between my son and me.
I recommend this investment to all of those working with children.
Kiwee became our family's best friend!
We just sell digital products to offer you a less expensive service (by saving on shipping and printing, we can sell our products at $ 45), and give you products that are immediately available, too: after completing your purchase you will be able to download the file(s) and print them at home. Our products are perfect for a lastminutegift, and hundreds of activities to entertain your children…are just a click away!
Print activity books on A4 or USLetter paper, with your home printer. Children are supposed to color them, and cut, and experiment, so you won’t need to print at high quality. For board games and everything you want to keep, we recommend to use A3/Tabloid highquality format, then to laminate them. (just $ 1 or $ 2).
It depends. We don’t have a fixed number because we offer complex, high quality products, and products like that need planning and designing. A complex learning resource (like in the Montessori line) takes more time and work than a wall art. We can guarantee at least 34 new activity book, 5 prints and a board game in a month, but
we’re increasing our team of illustrators, so the number of resourcesinamonth will increase, too.
You will receive the files immediately after payment, and you will find them in your personal area, where you can download the files and save them on your computer.
Not right now. You can’t.
Surely, if you want to print one more and give it to a friend, feel free to do it! But if you want to make 100 copies and resell them, the answer is No, you can’t. For any doubt, we invite you to contact us (contact page link): we’ll talk together about this and we will see case by case what type of license can serve your needs.
Not right now.
All our resources are sold in digital format: after the purchase you will need to download and print the files. For exemple, printing a wall art in high quality and A3 format, will cost about $ 2.
Due to the nature of the product we are unable to offer a refund. However, if there’s an error in our product, or maybe it is possibile to improve it, you can contact us and let us know what is wrong: we will try to meet your needs! Your satisfaction is important to us.
It is not necessary to bring them to the printing press! Most of our resources are in an A4 format so you can print them with any common printer. We suggest printing them on paper that is thicker than the classic one, mainly because it is heavy-duty and children prefer to use it (as they can cut it more easily). It is up to you.
About resources in A3 format (some prints or boards games), if you don’t have an appropriate printer you can bring them to a printing press. Costs are very cheap, we printed several prints and spent $ 1.50 for each one!
About the laminator, most of our books and activities are conceived to be colored, cut, glued and messed up without mercy. It is, therefore, not essential to laminate them. We suggest laminating only board games such as Blah! or the cards to create stories so that they won’t be damaged over time and their use. Thanks to the plastic layer, activities become “immortal”, like our Blah, that we’ve been using for three years now, still in perfect condition in spite of hundreds of exciting games 😉
Anyway, an A4/A3 laminator costs less than $ 30 and can be a proper investment (you can’t imagine how many things you can laminate!)
Most of our activities are not conceived to be single-use. Indeed, we recommend laminating board games and cards to make them heavy-duty. In this way, even after years of use, they will be perfectly preserved like any other game purchased in a store! If you print activity books on paper that will be recycled once the activity is over, the game becomes 100% sustainable.
Recycled paper is also very cheap. On Amazon, you can buy a ream of 2500 sheets at $ 27. Years and years of printed creative activities! It’s a big saving if you think the original Blah! costs $ 30 and you can print it from our site and laminate it for not more than $ 5.
I also used free resources online and it was just the lack of possibility to find new and quality activities that inspired me to create Kiwee. Online, you mainly find coloring pages, some simple and not too illustrated games, but if you are looking for something more elaborate, you must invest. Some marketplaces offer similar activity books and prints at a price that varies from $ 5 to $ 10 . We are the first and only ones to offer a yearly subscription.
This small fee that allows you to have access to 365 days of quality resources, covers the costs for professional illustrators and experts working at Kiwee who help us planning focused activities that can be both educational and fun.
After subscribing to the club, you can send us an email to request the special card. We will send you a very cute printable illustrated card 🙂 You will only need to print it and put it in an envelope.
Because we need a lot of time and works to customize our products and we are not able to provide this service for free to all our kiweers. We hope you understand that custom products need attentions and love to details so they have an higher value.