Days United sends monthly boxes teaching kids about different cultures. Learning about different cultures like this is super unique and shows kids that holidays are the glue that keeps us all together.
Uniting Cultures By HoliDAYS
An ad for Days United recently popped up on my Facebook feed and stopping me in my tracks. Before me was the cutest subscription service I’ve ever seen – a multi-cultural “holiDAY in a box” for Jewish holidays, Indian holidays and Chinese holidays. I immediately contacted the company so I could see one for myself.
The Days United Passover Box Unboxing
Basically, as fast as you could say ten plagues, my Passover box arrived. Inside I found an easy to navigate sheet explaining the box’s contents: a Passover Haggadah (complete with stickers), a matzah cover, an afikomen cover, a decorative seder plate, gourmet matzo ball mix, and three jumping frogs (plastic, not real).
As you can imagine, on a yucky snow day – after being stuck inside and completely stir crazy – a fun box arriving at our door was a gift from above, like finding a baby in the Nile.
With great excitement, my son saw the frogs (our favorite), took them out and started jumping around. Always in the top three plagues in my house, who could disagree with this reaction!? He was equally excited for the matzo ball mix – but I suggested we try that closer to the holiday.
My daughter grabbed the puzzle-like wooden shape shifting seder plate loving how it morphed in to many different objects. Funny enough, my son noted the similarity to Moses’ staff (he’s mildly obsessed with the staff-turning-into-a-snake part of the story).
Next, my son grabbed the matzah cover. He thought it was HILARIOUS that people were looking on their cell phones. There are so many conversations that could be sparked from the printed images I didn’t even know where to begin!
My daughter, on the other hand, grabbed for the afikomen cover. She thought the baby was hilarious – especially because it was only wearing a diaper, and claimed the boy in the middle was the spitting image of my son. I assured her that was on purpose loving this fun, funky image!
Always Making Art
As my kids always tend to do – they begged me to make this into an art project. With so much open space on each of these covers, how could I say no? I brought up our trusty markers and paint and let them go to town.
While we put the covers aside to dry, the kids said how excited they were to bring them to the seder next week. Now, isn’t that the whole point? Getting the kids engaged in a holiday and getting the conversation about it started. Good job, Days United! We can’t wait to see what the next box has in store!
In addition to Passover, Days United offers a box for the Jewish holidays: Passover, Lag Baomer, Shavu’ot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, and Purim. The Chinese holidays: Dragon Boat Festival, Mid Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. The Indian holidays: Ganesh Chaturthi, Dushera, Diwali and Lohri.
Days United Mission
Days United mission is helping families celebrate their traditions. This is extra important now with families spread all throughout different places and amongst new cultures. Their fun, whimsical items are specially curated to preserve the meaning of these holidays while keeping them light and fun.
Check out their boxes for your next holiday or subscribe to all the holidays option – so one can appear on your doorstep ten days before the holiday begins!
While definitely a great gift for kids, I could also see this as a fun gift to send a college student or a new graduate – who doesn’t yet have holiday objects of their own. It’s a fresh take on the tradition and sure to get a smile.