Our good friend from college is the absolute best in making connections amongst people he knows. It is because of this friend that I heard about Switchcrafted and was introduced to Audrey Kinsman. Once connected with Audrey, she sent me a Switchcrafted kit and asked me to check it out!
Each Switchcrafted kit contains a hardback picture book, a Switch Witch, and a treat bag:
Switchcrafted is a really cute story about the witches of Halloween and how candy is their source of energy. The kit provides a Switch Witch who lives in your home for the month of October. The book explains that once kids trick-or-treat on Halloween, they can leave a note for their Switch Witch along with the candy they are giving to them in their treat bag. It is then the Switch Witch’s job to swap out their candy for a toy, similar to an exchange with the tooth fairy! By collecting this candy, the Switch Witches will have energy to fly their brooms and warm their homes for the year until the following October 31. The story mentions that “…Your witch is ok with you keeping a few pieces of loot, but eat it all up and she’ll leave nary a newt.” I like that kids get to enjoy some of their candy, but it’s not the glutton-fest that can happen! As a third grade teacher, one of my least favorite days of the school year was always the day after Halloween because students would bring in a lunch bag full of candy to eat...as their lunch. You can imagine the productivity that would happen in the classroom post-lunch time!
Besides helping to keep tabs on the Halloween candy, the Switch Witch also takes on an “Elf on the Shelf” type role for the month of October. Each family can name their own Switch Witch and decide where it shall perch in the home. The witch watches each child for their good and bad moments of the month and allows only good kids to trade their candy for a toy post-trick-or-treating.
The age on the Switchcrafted kit says 3+ and while I don’t always agree with the suggested age of books and toys, in this case, I do agree. Caroline will be 22 months in just a few days. We opened the kit and Caroline was excited to see the illustrations in the book and play with the witch and treat bag, but I don’t think she is quite old enough for the concept of having the Switch Witch keep tabs on her good/bad moments during the month of October. I look forward to introducing that concept next October when she is closer to age 3!
Our Switch Witch has taken up residence on our mantle for this October. Throughout this Halloween season, periodically, Caroline has been afraid of various Halloween decorations and face-painted, costume-laden children. I think that having the Switch Witch in our house and reading Switchcrafted to C has helped in preparing her for the real deal on October 31.
Thanks so much for reading and supporting the creators of Switchcrafted!