If your little darlings are anything like mine, nearly every weekend features at least one moment like this:
There’s nothing to doooooooo…
I wanna watch telleeeeeeeeeee”.
Given that I’m very conscious about the amount of screen-time both my girls get, I rarely give in to their pleas – but when I’ve got my hands full with Other Things, it can be hard to resist. Enter, stage left, the Weekend Box Club – saviour of sanity, bringer of surprises, keeper-quiet of children aged 3 – 8.
Our first weekend box arrived looking very intriguing – pretty box, lots to look out but a little tricky to get into it without destroying it. Oops. Bad mama.
Once opened, the box revealed a collection of brightly coloured packets and instruction sheets. These give us Something to Make, Something to Do, Something to Explore, and Something Green – in our box we had a spring-themed rocking bird, some spicy spinach pumpkins, a Pot o’Gold Game (national stereotyping, anyone? ;-)), and an activity exploring sounds and vibrations. We also found some small stickers to reward each completed activity (but we couldn’t find one for completing the whole box – which means we can’t add it to the “I’ve finished six weekend boxes” certificate that we also found), and the top of the box can also be coloured in as a completion certificate.
Needless to say, with all these pretty packets to open DD1 was straight in, and chose the sound exploration activity. We needed to watch a youtube video for detailed instructions on making our “robot voice box” from the straws and balloons supplied – a QR code might have helped here, and could be easily added to the instructions, I’d have thought – which worked really well. I don’t know who was more surprised when our contraption actually made some very loud and surprising noises!
We haven’t yet had time to explore all the other packets, but I’m very glad that we have them to hand for the inevitable “I’m booooored” moments that will crop up over the next few weeks: each of the packets and instruction sheets is self-contained, so I can dish them out to her without needing to spend ages running around amassing bits and pieces. And the individual projects are about right for her ability level – absorbing but not too difficult for her to start doing independently. I would definitely consider getting regular deliveries, especially over the holidays: fortnightly deliveries would be perfect for us, and at only £7.50 a box it’s a good value solution too.
I’m pleased to that there is an alternative to the cheap-and-cheerful, plasticky “craft” stuff that is directed at families looking for practical, at-home entertainment for their children. Everything in the box can be recycled, and is sustainably packaged and resourced, with at least 95% of the contents made from recycled materials. I’ve bookmarked their page for gift subscriptions too – a perfect solution for my many nephews’ and nieces’ birthdays, with 3, 6 and 12 month gift subscriptions available too.
If you’d like to try one out with your family, you can get your first box absolutely free using this the code KATE154 at www.weekendboxclub.com
I’d love to know what you think of the idea!
Disclosure: This post is a review of products I was sent for free, and all opinions expressed within it are my own.