Some days I am just too tired, busy, or (honestly) exhausted to come up with something exciting and educational to do. Some days I just need to find something to entertain my daughter so that I can clean the bathroom or get 7 loads of laundry done (yes, seriously there are times when I am more than 7 loads behind, mom shame me all you want, I have accepted my hatred for laundry and have moved past worrying about it). Being a full time working mom, sometimes we just need an easy win!
SOOO. . . . The perfect answer? Subscription boxes that have done all the work for me!
Crafts, experiments, baking. Basically ALL THE THINGS. Anything you can do that might be fun, creative, constructive, or filled with learning. Those are the things that we are sharing with all of you and there are subscription boxes that fit this profile perfectly! Naturally I have to try them out! I found one site that seemed to pair the craft and experiment aspect of play perfectly!
Check out there site here
Pricing, Options, &
Pros & Cons
The pricing was right in line with what I was looking at spending and that was another reason I was excited to try this box.
Things I loved!
- They had a coupon listed on the top of the screen as soon as I got to their website! I love me some good deals.
- They had options to buy other kits (not subscriptions), ranging from kitchen science, volcanoes, and physics.
- Their options for the duration of the subscription were awesome! You could buy them in 1, 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
- There were only two options for the subscription boxes and that was broken down by age. Ages 2-4 and ages 5-10+. There weren’t any other kind of themes or options
I decided not to look much into what the boxes were going to contain, even though they have a whole page dedicated to how awesome the items are in the box. I love a good surprise and wanted to be just as entertained as my daughter!
In the Box
When the box arrived, it was relatively small and extremely light, which was a little concerning. How could something that claimed to have up to 6 science and art kits! But keep reading to see what was inside. Don’t get turned away just by the size.
I was planning on saving the subscription box for a week or two and saving it for when I had to try to get some stuff done around the house. But it’s almost mid-April right now, and we have snow. It is full-blown blizzard conditions outside. So being trapped inside, on the weekend before spring break, makes kids “stir crazy” I figured this would be the perfect day to pull out the subscription box.
So what did we get?
Upon opening the box, I was surprised at just how much they fit into the box.
- Stuffed with material
- Organized and separated by experiment
- Activity book
- Central Theme
Very impressed! That was my first thought. The first thing we found was an activity book. This book explained that the box was geared towards the science of sound (my OCD heart was so glad!). After we looked at this activity book we took at look at the three “packets” each separated by a more concise theme. These themes were vibration and pitch, rhythm, and sound waves. Also, inside each packet were 2-3 experiments with almost everything needed to complete the project.
Sounds waves is where we decided to start. It contained two projects and six different items for these experiments.
Inside each project packet was also a tiny booklet with step by step instructions and questions. So let’s dig into some of these projects and our thoughts about them.
Packet one was making a maraca and a balloon rattle. The maraca project was very simple yet effective. My daughter was able to read and perform almost all the directions herself! My daughter was proud to show off the maraca she was able to make all by herself!
The balloon rattle project was not quite as easy. To prevent a mess, I used a funnel as well as a held the balloon for her. I was wishing I had also poured the salt, cause we did have salt go everywhere, but I put my OCD side away and just let her continue and have fun learning.
I absolutely love that it is for crafting and experimenting! We literally were able to craft together our experiments. If that isn’t exactly what this website is about, then I am crazy. The items were relatively simple, but it was great having everything laid out, organized, and ready to go in seconds. Of course, most people have all of this material already in their home, but they don’t have the items readily available, the activity packet or the inspiring questions.
The supplies are cute. For the maraca we made, they could have provided regular tape, instead they provided a patterned washi tape. LOVE THAT! It makes us actually want to keep some of the experiments that we crafted.
My favorite part about this box was the simple step by step instructions that were provided as well as variations on what they could do to get a different outcome and thought-provoking questions. My daughter is in first grade and is an average reader. She was able to read, understand, and perform the majority of the directions by herself (so proud!).
I am definitely glad that I got this subscription box. It is simple, cute, informative, and quite a lot of fun. I am thinking that I might gift a subscription to my oldest neice (turning 4 soon) for her upcoming birthday!
If you decide to sign up for a subscription, please let me know what you guys think of it down below! Also, feel free to send me pics of what you guys got to make at Jenny@MakingitwithMommy.com! And as always, I love hearing from you all!
Have a great adventure!