My children are very excited about the mystery package I have received from Weekend Box to review. It even indicates which way up the box should be opened.
But first, I’ll introduce you to Weekend Box which is a revolutionary new concept for having Healthy, Green and Creative activities for your children delivered through your letterbox every fortnight. It is similar to a Graze healthy snacks box but with children’s activities in.
Each box contains 4 activities:
Something to COOK (a healthy recipe with accompanying secret ingredient)
Something to MAKE (a craft kit with all the materials required)
Something GREEN (some seasonal seeds to plant or something to make with recycling/rubbish material)
Something to EXPLORE (sensory exploration games, for example)
Each activity is designed to build sensory exploration skills within little ones aged 3-8 as well as help teach them about different life skills in a fun and engaging way.
The boxes are sent out (with free delivery) in time for the weekend every fortnight and since everything’s included in the box, you can focus on spending time having fun with your little ones.
So we opened our box and found 4 colour-coordinated activities inside. A great idea as it makes it easy for the children to match the packets to the instruction sheets.
Red Activity with Wooster the Rabbit – Potato Boats to cook.
Blue Activity with Sammy the Squirrel – DIY 3D Glasses.
Green Activity with Hattie the Hedgehog – Lolly Stick Bird Feeder.
Yellow Activity with Oswald the Owl – Sand Art Explorers.
Also there was a sticker packet, with stickers for completing each activity and a larger “Finished” sticker. And if that wasn’t enough, there was also a Sealife sticker activity book.
We initially decided the boys could do 2 activities each. Son1 went first by making the potato boats. It was interesting that he chose this as he doesn’t like eating jacket potatoes, but he had fun cooking. I did the oven jobs for him. He made 2 boats, rather than 8 as per the recipe. Although I did notice that the packet only contained 4 cocktail sticks rather than 8, so we would have needed to find a few extra in that case. I thought his cooking was very tasty.
But then both boys wanted to make 3D glasses. On opening the packet, it looked like there was enough red and blue acetate for two pairs, so I improvised. I scanned the template and printed an extra copy out onto card, and cut the acetate in half. But then disaster struck, as son2 started to cut his blue acetate again. He had assumed he needed a piece the size of the eye hole, which then wouldn’t have had any margin to glue on. I stopped him before he cut fully across, but it meant there would be a split in his partway across the eye. I gave him more supervision after that. He also insisted that his acetates be stuck on the outside of his glasses rather than the inside. Son1 made a little mistake too, as he spread glue completely across one of his pieces of acetate, forgetting to leave space to look through, but I washed it clean for him, so no disaster that time. Weekend Box had also included a sheet of images to look at wearing the glasses. Son2 wasn’t very interested in this, but son1 enjoyed identifying what they were.
So for families of more than one child, you need to decide will your children happily share doing the activities or do you wish to buy them a box each. Perhaps Weekend Box may consider introducing a marginally more expensive variant which has sufficient contents for say 2 or 3 siblings to participate in each activity.
The boxes retail at £7.50 including delivery which is great value for money in my opinion.
We didn’t have time this weekend to try out the other two activities yet, so I shall repost again once we have completed those, but I wanted to get this post published quickly, as I have some offers below to share with you.
If readers of my blog would like to try out the Weekend Box, I have been given a unique promo code for you to get your first box for free (including free delivery).
The unique promo code is CLAIRE43 and can be redeemed at www.weekendboxclub.com If you have any difficulties with the code, try signing up with this direct link www.weekendboxclub.com/main/signup?promocode=CLAIRE43
Also, as an extra special bonus for my readers, anyone signing up to Weekend Box during January 2014 with the unique promo code above will also get ALL future boxes for just £5 each (normally £7.50).
Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.