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Kids Weekend Box review and free offer

A year ago, we reviewed our first Kids Weekend Activity Box, fairly soon after their product launch. You can see the fun we had last time, on the following 2 posts.
Cooking Potato Boats and making 3D glasses.
Sand Art and making a bird feeder.
The boys had a great time doing these activities, so they were delighted to hear that we had been invited to review another box.

weekend box

I captured son2 opening the box on video.

weekend box

For those of you who haven’t come across it before, I’ll introduce you to Weekend Box which is a box containing Healthy, Green and Creative themed 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 colour-coded 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 with little ones aged 3-6 as well as help teach them about different life skills in a fun and engaging way. And the colour coding makes it easy for the children to match the packets to the instruction sheets. You also get stickers for completing the activities. And the inside of the box turns into a certificate which can be coloured in.

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.

Our box theme was Chinese New Year and a new feature included in the box is a card of Talking Points. The boys were really interested in all the information. They are already very knowledgable on the Chinese years and quickly told me that this year will be the year of the sheep and which years they are born in. All this has been learnt from a calendar that we were given at a Chinese restaurant which is on son2’s bedroom wall.

The four activities in our box were as follows:-
Red Activity with Wooster the Rabbit – Fortune Cookies.
Blue Activity with Sammy the Squirrel – Paper Plate Drum.
Green Activity with Hattie the Hedgehog – Chinese Lanterns.
Yellow Activity with Oswald the Owl – Chinese Dragon.

The boys were keen to start with the cooking. They wrote their fortunes and here I would suggest that I should have pre-cut the paper into strips for them in advance, as they boys wrote them very large when left to do this part by themselves. So we had to a lot of folding to get them small enough to fit inside.  And we had to do a bit more improvisation as I don’t possess a large enough cookie cutter. I do  want some larger ones. In fact, I’ve had 11cm and 13cm ones on my wishlist for several years but can’t find them anywhere. So if anyone knows where I can get some, please let me know. Instead we used a knife to cut round a tupperware lid as our template. Son1 was fine with that but son2 needed a bit of help. They both progressed well after that, with just a little bit of help on sealing the cookies shut, as they seemed determined to pop open.

I had already spotted that there was an error in the recipe versus the ingredients list. No mention of what to do with the 2 spoons of honey or syrup. I decided that we would use honey instead of oil to brush half the cookies. And feedback from the boys. The toppers didn’t live up to their expectation from the photo which looks like lots of small pieces of raspberry. Instead we had just 9 larger pieces of strawberry. Little and lots would have been more fun for sprinkling. However one thing there were no issues with was how yummy they tasted. We will certainly make these again.

fortune cookies

Secondly the boys made the paper plate drums. I provided additional plates etc, so that they could make one each. They were fine with this activity, but we didn’t find blu tack was that great at sticking the lolly sticks together. Very wobbly drum handles, so son1 requested sellotape instead.

chinese drums

Then we saved the other two activities for the following weekend. This time we started by making Chinese Dragons. I didn’t have a similar piece of yellow card for them both to participate, so I improvised by folding an A4 sheet of yellow paper in half and glueing an old Xmas card inside to stiffen it. I was very impressed with the glue dots that were included in this activity, worked better than the blu tack last weekend. The boys decided they wanted to draw the scales onto their dragons with felt-tip pens rather than using the paint. And then they had great fun pretending to be dragons, the exploratory part of the activity. I didn’t even need to prompt, they just started instinctively whilst posing for photos with their completed dragons.

Chinese dragons

And finally I had been saving the tubes from the loo rolls this week, ready for their Chinese Lanterns. This time we did use the paint, but I may have mixed it too stiff, as it wasn’t quite enough for 2 tubes. And we did have one objection from the boys. They didn’t like the colour pink for the handles, they said they should be red too, so you’ll see they are actually holding the lanterns by the base rather than the handle. I’m not sure how we could have incorporated putting LED tealights inside, as per an additional suggestion on the sheet, since they had no bases.

Chinese lanterns

The boxes retail at £7.50 including delivery which is great value for money in my opinion, less than £2 per activity. Last year I discussed what families of more than one child should do, and I’m pleased to see that you can now include siblings at £4 each. And you may choose to have your boxes fortnightly or monthly.

I think it is so exciting for a child to get their own box through the post. And son1 is several years above the target age of 3-6, but still really enjoyed it.

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

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Kids Weekend Activity Box review and free offer – part 2

Earlier this year, I published a blog post about the free Weekend Box we received.  You can get one free too, using the code at the bottom of this post. But we didn’t have time to complete all the activities before I blogged. So this post is about the fun the boys had doing the remaining two activities.

But first, a quick reminder about 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.

Weekend Box contents

Weekend Box contents

The boxes retail at £7.50 including delivery which is great value for money in my opinion.

For the Yellow sand art explorers activity, there were 2 designs on the sand sheet, so I carefully cut the sheet in two, so both boys could have a go. But actually there was loads of sand, so we could have drawn several more designs for them to have had a few tries each if they wished. I would suggest that it would have been useful if a glue spreader could have been provided in the pack.

Then son 1 made the Lolly Bird Stick feeder (Green activity), but I did have to find another piece of string as the one supplied was far too short – it was only slightly longer than a lolly stick.

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

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Kids Weekend Activity Box review and free offer

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.

Weekend Box

The box is upside down

The box is upside down

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.

Weekend Box contents

Weekend Box contents

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.

Mashing the potato

Mashing the potato

Adding the pepper

Adding the pepper

Making the sails

Making the sails

Son1's Potato Boats

Son1’s Potato Boats

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.

Cutting out their glasses

Cutting out their glasses

Homemade 3D glasses

Homemade 3D glasses

Image quiz

Image quiz

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.