18 June 2013

Weekend Box Club *Review and Giveaway*

The weather doesn't always go your way so rather than a dull day indoors you can have some fun as a family with a Weekend Box Club delivery!



The Weekend Box Club is a fortnightly package that fits through your letterbox, delivery is free, and it's bursting with something to cook, something to make, something green and something to read or write.

We received one just before the weekend and had a great time completing the activities. Suited for children aged 3-8 (although Minxy aged 9 still enjoyed it) the instructions are informative and easy to follow. They are all colour coordinated and each box comes with stickers to pop on the activity sheets once it has been completed which gives a great sense of achievement.
 
 

Our kit contained:
 
 Super Strong Salad, the first in a series of seeds to grow your own herbs and salad at home
Gingerbread Cookies Recipe, with a special mix to add to your ingredients
Bertie Birds Nest, a simple yet cute craft activity
 Build a Story, which encourages reading and writing
  PLUS a bonus activity of Patchwork Letters to create a sign using card and pretty fabric
 


 
The Bertie Birds Nest craft came with everything to complete the activity including card, powder paint, PVA glue, feathers, fabric, felt and a wobbly eye. The materials for this activity, and all of the others, were packaged within small envelopes and labelled well so everything was organised and we could begin without delay. We added a little water to the powder paint and tipped the glue into a pot to start, then Minxy got busy making her nest - no assistance was required although I did join in too!
 
 
 
For the Super Strong Salad the box contained seeds and compost pellets, all we required was a sprinkle of water from the tap and a pot - you can just use a milk carton or egg box. This is a great educational activity as it teaches about growth in a fun way and Jamster has been watching his seeds and looking for development each day.

The gingerbread cookies were tasty and simple to make with a ginger mix being provided in the box to create them. Details on the method and ingredients required were all on the activity sheet,  I imagine most parents will have the ingredients at home already in their cupboards so you won't need to spend a fortune shopping to bake them.
 
 

To complete the Build A Story activity there were scene questions with a simple woodland image to help the Mini Mes to produce a story. It's a great way to develop reading, writing and imagination skills and your child is then encouraged to draw a picture too.
 
The Patchwork Letters bonus activity allowed us to use our old boxes to be creative. The fabric provided was floral and pretty and Minxy made a sign for her bedroom door which she was rather proud of!
 
 
 
I was impressed with just how much was inside such a small box and the variety of the activities, which were great for both boys and girls (although I would like to see some different coloured fabric more suited for boys). The fact it fits through the door means you won't have 'missed delivery' cards or the hassle of waiting in for the post lady to arrive!
 
I also liked the fact that box encourages you to reuse your empty boxes and cartons and that 100% of the Weekend Box Club contents are reusable or recyclable. It's nice to do your bit for the environment and to know that time has been taken when the boxes have been put together.
 
I was pleased with the end results and the quality of the products. With each sheet having a checklist to ensure you have everything you need to hand, a difficulty rating and a time scale it helped to make each activity run smoothly.
 
 
 
Each box is £10 but there are subscriptions available which will provide discounts for you.
 
To get a box for just £5 you can use promo code: WBEMMA
 
 

*** WIN ***

For you chance to win 1 of 2 Weekend Boxes you can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.
To be in with a chance of winning you must complete either the first or second entry method.
The other methods are bonus entries.
 
The giveaway closes on 16th July 2013.

Good luck!


 
 
*We received a Weekend Club Box for the purpose of this review. The opinions given are honest and our own*

110 comments :

  1. I would love to see how to make peg dollys out of old fashioned wooden clothes pegs!

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  2. I follow via GFC, Bloglovin and Pinterest

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  3. Meal Planning Monday - posted a comment

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  4. anything to model out of all the rubbish/boxes i keep collecting lol

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  5. follow by gfc - emma walters :)

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  6. Love to see activities, particularly outdoor activities, using plastic bottles. We've made some fab birdfeeders and mini plant pots.

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  7. I follow via bloglovin'
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  8. Something for the garden like water catchers/measurers from plastic bottles. Oragami shapes, Paper kites, balloon modeling.

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  9. Following by Pinterest, NetworkedBlogs and GFC

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  10. Have commented on Fatballs - Make your own bird feeder, xx

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  11. seasonal crafts at appropriate times of year! EAster, christmas etc

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  12. already following by email too :)

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  13. Follow via networked blogs

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  14. commented on the funny things his say and do

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  15. I have left a comment on Feather Down Farm - Family Fun
    @Dorothee77

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  16. I follow with bloglovin as ashlallan

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  17. i have commented - The Funny Things Kids Say And Do

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  18. I would like a simple rice recipe,maybe a premixed selection of herbs and spices to add.

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  19. Food Safety Week - What's In Your Fridge? - made a comment

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  20. I'd like to see a great recipe for kids, soemthing fun fresh and funky

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  21. I follow via Networkedblogs as charlotte clark xx

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  22. I commented on the dads post!

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  23. SIMPLE RECIPES FOR KIDS AND CRAFTS

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  24. something to do with recycling

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  25. Fat cakes for the birds :)
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  26. Following with email and G+

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  27. Ive commented on Bonlays Bottle Buddies

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  28. dawn wilkinson20 June 2013 at 15:04

    Really pleased that parents are encouraging their children to use some creativity and putting the computer gadgets down.

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  29. stuff to get the kids interesting in growing fruit and veg in a fun way

    @sarahrees151286

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  30. anything train related like make a small cardboard or wooden train, cos my boys love it

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  31. A game would be good; interactive pairs? Happy Families etc. where you make your own cards for it x

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  32. A #MADDayOut at Legoland - commented

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  33. Stressball kit - my hubby did some at a cub camp and they went down a storm with the kids

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  34. Followed on Pinterest - Sue Robinson

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  36. full on fun things to do which is ideal for busy parents who have not enough hours in the day

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  37. some making crystals activities would be a cool idea

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  39. i have commented on Meal Planning Monday

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  40. Great recipes for kids

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  42. Matchbox Stone Pets - commented

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  43. 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4 - commented

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  45. Silent Sunday 30/06 - commented

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  46. Making Christmas decs and cards.

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  47. Follow on Bloglovin
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  48. Bin Weevils Bling Collection - commented

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  49. The Funny Things Kids Say And Do - commented

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  50. tweeted at the weekend box club. @kirkbridestacey

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  51. Watch Bake Create - Owls - commented

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  53. Watch Bake Create - Owls - commented

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  54. Chocolate chip cookies recipe! :D

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  55. Crosse & Blackwell 4Kids Jelly *Review* - commented

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  56. Discovery Fajita Kit Review - commented

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  58. Following via bloglovin... :)

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  59. Lots of glitter and sparkly things

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  60. The Amazing Spider-man puzzles - commented

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  61. Matchbox Stone Pets - commented

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  62. Triple Chocolate Brownies - commented

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  63. claire thomson little14 July 2013 at 00:30

    junk models and seasonal items

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  64. Traffic Light Biscuits - commented

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  65. I'd like to see Paper Dress up dolls,I loved them when I was a kid :)

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  66. Commented on Watch,Bake,Create,Transport
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  67. Following your blog via Bloglovin,GFC,Networked Blogs,Pinterest and Instagram

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  68. Worm Covered Cupcakes - commented

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  69. id like to see bug finding activities

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  70. id like to see dress up dolls

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  71. I would love to see a gluten free and/or lactose free recipe, so many of the childrens crafts that involve baking dont take into account that some children have coeliacs/lactose intolerance and require an altered recipe. Its easy to remove nuts but things like gluten or milk are hard to remove from kids baking without completely changing the recipe :(

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  72. Something to encourage children to write a story.

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  73. my daughter has been having fun with a knitting dolly recently

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  74. Activities that teach children about history.

    I would also reiterate what others have said above about junk modelling activities.

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  75. Twinkl Resources *Review* - commented

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  76. anything to attract common garden birds

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  77. Bug hunting Kit

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  78. origami ..or paper bead making

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  80. debbie skinner16 July 2013 at 20:08

    Knitting or crochet xxx

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  81. A simple flapjack recipe or something like a basic cupcake recipe with decorating ideas (fab for Halloween)

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  82. Following via GFC as Linda Hobbis.

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  83. Would like to see printing included

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