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