I am the first to admit that when it comes to arts and crafts, it doesn’t come naturally to me. Although I can stretch to cutting and sticking and the occasional junk model, I lack creativity in that department. I spend hours trawling Pinterest for inspiration, especially at this time of year, but so often I am put off by the fact that every craft requires so many random components which, for three children, can soon become very costly. And so, more often than not, you’ll find my children making towers from empty toilet rolls and cereal boxes, and that’s about as far as it goes.
So when I heard about toucanBox, fortnightly subscription craft box delivered to your door, I knew that my children would love to sign up. Available in three different sizes, petite, grande and super, each box contains everything you need for exciting, themed activities and, even better for novices like me, a step by step instructions for each craft.
Priced at £3.95 (plus £0.98 postage) we selected the petite boxes and excitedly awaited their arrival. I had high expectations of the boxes, given that each craft has been designed by educational experts to challenge a child’s problem solving skills and aid their creative development, all whilst being good fun to do.
When our boxes arrived the children were over the moon, mostly due to the fact that each box has the child’s name on the front, making it a very personal experience.
At four, Eva has never received anything addressed to her in the post before and, being able to read her own name, she was very excited!
Each box is carefully packed to include everything you need for the fortnightly theme. On opening our boxes we discovered that our first theme was Treasure Islands!
Included in our box was a Treasure Island activity book, crayons, glue and everything we needed to make a pirate treasure map and our very own parrots! Each box also includes details of the next fortnightly toucanBox.
First of all we decided to make our pirate parrots, and the children couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Each pack contained a pre cut-out parrot, an assortment of coloured feathers and a “wonky eye” to finish off the look.
I have never seen the children so quiet as they coloured in their parrots and began to stick on the feathers. I love that each of my children had their own pack so there was no arguing over who had the glue stick, or who stole all of the pink feathers. With three young children crafts can get quite stressful and yet other than helping Harry to stick on his “wonky eye”, they managed to make the parrots all by themselves, and the results were fantastic!
Our next task was to make a pirate treasure map. The pack included the paper for the map, stickers, crayons, a paint brush and even a tea bag to soak the paper in to give it that authentic feel. And with step by step instructions there was no room for error!
After scrunching up our maps, the children painted their paper with tea and impatiently waited for them to dry.
Once the maps had dried we were able to arrange the stickers, draw out the map and all that was left to do was to find the treasure!
The pirate boxes were such a hit with the children, and for £3.95 I was so impressed with the contents. Had I bought each of the items individually to create our pirate crafts, it would have cost substantially more.
Our second box was themed “Kings and Queens” and contained an activity book, coloured pencils, and craft supplies to make royal finger puppets and a royal crown.
It was lovely to see the children sat together at the table, heads down, colouring away, really concentrating on their task. At two, three and four, it’s a very rare sight, although again it made a huge difference that they each had their own individual supplies and there was no squabbling over someone “hogging” all of the pencils!!
After making the finger puppets the girls couldn’t wait to make their royal crowns. “I am the queen and you are the princess!”, Eva told Megan, who nodded obligingly, “I am Princess Jasmine!” she said, as she carefully stuck jewels to her crown. Other than helping the children to cut out the felt for their crowns, they were able to decorate them by themselves before I helped them to attach the ribbon. And with their crowns finished the girls took their place on their “royal throne”.
I was equally impressed with the Kings and Queens box, for the price you get such a lot of supplies and even after making the finger puppets and crowns there was still enough left over to create something else in the future.
We are very excited to receive our next box, as all orders placed before the 15th of December will contain limited edition Christmas crafts built around the idea of Christmas tree decorating! Alongside this, toucanBox are also offering various special offers and treats in their Christmas advent calendar, found here in the toucanBox shop.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend toucanBox to anyone whose children enjoying arts and crafts. Not only are they excellent value for money but they are just so convenient, having all of the materials delivered to your door instead of trawling around the craft shop or ordering from various websites on line. I love that everything we need is right there in one little box, with clear, step by step instructions and individual components for each child.
To receive your own FREE toucanBox simply enter BLOGGERTREAT here and trial a subscription for your child. I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed!