Subscriptions boxes are becoming so popular, a monthly treat to look forward to, either for yourself or gifted to someone else. There are subscription boxes full of makeup, boxes that focus on your tipple of choice and even boxes for the dog. Just like most new ideas the ones that are aimed at children are the most popular especially if they incorporate an element of education as well as plenty of fun and in our house we are no different. In the past we have tried out the Toucan art boxes which combined creative projects with reading and art and this month we have tried out a new subscription box by Mud & Bloom.
The Mud & Bloom subscription boxes are based around gardening and are a great way to encourage your child to take an interest in nature. The idea behind these boxes is based on the research findings that suggests that nature is important for a child’s well being and happiness and that is has proven benefits including improved concentration, mental health and general health benefits.
For me it is less about the scientific research and my own knowledge based on being a parent that too long on technology turns my children into devil babies, a little like what water does to gremlins! So any activity that can be used to unplug them from the world of virtual reality and get them outside, breathing in fresh air and learning about the world they live in is a huge plus for me and always worth a try.
Mud & Bloom is a monthly subscription box that costs as little as £7.95 and you can opt to have them delivered very 3, 6 or 12 months. What I really like is that they also offer a sibling box which isn’t something I have seen before but allows a box to be shared at a reduced price of £11.95 instead of having to buy two boxes or make them share and ultimately argue over who gets to do what.
They also come in small thin boxes that fit through the letterbox so should it arrive whilst you are at work there is no need for a trip to retrieve it from the post office, another huge plus point in my eyes.
Each box will be different but each one promises to contain seasonal natural crafts and two planting activities. Our box contained the following
plant label sticks for the child to write on
step by step instructions on how to plant the above
a nature quiz and leave spotting game worksheet
Instructions for making your own paint brushes (My favourite part)
instructions on how to create a summer flower vase
beads and buttons
glue (they really have thought of everything)
July’s box was a hit with my boys as they loved the idea of planting some vegetables, all though they didn’t seem as keen to actually eat them. And the tiddler loved the idea of decorating a jar so we are currently eating copious amounts of marmalade in order to have an empty jar for him to decorate and then fill with wild flowers.
The Mud & Bloom boxes are a real delight and would be great for children from the age of three with parental supervision up to about 12, in my opinion. They are fantastic value for money and apart from small plant pots we haven’t need to buy anything else in addition to make use of the box. All the cards are colourful and easy to read and easy to follow and could be used by children who can read unaided without much difficulty, although I think this type of thing is nicer done as a family activity if possible.
The main idea of these boxes is to reconnect children with nature and I certainly think our box has met that objective.
Well done Mud & Bloom we love this product.