As an educator, I know that preschool activities are much more about how you use them than what the materials are. That said, my initial reaction when I opened our first box (May 2020) was: "my son isn't going to want to do any of these activities, we already have lots of art supplies." Boy, was I wrong! When I showed it to my son, he spent 30 minutes playing with just the first card in one of the five activity bags we were sent. He would have kept playing if I didn't have to interrupt him for dinner. We've gotten a solid 5 hours of play out of this so far (and he's still into it). In this box it's not about the materials, it's 100% about the curation! For example, one of the activity bags had a handful of colored disks that can be stacked to mix colors (red + blue = purple), which I could have gotten at the dollar store. Had I gotten them at the dollar store, my son wouldn't have played with them. The cards are perfect for focusing a pre-schooler on a single activity or challenge to complete with the given materials. Each card takes about 5 minutes to do once, so there's a clear direction/purpose that's achievable within their attention span. Then, after the first time doing a card my little one feels so proud of himself he wants to do it over and over.
For my 3-year old this is a...
I got this as an activity to do with my 3-year-old while we're home because of COVID19. He loves to help in the kitchen, especially to mix ingredients for baking, so I thought this would be a good fit. AND IT SO WAS!
Our first box was the May 2020 box, which was all about plants. We got a recipe for thumbprint flower cookies, a cookie cutter, kid-sized bowl scraper and whisk for the recipe. The little guy helped whisk the dough (I did most of it) and he cut all the cookies himself and used his own thumb to make the hole for the jam. The cookies were delicious (I wish I had a photo, but all 3 dozen of them were gone before I had a chance to take a photo!).
The box also came with an activity booklet with some plant-related math and reading activities that he is too little for. And, the box also came with black beans and instructions for a science project to grow bean sprouts, which we just did yesterday and he's super into it. He keeps going to check if they're growing!
Overall, I'm so happy we got this box and I can't wait for the next one! I'll update this review with a photo next time before all the cookies are gone :D