I’m totally loving the concept of subscription boxes. Choose the box of your choice, set up a payment plan, and then BAM, every month a box appears through the post full of lovely goodies. Boxes range from everything from make-up, feel-good boxes and I’ve even seen some foodie-type boxes.
Isabelle loves to make things, colour, cut, draw, stick so we’ve built up quite a good craft collection and often use Pinterest for inspiration.
We spotted toucanBox a few months ago which is perfect for Isabelle’s age range so when the opportunity to review the boxes came up we jumped at it.
toucanBox is aimed at children between 3 – 8 years. Each box comes with the complete kit and instructions to complete a crafty project.
There are three choices of subscription
- Petite – contains one project and is shipped fortnightly
- Grande – contains two themed projects and a reading book and are shipped monthly
- Super Boxes – contains four themed projects and are shipped monthly
Payments are made when you first place the order and then monthly after that. There are no ties so you can cancel your subscription at any time and if you are away there’s even an option to pause your boxes and set them to come once you return.
toucanBox is addressed to your child which is lovely as all kids like to get post!
There’s a cool quiz that you can do on the site to find out your child’s personality. I did mine based on Isabelle and it came back with her being a Creator which I would totally agree with.
Isabelle is always making things. If she’s not drawing then she’s cutting things up or sticking things together.
So let’s get stuck in.
Isabelle was very excited to get the toucanBox through the post with her own name on it. I love the fact that it fits through the letter box so no waiting in or delivery cards through the door if you’re out.
Poor Isabelle is full of a cold in this video but doing some craft cheered her up.
I love that you get everything included to make the project including a glue stick and crayons. You could easily pop one of these in your bag and take it on a train journey or away on holiday in case of rain.
What we got in our box – Treasure Map & Parrot Partner
As explained in the video the box contained:
- A tea bag
- A paintbrush
- A Cardboard Parrot
- A Glue Stick
- A wiggly eye
- A Jumbo Lolly Stick
The instructions were very clear and even tell you the difficulty and messiness rating as well as some cool pirate facts. There was also a sheet with ideas on pirate-themed games once the project is complete.
First of all, we had to make a cup of tea – perfect.
Crumple the paper into a ball and then flatten it. I should have taken a picture of Isabelle as she did this as she was quite surprised as I usually tell her off for wasting paper and screwing it up.
Using the cup of tea (no milk, no sugar), paint the piece of paper and set aside to dry.
Whilst the paper is drying, colour the parrot with the crayons.
Then add the feathers to make your parrot. Isabelle was starting to get tired again as she was a poorly girl but making this made the day bearable and fun for both of us.
Once the paper was dry, add the stickers to create your Treasure Map.
See what you like?
Any boxes ordered between 17th November – 15th December will include Christmas themed projects which will be nice to do on a cold day. They are also running a Christmas Advent Calendar with a surprise a day.
*We were sent the toucanBox free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are our own. This post was originally posted in November 2016.