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Mini Weekend Box Review

Mini Weekend Box review!


We were really excited to be asked to review the Mini Weekend Box from The Weekend Box Club. Like most kids I love getting post so was really excited to get home from football and find a package waiting for me!


 

These brightly coloured boxes look like fun right from the moment they arrive through your letter box and we enjoyed opening it up and seeing what was in store for us.





The Mini Boxes contain two activities from a selection of four choices-

* Something to make
* Something to bake
* Something to explore
* Something green

The mini Box was perfect for one child to do the activities with a little help but we used a bit of teamwork and did the activities between the two of us and still really enjoyed it. At just £4.95 a box though it wouldn’t be impossible for each of us to have one in the future or we can upgrade to the bumper box which has four different activities for £7.50.


 
The boxes come with a theme that all the activities follow which means they tie in nicely together and that you learn something new whilst still having fun. Our theme for the weekend was ‘The Rainforest’ and the box had something to make and something green as well as facts, stickers and colouring.


We had a parrot mask to make and for this project we had all the materials we needed (and enough left over to make a second mask). The people at The Weekend Box Club had literally thought of everything including the glue! The directions were really easy to follow but there was also space for you to add your own individual arty touches which was great when making more than one mask.






 

We then had the chance to plant our own rainforest which I was really looking forward to (normally we don’t have much luck with things we grow so this was going to be interesting!) Once again they had covered all bases- we just had to find a small drinks bottle to cut but everything else was supplied. The bottle was where I needed a bit of help as it was quite tricky to cut but the rest was again very easy to follow. We had a little disk of compost which we added water to and watched it expand and then there was a little trick of using a piece of string to suck up the water before we added the seeds! We did have a few days of disappointment thinking nothing was happen and then all of a sudden the seeds have started to grow…we can’t wait to see what our rainforest ends up like!
 

 



We really enjoyed trialing the Mini Weekend Box and would definitely look at ordering them again- the great thing is you can choose how often you have them and also stop them if you want a break or if you are going on holiday. I would love to try one with a baking activity next time as I would like to see how that comes delivered and what you can make but I really liked the activities we had and would recommend this for children age 4 upwards with adult help or 6 upwards to do more independently- although part of the fun for us was doing the activities together as a family.

Note from Mum

I was impressed with the boxes and found them to be very well organised, good fun and a really nice way to spend some time with the kids at the weekend- having the activities ready planned encourages you to make sure you set aside the time to enjoy them with the children rather than just vaguely planning to and then realising the weekend has slipped away yet again. Surprisingly -considering the fact that I am being especially frugal at the moment I do feel these are good value for money and will be looking to sign up for our own delivery which I know the kids will love.

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Father’s Day Art and Craft Projects

Father’s Day Art and Craft Projects

With Father’s Day approaching we have been busy making cards at school and shopping for treats with Mum but also decided this year that it would be nice to make some gifts as well.

Our first project was to make paper weights for our Dad’s desk at work. We found some nice chunky stones in the garden and put them in the oven for 40 minutes until they were REALLY hot. Mum took them out for us and put them on top of lots of newspaper and cardboard as this was going to get messy! We then touched old wax crayons to the top of then and watched as it melted down the sides. This created a lovely marbled effect all over the stone. We are leaving the stones to dry and will be writing messages on them- mine is going to say ‘My Dad Rocks’.

This looks really nice and will make a great paperweight but if you decide to try be very careful and get an adult to help because the stones stay hot for ages and the wax also gets very hot when it melts.

Our next project was to organise lots of chocolate into a present- rather than just making a hamper we decided to personalise it so we wrote a message and set out the chocolate to make part of it. I think Dad will like this as it is quite a fun idea and more importantly involves lots of different types of chocolate. I wonder if he will share it?

On Saturday Mum has promised we can make some cookies and we will decorate a nice box to put them in. I will post our recipe for them soon as they are really tasty!

I just hope Dad decides to share his goodies or he will need a trip to the dentist with all these treats!

p.s Sorry about the photos- Mum’s phone doesn’t have as good camera as Dad’s but I couldn’t borrow his for this without giving away the secret!