Editor's Rating

Ups: Inventive, Creative, Plenty of Materials, Under £5! Downs: A Few Details Missing

8
Rating (Out of Ten)

The Weekend Box Club is a great idea. Jam-pack a box full of all the ingredients you need to create fun stuff over one weekend.

Andy Stephenson came up with the idea of making an activity for kids that was both fun and developed key life skills. Activities fit into one of four categories:

• Something to Make (arts & crafts)
• Something to Bake (cooking activities)
• Something to Explore (sensory exploration activities) and
• Something Green (things to plant or up-cycle)

The Mini Weekend Box applies the same principle, but with two activities, in a box small enough to fit through your letterbox and for only £4.95.

The Weekend Box Club sent me through a Mini Weekend Box for a review. We received the Rainforest themed box.

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It’s probably the most colourful piece of mail I’ve ever received. The box opened up to reveal paper & card, an illustrated box and two sealed packets. The kids were immediately hooked.

One of the packs opened up to reveal a mask kit. The plan for the mask was quite detailed (which is just as well when you consider I’m useless with stuff like this!). We all took turns in making the mask. I did the cutting out, Jenny and Eve stuck the mask together.

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The mask was made and the kids loved it. The great thing about the supplies is that there was loads of material left over. Both kids had enough stuff that they both made another mask!

The second packet was a ‘Something Green’ activity. It consisted of two dried soil tablets, a small collection of three seeds and a bit of string. You also need an empty plastic bottle and scissors.

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We put everything together following the instructions and it worked with a bit of futtering about. Unless I missed it though, I don’t know what the seeds were. What kind of seeds were they? As I write this, I’m beginning to worry about what I’ve planted on the kitchen window-ledge. Triffids? Something illegal? Japanese knotweed? Time will tell.

The few hours it took up were a good laugh. The kids loved it. I would recommend it completely for any kid who’s even slightly creative (aren’t they all?).

What’s even better is that if you want to try it out, you can get your first box FOR FREE! Use the promo code GRANT312 when signing up at weekendboxclub.com.