Weekend Box – May 2018

Weekend Box – May 2018

The Weekend Box Club is a membership organisation created to provide high quality activities for you & your children to enjoy together.

By providing you with the things you need when you need them, The Weekend Box Club allows you to spend quality time getting to know your children and watching them develop key life skills as you spend time together.

The Bumper Box, which I am reviewing, contains four fun activities to Make, Bake, Explore & More. It costs £8.95 a month, with free delivery. The age range is 3 – 8.

My assistant Little C is seven, so is a great age to be trying this out! This another review where the pictures are lit by quality LED overheads, so please excuse the less than lovely look.  However they are all genuine ‘action shots’! We also did this over several days, unusually, as things have been incredibly busy at home, which is why there is more tha one outfit in the pictures!

The box is brightly coloured and has lots of friendly characters, each of whom are featured in an activity.

This month’s theme is Dragons and Unicorns! Two things that are definitely popular with children.

Each activity is packaged in a separate bag, with a couple of larger items in the box separately. There’s also a really useful glue pen, which you can see on the left.

Our first activity was making a Dancing Unicorn Puppet.

There was a template included to create the unicorn shape, plus the horn.

Everyone loves glitter! There was also some wool to cut up for the mane and tail.

And the finished unicorn! The glue pen was really handy for making both lines and circles. And there was plenty of glitter left over for our stash.

The next activity was making a Wooden Spoon Dragon. 

There was a wooden spoon in the box, along with a green crayon. The crayon worked really well colouring the spoon! There was also green foam (very easy to cut) for wings and tail, plus orange paper to decorate.

We discovered it was best to use a Sharpie for the face, as it seemed to work better on the crayon than a regular pen. But doesn’t he look cute!

These Unicorn Treats required grapes, which we didn’t actually have. However next time I went to the supermarket and picked some up. No complaints, because we all love grapes! I also bought red grapes, because I think they’re nice, and apparently they are also better for you.

In the bag were some little white chocolate buttons, which we melted over hot water. As it happens, I know that white chocolate is quite difficult to melt, so I added a little bit of coconut oil, which makes it much smoother and easier to work with. Then the grapes were dipped in the melted chocolate and finally dipped into the pink glitter sugar.

They look really pretty! I especially like the contrast between the coating and the grapes. We put them in the fridge to harden up, and the wax paper was very handy because they didn’t stick at all!

The final project was making a Fire Breathing Dragon. There was a template to cut out to make the face and fins with green coloured paper and card.

 

Again, the glue pen was really handy! A face was drawn on (Little C used her white gel pen for the eyes) and then the orange tissue was stuck on for the flames.

All finished!

I do like the assortment of crafts in Weekend Box. The booklet itself is also nicely done, and it also includes plenty of interesting bits of trivia about the theme.

The unicorn puppet was a great hit, mainly because of the glitter! But it was also a really effective thing to make.

The grape treats looked and tasted great, but unlike previous baking activities required some actual shopping. While it’s not ideal (I prefer contributing a bit of butter which is always in the fridge) I don’t mind too much about the extras this time. Though I’m also glad I knew about making white chocolate easier to melt! And Little C enjoyed the dipping and decorating very much, so that makes me happy.

This box does require a fair amount of parental supervision and assistance, but as it’s aimed at age 3 – 8 it’s to be expected! These boxes, while great fun for children, are also a great way of doing fun activities with your child without the hassle of coming up with original ideas yourself!

At £8.95 per box I think this gives excellent value for a budget box. You can keep the booklet and get creative again, and the activities take up a good amount of time. The instructions work well, and the themes and activities themselves are fun and engaging.

Our score: 8.8/ 10

A great creative assortment, with a fun and engaging theme! Everyone loves unicorns and dragons!

  • Quality of products8
  • Originality9
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money10
  • Selection of products7

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