Mila & Pheebs create stationary and activity boxes for children. They contain a mixture of stationary, crafts, stickers, and fun items, based around a different theme each month. It’s £10 per month plus £2.99 P&P.
While I love anything craft/stationary related, this particular subscription box is aimed at children. My six-year-old daughter Little C is crazy about stickers and arty creative things, so this is a perfect match for her.As Halloween is just around the corner, this month’s theme is Midnight Madness! Spookily appropriate.Please excuse the bizarrely blue picture here. I have no idea how this happened, and I can’t figure out how to get rid of it. The box itself is actually white, and it fits through the mailbox.Inside the box lid is a list of all the goodies in the box. The flyer on top is actually the newsletter.The newsletter is beautifully produced. Gorgeous bright colours, easy-to-read font, fun facts, and enough silly jokes to keep the kids giggling for a while!Stickers are an essential part of any Mila and Pheebs box. There’s a sheet of fun sparkly Halloweeen ones, plus a little package of thicker foam stickers in the shape of bats. Fortunately they look like very friendly bats!There are always a couple of craftkits in Mila and Pheebs boxes. This one is a simple and fun cross stitch. It contains a card shape, embroidery thread (in funky Halloween colours!) and a child-safe needle. This was a joint effort between me and Little C, as she’d never done this kind of stitch before. But we figured it out in the end!This black card and chalk seems really simple, but it’s super-effective. Kids rarely get to draw on black backgrounds, and these are great for making spooky Halloween pictures!Here’s another craft kit: a Scratch Art Magnet. I’m sure you’ll be familliar with the idea. There is a soft coating on top that you scrape away with the little plastic scraper, to reveal colours underneath.This is one of these things which is simple but very effective!Finished!These Sugar Skull Highlighters are brilliant. Fantastic colours and shapes. Little C loved these!Another standard inclusion in these boxes are blank greetings cards. Look at the lovely owl-pattern-embossed one on top! These are also a lot of fun. A criss cross, wordsearch, and colouring sheets. Again, different versions of these are in every Mila and Pheebs box.Finally, my favourite items! As well as stickers, every month Mila and Pheebs includes a gorgeous little eraser. This month, appropriately enough, is an owl. Isn’t he gorgeous? Far too nice to use, he gets added to our family collection of adorable erasers.There is also this funky pumpkin paperclip. This gets added to Little C’s paperclip collection!One of the many things I love about Mila and Pheebs is the boxes are bright, cheerful and fun, and beautifully designed to appeal to any young child whether they’re a boy or a girl.This month’s theme is especially fun, and arrived with perfect timing half way through half term! Of course, these are perfect for a monthly treat, but they are also worth stashing away for rainy days or special occasions. You could use this for many things: a fancy party bag, to keep kids amused at a wedding, a stocking filler. The boxes would also be lovely to take away on holiday, as together with some colouring pens and blank paper you’ve got plenty here to keep children amused. There’s certainly plenty to fill time on a long train journey or flight.I also think children should be encouraged to make and write their own cards, so including blank greetings cards is inspired.The website says it’s aimed at kids from around six years old, but I reckon a four- or even three-year-old would have a lot of fun with this. Stickers and drawing suit practically any age! And even though the word games might be slightly beyond their skills, most kids are starting to look at letters and things at school, so they would still be a nice learning tool. Get hands-on folks!
Part of the point of a subscription box is that you are paying for someone else to do the work for you, and in this case it’s selecting and producing a lovely themed box of stationary. I do think it’s good value, not least because there are items that you can keep and use again and again.
So there you have it. A box full of spooky fun crafts and stationary! Happy Halloween Mila and Pheebs!