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, and my lovely helper is my six-year-old daughter Little C. She is crazy about stickers and arty creative things, so this is a perfect match for her.
Last month was a lovely Perfect Pets box, which was a huge hit with my rabbit-loving daughter. This month’s theme is What’s the Weather? and a perfect opportunity to head out to the garden in the beautiful sunshine to check it out!
It comes in a flat box which fits through the letterbox. It’s pretty sturdy, and because it’s so flat you’d have a job to actively crush it. Also the contents don’t tend to be particularly fragile, so the chances of any kind of damage are minimal.
The menu is helpfully stuck on the inside of the box, along with the theme. What a lovely colourful and cheerful design!
On top is their newsletter.
The newsletter is always very nicely done, lots of bright colours and easy-to-read words. I think it’s incredibly useful to have the diary dates, the facts are simple but interesting, and what child doesn’t love silly jokes?
It’s always exciting opening up a Mila & Pheebs box, because on top are stickers. Little C adores stickers, and they are always good ones! This is an especially bright start to the box. Look at the rainbow!
Mila & Pheebs always include craft kits. Sometimes are prepackaged and some are relatively freeform. This one is charming, and gives a great deal of creative leeway!
This one is more structured, and is actually a snowflake mosaic coaster kit.
We had a lot of fun with this one. It’s also great for manual dexterity, especially for younger children.
The finished article! (Slightly blurred but you get the idea.)
Another free creative project, a weather chart. Of course you could use the foam weather stickers (a really funky collection with lots of funny faces) for anything, but we made a start with the obvious.
Yes, it was a VERY sunny day!
Little C pounced on this lovely rainbow pencil case. So cheerful!
Although the pencils were unsharpened (one of the times I’m very grateful for our electric sharpener) we discovered that the two pencils with rainbow covering are actually rainbow coloured inside! Absolutely brilliant, and it’s lovely to have two. The branded ribbon is also a very nice touch.
Mila & Pheebs create their own colouring and quiz sheets. This box included a little crossword as well as the usual wordsearch. They are all very thoughtfully sized, big enough for children who can write to fill in themselves or for parents to help if necessary.
Every month you get two blank greetings cards. I really like this idea, as I’m a big fan of making your own cards rather than buying them. The little embossed clouds add a lovely touch to one of the cards, and the colours are very summery.
These are some of the best stickers I’ve seen in these boxes. The stickers are always fun, but these little gems are gorgeous. And they sparkled beautifully in the sunshine!
Mila & Pheebs clearly love kawaii-style stationary items! This smiley little paperclip is just adorable, and would make a lovely bookmark.
Last but not least, the eraser. Every Mila & Pheebs box contains an character eraser. Again, it’s very kawaii, which is no surprise as it’s Japanese! This little guy is just adorable, far too nice to use, and will be joining our collection of little kawaii erasers from previous boxes. Though I’m not sure he’s dressed for the weather, he must be sweltering in the sunshine!
Anyway, conclusions. This is yet another great box from Mila & Pheebs. It has a terrific combination of things to do and to keep, and I like that you can dip in and out of it without feeling obligated to do a whole lot of things right away.
If you were going away for a few days this would be a great surprise present to take with you, along with a drawing book and colouring things. Also, if you wanted to really splash out this would be an amazing party bag, especially for a creative-themed party.
Children love pencils and stickers, and you can never have too many. The rainbow pencils is this box are especially pleasing, and those jewel stickers are a special treat.
The combination of free and organized creativity is excellent; I also love the activity pages, especially the crossword and wordsearch.
The themes are pleasingly neutral, so would appeal to boys and girls. Having said that, (excuse me while I indulge in some stereotyping here) I would imagine that while ten-year-old girls might probably still enjoy this, boys might have to be slightly younger. But hey, it all depends on the kid; I reckon up to eight or nine this would be totally cool, and my six-year-old adores it.
For £13 a month this is good value. I don’t mean that buying these things individually would be twice the price, but part of the value of boxes like these is that someone else puts the thought into putting together a theme and collecting all of the items in one place.
This would make a lovely gift for any child who likes their stationary and creativity; we’ve used and continued to use pretty much every item in every box. Especially the stickers.
Great job Mila & Pheebs!