This is the second Mud & Bloom box we’ve received and once again I’ve been really impressed. Each box costs less than £10 and I think that’s great value for what you get and how much time it takes. Both boxes have given me and my son some wonderful quality time together and we’ve also connected with nature. The April box has an Easter theme but it’s subtle and we really liked the activities included.
What was in this month’s box?
- Make your own Batik eggs
- Grow your own wheat grass
- Make your own water cycle bracelet
- Watch a puddle disappear kit
- Grow your own carrots
- Woodland spotting guide
- April nature quiz
We really enjoyed making the batik eggs. We were running low so instead of making four we only did the one, but we plan to make more after seeing how easy, and fun, it was. I really liked that this was using natural colours to dye the eggs not food colouring. We used red onion skins instead of yellow and it gave a really nice shade to the egg.
We also really loved making the bracelet and learning all about the water cycle. I make jewellery as a hobby so I had a lot of fun doing this but it was also a really clever way to learn about where rain comes from. My son was a little less interested in the finished bracelet but I suspect a lot of other children would have liked to wear it afterwards. There was also enough to make two so you could keep one for yourself and give one to a friend. Whilst not expensive components, the fact you get enough for two is great and definitely makes this month’s box good value for money.
We planted our wheat grass but did it a bit late for Easter. Had we been able to we would have sewn the seeds in time to use as a way to hide some eggs as part of an Easter Egg hunt. We thought this was a lovely idea and as with the last box, we loved watching how the pellets expanded in the water.
Our carrots are taking their time, but we’re really looking forward to watching how they grow. We’re about to move our tomatoes (from the March box) to a bigger pot/bag of compost as they need to be re-potted so we’re going to see if we can make some space for the carrots too.
Chalking it up!
I was really impressed with the chalks and this rainy day activity. We’ve not been able to use yet as by the time we had a chance to do it the weather had moved to a mini heatwave but we’re going to put these by our back door so that we can do this as soon as the next rain hits. The quality of the chalks were so good, I’d say that they almost justify the cost of this month’s box alone.