toucanBox – July 2022: Mini Greenhouse & Nature Loom

ToucanBox is an arts & crafts subscription service for children aged 3-8 designed to keep their little hands busy and their curious minds racing through a selection of exciting activities. Each letterbox-friendly box (personalised with your child’s name) contains two activity packs full of inspiration and materials, a colourful magazine with stickers and a small surprise gift. This month Penny received a magnet and a special bonus gift – sunflower seeds! Mini Greenhouse

Contents: sticker sheet, soil pellets, black plastic membrane, seeds, wooden greenhouse pieces, wooden seed markers, greenhouse journal and PVA glue.

Our first activity pack contained all the materials we’d need to create our own ‘Mini Greenhouse’. Penny has been asking to do planting for months but I’m far from green-fingered so had been putting it off in the hope she’d do it at school. Penny (6) pieced together the frame of the greenhouse and loved getting her hands dirty ripping open the soil pellets, laying down the soil and poking holes for the seeds. The pack contained basil, parsley and basil seeds plus a ‘Greenhouse Journal’ to encourage her to observe the seeds grow and look after them. The frame is surprisingly sturdy and reusable. This was a fantastic hands-on activity that encouraged Penny to be more responsible and think about the life cycle of a seed and how her food is grown. Loved this!

Branch & Bloom Nature Loom

Contents: wooden beads, wool, ribbon, wooden sticks, foil, pipe cleaners, string and cord.

This activity involved constructing a loom by intertwining bits and bobs together to create a beautiful hanging decoration. We adventured outdoors to the woods with the ‘Forager’s Guide’ inside to find nature nick-nacks like grass, daisies and twigs for weaving. Penny also added some pieces of ribbon, buttons and feathers she found in her arts and crafts box.

The box also came with a brilliant magazine packed with ideas, puzzles and colouring-in pages as well as a sticker sheet. Our bonus gift this month was a sachet of giant sunflower seeds and a growth chart to keep track of their height.

Our score: 9.8/ 10

A brilliant box full of wonderful and well throughout activities that entertained Penny for hours. The step-by-step instructions that were accompanied by illustrations were simple enough for Penny to take the lead. She absolutely loved getting her hands dirty and checks on her seeds daily. This box is such a life-saver during the summer holidays!

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality9
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money10
  • Selection of products10

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