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I love spending time outdoors with Jenson at the weekend but the weather is so changeable and there is only so much you can do at the park. Fortunately we received our first Crafty Little Learners box last week, which was packed with inspiration.
The brain child of Nicky and Claire, two childcare professionals, this new monthly subscription box is curated to help your pre-schooler learn through play and exploring the world around them.
Each box includes an original story magazine, with adorable characters created by illustrator Claire (you may be familiar with her SherbetBox stationery subscription), and related activities and worksheets.
The first box features a bug hunt, one of Jenson’s favourite activities. Knowing the theme in advance, I took him to a local subtropical garden to open it up and check out the contents. He loved that each item was individually wrapped – it was like having lots of little presents inside a big one.
So much effort has gone into creating a really wonderful box. Jenson loves the number cards and the additional plus, minus and equals cards means we can start doing some simple sums at home. And the bug stickers are so fun.
The magnifying glass went down a treat. We were soon off exploring, noting what bugs we could see.
Jenson didn’t have any problems getting up close and personal with the creepy crawlies!
We saw three bees, a fly, two spiders and a few ants – not bad! Next time we’ll turn over a few stones and see if we can spot some worms.
There are plenty of activities that can be completed at home too, including sticking buttons to this snail. There’s even little bits of double-sided tape on the back of the buttons to keep it super simple – no glue necessary.
Jenson loved being able to do this completely on his own. It was easy to peel off the back of the tape and he loves feeling independent/grown up.
Can you spot the little spider which crawled onto the magazine for a closer look?
There’s loads to do for £15 a month (including postage – UK only) and I’m interested to see what themes they come up with. The next one is ‘rainbow’, which your subscription will start with if you sign up before 1 July. You can also get 25% off your first box with the code FIRSTBOX. Click here to subscribe.