If there’s one thing in life which makes me feel like a good parent, it’s doing craft with Ben. I love the idea of craft: happily sitting together for hours, patiently and painstakingly creating a masterpiece. Perhaps we’re celebrating an event, or making a gift, or perhaps just exploring Ben’s current interests…
The problem is… Ben isn’t really into craft.
He’ll do a bit, perhaps, (if you catch him in the right mood), or if you suggest doing craft before watching TV.
But normally, his attention span for craft is less than 10 minutes. And the issue I have is that it takes a lot longer than 10 minutes to set up doing craft; yet, no matter how long he has painted/glued/stickered for, it takes a lot longer to clear up!
But this weekend, we discovered something that had him sitting, working on his craft project for at least half an hour per activity. And the best bit was that there was minimal clearing up and setting up for me!
The answer arrived on the doormat in the form of a Weekend Boxes new mini box. Weekend Boxes are a subscription box packed with themed activities for children. The original boxes have 4 activities (Something to Make, Something to Bake, Something to Explore and Something Green). The weekend boxes have 2 of these activities. They’re a bit more manageable, and perhaps more suited to younger children.
Our Weekend Box was Rainforest Themed. It was thoughtfully presented, and the instructions were exceptionally clear, with detailed photographs as well as written instructions. The materials for each activity were in sealed packages within the box, making sure that you won’t lose everything in your rush to get the box open. Plus there were a few extras, including stickers, which are always welcome.
Our ‘Something to Make’ task was a parrot mask. Ben is only three, so he did need a bit of help with the cutting out, but he did the majority of it himself, and proudly wielded the scissors with a lot of supervision.
He couldn’t be induced (even with the promise of Paw Patrol) to decorate his parrot any more than a bit of colouring though.
He is rightfully proud of his mask, and the best thing is that I didn’t have to buy anything special for it: everything was provided for us (except the scissors).
Our ‘Something Green’ task was a bit different: we have created a mini-rainforest apparently, with the help of some soil (provided), some seeds (provided), some string (provided) and a plastic water bottle (model’s own).
It’s the kind of thing I often think it would be nice to do with Ben, but then we rarely actually get around to it. Having everything provided made it so easy and simple, that there was no excuse. The activities in the boxes are designed by child-play experts, and encourage the development of key life skills. It’s a really well thought-out idea.
Plus, it made me feel like a really great parent.
The Weekend Boxes come in Mini (£4.95, 2 activities) or Bumper (£7.50, 4 activities) sizes. Each one is themed, and there are some great themes coming up for Mothers Day and Easter.
The lovely people at Weekend Box have given my readers their first box for free! They normally cost £4.95, which I think is excellent value for money, but you can get your free one by quoting NAOMI325 when you sign up at www.weekendboxclub.com.
We were gifted our weekend box for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own.