Kid-Friendly Activities At Your Door With BabbaBox
A BabbaBox is an activity box that is delivered to you and arrives on your doorstep to help you create, explore, story tell, and connect with your kids.
When asked if I wanted to review a BabbaBox, I took one look at the BabbaCo website, thought that the crafts and enrichment activities would be perfect for my kids, and replied, “Sign me up!”
My kids are two and six years old, and the BabbaBox is designed for kids ages three to six. You can sign up to receive a BabbaBox through a monthly or annual subscription.
When it arrived, the way it is packaged makes me think this would work well as a gift.
As I opened the box, the first thing I noticed is the kid-sized scissors, and thank goodness, because we have scissors, but they always disappear, and this way I wouldn’t have to go looking for them before we could start. The BabbaBox is complete with everything you need to do the crafts and activities, including glue, colored pencils, and even googly eyes.
Each BabbaBox focuses on a monthly theme, and this month’s theme is “feelings.” The activities are designed to help kids express emotions, and the supplemental materials help parents engage with their child as they do the activities together.
This box contains two projects to create: feelings magnets and sock puppets.
My kids loved making the sock puppets. The sock puppet craft is more involved than what I would normally do on my own, but having the materials ready and the step-by-step instructions makes it easy.
Every box has two or three hands-on projects to create together. Both of my kids could participate and share the contents. I was glad there were two sock puppets so they could each make one.
The activity to explore was a creative idea. The kids put on spy glasses to observe other people’s feelings. Our glasses broke as I took them out of the box. The company’s policy is to send a replacement as soon as possible if something in the box is missing or defective, but I just taped them back together. Then the kids ran around and asked people what they were feeling to record it in their feelings journal.
Because there are so many activities and suggestions in a BabbaBox, I think the best way is to focus on one activity per day so you can make the most of it instead of racing through all of them at once.
The book for story telling emphasized caring for other people and empathy. My almost three-year-old was drawn in by the illustrations.
Included with the subscription is an age-appropriate app that you can download for an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. There is even a bonus gift for mom included inside the box—- a small back massager to take away feelings of stress.
I think my kids would definitely look forward to receiving a package like this in the mail every month full of activities that we can do together.
Giveaway & Discount for our Readers:
We will be giving away one BabbaBox to a lucky reader. Just leave a message in the comment box below telling us a favorite crafting memory you have (with kids or as a kid!). We’ll be accepting entries until Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be selected using Random.org and then contacted via the email address s/he lists below. The winner will be contacted via email. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, another random winner will be selected. Giveaway only open to contestants 18 years or older and residents of the U.S. Only one entry per person, please. Good Luck!
The Giveaway is now over. Thank you for entering. We will be contacting the winner via email and then posting the announcement here.
Also, BabbaCo is offering 20% off one BabbaBox using the coupon code: AM20OFF.
[UPDATE: BabbaCo just is giving us ANOTHER special back-to-school pack promotion to offer you: the first 3 months of the membership for 33% off (Only $20 per box!). Here’s the code: AM33BTS]