Oh wow we had such fun with this subscription box which we were asked to review – it was intended for our pre-schooler but actually ended up being enjoyed by all the kids, plus Mummy and Grandparents!
The idea of the subscription box is to teach a wide range of concepts using fun games and tasks broken down into different Octopus Teachers. It works really well and everything you need is included in the box (which fits through the letterbox). I was impressed by the range of activities and how long the box lasted in terms of interest in small kids, the boxes are also themed – ours was all about rock pools and nature. If you’d like to see what else they do you can find them on social media and their website www.octopuslearning.co.uk.
The kids enjoyed all the activities but we do love to get outdoors so particularly liked the Scavenger Hunt in the garden – we didn’t find everything so it also came with us to the woods the next day. It was the kids that remembered to take it, and even remembered what items they were still looking for so it made a big impression. We also made the paper flowers, and as more people wanted to join in we added some scrap paper to make more. We completed all the tasks over a week away, it really did last us and many of the resources and ideas could be used again, it was plastic free and nearly all recyclable so we were REALLY happy x
The boxes have been created by a qualified Primary school teacher with 20 years of classroom experience, so the content is based on current educational best practice and fits with the Early Years Curriculum that pre-schoolers will also cover in a childcare setting. It’s nice as a parent to get the chance to see these levels at home, and engage in specific learning activities at home. I certainly found it fun to have things to do that I hadn’t had to plan and resource as it made it new for me as well. We still have our Rock Pool – made from a used cup we found! We’ve been thinking about the eco-system and weather changes, all inspired by that first exercise we did some weeks ago now…