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…
We have very generously been given a 10% discount code if you would like to try a subscription – you can use the code BLOGREC10
I was so excited to be offered the chance to look at an Ingenues box with my daughter – we chose the Astronaut Box to review as she is very into space and science at the moment. The box is delivered with everything to you need to learn and play and our 8 year old really enjoyed it. Also available are Flight and Civil Engineering.
The contents were high quality and the box itself was sturdy and reusable, which meant we could go in and out many times without it breaking. The book was informative and interesting, I had never heard of Mae Jemison (an astonishing woman) and enjoyed learning about her life. There were activities and games in the book, which we didn’t get to as quickly because we saw the bits and bobs to make a rocket experiment…
There is also an astronaut hat to wear while creating the rocket! (please excuse unplanned video background ‘life’)
Our rocket experiments really did make us think, plan and create. It was a brilliant exercise in teamwork and engineering – and Mr F had to get involved as he is an Engineer and wanted to explain things.
I was very impressed by the quality of the box, the range of activities and the thought that had gone into them. I really enjoyed working alongside my daughter to figure things out – about why the different shaped balloons and adding the ‘space shuttle’ made a difference. I learnt a lot myself about an amazing woman and felt it inspired my daughter to know that if she remains interested in science and engineering she has some great role models to follow. She has asked for another box to go on her Christmas list x
Find out more at http://www.ingenues.co.uk/