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ToucanBox Craft fun……

Published August 19, 2014 by thefamilyof5

We were sent a free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox some time ago, I’m finally going to show you how much fun we had and then I’ll tell you how you can get your own free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox!

We were so excited to open it and see what was inside!

We were so excited to open it and see what was inside!

 

everything we needed to create a wonderful.......... (wait and see)

everything we needed to create a wonderful………. (wait and see)

 

Baby girl didn't need any encouragement to get started..............

Baby girl didn’t need any encouragement to get started…………..

 

She got right to work on her design.....

She got right to work on her design…..

 

Soon it was time to reveal the magic........

Soon it was time to reveal the magic……..

 

She was very proud of her design and eager to get to work on the other side..........

She was very proud of her design and eager to get to work on the other side……….

 

She started with a water dye stencil........

She started with a water dye stencil……..

 

Then there was some felt tip pen stenciling........

Then there was some felt tip pen stenciling……..

 

The master piece was complete.........

The master piece was complete………

 

We really enjoyed this, well, when I say we, I mean baby girl, because quite honestly, other than supervise her with the scissors and help read some of the instructions she did it entirely by herself! The parcel contained everything we needed except the water and scissors, it really was just a perfect little craft activity for one.

She was so proud of her work of art that she decided she wanted to give it to her teacher, so we used some self adhesive ‘letter’ stickers and stuck her name on the front and used it to hold her ‘end of year teacher gift’.

ToucanBox very kindly sent us this free box sometime ago so I must apologies to them for taking so long to write this review but also I’d like to thank them, Baby girl and I really enjoyed some special time together doing this project.

You can send off for your free ‘Petite’ ToucanBox here using this special promotion code MH259

 

 

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The ToucanBox

Published August 21, 2013 by thefamilyof5

A few months ago I saw an offer on Groupon for a ToucanBox Activity Set: 3 Months’ Subscription for £29.99.

I figured with the school holidays looming and the typical British weather, being typically wet, it seemed like a good idea.

So i ordered it, and then forgot about it.

A few weeks later the box arrived……………

Example of a ToucanBox

Example of a ToucanBox

A bright and colourful briefcase style box!

I placed it on our dining room table without comment. There was lots of looking, touching, poking and finally some asking. ‘Whats in the box mommy’, they said. ‘Your going to have to wait and see’ I replied. They actually loved not knowing, they tried guessing, they talked about it between themselves and asked me a lot.

Is it cake? asked baby girl

I think its not a new bike! Said Big girl

Maybe its a frog!? wondered middle girl

I simply replied with ‘one day in the holidays, we’ll open it, but until then, your just going to have to keep guessing’.

It wasn’t long before the rain arrived a couple of weeks later and the box was moved from the table. Excitement filled the air and I tortured them a little longer by slowly and dramatically opening the box before revealing its secrets.

Inside there was 4 more boxes and some other bits and bobs. I prompted them to choose a box each and open them.

Middle girls box contained everything needed to make 2 spiders and a web,

Baby girls box contained everything needed to make a glow worm, that actually glows.

Big girls box contained everything needed to make a bug observation jar complete with ventilated lid and magnifying glass.

The remaining box conveniently contained everything needed to make the 3 different stages of the butterfly transformation process.

The girls were eager to get on with their projects. True to its word, each activity had everything (except scissors and pencil) needed to complete it with really easy to understand instructions to follow.

They all thoroughly enjoyed their activities and were very proud of their final creations. They shared the final activity in the remaining box and each made a  butterfly to show its different stages of growth.

Big Girls Bug Jar If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right :)

Big Girls Bug Jar
If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right 🙂

They really enjoyed looking around the garden for a victim bug to torture observe in the bug jar. They set about with binoculars and magnifying glasses to find a beast for the jar. They quickly located and named, ‘Sofia’ the spider and promptly tried to get ‘her’ to sleep by singing Baa Baa Black Sheep to ‘her’.

The next box arrived today, Im going to make them wait a while again before we reveal the contents, although I wont deny that I’ve already had a quick peek and it looks super exciting. The next box has a ‘colour’ theme and if you hadn’t guessed the box I’ve blogged about was the ‘Bugs and Minibeasts’ themed box!

The boxes are ordinarily, in my opinion, quite expensive, but with this offer our 3 boxes  will have worked out to just £10 a box. Taking into consideration the whole experience of having a mysterious parcel arrive and then enjoying its contents, I’d say they are well worth the money and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more great offers from ToucanBox.

ToucanBox also have a great online blog with lots of free crafting idea’s, take a look here.

Disclaimer: no bugs were harmed, well aside from being held prisoner and wailed at for a few hours, Sofia was released with only the scars of her mental torture, back into our garden at the end of the day.

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