Tackling crafts and educational activities at home can take over your house after a while. Buying supplies at the hobby store results in excess that has to be stored somewhere, eventually devouring precious closet space. While I will never stop locating and facilitating too many projects, I am so happy to see a monthly box of activities like Wonder Box by Education.com.
For your curious little ones (aged 3-6) Wonder Box delivers what it promises — themed projects each month. Your box will contain smart, fun, age-appropriate activities to put your kid’s brain to good use. Each month has a different theme using early education musts from science to sorting to reading readiness. When our sample box arrived I had no idea what would be inside, which is half of the fun. There was no time spent scouring Pinterest and zero effort shopping around town for supplies. Yet right in front of me was 3 complete projects and extras.
Each project, supplies and instructions, is encased in a cute, cinched cloth sack. The first was a game and science lesson in one, Magnet Magic, involving a magnetic wand and Bingo. First you are instructed to let your child loose in the house with the magnet wand to see what it is attracted to. My daughter absolutely loves magnets so she was off for a good 10 minutes testing everything in reach for magnetism — a good learning activity on its own. We reconvened at the kitchen table for the Bingo game which included a colored di and chips. This part of the activity focuses on shapes, colors and patterns. Also dealing with shapes and colors was the Fun Pack of sciencey facts and mosiacs (including the ever-popular stickers).
After a few days we dove into the next project, the I Spy Bottle. Here we were given a clear bottle partially filled with corn syrup, alphabet beads and sequins. For this activity kids are instructed to pick out their preferred letters, spelling their name works best, and drop them into the bottle (along with some pretty sequins). Once the bottle is filled with water, you have a tool with which to discuss liquids with different densities that do not mix. Shaking the bottle creates fun bubbles and a vessel in which to find letters over and over again. Cool.
My daughter is big on baking, anything in the kitchen really but especially baking, so when I saw a recipe included in our Mad Scientist box we were both excited. The recipe was for Bubble Bread which illustrates the classic reaction of an acid and a base. In this case we are talking vinegar and baking soda (think volcano). While this was a fun experiment that introduces science and the importance of following directions, it was mostly tasty. The end result was delish, especially with all the dried fruit we added.
Now you know the sort of things found in the Wonder Box but remember it changes every month and is a complete mystery. This is a monthly service for $19.99/month that can be canceled at anytime with no hassle. You may also choose to purchase the 3 month plan for your child or as a great gift, whichever works better for you. Prepare your child for Kindergarten with the Wonder Box.
Product was provided by Education.com to facilitate this review.