Subscription boxes of all descriptions are huge right now, am I right? Whatever you’re into, be it make-up, jewellery, food, organics, kids toys……..you can part with your cash and get a box of ‘happy mail’ landing on your doorstep once a month. From my experience these boxes of glorious consumerism can be a bit hit and miss. I know my own family has more than enough tangible possessions as it is, so despite the allure that a monthly box of surprises holds, I won’t be setting up any recurring payments anytime soon.
E and I were stoked to have been sent The Ready, Steady, Go! box to review, filled not with toys but with activities! This is where My Fun Box departs from the crowd. Instead of a box of curated items, each box is packed with everything you need to fully complete three projects. Essentially, you make your own fun. Um, did I mention that everything you need is included in the box? No, well, guess what? EVERYTHING you need is included in the box! Even glue! Even tape! Scissors were required which is totally do-able, even in my house which is pretty barren of craft supplies. No subscriptions required either, you can order a one-off box or send one as a gift.
So we sat down on Saturday morning and got to work. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t done anything like this with Ethan in way too long, so I was rearing to go.
Together we made 3 exploding chalk rockets, a balloon car and a convertible frisbee. Each of the three activities called on different skills and levels of assistance from me, though the origami-style folding required for the paper frisbee got even me a bit lost! Thank goodness there are video tutorials available if you’re a bit of a mung like me and need some extra help lol. My Fun Box suggests these activities are suitable for ages 3-10, and that’s probably true, however Ethan is 10 and he did require some assistance, so be prepared to help! Actually, I think that is the beauty of My Fun Box, actually sitting down and completing a project with your child is freaking awesome. Not going to lie, we had a couple of moments as we always do but it was a lovely hour or so with no electronics! I can totally see the value in having a box on hand to bust out during winter when cabin fever sets in.
We did require a bit of extra sticky tape to complete the balloon car and had a bit of a problem with the length of the axles, but we actually turned this into a really cool problem solving task which saw Ethan troubleshoot and figure out what we needed to do to get the little wheels spinning.
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