I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.
I’m pretty picky when it comes to reviews I accept for subscription boxes. When Nikki from Blossom Box Kids wrote to me about her new business, she piqued my interest by describing how her craft boxes focus on “open-ended, nature-inspired crafts for kids ages 3+.” I warned her that Cub isn’t quite at the age minimum, but she assured me some of the box contents would still be suitable for him.
We received two Blossom Box Kids to share with Cub’s buddy Henry.
Each Blossom Box comes with five activities, with the four crafts individually packed in little brown bags:
The June box contained:
- Wildflower Planting;
- Flower Mobile;
- Flower Magnets;
- Flower Stamping/Painting;
- A recipe for lavender play dough;
- An issue of their newsletter with information about flowers, suggested reading and suggested activities beyond what’s in the box.
The May box contained:
- Clay Bird with Feathers;
- Bird’s Nest with Wooden Eggs;
- Birdseed Mosaic / Sorting Activity;
- Feather painting;
- Recipe for “Bird Seed for People;”
- Their newsletter all about birds.
The four crafts can be completed without any additional supplies, which was perfect for Cub and me since we’re still living in our temporary apartment and our paints, paper, brushes and such are all in storage. This made me realize that this craft box is perfect for not-so-crafty households in general: not everyone has a Pinterest board full of ideas and a closet full of supplies. My buddy Stefanie agreed, being not so craft-inclined herself, that it was perfect to have the paint, paper, sponge brushes and the idea all right there in the box!
In terms of the age-appropriateness of the activities, I’d say both boxes contained one activity that was suitable for the preschool crowd, and the other activities were geared towards older kids, I’d say all the way up to pre-teen. The painting activities, suitable for Henry and Cub, contained powdered, washable paint, which was genius. I still have plenty left, and I can easily mix up a small quantity when he’s ready to paint again, and there are no bottles of paint to spill or to dry up.
The instructions that come with each activity are clear, but I would love if there were some visual cues as to the end product, which gives adult supervisor and child artist some guidance. Now, of course, they’re meant to be open-ended crafts, but it helps to have a vision of the end goal. It could be as simple as a Blossom Box providing a link to a Pinterest board with a couple different versions of each craft.
I love that the boxes contain very little waste: the leftover supplies are minimal but can be incorporated into future crafts. There is almost no plastic packaging to speak of.
Overall, I’d recommend a Blossom Box Kids subscription for kids a bit older than Cub. However, it would be appropriate as a gift to share between siblings if you do have a preschooler and an older child. For now, I’m saving the other crafts for when Cub is older or for when we have older kids over to play. This subscription would’ve been an awesome boredom buster for me as a kid… and I confess I may just sit down and complete a couple of the crafts on my own because… I love crafts!
Because the activities are self-contained, you end up saving money: I find that if you want to create a given craft project from Pinterest, you end up spending a fortune at Michael’s. You usually can’t find small quantities of the supplies you need, and wind up with an entire bag of cotton batten when you only needed a handful. (I knit a tiny stuffed animal once…) Don’t get me wrong: some people love a craft box overflowing with superfluous supplies. I personally prefer having just enough for the one project! (And this is from the girl who has had to twice purge years of excess craft supplies upon moving cross-country.)
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Blossom Box Kids currently ship only in the USA, but Nikki is working on Canadian shipping options. An individual box retails for $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping, and if you subscribe, the individual box price drops depending on how many you commit to. Find out more here.
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