Bennett just can’t get enough arts & crafts in his life. He goes to preschool two mornings a week where they make an art project each day, we attend the amazing 4Cats arts studio mixed-media class, paint, color, and use some type of glue every day, and still he would be happy to create some more masterpieces. A challenge for me has been coming up with age-appropriate ideas. I look on Pinterest mostly, but I am constantly looking for ideas to keep my budding artist entertained and challenged.
Enter the BabbaCo box. In general these days I’m really enjoying the curated box-to-door movement, from CSAs to sample boxes to snack boxes, and I have to say the Babba Box is at the top of my list.
The box arrives monthly and is divided into four sections: Create – Explore – Story Tell – Connect, all around a central theme. They’ll have all the materials and step-by-step instructions for at least 2-3 hands-on projects, a book, and an age appropriate app to download onto your iPad or iPhone. The fun doesn’t stop there, thankfully! Their website is full of other ideas and suggestions on how to keep the theme and learning alive. They are big on social media, too, and keep fun content going all month on their Twitter and Facebook pages. I’ve posted a couple of pictures of Bennett on their facebook over the last few months.
Bennett sees the box on the front porch and screams with enthusiasm, “the CRAFT BOX is here!” I have to carefully ration out the activities otherwise he’ll want to tear through them all in one sitting. It’s such a nice way to spend some one-on-one time with my big boy, especially when Graham is napping. Some of my favorite themes have used the actual box that it all arrives in as part of the activities. Once the theme was recycling and apropos enough we cut up the box and used the cardboard in one of the projects. Another time there was a medieval theme and we used the box to build a castle, which of course is still in our living room getting tons of action.
I first learned about the Babba Box and ordered one to try when I saw a coupon. I love coupons and generally am up for trying any product once. I realized after about six months of receiving the box that if I purchased the annual plan that we would save $10/month – 1/3 off the month-to-month price. That is a huge value if you know you are going to continue with the subscription. We certainly are, not only because Bennett and I love it, but Graham is quickly becoming more interested. They do have sibling packs – double the materials – for an upgrade.
The wonderful folks over at BabbaCo are offering a free two month Digital BabbaBox to Luxe readers. The Digital BabbaBox includes step by step directions for 4 hands on projects, a material list, book suggestions, a parent guide, and free downloadable activity sheets. Simply click here to sign up for their newsletter to receive your Digital BabbaBox (you can unsubscribe at any time).
Give it a try, or buy one for a unique gift. I promise that you AND your child will enjoy spending the time together! xo