April Bramble Box time! — This month’s box featured a marching band/musical instrument theme.
If you’re not aware, Bramble Box is a fun subscription box for children aged 4 through 8 years old. Unlike many kid’s boxes which tend to focus on crafts and toys, Bramble Box encourages learning through open-ended pretend play.
Every Bramble Box is focused on a different theme and contains materials for hours & hours of free play fun. Boxes are gender neutral and can include such themes as detective, post office, bakery, and more. The materials are intended to help your child use their imagination, express themselves, improve reading and math skills, learn about the world around them, and overall, have FUN.
Bramble Boxes are available for purchase as single boxes, on a month-to-month basis, and as multi-month subscriptions. The monthly and one-time boxes are $25, while multi-month commitments are as low as $23/month. (Right now you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “BLOG20“!)
Let’s see what’s inside the April 2016 Bramble Box!
The box got a little beat up on its journey this month, but thankfully its contents were unharmed.
A peek inside!
As mentioned above, the April Bramble Box was themed “Marching Band” and included materials for making your own drum, jingle stick, hat, and more.
The Ants Go Marching Book – To go along with the theme, Bramble Box included a book and CD set about ants marching in the rain. The colorful book has sturdy pages and neat cut-out “holes” throughout. Little ones can watch as the ants multiply from one little guy in the beginning, to a big parade of 100 ants by the end of the story. The “holes” represent puddles of water from the rain that’s got them all marching down to the ground to seek shelter from. There’s also an audio cd that plays a sing-a-long version of the song, as well as a karaoke one.
Drum – A cardboard cylinder, ribbons, adhesive, and foam shapes were provided for your child to make their own colorful drum.
Putting the finishing touches on the cylinder.
Marching Band Hat – A thick posterboard-type sheet printed with blue marching band hat “pieces” was provided to construct into a wearable hat. Just cut out the three pieces, tape or staple them together, and wear.
Not the best quality photo, but it made me laugh. 😉 My little band leader was serious about her drumming.
Jingle Stick – Children can decorate the wooden dowel as they wish, then add the bells by weaving the silver pipecleaner through the holes.
Again, not the best photo but Ev was so cute shaking her new jingle stick. My husband tied a red ribbon on the end (from the drum craft) which reminded us of Christmas and had me yearning for snow. Hopefully we can manage to keep it in tact until December. (Not likely. 😉 )
Wooden Tambourine and Maraca – A sturdy wooden tambourine was also included, along with an unfinished maraca. The tambourine looked to have a bit of a shiny finish on it, but the maraca would definitely lend itself to being decorated with paint or markers. (My girls chose Hello Kitty stickers, which stayed on for all of 5 minutes.)
Anything that makes noise is an automatic win with my kiddos. 🙂
Bramble Box did it again! Another great theme that my girls had a lot of fun with. Unlike a lot of the other instruments they have, these ones weren’t nearly as loud as I had expected (feared?) they’d be. So wins all around!
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April 2016 Bramble Box Review
Music-themed boxes are always a big hit with my girls. I love that they included a nice assortment of both pre-made & DIY instruments and the inclusion of the book was a fun bonus.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.