January 2017 Bramble Box review time!
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.
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.
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 January 2017 Bramble Box!
A peek inside. — January’s theme was “Mad Scientist”!
Mad Scientist Supplies
Every true mad scientist needs their own a set of test tubes — and of course a pair of safety glasses. Plastic cups and a dropper would also be used for the included experiments.
A science journal was provided to record the findings for each experiment, but since my kiddos are just learning how to write their letters, this will be great to use for practice. 🙂
A simple activity that involved decorating the “science lab” background with lots of cool science-themed stickers.
There were 6 experiments in all, each of which came with their own card and complete set of instructions. We managed to complete 4 of the 6 (some were a little more involved than we had time for), which I’ll share below.
Experiment 1: Fizzing Colors
This experiment was pretty basic. — Just drop 3 of the included color tablets (one of each color) into 3 test tubes filled with water and observe what happens. We use similar tablets in the bath, so the girls were already familiar with them but they still thought it was neat.
Experiment 2: Color Mixing
Using the colored water from Experiment 1, you were to transfer it from the test tubes into plastic cups using the included plastic dropper. Starting with one color (like blue shown above), you were to then add another (we added red) and observe what happened (the color changing).
Experiment 5: Magic Gel Marbles
We’ve received similar magic gel beads in another subscription box and my girls absolutely LOVED them. Needless to say, they were excited to play with these ones. “Making” them was super easy too — just drop a small amount of the beads into one of the test tubes, fill with water, and watch them “magically” expand! Once fully absorbed with water, they become super squishy and lots of fun to play with. 🙂
Experiment 6: Instant Winter
The final experiment was to make instant winter using the included packet of “pretty cool snow like stuff”. 😉 — It’s actually a non-toxic powder that’s used in baby diapers. Neat!
After the experiments, the girls worked on their science-theme sticker activity.
The end result.
As always, a themed sticker was also included to place in the Bramble Box sticker book that comes in your first box.
Although we didn’t complete all of the experiments, we still had a lot of fun with January’s Bramble Box. The girls thought the test tubes were really neat and I loved how cute they both looked in the safety glasses. 😉 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “BLOG20“!
January 2017 Bramble Box Review
A great box that focused more on hands-on science activities, rather than the usual craft projects and pretend play. — A nice change of pace. 🙂