June Bramble Box time! — I’m a bit late getting to this review, mainly because we didn’t have all the necessary supplies to complete the projects this month. In fact we still don’t, so instead of putting it off any longer, I’m just going to review the box as it was received (projects incomplete).
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 June 2016 Bramble Box!
The adorably designed box!
A peek inside.
The theme for June’s box was “Meteorologist”. An info sheet attached to the inside lid listed all of the materials and activities that will be used to teach your child all about the weather.
A full-color booklet provided step-by-step instructions for each of the weather-related projects. These were a lot less “crafty” than previous projects and focused more on science. While had no problem with the change, I did feel that they were geared more towards older children than my (just under) 4 year olds.
Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons – While this book was very informative and featured colorful illustrations, it was way beyond the type of thing my kiddos would be interested in. They barely have the attention span for a board book these days, so there was no way they’d be into such a technical book about the weather. Not surprisingly, the recommended age group listed on Amazon for this title is 5 to 8 years old. Again, totally fine for older kids, but not mine.
Anemometer – For this project, you’ll need 5 3-ounce cups, two straws, a pencil, a pin or thumbtack, scissors, and a hole punch or sharpened pencil. It involved connecting all of the cups with the straws and pencil to form a DIY anemometer, which is used to measure and observe the speed of wind.
Barometer – To make a DIY barometer, you’ll need a glass jar, straw, toothpick or needle, scissors, glue, balloon, rubber bands, and tape. This project didn’t seem too complicated, but we didn’t have an empty glass jar to use, so we haven’t had a chance to try.
There were also projects for a “Pinecone Weather Station” (but we couldn’t find a pinecone), and a “Solar Oven” which used the box as the cooking source.
Dressable Magnets – These are cute and probably the only thing my girls will be excited about this month. This set of magnets features a “paper doll style” boy with various outfits that he can wear based on the current weather.
Weather Recording Sheets & Thermometer – Two sheets were provided for your little one to track the weather, along with the daily status of their completed projects. — Is the pinecone open or closed? What’s the wind speed? Air pressure? A real thermometer was also included for recording each day’s temperature.
Clearly this wasn’t my all time favorite Bramble Box, but I see how it could be fun for older kids. I didn’t mind the heavy focus on science, however I do wish that they would have included all of the materials needed for each project. I also noticed that the monthly sticker for the feature they introduced last month was missing. 🙁
If you’d like to sign up, Bramble Box is currently offering new customers 20% off their first box or a single play box from their shop! — Just use coupon code “BLOG20” at checkout.
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.
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