November 2016 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 November 2016 Bramble Box!
A peek inside.
November’s theme was “Happy Thanksgiving”! Tips for using all of this month’s materials were attached to the inside lid of the box, along with the collectible themed sticker.
The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross – I was happy to see another themed children’s book included in November’s box! This one told the popular tale of the pilgrims as they settled into their new home in America.
How to Make a Rainstick – Materials were included for your child to make their own cardboard rainstick. There were colorful foam stickers, plastic beads, a cardboard tube, and a paper insert to tuck inside for the “rain” effect.
First, the triangles on the insert card needed to be pushed up and then rolled inside the tube.
Once the insert was placed in the tube, you were to secure a foam piece over one end with the enclosed rubber band, pour in the plastic beads, and secure the second end with foam as well. Once that was done, just decorate it with the colorful foam stickers and your rainstick is complete!
How to Make a Turkey – We didn’t have time to do the rest of the crafts before Thanksgiving, so we’ll be saving them for next year. Anywhooo… This activity included all of the materials needed to assemble a cute paper turkey decoration. Once complete, your child could think of things they’re thankful for and write them on the turkey’s feathers.
How to Make a Dreamcatcher – This activity featured an explanation of the meaning behind dreamcatchers, as well as the supplies needed to complete your own. Materials included a cardboard ring, lacing yarn of various lengths, and colored beads & feathers. Instructions showed how to lace the yarn into a pattern, but letting your child “freestyle it” was totally acceptable as well. 🙂
Thanksgiving Placemat – A 2-sided Thanksgiving themed placemat/playmat could be used both at the table for dinner and at playtime for writing practice & pretend play.
Play Food – A laminated sheet of traditional Thanksgiving food was provided to use with the placemat. Adults were to help cutting them out, as the laminate can be a bit tricky to cut through.
Once again, we didn’t get a chance to complete all of the activities this month (busy time of year!!), but I thought November’s Bramble Box was really well done. It was great to see another book included and even more structured, easy to follow crafts. 🙂 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “BLOG20“!