October 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 October 2016 Bramble Box!
I was happy to see their cute custom designed box again!
A peek inside.
October’s theme was “Little Pumpkin Cafe”! Tips for using all of this month’s materials were attached to the inside lid of the box, along with the collectible themed sticker.
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer – I was excited to see that they included an autumn-themed book about pumpkins to go along with this month’s activities. It teaches children how pumpkins are grown without going into too much detail that they may lose interest. A quick, yet informative read!
Pumpkin Lifecycle Poster – Using the information learned from reading the “From Seed to Pumpkin” book, your child was to place the images of various pumpkin stages in the correct order on the lifecycle chart.
Color Diffusing Leaves – Your child could make their own colorful autumn leaves using the materials provided. The project included Crayola watercolors, paper leaves, and a small mister bottle.
The activity was pretty straightforward… Just paint the leaves using the watercolor set and spray with water using the mister to allow the colors to spread throughout the leaf. While easy, it still took my kiddos forever just to paint two leaves. We still have a lot to finish and haven’t even started on the other activities!
Once all of the leaves were painted you could use them for a variety of crafts. Bramble Box included three cute ideas on the card above.
Make a Pretend Pumpkin Pie – All of the materials needed to make two (or more) pretend pumpkin pies! An adult was to help cut out the “pie crust” circles out of the brown felt and your child could build the pies by laying one of the crusts inside the pie tin and then filling it with “pumpkin” (orange pom-poms). Next, cover the filling with another sheet of crust and top it with “whipped cream” (white pom-pom). Cute!
Make a Pretend Apple Pie – Following the instructions for the pumpkin pie, your child could make apple pies as well. However, instead of the pom-pom filling, they were to use apple cards. One sheet of apples had numbers printed on them, and one sheet was blank. They were also outlined in different colors — red, yellow, and green. A “recipe card” included spots to velcro numbered apples next to each color. Your child could then count out the number of corresponding colored apples for each one and add it to the pie. (It sounds a lot more confusing than it actually is, I swear!)
Play Pretend at the Little Pumpkin Cafe – How cute! The box included supplies for your little one to open up their own little pretend cafe. There were two customizable menus, two cups with lids, and three drink sleeves for different drink orders. — And yes, pumpkin spice lattes were included! 😉
Although we haven’t gotten a chance to complete all of the activities yet, I think this was my favorite Bramble Box of the past year! I loved the fun fall theme and was impressed by all of the great activities. It definitely seemed a lot more structured and thought-out than previous boxes. Great to see! 🙂 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “BLOG20“!