September Bramble Box time! — September’s theme is “Let’s Go Camping!”.
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. (Stay tuned for a 30% coupon code at the end of this post!)
Let’s have a look inside the September 2015 Bramble Box!
A peek inside. (Don’t wake the fox!)
This month’s camping theme included various items for open-ended pretend play, as well as 3 craft projects/activities.
Instructions for the projects/activities were included on the cards above.
Build a Campfire – This project involved rolling up the corrugated cardboard pieces into “logs” and securing them with the included glue dots. Yellow and red tissue paper was provided to make the “fire”. There was also a Jr. Ranger badge for your child to wear while they practiced safe fire building. 😉
I helped the girls roll each log and had them hold it in place while I got a glue dot to secure it together.
The completed fire! Cute.
Make a Lantern – This was definitely our favorite project in the box. I actually had to do all of the work though, which wasn’t too fun for them. It basically just involved cutting the red and yellow tissue paper into two strips and then cutting triangles into them to resemble flames. Pop them into the can, turn on the tea light, and you’re done!
I didn’t take any photos of the process since it was just me cutting tissue paper, but the end result was really cute.
The tea light was the kind that flickered, which made it look really cool inside the lantern.
They were clearly mesmerized. 😉
Catch Your Dinner! – The last activity involved making fish out of felt using the included templates. A wooden rod and string were to be a pole, and you had to stick a piece of velcro to the end of it (the string) to catch the fish. I was kinda bummed that this was another project that my girls weren’t old enough to complete, but no biggie. I didn’t use the template, cos I mean… it’s a fish. I cut a bunch out, assembled the rod, attached the velcro, and gave it to the girls. Within minutes the string was off and they were asking to “play iPad”. Ugh. Ah well, can’t win ’em all, right? (To be fair, it was a little tricky to “catch” the fish. They didn’t stick to the velcro as easily as I thought they would, so I can understand their frustration/boredom with this one.)
Here’s our little fishy friends and the pole before they ripped the string off. 😉
Forest Ranger Field Guide – A card featuring various animal tracks and information about forest rangers was also included for more pretend play ideas.
Camp Sign – There was also a cute sign with a spot to write the name of your kid’s “camp”. The reverse side had a fire danger rating sign so your child can indicate the current risk of fire in their forest. A plastic spinner was also included to attach to the sign, but I didn’t notice it until after I took the photos. Oops!
While we did enjoy the quick fire building project and the completed lantern, this month’s Bramble Box just wasn’t as awesome as past month’s have been. I don’t know if it was because my girls are still too young to complete the projects on their own this time, or if they just weren’t into the camping theme. (They even refused to wear the Jr. Ranger badge!) That said, we do continue to look forward to our box every month, so hopefully this was just a fluke. 🙂
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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.