Lola & Lark is a new children’s subscription box offering high-quality toys and activities to promote language skills and imaginary play.
Each box will include a collection of books, toys, pretend play props, craft kits, activities, and more — all based around a different monthly theme. Lola & Lark selects only high quality products from trusted brands such as Melissa and Doug, Eeboo, Petit Collage, & Chronicle Books, as well as occasional handcrafted items from small businesses. The boxes are designed to inspire your child’s pretend play, crafting, and reading abilities, while building critical thinking, pre-academic, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, and social skills.
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.
Subscriptions are $39.95/month for their Small Box (3 toys or activities, along with a book), or $49.95/month for their Large Box (at least 5 toys or activities, along with a book).
Let’s see what’s in my July 2017 Lola & Lark (Large) Box!
Everything was shipped in a plain brown box via Priority Mail.
A peek inside!
An info sheet revealed the theme of July’s box — Farmer’s Market! — and included tips on how to get the most out of the items inside.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Food Set
We LOVE Melissa & Doug toys over here, so I was excited to see this cute wooden crate of (also wooden) veggies, fruits, grains, and dairy products. (Complete set sold here.) We received a tomato, lemon, bulb of garlic, loaf of bread, stick of butter, and carton of milk — all tucked inside of a wooden crate. Lola & Lark suggests playing a guessing game with your child by having them describe how each food feels, its shape, size, and color in order to help you (or a sibling) guess which food they’re describing. This helps your child work on and increase their vocabulary skills.
A small pouch of pretend — but quite realistic! — bills were provided, along with a handful of plastic coins. Play money is great for practicing counting, sorting, and more. A green cardboard basket was also included to use in your child’s pretend farmer’s market.
Farmer’s Market Bag Craft
When visiting a farmer’s market, you’ll certainly need something to carry all that produce! Your child could design their own using the fabric tote, brush, and paints provided. The info sheet suggested making veggie stamp prints by cutting a bell pepper across the middle, applying paint to the cut portion, and stamping it on the bag.
eeBoo Green Market Puzzle Spinner Game
This adorable game is perfect for younger kids to work on their colors, food groups, matching, sorting, and turn-taking. The rules are super easy for kids to grasp too. — Simply spin to collect fresh products in the various food groups and try to be the first to complete your farm stand. So cute! Can’t wait to play this with my girls. 🙂
Folkmanis Little Hare Puppet
Awww, I love this little guy! We’ve gotten a few puppets from Folkmanis before, and they’re always so nicely made and fun to play with. The info sheet didn’t mention any suggestions for using this bunny, but I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. 😉
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
A colorful little board book chock full of fruits & vegetables sorted by each letter of the alphabet. The info sheet suggests having your child tell you about what they see on each page and asking open-ended questions to help them expand their expressive language skills.
Lastly, there was a trio of artificial tulips — because what farmer’s market is complete without some freshly-picked flowers? 🙂
I am beyond impressed with the July “Farmer’s Market” box from Lola & Lark! The theme itself was perfect for summer and all of the items went along with it nicely. It was great to see products from our favorite brands like Melissa & Doug and eeBoo included in the mix. I also liked the fact that so many of the items were ideal for open-ended play, long after the initial unboxing/exploration. I didn’t do a cost breakdown for each item, but the Green Market game alone sells for $18 on Amazon, so I’d say the value is certainly there. 🙂
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