M is for Monster is a children’s subscription box that focuses on play-based learning through themed activities.
They offer 3 different skill levels so you can choose the one that best fit’s your child’s current needs. From the beginning preschooler to the graduated preschooler, they create activities that are fun and educational for each level. Once you’ve chosen your child’s level, you can either opt for their regular monthly box which includes 4 of their newest themes (with a total of 16 activities), or pay as you go and select your own themes without the monthly subscription. Monthly book add-ons (4 themed books in addition to the activities) and sibling packages are also available.
Subscriptions are $59/month with free shipping, or less with multi-month commitments. Single themes are $14.95 each (free shipping with orders of $49+). — For a limited time, you can save 10% on your first purchase with coupon code “2roses“.
Let’s check out a couple single theme packages from M is for Monster!
Everything was shipped in a big square box.
A peek inside! — I was sent two different Level 2 themes to check out: Bath Tub and Flies. Also included was a sibling pack for each one, as well as the book add-on option.
Bath Tub Theme:
“Bath Tub” included four activities with the (optional) book “Maisy Takes a Bath”.
Animal Bath – A fun activity for practicing fine motor skills, this involved simply placing the rubber duck into a bath and “bathing” it with the sponge. I didn’t want to post photos of my girls in the tub for obvious reasons, but they certainly did have fun “cleaning” all of their bath toys with the sponge on a stick. 😉
Bubble Counting – Using the numbered bath tub sheets, place the corresponding number of bubble stickers in or around each tub.
My girls just turned 4 last month, so they haven’t quite mastered the numbers between 13 and 20, but they still did pretty well considering. 🙂
Duck Race – This was another activity to be done in the bath, so again I chose not to photograph my kiddos partaking in it. The game was pretty straightforward. — Using the water-filled squirt bottle, spray the ducks and see which one gets to the end of the tub first.
Bubbles in the Tub – After cutting out the number cards, your child was to count out the corresponding amount of blue & white pom-poms (aka bubbles) and add them to the paper bathtub.
The girls loved the idea of the little paper “bath tub” and are still using it to bathe their Peppa Pig & Little Charmers figures. 😉
“Maisy Takes a Bath” by Lucy Cousins – Included for this theme’s book add-on was an appropriate story about a little mouse taking a bath. Though “appropriate” might not be a good word to use as some of the reviewers on Amazon were creeped out by the fact that Maisy’s friend Tallulah decides to get undressed and jump in the bath with her. Honestly, since this book is geared towards the 2-5 year old age group, I don’t see any harm in it. (Or maybe it’s because I have twin girls who always bathe together and think nothing of it?)
“Flies” included four activities with the (optional) book “Shoo Fly”.
Letter Swatting – This activity seemed a little odd at first, but my kids loved it. After cutting apart the individual letter sheets, you were to wrap tape around the fly swatter sticky side up (NOT as easy as it sounds). Next, have your child crumble up the sheets and use the swatter to pick one up, un-crumple it, and read the letter aloud.
Announcing the “caught” letter. (I just realized that I only edited photos of Ev, but I swear both girls were there! 😉 )
Fly Swatter Painting – Okay, this was a messy one that I haven’t gotten the courage to have the girls do yet… It involves putting dots of paint on the provided paper and then smacking it with the swatter to create a work of art. Definitely an outside activity. 😉
Fly Counting – After cutting out the number cards, your child was to place one of them in the dotted square and put the corresponding amount of plastic flies onto the trash pile.
So many flies!
Fly Stickers – Find all of the hidden lowercase f’s in the trash and cover them with the fly stickers. My girls love anything involving letters, so I knew they’d be into this one…
…and they were! Some of the f’s were a little tricky to find, but they got ’em all.
“Shoo Fly” by Iza Trapani – I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard it in full before, but this book is based on the popular nursery rhyme “Shoo Fly”. It features a cute little mouse who tries to convince a pesky fly to leave him alone. Poor lil’ guy.
M is for Monster is a fun and engaging subscription service for preschool aged kiddos. I like that they give you options to pick out individual themes yourself, or choose the monthly box. While the activities were great, I do think the monthly cost seems a little high. Other than that, it’s a nice alternative to toy-focused children’s subscription boxes. — Remember, for a limited time you can save 10% on your first purchase with coupon code “2roses“!
September 2016 M is for Monster Single Themes Review
Easy, yet engaging activities for preschool-aged children. I like that they offer a book add-on for each theme… However, for the monthly subscription price it would be nice if it were included at no extra cost.
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.