If you’re new to them, The My Pretend Place Projects box is geared towards children 3 to 8 years old. It contains all of the materials needed to complete a new pretend play item each month. They actually include enough materials to make 2 of each project — perfect for siblings or friends to join in the fun.
Subscriptions are just $15/month and shipping is free. While the My Pretend Place Dress-Up subscription ships quarterly, the Pretend Play Projects box is sent every month.
Let’s see what’s in the December 2015 My Pretend Place Projects box!
As always, the materials were all shipped in a small box wrapped with brown kraft paper. The actual box inside was white with a big My Pretend Place logo on top.
A peek inside.
December’s box involved making pretend walkie-talkies for your little ones to use on their adventures.
A project sheet included a list of the materials provided and step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the walkie-talkies.
Included were 4 small cardboard boxes, which would serve as the body of the walkies. Paper straws would act as antennae.
Construction paper, glittery craft foam, and glue were provided to wrap and decorate the boxes.
A roll of glitter sparkle tape could be used in place of — or along with — the glue.
The first step was to tape all of the boxes shut and poke holes to hold the straw antennae in place. Honestly, I got a bit frustrated trying to use my scissors (as recommended on the project sheet) to poke the holes. The boxes were pretty sturdy/thick and I actually ended up cutting myself trying to jam the scissors into them to break the surface. 🙁
Next, the boxes had to be covered in the black construction paper. This was another step that I did myself, since my girls are only 3. I also had trouble finding the holes where I had previously poked for the straws (again, super sturdy paper), so I gave up and only used them in two of the boxes.
I used the included craft foam to cut out circles and thin rectangles for the girls to glue on the boxes to serve as speakers and microphones.
The girls were happy to finally get to do something. 😉
The finished results! They turned out decent enough, even though the girls thought they were juice boxes and pretended to drink from the straws. 😉 I decided to tell them they were phones instead of walkie-talkies and that went over a lot better. They pretended to talk to their Aunt Carrie and told her all about Santa and the presents they got. Cute!
Also included in every box are themed stickers (which we used on our “phones”), a magnet, and a plastic handle to turn the shipping box into a suitcase or dress-up chest for continued pretend play.
I was really hoping that December’s My Pretend Place Projects Box would have another seasonal theme like it did in November, so I was a little bummed to see something as generic as walkie-talkies. I was also a bit disappointed that a lot of the steps had to be completed by an adult and that some of them were pretty tricky to do (scissor poking, I’m looking at you!). The end results turned out alright though, and my kiddos had fun pretending they were cell phones… So it wasn’t a total fail. Here’s hoping the new year brings more engaging/fun projects!
If you’d like to sign up for the My Pretend Place Pretend Play Projects box, they’re offering new customers 30% off their first box! Just use coupon code “pretend” at checkout. I believe this also works for their Dress-Up Box (you can see my review of their latest Dress Up Box here)!
December 2015 My Pretend Place Projects Box Review
Obviously not my favorite projects box from My Pretend Place. I was hoping for something more festive or even winter-related, so it was sort of a disappointment from the get-go. The scissors-hole-poking thing was frustrating and I didn’t like how many of the steps had to be completed by an adult. I’m glad my girls played with them a bit once the “phones” were completed, but it was definitely a bummer of a box.
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.