The March 2016 My Pretend Place Dress Up Box was one of our favorites yet! — The theme (that we chose ourselves) was “Veterinarian”. So fun!
If you’re not aware, the My Pretend Place Dress Up Box is a quarterly dress-up and “make believe” subscription for both boys and girls. It consists of a selection of items designed to encourage imagination and pretend play geared towards kids aged 3 through 6.
Each My Pretend Place Dress Up Box will feature a different theme and include things such as costumes, books, crafts, activities, and even food items. You have the option to choose from a girl, boy, or gender neutral box — all of which will include a costume and other fun goodies fitting the theme. UPDATE: You now have the choice to “build your own box” and pick the specific theme you’d like, rather than having My Pretend Place choose. Very cool!
Subscriptions are $50 (shipping included) and sent are on a quarterly basis. During the “in-between” months, you’ll receive 2 additional packages with supplemental ideas, activities, and crafts to stretch the fun into the whole year. — You can save 30% on your first month with coupon code “PRETEND“!
Okay, let’s see what’s inside the March 2016 My Pretend Place Dress Up Box!
The big white My Pretend Place box!
The box included a letter to your child from “Doctor Ellie Fant”, who explains what a veterinarian does and how they help sick or injured animals.
Melissa & Doug Veterinarian Role Play Costume Set – What an adorable set! Melissa & Doug role play costumes are always nicely done, but I was surprised to see so many cool accessories included. This vet set came with a jacket, doctor’s mask, cap, thermometer, stethoscope with sound effects, bandage, syringe, plush puppy, and a reusable name tag.
The battery-operated stethoscope was definitely the most coveted item from the set and the girls loved using it to hear the “puppy’s” heartbeat.
Even the back of the jacket was cute!
Dr. Chloe looks very concerned about that poor puppy’s heartbeat. Aww.
Let’s Meet a Veterinarian by Gina Bellisario – A whimsically illustrated book that teaches kids all about veterinarians — the kinds of tools they use and procedures they perform to care for sick animals.
Veterinarian Bag Project – With so many tools and instruments to carry around, it helps to have a doctor’s tote. The box included a white tote bag, an ink pad, 2 stamps, and a crayon for your little one to personalize it as they wish.
I drew the kitty, they added the nose. 😉
Vet Clipboard Project – To help little vets keep track of which animals have gotten their checkups, My Pretend Place included a cute clipboard project. It came with a chalkboard sheet, glue, clipboard, felt stickers, and chalk.
Spreading the glue before applying the chalkboard sheet.
Making sure the last sticker is securely stuck.
X-Rays – Also included were photos and corresponding (authentic-looking) x-rays of both a rabbit and a snake. Very cool!
Some vet-inspired foam stickers, a My Pretend Place magnet, and a plastic handle were included to decorate the shipping box for use as a storage/dress-up trunk.
I say it every month, but I love that they now let you choose your theme for each My Pretend Place Dress Up Box. The veterinarian set was adorable and my girls play with the instruments daily. (I’ve been getting a LOT of “shots” lately. 😉 ) I wasn’t able to come up with a total value this time, since the box included projects as well as retail items. Regardless of the monetary value, my girls had a lot of fun with this box, so I’d say it’s well worth it. — And don’t forget that you also receive additional shipments of supplemental materials for month 2 and 3 for FREE. So the value is definitely there when you consider everything you receive over the 3 months.
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
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.