Think Outside Junior is a monthly subscription box that focuses on the What & Why questions of nature — making it fun for kids to get outside and explore.
Designed for kids ages 4 to 7, Think Outside Junior boxes are developed alongside teachers to help get kids excited about the outdoors while learning new things. Each subscription starts with an Intro kit, followed by 24 months of themed packages to help little explorers answer some of nature’s biggest questions. The first box (starter box) will feature a collection of items to get them started on their outdoor exploration journey including a canvas satchel, walkie-talkie set, explorer pass, bingo game, activity book, and more. Future shipments will explore a different question related to the outdoors, such as: What’s a mammal? or Why do stars only shine at night?. Materials will include:
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- 16-page booklet with education, activities, and stories
- Toys & gear to practice new skills
- Postcard with fun facts & more activities
- A new outdoor bingo card
- Activity checklist for the month
- Outdoor badge to add to your explorer pass
Subscriptions are $39.95 for the intro box, then $29.95 month going forward. Discounts are available on multi-month plans and shipping is free within the US. — For a limited time, you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “ROSEBUDS“!
(Note: The original Think Outside box is also available and is designed for kids ages 7-16+. See my intro box review here.)
Let’s see what’s in the Think Outside Junior “Knots” box!
Everything was shipped in a small brown envelope with outdoors-themed graphics.
A full color, 16-page booklet included lots of fun outdoor-based games, activities, challenges, and more. It also provided a list of all the items we’d find in this shipment and tips for using them.
Felt Shoes with Laces
This month’s package included a pair of felt “shoes” with attached flaps to lace up and practice tying. A helpful guide was also included that provided step-by-step illustrated instructions for tying a proper knot.
A thick green rope was included to help practice making the different types of knots that were highlighted in the activity booklet. It can also be used to make a jump rope, practice walking a straight line, have a game of tug o’ war, and more.
Flash Cards and Explorer Badge
Each box will include new theme-based flash cards that can be clipped onto the metal ring from the starter box. The cards are made of thin plastic to withstand the weather and include fun facts about the outdoors/nature. This month’s cards featured a “knots”-themed card and another about octopuses. A “knots”/octopus explorer badge was also provided to place inside your explorer pass (included in the starter box as well).
Outdoor Bingo Cards
It’s a scavenger hunt and bingo game in one! The laminated bingo boards above are printed with images (and text on the reverse side) of common items/creatures you may find outdoors. Each time you encounter an “item”, you can cross it out using the dry erase crayons provided in the starter box. The first one to get 4 in a row is the winner!
Fun Fact Postcard
A 2-sided card included fun facts about the red knot bird, a rope game, ideas for using your new rope, and a postcard to mail to friends.
The final item was a checklist of ideas for fun things you can do before your next box arrives. Ideas include: build an igloo or fort outside, count how many stars you see, give a hug to someone you love, draw a picture of your home, help with making dinner, and more. The reverse side featured a “Calendar of Fun” to fill in with fun family activities.
Knot tying is a simple, yet sometimes overlooked skill so it was nice to see it highlighted in this month’s Think Outside Junior shipment. The activity book provided lots of helpful information and fun facts to encourage kiddos to get knotting 😉 — Remember, for a limited time you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “ROSEBUDS“!
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