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“!
Let’s see what’s in the Think Outside Junior “Resourceful” 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.
Animal Sewing Kits
This month’s package included supplies to make three different animals — a beaver, a hedgehog, and a fox — as well as a mountain. Materials included pre-cut felt shapes & self-adhesive sticker details, stuffing, embroidery thread, a pair of scissors, and a needle. A 2-sided information sheet provided full step-by-step instructions for each animal/object. Unfortunately, the plastic needle included in the kit was way too large to fit the tiny holes in the felt shapes. Bummer!!
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 sewing-themed card and another about beavers. A beaver 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!
A 2-sided card included fun facts about beavers, a tool matching game, 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 a house out of cardboard boxes, make a puppet show, bake cookies, collect pinecones and paint them, donate old toys, and more. The reverse side featured a “Calendar of Fun” to fill in with fun family activities.
While the theme for this month’s Think Outside Junior shipment was fun, I have to admit I was a little surprised to find that the main activity was missing the proper supplies (an appropriately sized needle). Maybe that was done intentionally to encourage us to be more resourceful by tracking down a better needle? 😉 — Remember, for a limited time you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “ROSEBUDS“!