ToucanBox is a children’s subscription box that encourages crafting, creativity, and learning in kids ages 3 through 8.
Each box will contain materials and easy-to-follow instructions for hands-on creative play/crafts, as well as stickers and a STEAM-inspired kid’s magazine/activity book. All of the activities are designed by educational experts who use Montessori-inspired learning to help develop key skills. The boxes themselves will be personally addressed to your child, making each delivery a little more magical.
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Let’s see what’s in our July 2019 ToucanBox!
Everything was shipped in a small blue & white box with fun graphics and my name (normally would be your child’s name) on the front.
A peek inside!
A note on the inner flap welcomed me to toucanBox and encouraged me to share my finished projects on their social media pages for a chance to win a prize.
Project #1: Racing Jellyfish
Our first activity involved constructing two jellyfish and having them partake in a race. Materials included jellyfish templates, yellow ribbon, blue ribbon, white stickers, plastic beads, googly eyes, straws, dot stickers, and suction cups.
Full, easy to follow instructions were included in the booklet above. The only additional supply we needed was a pair of scissors.
The first step was to decorate the jellyfish templates using the yellow & orange dot stickers.
Next, we added googly eyes.
We then had to flip the templates over and use the white stickers to tape the provided straws over the two diagonal guidelines as shown.
We also had to use the white stickers to wrap around the ends of the yellow ribbon (which we cut into two pieces — one for each jellyfish).
The ends of the ribbon were then thread through both straws on the back and secured with two plastic beads on each side.
The final step was to cut the blue ribbon into 8 equal pieces and thread them through the 4 holes on the bottom of each jellyfish (mainly for decorative purposes).
Once they were both hung in the window with the provided suction cups, it was time to race!
To make them go, you just had to hold the ends of the yellow ribbon in each hand and tug on alternating sides to have them move up to the top.
It worked surprisingly well and my girls had a lot of fun watching them move up the window. 🙂
Project #2: Nature Bag
The second activity involved making a nature bag to use on scavenger hunts/nature walks throughout the year. Materials included a canvas bag, markers, bleeding tissue paper, a sheet of foil, nature stencils, a paint brush, and bingo cards.
Once again, full, easy to follow instructions were included in the booklet above. The only additional supply we needed was a cup of water.
The first step was to place the foil sheet down on a flat surface (we used the unfolded toucanBox) and begin placing the colored tissue paper sheets on top until the whole sheet was covered.
Once completely covered, we needed to use the paint brush to dab on water until the entire surface was wet.
We then had to carefully lay the canvas bag on top of the wet tissue paper and slowly press & smooth down to absorb the color/water.
Here’s how it looked when we peeled it off. — Pretty!
After allowing the bag to dry, we then used the provided markers and stencils to add some decorations.
The girls loved how their new nature bag turned out! Next time we go on an adventure, we’ll be sure to bring it along with the “bingo cards” above for a fun little scavenger hunt. 🙂
Each box also comes with a STEAM-inspired magazine packed with games, activities, experiments, and more.
My carrot-loving kiddo was happy to draw her “favourite toy”. 😉
Mazes are always a big hit around here.
The last element of the box was a sheet of colorful stickers. …Because what kid doesn’t love stickers?
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from toucanBox, but my girls and I were pleasantly surprised by how much hands-on fun they packed into such a tiny box! Both activities were fun for them to complete and came with clear instructions that made each step easy to comprehend. I also appreciated the fact that both of the completed projects could be used over and over again — always a plus! 😀 — Remember, for a limited time, you can get a FREE trial box (just pay $5 shipping) by using this link!
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome