Let us talk Craft Subscription Boxes. Gone are the days of magazine subscriptons, they are so last decade. I mean who realistically has time to sit and read a magazine when you have young kids anyway that’s want I want to know. And if you do, tell me your secrets! BUT, something new has started to enter the atmosphere. They are craft subscription boxes specifically designed to entertain children and are great tools to spend time with them while doing something you didn’t have to think about putting together. Great right? Minimum effort and maximum reward! They are for the most part, completely self contained and shoot through your letter box at varying times of the month. Some brands you get fortnightly, some monthly and some you can choose longer periods of time between each box.
With days getting shorter by the day, rain coming more often chills filling the air, Autumn is chasing at our heels and before we know it Winter even will be upon us. If you Little Feet are at school then perhaps having something waiting for the weekend will take the edge off of having to plan for every weekend. Cozy weekends indoors with pyjamas and crafts sound good to me. These days the theme for subscription boxes are pretty endless. There are craft ones, science ones, gardening ones, baking ones, art ones, book ones, language ones, you name it. Everyone has jumped on the band wagon and we aren’t hating it. It is a smart idea and people are jumping aboard that wagon in subscribing.
Today we will be reviewing 5 of the best Craft Subscription boxes in the UK at the moment. They are often in tune with school curriculums and are full to the brim with STEAM content. This is not be an exhaustive list, we have not tried all of them, only 3 out of 5. Two of the three we have managed to get you guys discounts for!
In time, we will be reviewing book subscription boxes too as, as you all know we are a family that has equal love of books as to arts and crafts.
5 Craft subscription boxes
3-8 years old
£8.95, free delivery
Every fortnight or monthly and can cancel at any time.
A personalised box with a loyalty chart with monthly stickers, colouring activities, comic strips to complete, something to make, bake and explore. Each activity has everything you need inside.
Business Builder Boxes that include - everything you need to start your own business, making products, finance games, sales tips and more
An example of the activities in a box.
After trying a few boxes, the Weekend Box Club is one of our favourites, every box is spot on and Little Feet A (4 yrs) has been enthralled and so excited whenever it comes through the door. The activities can easily fill a weekend and we come back to it a number of times through each weekend. Definitely suited to a 4 year old + with no difficulty. Each activity is slightly different which means they are well varied for every child’s personality. Everything in these boxes are recyclable, every part of them considered. Each of the activities packaging is utilised in each of the crafts where possible too. They are also seasonal when they can be which is always a bonus as well.
If you are interested in trialing this box, if you follow the link below through you will get a special £1 price for your first box to allow you to get a feel for them and see whether your Little Feet might be interested.
2. Toucan Box
3-8 years old.
£7.95 + £2 delivery
At some times of the year they advertise sending out a free box with every first time sign up.
Monthly. Charged on a month to month basis. Can cancel at any time. Option of adding a sibling on to your order too.
What is inside:
Crafts, an interactive magazine, stickers and a personalised box.
Toucan Boxes were the first craft subscription we tried and it was really exciting it popping through the door. We spent a good 45 minutes doing some of the activities and Little Feet A (4 years old) really enjoying doing it. It was a little disappointment however that one of the included crafts fell apart within an hour. HOWEVER, the next box that came through the door the next month completely redeemed itself. It was dinosaur themed, in itself a win, but the content was EXCELLENT. The craft was fantastic, the magazine excellent with interactive stickers and maths sequences that Little Feet A really enjoyed working out. The recipe included, though it didn’t include any of the ingredients, it was easy to make with Little Feet A and both of them wolfed it down for a few days afterwards. Again another excellent craft box with a lot of thought and effort put into it.
3. Mud & Bloom
Delivered at the beginning of each month.
Four seasonal activities: gardening and nature crafts. Also included are instructions, nature news and a quiz for teaching Little Feet about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. Activities have been created by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education. BONUS if you ask me!
You guys. I cannot recommend this box enough. The lovely owner Anja, sent us a box to trial for this post and we totally fell in love with the concept and everything included. It is professional looking and well packaged. The instruction notes are made to keep, they are printed on good quality paper. File them away and you can come back to the again and again every year. The activities are so easy to follow and everything is either included, something you already have at home or available outdoors in nature.
Since having my own Little Feet and seeing the light and excitement in their eyes and faces when we are outdoors exploring, learning new things about the world we live in, it has opened me up to the limitless options of nature crafts. It is no secret that we love doing crafts with nature, all you have to do is look at our feed of blog posts. To learn about the Earth, how to care for it, how to grow things and keeping your eyes open to see the world around you is good for the soul. Not just for Little but Big Feet too. Apart from it giving us free craft materials, it also helps them think out of the box to create inquisitive and innovative thinkers and creators. Life is busy though, we don’t often have time to come up with these ideas ourselves and that is ok! Mud & Bloom is here to fill that for you, straight to your door.
Use the code RAINBOWTREE at the checkout to receive 15% off. This is valid for a month, starting 3.10.2018, finishing 3.11.2018.
4. Rainy Day Box
3 yrs +
£7.45 postage included, for 6 months monthly
£ 6.95 postage included, for 12 months monthly
-Join the letterbox club with the prices shown above or
-Build Your Own Big Activity Box for £10.99
Reward stickers, a minumum of 3 activities, recycling task, instruction sheet with pictures, prize chart and art brush.
Can’t give a review as such as we are yet to trial a box. From looking at the website it looks like a smaller run business then the previous two boxes.
3-8 years old
£5.95 +98p postage
Can add an additional sibling box for £5.93
Delivered every two weeks.
what’s in it:
All the materials included
Activity book full of colouring, puzzles and games
Free collectable sticker
First box comes with a large wall chart
Badges and certificates throughout your craft journey
These boxes are a collaboration between Mister Maker a BBC children’s show and Toucan box (shown above). Each box is built by educational experts and full of good materials to help with the creations. We have not tried these boxes but their website looks professional and is very clear to follow. As it is a collaboration with the Toucan box it will probably not be too dissimilar to their boxes.