I’m not a crafty mum. You won’t find oodles of amazing tutorials on crafts here. I write mostly about practical things, hints, tips, advice, family travel and more. If I try to create a craft, my version usually ends up looking worse than the toddlers. So when we were forced inside this year and I wanted to keep my three year old entertained and educated in a similar way to nursery, crafting seemed ideal. This is where the craft subscription box ToucanBox comes in.
I researched craft subscription boxes with crafts suitable for younger children and decided to try out ToucanBox for a variety of reasons. I liked the look of the crafts which are both educational and fun, it was tailored for children 3-8 years old (William just turned three), it comes with extra activities, stickers and a magazine and it was in the right price range for me at £8.95 + P&P (you can get 50% off your first box by clicking here.) If you decide you really like it, you can save money by paying upfront and get it as low as £5.95 + P&P. After my first box arrived I paid for the year as it works out as £71.40 + P&P instead of £107.50 + P&P so it is quite a big saving, but try out the first box at half price first and see how your kids like it.
In each month’s box you get two sets of crafting activities, complete with easy to follow instructions (even for someone terrible at crafting like me) and all of the things you’ll need to use. That means no browsing Pinterest endlessly looking for children’s craft ideas and then having to buy loads of different crafting stuff. There’s absolutely no stress and you use all of the materials so there’s very little to clear up at the end of it.
In the first box you get to choose two crafts which are themed and age rated out of a selection of six. This selection changes each month. The next month you’ll be automatically billed (cancellable online) and receive a box with two different crafts in. For our first box we chose a bee craft and a crocodile craft.
As William has just turned three, this was definitely a heavy parent participation project but he thoroughly enjoyed getting hands on and creating it together, as well as playing with the crafts afterwards. We took our bee house, wax bee and crocodile out into the garden and got an extra hour of play out of them which is way better than we usually do with crafts. I think these would be interesting and educational right up to the upper age limit of 8 years old.
Of course nothing is perfect. The downside is if you happen to be a crafty person, you can get a wide range of crafting ideas on blogs, websites and social media. If you’re willing to shop around and build up a craft box of materials you could save money by buying packs of crafting materials and using them for multiple crafts. If you have more than one to two children, I imagine a subscription box would also work out quite expensive. A craft subscription box has value from convenience so it’s down to each family to decide whether it’s worth it for them.
For parents like me, who are looking for a stress and hassle free, easy to follow crafting box without spending a lot of time researching or purchasing, ToucanBox is perfect. It’s about making life easy – and I’m all about that!
If you like the idea of ToucanBox, you can get 50% off your first ToucanBox by using my referral code (applied when clicking the links to ToucanBox in this review, or manually applied with code christy-i21p). This gets me 50% off my next box too. Once you’re signed up, you’ll get your own code and can pass that on to your family and friends to get future discounts. It’s not a blogger thing, it’s open to everyone automatically, which I think is a really nice thing for ToucanBox to offer.