You can practically get everything delivered to your door these days. More and more companies are offering a subscription service to simplify purchases further. If money were no object, I’d love flowers posted through my letterbox every week and meal boxes with perfectly portioned gourmet recipes. However, as a SAHM, trying to stretch just one income as far as possible, most of these are just a luxury I’m not convinced are worth the dough.
Hmmm…I need convincing
So when Gifts for Little Hands offered to send me one of their Learning Club boxes, I was a little sceptical. The craft box subscriptions I’d looked at before looked convenient but again I wasn’t sure how useful they’d be. After all, I have a slight Pinterest addiction and enough craft supplies to stock my own shop.
It’s for us
Our first box arrived and the girls instantly loved that it was addressed to them. We’ve been practising name recogition with the post. However letters and parcels are almost always for either Stu or me.
The boxes have been designed by educational experts to cover all the different early learning areas of development. Unlike similar craft boxes, each of these learning club boxes has a new learning focus with a selection of activities to enjoy with your child.
New friends to meet
One of my favourite aspects of the club is that each month your little one gets introduced to a new learning club friend. Each of the seven character focus on a different area of early development. As parents you know they are then gaining skills across the breadth of the curriculum.
I love to do crafts, but even if it’s really not your thing, each activity comes with clear instructions to guide you. There are suggestions of various ways to use the new resources provided. Just like the meal boxes you can get, consumables like paint and glue come perfectly portioned to avoid waste.
A new area of development each month
The box we receive introduced us to Lucas Lion whose focus is Literacy. Inside there was a key ring with single letters, simple key word and mark making patterns to practise. Whilst I’m not the greatest fan of flash cards, these are great to use with the mini sand tray also provided. I simple couldn’t get it out quick enough and straight away Emily wanted to ‘write’ in the sand with the end of a paintbrush.
Also in the box we received a lovely hardback copy of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Again this was thrust into my hand to read immediately. I love the fact that there was a real mixture of activities and not all crafts. Emily is crafty like Mummy but Jessica gets bored with these kind of tasks much quicker. However Emily’s finished Lucus Lion wooden spoon puppet was popular. It’s a good job Emily is good at sharing.
Taking away the hard work and guess work
Even as an experience primary school teacher, it would take a significant amount of time and effort to sit and plan a range of activities every month that provide focused learning objectives and then resource them. For everyone else, I’d imagine this would be even more impractical. By joining the Learning club, all the hassle is taken away. Each month you know you are doing something that is supporting your child’s learning journey and getting them ready for school.
If you are interested in joining the club, why not take advantage of Gifts for Little Hands current offer. Just enter LC50 to receive 50% off your first box. If you don’t love it, you can cancel at any time.
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This subscription box was provided for me for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.