Most of you will know of my love for finding things that are a little bit different from the norm.
I’m so excited to share with you the wonder that is the Weekend Box.
Aimed at 3-6 year olds, the Weekend Box is delivered straight through your letter box and contains 4 different activities all linked to a specific theme. Harley was beyond excited when this cute little package arrived for him on the doormat.
Our Weekend Box had an Aztec theme. Harley is a little young to understand who the Aztecs were or to appreciate the cleverly selected activities that enhance learning (that was just for my benefit) but he thrived on completing each of the tasks. For each Activity, the Weekend Box contains instruction cards and the resources needed.
The first activity that caught Harley’s eye were the Aztec Pattern Prints. Included with this set was coloured paper, string, a paint brush and some powder paint:
Harley had lots of sticky fun, gluing down the string to make his pattern. He loved painting the string and then pressing it down onto the coloured paper. I wish I had added slightly less water to the powder paint as it was a little too thin but he really enjoyed it.
The second activity was the Aztec Mosaic Coaster. Included with the activity card was 2 sheets of foam and 2 pieces of card. Harley described how he wanted his mosaic to look like and it was helpful to have some design inspiration ideas on the card provided.
I helped him cut out the foam pieces but other than that, he glued all the pieces and placed them where he wanted them.
Ta-dah! Very Aztecy and very mosaicy wouldn’t you say?!
I loved it later that day when I noticed that Harley had put his drink bottle onto his own handmade coaster, next to mine. It really made me smile.
After 2 brilliant success stories, I was hopeful that the final 2 activities would build such enthusiasm. When Harley saw that it was to make your own Aztec Hot Chocolate, his little eyes nearly popped out! Included with this activity was a Spice Mix and a Sweet Mix of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and light Muscovado sugar. We did need to add our own dark and milk chocolate and vanilla essence.
Really simple to make and only needing help with the boiling water, Harley loved breaking up the chocolate, tasting it as all good chefs do and watching it melt. He loved adding in the spice mix, the smell really excited him.
Here is my rich Aztec Emperor enjoying his chocolate drink.
The final activity in the box was the Aztec Parrots. All we needed to find were the empty toilet rolls as we were provided with 2 packets of poster paints, feathers, googly eyes and coloured card. I learnt my lesson from the first time I added water to the paint and the consistency of the paint made it much easier to apply this time.
Once the paint on the tubes had dried, we had fun adding the eyes, beak and feathers to create our parrots.
I can honestly say I speak for Harley when I say that he thoroughly enjoyed receiving and completing his Weekend Box. I am by no means a crafty mum; I wish I was. Harley has never been one who would sit still long enough to paint a picture or make a model out of playdough, but the Weekend Box held his attention and captured his imagination. After each activity, a sticker can be added to the card to show that it has been completed and Harley loved adding his ‘superstar’ or ‘champion’ stickers to his cards.
Not only are the activities fun to do, the educational aspect is just as valuable. Each activity card provides facts relating to the theme and the specific task; learning as you go.
More than anything, I loved the fact that it enabled me to simply sit down with him amidst a world of running races, footballs and forward rolls and just enjoy working together.
Weekend Boxes are usually £7.50 but if you would like to receive one for free, simply add my special promo code here.
I would love to hear what you get in your Weekend Box and what fun activities you got up to.
Thank you Weekend Box, you’ve made my little boy see that crafts can be fun and thank you for giving us that precious time together.
Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a Weekend Box free of charge for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.
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