When I saw that CubbyKit were asking on Twitter for bloggers to review their products, I was very interested. Regular readers of my blog will know that I love to write about the arts and crafts that I get up to with my son, and I thought that the concept of the CubbyKit sounded fantastic. Basically a CubbyKit is a box which arrives monthly in the post addressed to your child and contains three themed and age-appropriate craft activities as well as a selection of other crafty bits and pieces. The themes in the kit are also supplemented by extra activity suggestions on the CubbyKit blog.
We received the CubbyKit which is aimed at children aged 3-4. There is also a box for older children aged 5-6. This month's kit was all about space. Harry was really excited when the box arrived, especially as it was addressed to him, and he couldn't wait to see what was inside. I had to hold him back while I went through to check what was inside and sort out the bits and pieces for each activity. In the order in which we tried them, the three activities were:
3D Rocket Picture
This activity was easily Harry's favourite. Essentially two cardboard rocket templates to decorate and some black paper and glitter to make a suitable background to stick them on to. Plenty of glue and glitter meant that Harry was very happy.
|CubbyKit 3D Rocket Picture|
The kit contained all the ingredients to make your own playdough martians and a few bits to decorate your creation. Harry enjoyed this activity, but I wasn't so sure about it. The ingredients were supplied in containers which had a tendency to leak. The instructions stated to add a cup of water but I added just a little at a time and I felt that you didn't need nearly as much as a cup. I also had to add a lot of extra food colouring to make the dough green, and I thought that there could have been a few more things to decorate the playdough with.
|CubbyKit Mushy Martians|
Harry is only just 3, and I was probably right in thinking that this activity would go way above his head, but that didn't mean that he didn't enjoy it. I think that we were missing the instructions, but it was easy enough to work out. The idea is to join up the numbered stars to outline the constellations, and although I had to do this for him, he was interested to watch me and understood what I was doing. Then we got out the glue again to stick them onto the background and decorate. Harry loved the stickers and the tube of glitter glue, and it looked really good once he'd finished it. I'll be holding on to it for when he's older, and next time we're out at night I'll point out the stars to him and remind him of the chart.
|CubbyKit Constellations Wall Chart|
The kit also included a few extra craft materials. There wasn't a lot, but with the left over glue and glitter you could come up with some new activities or embellish the ones that you've already created.
I think that the concept for the CubbyKit is great. I loved that absolutely everything for the activities was included - even scissors and a glue spreader. Harry enjoyed seeing what was inside the box and trying out some activities which were a lot more educational and structured that some of the things that I do with him. I liked the fact that each month the kit will be based around a different topic, which you can build upon in other activities that you do with your child. I also liked the leaflets to accompany each activity which contained interesting facts and suggestions for other activities, for example relevant websites to visit.
I did feel that for the price the kit could have contained a few more of some of the materials for the activities, for example extra stickers for the pictures or more pipe cleaners for the martians. I also thought that the extra materials provided in addition to the materials for the activities were a bit limited.
A monthly subscription to CubbyKit costs £19.99 per month, or £199.99 for the year, giving you two free boxes.
I received a CubbyKit to review
I received a CubbyKit to review