I had been hearing a lot about BabbaBox from many bloggers that I know, and so I was thrilled to get a chance to try out BabbaBox with my seven year old daughter (although she is just above the target market of the boxes). I knew it would be right up her alley, as she loves the chance to get hands on with activities, as well as to work on art projects.
A monthly subscription box for kids ages 3-6, delivered to your door filled with projects, activities, books, digital downloads and online content! It’s a theme-based box with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids!
Seriously – how fun does that sound, right?
Except, of course, many of us have had experiences with things of a similar nature that you spend the money on, receive, and then are sorely disappointed. So, I can understand if you’re hesitant about the concept. I have to admit, I was hesitant too. Since I was receiving the kit at no cost, I knew that it was worth a shot though. (This is also the luxury that one of you will have, as we’re going to be giving away one BabbaBox at the end of this post!)
Our BabbaBox Arrives
As soon as the BabbaBox arrived, we peeked at it, even though we weren’t quite ready to actually do the activities. It was then that my fears about it were calmed. This was a really cool set of items! Molly was thrilled and couldn’t quit asking, “When are we going to do the BabbaBox?” This was heightened by the fact that I grabbed out my iPhone, scanned the QR code about the month’s theme, and we got a video preview of all of the activities that awaited us. (There was also a written URL, so don’t worry if you don’t have a way to scan QR codes.)
(Oh, and yes, my daughter really did reference it by name. The name instantly stuck in her head.)
The themed box that we received was called “The Way I Feel,” and dealt with emotions. Inside our box, just like with each BabbaBox, there were activities for their four areas: Create, Explore, Story Tell, and Connect. I also liked that each activity included a QR code (as well as the link in written form) that would take you to even more activity ideas.
The activities that came with our box (not including other extra activities that you can go online and find on their site):
- We colored Feelings Faces that we made into magnets, along with an “I Feel…” frame to use them all on our refrigerator (in order to help with expression of feelings)
- Made a set of sock puppets and did a little acting out of emotions. (This also moved into the sock puppets eating all objects in sight. Yes, it did get quite silly.)
- Used spy glasses to seek out emotions that people around the house were showing and recorded them with feeling stickers in a journal.
- Molly read a storybook aloud (which was included) and we discussed ways to help other people and the emotions that different people may feel.
(The box also included free apps that we could get through the BabbaCo website.)
What I Loved About the BabbaBox
Not only were they really great activities, but I never had to go searching for anything to complete the activities. Every single thing we needed was in the box. I mean it — everything. I just needed to supply the kid.
The box included the activities, of course, but also things like scissors, glue (and not a knock off brand, either), magnetic tape, colored pencils, and more. We even used one of the bags that held ones of our activities as a trash bag. It was truly wonderful.
What My Daughter Loved about the BabbaBox
I asked her some questions while I was writing this review:
Mom: Did you like the BabbaBox?
Molly: Oh yeah, I really liked it. (pause) A lot!
Mom: Would you recommend it to other people?
Molly: Yeah, I think other people would like it a lot too.
Mom: What was your favorite part of the BabbaBox?
Molly: Making the sock puppets! I love to make things.
I think this would make a great gift for someone (even if it was just for one month). I also think it would be a fabulous addition to a homeschool preschool program. With all of the activities it comes with and extra activities available, it could be a fun unit study each month.
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We received our BabbaBox at no cost to use with my daughter. We also were able to pick a giveaway winner to receive one at no cost to us. BabbaCo currently has advertising running on The Homeschool Classroom. However, all opinions are our own. We were not asked to write about any specific thing in our post – just our honest opinions. Special thanks to my daughter for her participation and opinions. (Disclosure Policy)