Price: £3.95 + 98p shipping for a Petite box, £9.95 + £2.95 shipping for a Grande box, £16.95 + £2.95 shipping for a Super box.
Age Range: Ages 3-8
Manufacturer’s Description: Quality Time. Delivered. All the materials you need to explore, learn, create and play.
Petite boxes contain one project and are shipped every fortnight. Grande boxes contain two themed projects and a reading book, and are shipped once a month. Super boxes contain four themed projects and are also delivered once a month.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: toucanBox sell subscription boxes for children, containing craft projects. Each box is a different theme and you can get an idea of the sort of things they send out by browsing past boxes that are available to buy as one-off purchases here on their site. You can also purchase set-length subscriptions for a discount at the shop.
We received an Under the Sea themed Super box from toucanBox to review, containing four craft projects; Jellyfish, Crawly Crab, Submarine & Coral Reef Painting. The delivery box is really colourful and attractive, containing four smaller boxes with the projects in, and various other bits.
Every toucanBox comes with a picture book that fits the theme, some collectible stickers, and a what we are learning/explore more sheet. We got “Titch the Tiddler” in ours which Georgie and Lydia have both been enjoying.
Our first project was the Crawly Crab box. Georgie had a lot of fun with this but did find it a little bit tricky to do on her own. I had to wrap the polystyrene in the wax sticks but Georgie was able to stab the pipe cleaner legs in, and stick the eyes on herself.
Next up was the Coral Reef Painting project. This was really easy for Georgie to do herself which is great; the only thing I did was the cutting out of the sand and the fish sponge stamper, as she isn’t yet confident using scissors.
Georgie really enjoyed the different aspects of this project; she had to do stamp painting, paper scrunching, gluing & use stickers to create her underwater scene. We had conversations about the different sea animals as she stuck them down, as well.
Our third project was the Submarine box which actually took us a few days as we had to leave things to dry overnight. Although a 3 year old isn’t too good at the idea of waiting for things to dry overnight, needing a bit of patience for things sometimes is a valuable lesson!
Georgie had loads of fun with this project although some of the construction was a little but tricky for her. She had loads of fun painting the balls and cardboard tubes, and really enjoyed sticking all the bits of paper onto our submarine. I did all of the cutting out of the bits and I would definitely recommend for parents to do these sorts of bits first if your child is too young to cut out templates.
We had a little bit of trouble getting our submarine to stay together (Georgie was a little heavy handed putting it together!) put once lavish amounts of glue was added and dried it seemed ok, and Georgie is very pleased with it.
Our final project was the Jellyfish, which Georgie did with her Daddy. Threading all of the ribbon was a little bit tricky for Georgie so she lost interest in doing that – I think James may have been responsible for a lot of the ribbon work! Georgie definitely enjoyed decorating her Jellyfish with stickers and giving it eyes though, and she enjoyed racing them with me.
We’ve stuck up our Jellyfish in the front window and have had people comment on them & compliment them – they look quite attractive as you approach the house!
Overall we have been quite pleased with the toucanBox. Georgie definitely enjoyed herself but to be honest I think she was a little young still to get the most out of it; I would probably prefer to go on pinterest and find more age-appropriate crafting for now. Saying that, I could see this being perfect for her in just 6 months – a years time when she is that little bit more advanced.
You get everything you need (except for scissors) in your box, so you don’t have to worry about having a stash of craft materials and art equipment to make something. Our largeish kids crafting stash got ruined when we moved house so we have a woefully low stock of crafting stuff for the kids, so this was great for us. The materials included were pretty good quality and the paper quality everything was printed on was great.
The price seems pretty fair for what you get, when you consider the effort it saves you in finding projects to do and finding all the materials etc for each project yourself. You can get similar craft kits between around £3 – £8 in the supermarkets; toucanBox gives you a bigger range of projects than these at just under £5 per project for the Super box, and you get the picture book too, with both Grande and Super boxes. I think the price has actually dropped since they started the product
We give the toucanBox 4 stars. I don’t think we’d subscribe right now just because she is still a little young to get the most out of it, but I would consider getting Georgie some boxes from the shop as a treat occasionally. I can see these being perfect so busy working parents who just want to spend their free time having fun with their kids, without having to “waste” time sourcing everything they’d need first.
If you want to try out toucanBox, you can get a FREE petite taster box using the code MAMAGEEK – just redeem it here.
Just to add, toucanBox share loads of free craft ideas & printables on their blog, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on that!