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Do you always wonder how other parents find the time to come up with creative ideas and craft with their kids? Do you have time and enthusiasm, but no creative spark or supplies? BabbaCo by Jessica Kim has come up with the perfect solution to these problems with their monthly Babba Box. Each Babba Box is geared for children ages 3-6, and is packed with fun activities centered around a new theme each month.
We recently had the opportunity to review a Babba Box, and we were so excited to open it and discover that our theme was By the Seashore. We love the beach and nature, so this box was totally perfect for us.
Each box contains 4 components:
CREATE: 2 to 3 projects kids do with their hands. ALL the physical materials included!
EXPLORE: A theme-based product where your child will engage with the world & nature.
STORY TELL: Carefully curated books to stimulate your kids' imaginations.
CONNECT: Interactive learning with prepaid downloads approved by BabbaCo experts.
All the directions and everything you need is included! We also had a snack sample in our box (Apple-2-the-Core dried apples), which were really yummy and perfect to keep in your beach bag. Simon snatched the bag out of my hands and wouldn't give it back until he had eaten them all!
Simon had fun with the crayons and ocean themed coloring sheets while the older boys and I worked on the other projects.
Our EXPLORE project was all about creating a message in a bottle, and Sawyer was quick to grab it up and start writing a special message for me. The project information sheet not only included the basic directions, but it also had a ton of fun facts about sailors and how messages in bottles came to be.
He read me my special note, "Mom, I love you. You are special to me." and then rolled it up and put it in the bottle. After awhile he told me that I might want to keep the note somewhere dry for a little bit while he tried another experiment...
...and he created a beach-in-a-bottle for our nature shelf. After awhile it got turned back into a message-in-a-bottle, and they've been having a lot of fun putting silly notes for each other in it.
Our first CREATE project was to make our own Sea Turtle Race Game. Sutton couldn't wait to do this one! We added colored stickers to the game board and to the wooden game pieces and then took turns rolling a colored die to see which colored turtle got to move ahead one space. The first turtle to reach the end won the race (and I loved that the game was one in which we all worked together instead of competing against each other for a change!).
Our other CREATE project was a wooden seashell picture frame. First we played a sorting game and arranged our shells by different type on the included sorting sheet. I asked the boys if they wanted to paint or color their frames, but they both decided that they liked the wood color "because it looks sandy-ish." Next we used the included glue to attach the shells on to the frame - Sawyer was very meticulous with his shell spacing while Sutton was much more free-form with his design. The rectangular frame is the one that came with the kit, and I added the heart frame and a few more shells from our stash so that both of my big boys could complete their own version of the project.
Now we just need to add photos from our last beach trip!
Everyone agreed that our STORY TELL book was a great one! Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown (author of Goodnight Moon) is a sweet book about a curious cat's adventures at the beach and his funny encounters with a few seaside creatures. I love that each Babba Box comes with a book to add to your library! We've already read this one a few times, and I'm sure that it will stay in our current bedtime rotation for quite awhile.
I was truly impressed with the quality of the items in our Babba Box, and I was glad that all of the activities were so well received by all of my children. The age level was completely appropriate for my 5 & 6-year-olds to complete with minimal assistance, and even my almost-2-year-old was able to lend a hand with my help. For only $29.99 per month (and even less if you pre-purchase a year-long subscription) the Babba Box is an ideal solution for busy parents who want to sit down and create, explore and story tell with their children. BabbaCo does all the prep work for you - from coming up with the themes and ideas to gathering supplies - to truly make a simple and fun experience that you can share with your child.
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