Last week Clever Bees Club sent us one of their monthly boxes to review AND they have given me a 3 month subscription worth almost £60 to give away to one of my lucky readers as well!
The boxes focus on fun, developmental products and activities for 3-7 year olds to help aid the child’s key development areas. Arlo is 4.5 years old (the half is VERY important you know) and we felt the box was appropriately pitched.
The box we were sent had a water theme, which is great as my kids love water! Arlo was super excited to open it as you can see for yourself in our weekly family vlog below:
Our box inlcuded: a foam water shooter, swimming googles, a flannel, a toothbrush, water balloons, bubbles, crayons, bath crayons, a reading book, a sticker book, a dot to dot book, a water facts and fun sheet, a recipe sheet with 2 recipes, a reward chart and stickers, a subscriber competition sheet, a water fun sheet.
As a parent, my personal favourite was the water fun sheet that was full of help and ideas for fun with the items, such as ‘Foam water squirter: This is the perfect toy for target practice! Get some plastic cups and line them up to knock down with the water! Great for improving hand eye coordination’. It had a few suggestions that I might not have thought of myself and as a busy mam I found this helpful.
We got the box a week ago and still haven’t gotten through playing with all the items yet. The bubbles went pretty quickly though as they often do!
My one complaint of the box is (as you can see in our vlog above) they use shredded coloured paper for packing, which looks great and is fun but it gets everywhere. I was finding the stuff for days and it sticks to all the items which is annoying. Hopefully they will switch to more ‘parent friendly’ packaging soon! I also think the outer box could be more attractive to children, currently its just really a plain white box, I’d like it to be a bit jazzier with the kid’s name bigger on it.
I think the box was pretty good value for money. One month costs £19.95 on a one month rolling subscription, or £18.98 on a 3 month prepay. I did a quick totting up and reckon you could have bought the items yourself for around £18 give or take, not including the reward sheet and stickers and activity sheets which I think were sound additions to the box. Then obviously there is the surprise that your kid gets from the box coming one day with their name on it and their excitement in opening it which makes it worthwhile.
I liked that Arlo could play with lots of the items by himself. With a 16 month old who is still nursing and napping on me, its helpful for me to have activities that Arlo can do on his own, with minimal assistance. There was clearly developmental consideration to the items which I liked. The box as a whole had been well thought through. We’ve tried a few of these types of boxes now and Clever Bees Club has by far been our favourite. I think the activities will keep us going throughout the month and I will get another one again. If money was no object I’d definitely sign up to these monthly but as funds are tight right now I think we will just do them as and when we can for the time being.
Scores on the Doors:
- Value 8/10
- Fun 9/10
- Longevity 7/10
- Independent play 7/10
- Developmental activities 7/10
- Age appropriateness 7/10
Overall score 8/10
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