Review- Mud and Bloom January box
Forest school, walks in the woods, bike rides and camping are all ways we like to spend time together, so when the opportunity came of reviewing a box from Mud and Bloom, we leapt at the chance!
Mud and Bloom are a small business promoting family activities around gardening and the great outdoors. We’ve found that outdoor activities are also a great way of promoting literacy in the Early Years, too. Here is what we got up to with the box:
The box came through the letter box, so there is no problem with needing to be around to take in a parcel. When we opened it, the first thing I spotted was how good the cards inside were; you can tell by the quality of the tasks themselves that they have been designed by teachers. The design is also attractive, and the kids were keen to get to work on them! The kit also contains some items which make putting together the activity much easier, such as seeds, fabric, tooth picks, glue, etc.
The first activity we tried was the sprouting seeds, these were all in the box ready to go, so we got cracking with a jam jar from our recycling box, right away. The seeds only took a few days to come up and we had a great, quick result with them.
We also joined in with the birdwatching task- this was great fun and we took the cards out to the local park, river and finally in our own garden, where we watched blue tits feeding from the peanut wreath we made before Christmas. The card was a lovely way to tick off the birds we saw and keep a little record, as well as helping us to recognise them and match them with the right names. Little is just starting to learn his letters now, so it was great to combine ‘r for robin’ and ‘b for blue tit’ conversations with the bird-spotting itself.
We have started with the avocado tree, the activity card says that these may take a few weeks, so have put them in the window and are keeping a beady eye on progress, I will update everyone on Instagram when we start to see some shoots!
There was a cool quiz, which Big (aged 6) loved working out the answers to. We also made the twig boat and have plans to set sail in a local stream very soon. We really enjoyed this box; it is a great way to encourage kids and adults to get outside together, learning about nature and having important learning conversations- I would recommend it.
If you are interested in subscribing to a Mud and Bloom box, the coupon code RABBIT50 will give you 50% off the first box; it is valid until 31st January!
Disclaimer: I received the January subscription box from Mud and Bloom for free in return for a review. All comments above are my own and an honest reflection of how we found it.