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Review- Mud and Bloom January box

December 29, 2017Jenny

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.

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Comments (24)

  • Carla@ouramanahsourfutures

    December 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    From reading your review I can’t wait to recieve our first box. Where you able to eat the sprouted seeds?. Since having a new baby I’ve really tried to get into nature more so I’m hoping this will spure me on 🙂

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 31, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Yes we did eat them! They were very nice and it was such a lovely and quick process to show the kids how things grow.

  • Matthew Blythe

    December 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Love these ideas. My babies are too big for these, but 2-year-old god daughter will love them. Will start he young! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Great, so glad you find it useful 🙂

  • Joanna Bayford

    January 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    What a great subscription box idea I’ll definitely have to check it out! Thank you for linking up with #TacticalTuesdays

    1. Jenny

      January 4, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you, Joanna

  • Wendy

    January 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    What a great way to encourage children to spend time outdoors with the family. This is a great idea for a subscription box, perfect for a little budding gardener xx #blogcrush

    1. Jenny

      January 4, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Wendy!

  • Jemma

    January 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    oooh this looks a lovely idea for kids presents! #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      January 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, it would make a great present for children. 🙂

  • Annabel

    January 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    What an interesting business idea. There’s some really good ideas in that box. I think I’ll have to follow you on Instagram to see what happens to the avocado! #adventurecalling

    1. Jenny

      January 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      It was a great box to unpack and learn with together! Yes, I’d love to connect on instagram- the avocados are starting to sprout- I’ll pop a photo on there as soon as we get proper shoots emerging!

  • Helena

    January 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    This sounds like a great subscription package. #bloggerpinparty

  • Laura Hoverd

    January 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Ah these sound great! Always good to have new ideas! x #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny

      January 13, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you!

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    January 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Really love this idea – what great activities to do and the box looks really good… I am very tempted as I know my lot would really go for this! #thesatsesh xx

  • LAuren -The Helpful Hiker

    January 15, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I love this idea! We’re hopefully moving to a bigger house and will have a garden so I’m really looking forward to getting into gardening with Finn. Also hoping to spot some birds, might have to borrow some of your ideas when we finally have space to do activities. Thank you for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

  • Susan Mann

    January 16, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    These are fantastic. What a fab idea. Will give these a go with the kids xx #makeitlinky

  • David – Potty Adventures

    January 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    This activity box for kids sounds great. I love the idea of the avocado tree, our eldest, who is 4, loves watching thing grow and develop so he’d love this. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling . I hope you can tomorrow when it opens again.

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds’ adventures

    January 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    We’ve been testing these boxes out too. We love them too. Looks like you had lots of fun. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      January 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Great, they have been fun, I agree!

  • Sarah

    February 3, 2018 at 12:54 am

    OHHH! This box looks fantastic! I am definitely going to have a look at them! #MakeItLinky

  • Meals and Makes

    March 3, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    It looks like the box is lots of fun. It’s great for kids to see how plants grow first hand, and get them enjoying the the great outdoors. #MakeItLinky

    1. Jenny

      March 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Yes, it is a great subscription, we were more than happy to do a review! Thank you for reading. 🙂

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