BabbaBox: The Boredom Buster

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday 43

As you probably remember, I teach preschool.  Since I only have two kids on Mondays, it can be difficult to find activities for them that they'll both like without throwing so many things at them that it's overwhelming.

Enter BabbaBox

BabbaBox is a monthly subscription box full of all sorts of enriching, educational activities that are so fun, kids won't even realize they're learning! And the best part? All the materials for the activities are in the box! Simplicity at its best.

Each BabbaBox has a different theme, and contains activities centered around four ideas: Create, Explore, Story Tell, and Connect.  This month, the theme was Sun, Moon, and Stars, which was awesome, because space is the classroom theme!

I was surprised by how much was in the box.

I loved that there was a letter about the theme on the inner lid of the box, and the presentation was simple, clean, and attractive. As soon as I pulled back the tissue paper, I saw just how much had been included.  And not only were the activities for the kids in there, but there was also a cute starfish winestopper for me! I thought that was a very thoughtful touch.

Here's what was in the box:
  • Create: a papier mache moon nightlight kit
  • Create: a constellation frame kit
  • Explore: a moon phase chart
  • Explore: some cool fold-up binoculars
  • Story Tell: Twinkle, Star of the Week 
  • Connect: free digital content downloads -- learn to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on a digital piano, and a planet finder to locate planets and stars in the sky.
 I knew immediately that I wanted to start with the constellation frame, because N and M are three, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE stickers! N had to leave early, so M did it alone. And she LOVED it. She used almost every star sticker there was! The frame uses special sunprint paper, that leaves the covered areas lighter after you leave it in the sun and soak it in water (plus, it came with a pretty sturdy little frame -- all you had to do was slide the paper in when you were done!).

 Unfortunately, we weren't able to finish, because the sun went away, and it's been pretty dreary :(

To make up for it, today we made the papier mache moon nightlight, and they loved it! M especially loves art and loves to get her hands dirty, so this was right up her alley!  M and N set to tearing the paper while I mixed up the papier mache paste. This is a great project for little hands, because all that tearing builds those fine motor skills!
See? It had everything we needed, right down to a popsicle stick to mix the paste!

They loved it! They were so excited about their moons that they couldn't wait for them to dry; they wanted to take them home NOW! I love when they get that excited! The nightlights are lit by an included battery-powered votive (I brought an extra from home since I had two kids). 

And the book, Twinkle, Star of the Week? SO. FREAKING. CUTE.!!!! It's a welcome addition to our classroom library.

M and N also really enjoyed the included space-related coloring pages and, of course, the binoculars!

M figuring out how to use the binoculars :)
BabbaBox definitely put some smiles on our faces!

BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money & mindspace.

Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book +digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? BabbaBox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.

Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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