”Inspiring your kids to connect with the outdoors, Mud & Bloom delivers fun and educational nature and gardening activities through your letter box each month” I was so happy when asked to review the July Mud & Bloom Subscription Box for Kids.
We were gifted the subscription box in exchange for an honest blog review. There’s a 15% discount code at the bottom of this post for you too!
The monthly subscription box is aimed at 3-8 year olds and includes four seasonal activities; gardening, one nature craft, instructions, nature news and a quiz. The children learn about seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.
The subscription boxes are created by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education.
Anja is the business mastermind behind Mud & Bloom. Mum of 2, Anja has a passion for gardening and the great outdoors. What better idea for your own company!
Our Mud and Bloom Subscription Box Review
I told William there was a special suprise coming from the postman so when it arrived we were ready and eager to start planting!
We sat together and opened up the box, it was nice because we had no idea what was going to be in it (besides a gardening theme obvs), it was like Christmas! William opened the box and was very intrigued with its contents. We got all the cards out and had a look at all the pictures, then we looked at all the items in the box and I explained what everything was. William is only just three and can get bored quite easily but he sat patiently while we looked at everything and seemed very interested.
I decided we should perhaps break things down into smaller sessions as opposed to doing it all at once, given William’s attention span! We decided to plant the lettuce and radish seeds first.
The instructions are very clear and being a novice gardener myself, I needed them!
We planted them using an egg box as per the instructions (eggs were put in a pot to free up the said box but needs must)! William gave them a water and then we left them on the window sill in the kitchen in a sunny spot. We then sat and read through all of the cards, pointing out different thing along the way. We are lucky to have a lovely back garden but all of the crafts can be done inside and the seeds can be grown on the window sill, you don’t even need a garden. These boxes actually prove that you don’t need any outside space to take part in the monthly subscription, it can all be done on a window sill!
One week later they were already sprouting, I was so suprised! We left them a further week and then planted them out in the garden in a large tub. William can now see them in the garden when he’s playing which encourages him to look after them and water them. They seem to be coming along nicely.
Next we decided to make the vase for some lovely roses I’d just bought. It was a lovely sunny day again so we both sat on the trampoline and got all the bits a pieces out. The tape is really lovely and I’ve snaffled the rolls for my crafty box! The tape was a little tricky so I wrapped that round the jar. William’s eyes lit up when he saw all the beads and buttons in the little envelope. We emptied them all out and William began gluing them onto the jar. I am a little bit of a perfectionist so I had to stop myself from jumping in and arranging them in neat lines, this was William’s subscription box after all, ha ha!
The glue dried amazingly quickly and we were able to see the finished results pretty soon. Another great thing with this box, instant gratification and for a three year old, that’s important.
We haven’t managed to do the nature paint brushes yet as we’ve not had time to collect things. Its great that you can do bits at different times though, it spreads out the fun even more during the month.
So what do we think to this Mud & Bloom Subscription Box?
We think its awesome! I really like the fact that there are lots of different things included, you don’t have to do them all at the same time and the contents are really good value for money, £7.95 is very reasonable and this includes free postage. Seeds these days can be expensive so just to have those are worth it. The craft side of it is great and we really enjoyed sitting down and doing this together.
The cards are very lovely quality and can be kept to form a library of sorts if you were to subscribe each month. They are good to refer back to, not just for William but for me too. Especially in the July box, there is a list of tree types. a question bound to come up at some point in the future!
The boxes can be ordered individually or as a sibling box which gives you enough in one box for two children. You can also purchase them as gifts so you prepay for 3, 6, or 12 months. I thought this was a great idea for Grandparents, something different that the kids can enjoy all year. We’ve added it to our Christmas List!
To order/subscribe, head over to www.mudandbloom.com
As a valued reader, you can receive 15% off your first order, until 5th September by quoting WORKINGMUMCAMBRIDGE at checkout. This can be applied to the single or sibling boxes.
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