Think With Art Subscription Box Review + Coupon– March 2017
Think With Art is a monthly art subscription service for children that sends art supplies, project ideas and a problem to solve. Each month, you receive “a new art project, a story booklet following Mr. Toffee’s journey home, and a new problem to solve using art and critical thinking.” This subscription is suggested for ages 4-12.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Think With Art
The Cost: $29.99 a month for a subscription with discounts for 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions. $7.95 a month shipping to U.S. and Canada. Rates for other countries vary.
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: Each box includes art supplies and project ideas that will highlight different art techniques. The box also presents a problem to solve highlighting critical thinking skills.
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and Worldwide
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Think With Art sends a glossy small magazine which includes a story about Mr. Toffee the cat, an art technique highlighting the materials sent, and a project idea.
The story about Mr. Toffee this month presents a problem to solve. Mr. Toffee wants to see the world but he’s afraid of cars, planes, and trains. The challenge this month is to think of a different way Mr. Toffee could travel. I love that rather than just an art box, there is this aspect of problem-solving and creative thinking. This box is promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) with this critical thinking challenge.
The magazine taught how to draw Mr. Toffee using basic shapes and added details. The art technique was to use watercolor pencils and a fan brush dipped in water to create a faded watercolor effect.
Here are the supplies we received:
Fan Brush and Watercolor Paper – Value $3.00?
Included this month as art supplies are a few pieces of thick white watercolor paper and a fan brush. There are also two loose stickers in the box with positive messages about being a problem solver and that it’s ok to make mistakes.
Owl Pencil Sharpener – Value $1.50
This adorable pencil sharpener has two holes for different size pencils and the green section lifts off for easy cleaning of the shavings.
White Pearl Vinyl Eraser – Value $2.00?
This white eraser was very effective at cleanly erasing smudges. I couldn’t find this exact eraser online so I’m basing the price off similar White Pearl erasers.
Patterned Pencil – Value $1.00?
I liked the cute pattern on this pencil and it was great for sketching.
Plastic Table Cloth – Value $1.00?
This table cover is a great idea to protect our table when doing messy art projects. We didn’t need to use it this month for watercolor pencils, but I imagine some messier projects will be coming along and I’ll be glad to have this on hand.
Crayola Watercolor Colored Pencils – Value $5.80
These watercolor pencils are fun to use and give a beautiful muted look when water is brushed over the top. They came pre-sharpened and in 12 different colors.
My Ideas Sketchbook – $3.00?
This sketchbook had lots of plain white pages for my son to practice his doodles and work on solving Mr. Toffee’s problem of traveling the world without using cars, trains or planes.
Here’s my son drawing Mr. Toffee in a rocket ship as one of his creative solutions to Mr. Toffee’s problem.
Here’s my son using the watercolor pencils to try out the new art technique that was taught in the magazine. He followed the directions to use a few different colors and use horizontal strokes on the paper.
This is what the project looked like after he went over the pencils with the wet fan brush. He had a lot of fun!
Verdict: My son really enjoyed his Think With Art box. The watercolor pencils and other art supplies were perfect for trying a new art technique. I appreciated the STEAM twist on this art box, however, I do have concerns about the value of the box. With my estimates, this box has a value of slightly over $17 for the supplies, which is well below the cost of the box.
What do you think of Think With Art?