Cooper Kit Subscription Box Review – Spring 2016
The Cooper Kit is a quarterly subscription box specifically for fathers and their children to spend quality time playing, building, and learning together. I spend loads and loads of time doing little crafts and activities with the kids – I am so happy there’s a kit out there for dads to do the same! Cooper & Kid is on a mission to “Make Dads cooler than Moms.” I guess they can try, but it’s never gonna happen, y’all!
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The Subscription Box: The Cooper Kit
The Cost: $65 + free shipping per quarter and $59 + free shipping for a yearly subscription
COUPON: Use code BESTDAD to save $15 off your first box!
The Products: Each box contains 6-9 activities for fathers and their children (age 5-9) to complete together, plus additional online resources.
Ships to: US
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This sheet was included, giving information about the whole concept of their box. Plus a cool pin for the theme!
This quarter’s theme is “Gross!” I’m so pleased I don’t have to do this with the boys. This is a big topic with them. This is the booklet they send with the shipment, and I have to say, it’s really thorough! It’s nice and long, has great graphics and printing, and is generally what you would call “Dad-proof” in terms of making sure everything is really well explained. Now if they would just read the instructions!
The website states that:
“Each Cooper Kit contains multiple curated products and activities designed to enrich your quality time with your children (and have a good time while doing it), as well as:
*A shipping box that turns into a toy!
*An activity book that guides you through the theme and the contents of the box
*A bedtime story
*A separate website of related digital resources
*Links to even MORE theme-related activities that are ëBeyond the Boxí
*Parenting and topical links to resources that are ëJust for Dadí
*A themed dinner menu with recipes (guys are doing a ton of cooking for the family these days)”
Moreover, Cooper Kit promises to make memories, and to be:
“*Educational via discovery
*Hands on building
*Themed for both Dads and kids
*Multi-activity (6-9 activities)
*Geography neutral (i.e. no snow required)
*Gender neutral (for the kids)
*A catalyst for self-expression and creativity
*Both nostalgic and current”
That’s a lot of promises! Let’s see how they deliver…
First, the box itself turns into a compost bin! It also has directions on how to compost! I don’t know how fun that is, but hopefully it will be full of worms or something soon and the boys will have fun being grossed out by it.
This is the card game that was included, entitled, “Would You Eat That?” Yep, we’re off to a pretty gross start here. But I like the idea of the boys playing games with their father.
Hooray! My kids and husband all love Dr. Seuss, and this is one of the few books he authored that we did not yet own! Green ham is a pretty disgusting prospect, but I’ve seen eggs go green many times during cooking when I was younger. It’s something people used to blend into scrambled eggs, but I can’t remember what.
I just can’t even. I’m so glad this box is for Dads. Apparently they all thought this was hilarious, but no one is willing to actually use it. I’m so grateful.
Cooper and Kid always include a snack in their cooper kits, and this probiotic kefir bites pack was such a clever choice for the theme! Bacteria ahoy! My ten-year-old didn’t like these, but the eight-year-old liked them a lot.
I am a complete science nerd, so I was very excited to see this kit to build a microscope included in this month’s box!
Here’s their completed microscope! It works! They get a good magnification with this, too. My husband took all the “after” pictures, so please excuse the rough looking crafting table.
I really could have lived without knowing at all about this activity.
But no, of course they had to text me a picture of their beautiful sculptures. And leave it on the floor for me when I came home. Boys are so gross. They thought this was hysterical, apparently.
The final activity was actually something I found pretty interesting as a science nerd.
They went around different areas of the house dusting for germs.
And look! They found them! Surprise, surprise. I’ve always wanted my mediocre housekeeping skills exposed on the internet to a large audience. Well played, Cooper Kit.
Verdict: Well, this Cooper Kit was completely disgusting, but that was kind of the point, and the boys in my house (all three of them) had a great time with it. Cooper Kits are absolutely packed with activities that can make for a lot of good memories together over the course of a quarter. I need to note here that these are only the activities that Cooper and Kid provided full supplies for; there are tons of other things including a full menu with recipes in the booklet. This is about the third Kit we’ve received, and the kids have really enjoyed all of them. If you are a great Dad or know someone who is, this would be the perfect subscription!
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