Open Sesame is a new pre-K subscription box that is inspired by educational lessons from Sesame Street and other children’s shows. Its goal is to inspire excitement and discovery. They also work with Montessori teachers to help choose the best pre-K toys and activities every month.
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: Open Sesame
The Cost: $34.99/month with free shipping
The Products: All boxes include a toy, activity, educational component, and instructions for engagement between parent and child.
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
My box came with an information card, as well.
The info booklet included details about each item and ideas for engagement while going through the box together.
Take Along Elmo Plush – Value $10.11
This plush is 12” tall and is a nice size to, well, take along with you. We haven’t watched a lot of Sesame Street yet (Gideon’s obsessed with Little Einsteins) but he knows the character. He pulled this out of the box and exclaimed, “Melmo!”
Play-Doh, 0.4 oz - Value $0.74 (buy a 4-pack for $2.96)
Gideon loves Play-Doh and I love that it’s a great creative outlet with sensory benefits, too. We can always use another of these mini play-doh tubs! The info booklet says to make handprints out of “the red play doh” after reading about Clifford the Big Red Dog with Red Elmo, but this is pink instead of red. It’s just something I noticed – it’s really not an issue.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Hardcover Book – Value $5.78 on Amazon (retail price $8.99)
I have fond memories of Clifford books growing up and Gideon thinks dogs are the best things ever, so I’m happy to add another Clifford book to our collection! This one is vintage-style.
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Shapes – Value $9.99
This item is what I’m most excited about from this box! I’ve actually been thinking about buying some buttons and shoelaces or something to make Gideon a little lace-up/threading project. These are exactly that! It comes with 5 shapes (stop sign, cracker, pizza, kite, and an orange) and five matching-colored shoe laces. This is recommended for ages 3-5; Gideon can lace them up some on his own but still has room to practice to master this skill.
Verdict: This was the first Open Sesame box, and I thought it was a cute assortment of items! I like their mission of focusing on some level of educational/skill-building products and activities, too. As far as value goes, however, everything adds up to $26.62, which is almost $10 less than the cost of the box. I like the products, but even before adding up the value, when I was just looking at the items included, I didn’t feel like I received $35+ in items. I like the idea of this box but I hope to see a higher value you from them in future boxes.
What do you think about Open Sesame?