Two Pink Balloons is a subscription box that delivers handcrafted quiet activities to your door each month. They offer a Tot Box for ages 2-4 for $42/month + shipping and a Kinder Box for ages 4-6 for $35/month + shipping.
Occasionally you will be sent a box that will be suited to both ages groups, which is the case for the box we are reviewing this month! This is a review of the "Our Bodies" Tot and Kinder Subscription Box for ages 3-6.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About Two Pink Balloons
The Subscription Box: Two Pink Balloons
The Cost: $36/month + shipping for the Kinder box and $42/month + shipping for the Tot box (save with longer subscriptions)
The Products: 4-5 handcrafted quiet activities such as felt board activities, puzzles and games, and a parent guide.
Ships to: the U.S. for $4, Canada for $13
Two Pink Balloons November 2018 Review
This is the parent guide that we received this month. Each page provides useful information about how to use the activities with your child. The theme for this box is Our Bodies and there was a nice note explaining the inspiration behind the theme as well as a description of how this box is appropriate for curious kids of any age.
We also received two coupon flyers for 20% off and a card advertising the subscription.
Brain Maze Reusable Writing Board - Estimated Value $10.00 (based on a similar item found here)
Dry Erase Crayon - Buy 200 for $19.99 (Wow! A steal!)
The first activity we received was this Brain Maze. The maze itself is made out of felt, but it is topped with a nice thick piece of vinyl. I love this idea of a reusable surface and this is pretty unique to me. The vinyl is a little tricky to write on at first, but in our guide, it says that the more we use it the easier it will be to write on. I appreciate that they included a dry erase crayon for us to use too! This is a good quiet activity and although it's handmade, it still feels very sturdy.
Brush & Floss Busy Bag - Estimated Value $14? (based on the average cost of busy bag activities on their site)
I love that this entire activity is contained to this one small bag, complete with the easy to read directions included inside. This is a fine motor activity that also teaches kids about brushing their teeth properly. The blocks are set up to look like a mouth complete with a red tongue in the middle. They also recommended using a dry erase marker if you are out of Play-doh and even writing sight words on the teeth as an extra activity.
What a great idea that can provide several hours of entertainment and that can be used over and over again! My daughter and my son were both very excited about this and enjoyed getting the teeth dirty and then clean again. We spread some Play-doh on the teeth to get them all dirty and then used our toothbrush to clean them off. The Play-doh was easy to brush off the tooth and the blocks were placed perfectly so that you could just fit the little flosser into the crevices to clean them out. Not only is it a great teaching tool, but it was a lot of fun!
Felt Anatomy Set - Estimated Value $19.95 (based on a similar set found here)
This is a great set to receive in a box about bodies! The anatomy pieces include the digestive system so that you can talk about what happens to food when you eat as well as other important organs. There was helpful information on ways to explain how these body parts work to a 3-5-year-old which I thought was a great touch!
The kids enjoyed playing with this, but I really wish that they had included a little guide for them to use to go along with it so that they could have a visual to help them put every piece in the correct spot. The diagram in the book was a little difficult to see so I had to guide them a bit, which was fine, but I think they would appreciate it as an independent activity as well.
Felt Board My Plate Food Group Activity Set - Estimated Value $18 (based on this set with a similar number of pieces and this similar set)
In your first box, you will receive a felt lap board to go along with various felt activities that you will be sent. This month, we received this nice food group diagram and several pieces of food to sort into each category as our activity. The guide provided several different ways to approach this activity as well as some conversation prompts which I thought was great.
They included a lot of different foods and even some protein substitutes for those who don't eat meat. The unhealthy foods are there to demonstrate the difference between a healthy and unhealthy choice. This was a great activity for both of my younger kids since my younger son could identify and sort based on simple characteristics and for my daughter, it served as a great introduction to classifying foods.
Verdict: Two Pink Balloons appealed to me because it was so unique in that it offered handcrafted quiet activities and busy boxes which I can really appreciate when traveling or even on simple trips to the grocery store or doctor's office. Having three kids to take with me means I always have something to occupy them with at those times and these activities would all safely fit into that category of items I might choose to bring for them. The kids really liked all of these activities and I felt that they were really unique and well made. I estimate the total value we received to be about $61.95, and although these are just estimates, I feel fairly confident that these items are worth values very close to this based on my research of similar handmade items on Etsy. That's a great value for both the Tot Box which is $46 ($42 + $4 shipping) and the Kinder Box which is $40 ($36 +$4 shipping). Since we received four toys that's an average of $10-$11.50 per activity.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the January box:
From Cratejoy: Your first box will ship on the 10th of the each month. Please order by the 6th of the month to get the current box. For existing subscribers, we ship on the 10th of every month.
Value Breakdown: At $40-$46 for this box, we received 4 activities which is an average of $10-$11.50 per activity.
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