WompleMail is a subscription box for kids that gives them a sense of adventure as they learn about new places with each monthly delivery. This box is designed for children ages 6-11 by experts in storytelling and education to inspire them to explore the world through the storybook, map, and craft they receive each month.
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).
The Subscription Box: WompleMail
The Cost: $24.99 per month + shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: $5 off your first box
The Products: Each month you will receive a storybook, map, and other items along with a themed craft that includes enough materials for 2 kids.
Ships to: The U.S. for a $5.00 flat rate
Good to Know: You will receive bonus items when you sign up for a longer commitment!
WompleMail January 2020 "Tanzania" Review
In our box, we received this great fold-out map with information about the country we are exploring on each panel. This month we are traveling to Tanzania and the various pages provided information about the people and their culture, and even gave some recipes for some of the foods they eat. They also provided a QR code for us to use to watch a "jumping dance" which I thought was a great way to get some added engagement!
Our map unfolded to show Tanzania and provided some information about the land as well as the animals you can find there. My son absolutely loved this since he is a creature lover! The map is also mostly in black and white so he was able to color it in for an extra activity.
They also provided a set of nice animal stickers for him to add to his map. We had to match them to their tracks as we located them.
He loved learning about the animals and finding their tracks on the map so he could place his stickers. Granted, he is a bit younger than the target age, but an older child would be able to do this independently and probably color with a bit more skill!
Our collectible was this cool rubber crocodile keychain. It was a hit with my son!
Our storybook was this thick paperback book full of tons of information about Tanzania and all of its inhabitants. The facts were told as part of the story as our pen pal, Womple, traveled to Tanzania and told us all about his adventures. I thought the format of this book was great! It was broken into chapters which is great for younger kids and it was easy to read. I skipped around a bit since my son is younger, but for the most part, it really held his attention thanks to the brightly colored pictures and the fun nature of the story. The text was multi-colored to emphasize important points throughout and there was even a "choose your own adventure" type section at the back where we had to decide whether Womple should chance it with the crocodiles or hippos he encountered. Overall, it was much more impressive than I was expecting and very informative!
Our craft was to make some papier-mache Maasai Giraffes. The directions were clear and easy to follow with pictures to help us along.
They provided an entire 4 oz. bottle of glue, two sponges, and two cups along with a bag full of tissue paper squares.
They provided two giraffes which were pretty sturdy.
I dumped our paper squares into a container for us and my son filled up our two cups halfway with glue. Then I added a little bit of water and we mixed them up well with our sponges.
Then we used the sponge to add some of the glue mixture to our giraffes and began sticking paper squares on making sure to overlap them and leave no blank space.
My son was doing a great job on his own, but once he started losing steam I had to help him a bit by just smoothing down his pieces for him since he was getting a little too sticky himself.
I made a giraffe for my daughter since she was having a sleepover at Grammy's and I thought that both of our giraffes turned out great! I think it would be pretty difficult to have a poor outcome with this project, which is nice because they make such a cute display of artwork for a shelf!
The last item we received was a postcard which provided a sneak peek at the country we will be learning about next month. My son loved looking at it and can't wait for his next adventure!
Verdict: This was our first time receiving WompleMail and I was pretty impressed with this box! I wasn't expecting the storybook to be so in-depth, but I appreciated how well it was done and the educational value of it. My son has already had us read it to him several times since then! I thought it was great how they used the backside of the map as our country guide and it was great that we got to interact with the map as we added our animal stickers. The collectible was pretty cool and I think appropriate for the ages, and we really enjoyed the craft! While this subscription is meant for ages 6-11, I found it to be very adaptable! For a younger child, of course, there was a lot more parental involvement needed, but older children would be able to complete everything independently and probably get even more out of it because of that! While it doesn't seem like much at first for $29.99 ($24.99 + $5.00 shipping), this box was well-organized and every single piece felt really well-done and definitely left us feeling like we had a great adventure to a new place!
To Wrap Up:
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