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.
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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 March 2020 "Sri Lanka" Review
Before I get into the review, I wanted to take a minute to share this free resource that Womple has put together to assist families as they navigate this new COVID-19 world with their children. This is a fantastic collection of educational materials, activities, and helpful resources that are definitely worth checking out. What a great way to be of service to families during these strange times!
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 Sri Lanka and the various pages provided information about the culture, the art of batik, and even a recipe for Kiri Bath.
Our map unfolded to show Sri Lanka and provided some information about some of the great sights you can visit via the Sri Lanka Railway.
They also provided a set of nice colorful stickers to add to our map. Several cities were marked and we had to read through the descriptions of each sight on the map to determine where they all went. This was a great, engaging way to learn about Sri Lanka!
Both of my kids enjoyed discovering some fun facts about this new culture!
Our collectible was this great, detailed rubber train keychain. My son loves the idea of starting a collection and keeps all his Womple gear together.
Once my son had checked out the cool keychain, we settled in to read our story! I should note, he is only 3 and a half, but he likes to sit for longer stories, so while he is a bit young for this box, he seems to really enjoy it!
Our storybook was this thick paperback book full of colorful illustrations, photos, and tons of information about Sri Lanka. Our story begins with Womple trying to purchase some of the delicious soup for sale at the market before he boards the train to Galle. On his journey, he meets several different people, sometimes in an interesting way, and they all teach him about their life which means we learn about the Temple of the Tooth, the stilt fishermen in Galle, or even how to brew Ceylon tea. I love how seamlessly they wove in the various tidbits about the culture from what their money is called, what they eat, their language, and of course the descriptions of the famous sights. It was such an engaging way to learn about a new culture and it didn't feel forced but was a rather organic way to immerse yourself in the culture of Sri Lanka at a level suitable for kids.
Our craft involved experimenting with Batik which is a popular art method in Sri Lanka. The instructions included colorful pictures and were clear and easy to follow.
They provided an entire 2 oz. bottle of green paint, two sponges, two cups along, and two small glue pens.
They also provided two muslin squares about the size of a handkerchief for us.
Our first step was to draw some leaves on our cloth with the glue pens. This is where the age makes a bit of a difference. An older child would probably have a much more put together design, but for my kiddos, they did what they could and we kind of strayed from the leaf pattern!
Since they sort of globbed the glue on, we waited until the next day to add our paint since we were supposed to let the glue dry.
I added a little bit of green paint to the cups and some water and they got to work painting their cloths until the whole square was covered.
I set the cloths out to dry and once they were completely dry, I soaked them in warm water for about a half hour.
I rinsed them clean making sure to wash off any leftover bits of glue and then we let them dry again. Here are their finished Batik designs! Like I said, an older child could probably make a pretty stunning piece of artwork from these, but these aren't bad for a 3 and 5-year-old!
The last item we received was a postcard which provided a sneak peek at the country we will be learning about next month. What a cute and useful way to get kids excited about their next adventure!
Verdict: My son was so excited to get another delivery from WompleMail! We have read the first book he received over and over again and he sleeps with his giraffe that he made next to his bed! It's really cute how into this box he is even though he is much younger than the target age group. That being said, I think this would also be a great box for older kids. They could read the book somewhat independently and complete the craft on their own with a bit more skill. They might also get a kick out of trying the recipe on our map, too! I think this is a really fun way to learn about a new culture, and there's a great amount of educational information that is presented in a fun and unique way. We certainly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you would start with the April box! From WompleMail:
Your subscription starts the the month following your purchase and we ship by the 4th of each month.
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