The Preschool Box is a monthly subscription that sends preschool activities to encourage learning, reading, and creativity in children aged 3-6. Every box contains specific learning objectives that focus on phonics, reading skills, and basic math concepts with activities, crafts, and a book.
A portion of all proceeds for this subscription supports an orphanage for at-risk children in Uganda through Rafiki Africa Ministries.
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About The Preschool Box
The Subscription Box: The Preschool Box
The Cost: $32.95 + $5.95 US shipping
The Products: Every box contains specific learning objectives that focus on phonics, reading skills, and basic math concepts and includes 16+ hands-on preschool activities, ready-to-go craft materials, and a book.
Ships to: The US for $5.95 and worldwide at varying rates
The Preschool Box April 2020 Review
The centerpiece of the box is this parent guide and activity workbook. It has a welcome letter on the inside as well as the curriculum plan for this month. Each Preschool Box has 4 weeks planned out for your child to do, so by the time you finish everything, your next box should be on its way to you.
The first 6 months of this subscription teaches your child the letters of the alphabet (letter recognition, sounds, and writing) and numbers; the second 6 months focuses on sounding out and reading words. At the end of the subscription, you receive a fun graduation box!
Here's a look inside at the parent guide and workbook pages. Week 1's plan covers the letter "I" and shape identification; week 2 covers the letter "J" and patterns; week 3 covers the letter "K" shape matching, and week 4 covers the letter "L" and more pattern practice. At the end of the booklet is a reading log to track what books you and your child read each day.
Also in the box was a folder of paper materials for activities and crafts.
Here's a closer look at the worksheets. My son loves working through preschool workbooks so he enjoyed these pages! I also feel like he's at a really good developmental level for where this subscription starts. He's 4.5 years old and knows his letters, numbers, and colors, so these pages are excellent for practicing and really nailing down the concepts for him than learning from nothing. I appreciate that there is variety between pages so it doesn't feel like you're just repeating the same tasks over and over with each letter!
Here's a couple of the crafts they sent. This month's crafts included making an "I for Igloo" with paper, glue, and cotton balls, "L for Lion" with paper and yarn, a "J for Jellyfish" with paper and ribbon, and decorating a K with a kite and clouds. These are fun and so quick to pull together for him to do thanks to this box. I'm normally not a super crafty person, and I don't have any yarn or ribbon or string around so having enough for him to do each craft is really helpful to me. Plus, this way, I don't end up with a bunch of extra stuff that I am unlikely to dig out for crafts I come up with myself.
These are some of the activities in our third box. Activities in this box include filling in patterns, making shapes with a plastic rubber band loom, and making patterns and shapes out of play-doh. Our favorite activity was the rubber band shapes! Gideon loved it, and he as entertained for a long time making different shapes and just sitting and seeing what he could do with them. One side of the loom is a grid of pegs, and the underside has a different design that you can use to stretch them into a circle, too.
Count My Blessings by Jeane Cabral - Retail Value $9.99
Every box includes a book to read together. I love that! My kids love getting new stories in the mail, especially since our local libraries are currently closed. This book is a new favorite of mine! It goes through counting blessings, focusing on what you have, and being grateful for small things. This box was delivered a couple of weeks into our state's lockdown, and the message just felt really poignant and relevant.
Blessings that this book covers are having food to eat for energy all day long, teachers to help us learn and grow, best friends for sharing and play, animals outside we can enjoy, plants and trees for shade and flowers, and air to breathe. The last two blessings were so sweet: "My mom & dad are a blessing to me; they help me be the best I can be!" and "I may be the biggest blessing there is because I just open my heart and give and give!"
Verdict: This is our third Preschool Box! We are really enjoying this subscription. I've been talking about this box to my family and friends because it's just been so helpful to me! Since getting this box, my 4-year-old and I have been doing things from it while my two younger children nap in the afternoons, and it's been really fun seeing him work, learn, and play. My son has been excited to do all the activities and I love that some activities are repeatable!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: It's hard to put a concrete value assessment on this box because of its nature. I can say that it has totally been worth the cost for us! I know I could probably find resources for similar printables or projects online myself, but besides my 4-year-old I also have a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old, and I just do not have the time to be able to sit and plan and prepare all of that right now. There is so much on my plate and I feel a little in survival mode from a new baby (and the world's current events). Having everything in this box ready to grab and do together (or even to set him up with and have a few minutes to do something else!) with no effort, decision making, or internet hunting on my part has honestly made me almost giddy. I also find a lot of value in the fact that there are some repeatable activities we can store, and forever be able to reach for when we need something quiet and educational for him to do for a few minutes, or even take to a restaurant to keep busy. Plus, a book in every box helps the value a lot for me as well.
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