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 May 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 teach your child the letters of the alphabet (letter recognition, sounds, and writing) and numbers; the second 6 months focus 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 "M," the numbers 11 & 12, and the activity is about pattern recognition and building. Week 2 covers the letter "N," opposites, and the number 13. Week 3 covers the letter "O," more opposites, and the number 14. Week 4 covers the letter "P" and counting up to 15. 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. 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 "M for Mouse," "N for Night," "O for Octopus," and "P for Penguin." 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 May box. Activities in this box included flashcards (in every box), counting with monster googly-eyes, making pattern caterpillars with colorful sticky-dots, and cutting out + drawing a book about opposites, and an "opposites scavenger hunt!" I think Gideon had the most fun with counting the googly eyes on the monster picture, and the scavenger hunt! For the scavenger hunt, we cut out cards that had opposite characteristics and laid them on the table (smooth/rough, inside/outside, soft/hard, etc) and he had to find things that fit each description. It was a fun game and he picked things I wouldn't have thought to grab!
Bubble Trouble by Oakley Graham - Retail Value $6.98
Every box includes a book to read together. This one is about a little boy who decided to dump extra bubbles in his bath and finds himself trapped in a bubble and soaring all over the world. It's cute, and my sons giggle while we read this.
Verdict: This is our fourth 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!
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 my family, though. I know I could probably find resources for similar crafts or projects online myself, but I also have a 2-year-old and a 7-month-old, and I just do not feel I have the time or bandwidth 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 made a huge difference for us. 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 for me as well.
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