WompleBox 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. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: WompleBox
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!
WompleBox June 2020 "Ethiopia" Review
Womple has put together a great free resource page that they are keeping updated with some great activities for 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 Ethiopia and the various pages provided information about the culture. They included information about the history, their language, and even a recipe for Spris which is a mango avocado dessert!
My son and I talked about which continent Ethiopia was located on and then he traced the Amharic letters with his finger to see how different from our alphabet they are.
Our map unfolded to show Ethiopia and on the right side, there was an activity where they described some of their most popular dishes and we had to locate which region it was from on the map.
These are the nice, quality stickers they included for us to use to mark the various food locations on our map.
My son loves these activities! He learns so much and it's such a great educational activity that involves number recognition, some critical thinking, and of course, navigating around the map just a little.
Our collectible this month is this great King Lion keychain. My son is so excited to see what the keychain will be each month!
The chapter books that we receive each month are so great and full of colorful illustrations, photos, and this month, tons of information about Ethiopia which is presented as a story. This month Womple has been learning to cook Ethiopian food and he learns of a cooking competition. In hopes that he will win, he journeys to different areas around the country to get the ingredients he needs which are all native to Ethiopia. The story includes so much information about our country which is seamlessly tied into the plot and it is broken down into chapters making it easy to break it up the story if you need to. The text is full of various fonts and colors to highlight words of importance and they always throw in some words from the country's native language which is always fun. This month they even included a recipe for the berbere spice they talked about in our story!
While my son will just be turning four in a few weeks, he can sit for the whole book and loves hearing about Womple's adventures each month. He frequently asks to read these, too!
Since we were collecting honey in our story this month which involved some bees, this month's craft was to make a Bee House, or a mini-hotel for solitary bees. They explained all about how some bees are solitary and live alone in their own nests. They always provide enough for us to do two of these crafts which means his big sister always gets to make one too!
They provided everything we needed (minus the string to hang up our completed hotel) which included a bottle of yellow paint, two sponge brushes, black yarn, black, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and several large white paper straws.
They said we could use recycled cans or water bottles and we actually happened to have some water bottles on hand so I cut those in half for the kids so they could create their houses.
Then I got the kids set up with some yellow paint and they painted the entire outer surface of their bottles. They did need a good hour to dry, but we took this time to go sit and read our Womple book!
They were supposed to do a second coat, but in the interest of time (and the patience of my kiddos), we stuck with one coat which worked just fine. Then we wrapped the piece of black yarn around the center until it was finished and added two pipe cleaners for wings. We finished it off with the googly eyes which were adhesive, and our bees were just about done!
The last step was to cut the straws in half and stick them inside of our bee for the little "hotel rooms." We filled them until they were packed in enough to stay put, but not too snug.
They turned out pretty cute!
I grabbed some string from home and we hung them on the bees' favorite bush in our backyard!
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: This month's WompleBox was great! I love that they always explore countries that we're not as familiar with and how thoroughly they explore its culture through the unique and educational chapter books. This month's craft was really cool, too, and of course, anything that benefits the bees is okay by us! My son looks forward to this box so much each month and he loves the collectible keychain and the fun map activities that have become routine (but so interesting!). He also loves to read the books over and over again, and it's wonderful to see him so engaged in learning about other cultures!
To Wrap Up:
Your subscription starts the the month following your purchase and we ship by the 4th of each month.
ACTIVE DEAL: $5 off your first box
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