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.
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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 June 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 Q and pattern building with colored squares. Week 2 covers the letters R and S. Week 3 covers the letter T and a pattern stick activity. Week 4 covers the letter U. 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 is a folder of paper materials for activities and crafts.
Here's a closer look at the worksheets. My son enjoys working through preschool workbooks so he liked these pages! He is also at a good developmental level for where this subscription starts. He knows his letters, numbers, and colors, so these pages are great 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 a "Q for Queen," "R for Rain," "S for Snowman," "T for Tree," and "U for Umbrella." 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 June box. Activities in this box included flashcards (in every box), matching upper case letters to lower case, pattern sticks, pattern squares, and pattern identification (AB, ABB, AAB, ABC). I think Gideon and I both had the most fun with the pattern squares in this box! They are solid plastic squares and the set came with four colors. I love things like this because they're small, simple, and they can be used in all sorts of variations for pattern learning. We've talked about patterns before but we haven't worked on labeling them by AB/ABB/AAB/ABC and such. I wasn't sure if this would be complicated for him, but it was really cool to see how quickly he picked up on it!
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Every box includes a book to read together. This one is about a momma cat and her kitten seeing and exploring the things around them and the rhyming text is really charming.
Verdict: We have really enjoyed our subscription to The Preschool Box! I have found it so helpful, having school-at-home work for my 4-year-old simplified and prepped for 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 so we can build up a sort of library of educational games and activities to reach for later. Plus, a book in every box helps the value for me as well.
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 9-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.
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