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My ZOO Box Review – December 2020

My ZOO Box is a monthly subscription box for kids focused on kid-friendly animal education. Each box includes a book, animal friend, an art or science activity, and more! This box is recommended for ages 4 -8, but they also have a Mini Zoo box that is perfect for ages 2 and up.

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About My ZOO Box

The Subscription Box: My ZOO Box

The Cost: $34.95 + free shipping ($19.95 for the Mini ZOO box). Save with longer subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code 1STBOXFREE6 or 1STBOXFREE12 to get first box FREE with a 6 or 12-month subscription!

The Products: Each month you will receive items related to a specific animal including a book, animal friend, animal anatomy poster, an art or science activity, and a few other surprises. Your first box will also include a zoo passport.

Ships to: the U.S. for free, Canada for $12.00

Good to know: You can purchase a sibling pack with extra items for $22 per month that will ship with your monthly box. You can add up to 2 sibling packs.

My ZOO Box Review December 2020 – Polar Bear

My son was super excited to check out this box! He absolutely loves animals and even though he isn’t reading yet, he knew this box said zoo and asked me about it immediately.

 

My ZOO Passport

In your first box, you will receive a passport so that your child can add new animal stickers to it each month. It features glossy pages with various animal prints and plenty of room to fill it up with stickers.

 

Passport Sticker

This is the sticker that came in this month’s box. It’s a nice thick sticker.

 

My son was eager to add his sticker to his book, although he could not decide which page it should go on!

 

Polar Bear Cookie Recipe

This card lists all of the items in our box and on the back, there is a recipe for some No Bake Polar Bear Cookies. I’ve never seen white chocolate peanut butter before, but I guess I’ll have to track some down now because these sound yummy!

 

Polar Bear Info Card

This card has a nice glossy photograph of a polar bear on the front and the back reads like a letter with lots of educational information about polar bears. I thought they did a nice job of including some facts that kids might not know, such as the information about the mothers and their cubs.

 

Wild Republic Polar Bear – Retail Value $12.99 (currently on sale for $9.09)

I knew that this was going to be the best part of the box for my son. He has a lot of stuffed animals (much to my chagrin) and he has names for them all and plays with them all the time, sorting them into their habitats and whatnot. I know not everyone might be eager for a stuffed animal each month, but he absolutely loves it and has named this one Cling Jr., although I think this afternoon he got a name change to Spirit Jr. (thanks to Wild Kratts). This bear is super soft and really cute! It’s the same brand of animals that you might find at the zoo or souvenir shop and have to pay a fortune for. In addition to being ridiculously soft, this little guy is filled with material made from 100% recycled water bottles, which is kind of cool and adds a tiny bit of weight to him. I am about 90% sure that this is the 8-inch bear since that is how tall he sits, but measuring head to tail he was about 10 inches. Either way they both retail for the same!

Love at first sight!

 

National Geographic Kids Polar Bear Book – Retail Value $4.99 (found here for $3.99)

This is my favorite part of the box because I know my son will read this over and over and it is something that can grow with him as he learns to read. It’s filled with colorful photos and a lot of great educational information that’s perfect for a young child. There are even some funny jokes and activities sprinkled in which makes it even more engaging.

Of course, when he got to the back of the book he started to pick out which ones he would like to read next!

 

Polar Bear Anatomy Poster

This small poster features the anatomy of a polar bear. I think it’s really cool and they included the basics without getting too graphic!

We went over some of the polar bear’s anatomy together.

 

Wacky Links Polar Series

Our toy this month is so fun and something I’ve never seen before! There are 15 colorful bendy tubes and 20 different polar animal connectors. You link them together to make necklaces, bracelets, or whatever you want and you can even cut the tubes to make them different sizes. This is a great fine motor activity and fun to play with. The animals included narwhals, walruses, orcas, seals, and penguins. Unfortunately, his pack had zero polar bears which was kind of a bummer, especially when he was trying to make his own little food chain with the animals. I wasn’t able to find these smaller sets available anywhere online.

 

He had fun playing with them and sorting them and they make a great quiet toy to play with before bed!

 

Polar Bear Art Activity

Model Magic Air Dry Clay – Buy a 3 oz pack for $10.95

The activity this month was an art activity. We received this 1 oz package of white air-dry clay to build a polar bear with. This was the only part of the box that I felt was really lacking since it was just one package and some simple directions. I do love their idea of turning it into an ornament though! I just wish they had included a few items to use for the eyes or even the ribbon for us to use to turn it into an ornament.

Verdict: Wow! My ZOO Box is exactly what I have been looking for to gift my 4-year-old animal-loving son! This box has such a great mix of items in it and it had just the right amount of educational materials, too. The stuffed animal is so soft and cuddly, the book was great for learning more about polar bears, and I thought the arctic tubes and connectors were really fun and unique… even if ours didn’t have an actual polar bear in it. The sticker, passport, recipe, and anatomy poster were all great items to really round out the box. I would have loved a little few more materials to go with the art activity, but other than that, this box was a real hit for us! I am really looking forward to future boxes and I know my son will be inquiring every day about when his next box will arrive! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but order by the 25th to receive next month’s box!

COUPON: Use code 1STBOXFREE6 or 1STBOXFREE12 to get first box FREE with a 6 or 12-month subscription!

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

Posted in My Zoo Box, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: my zoo box | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I agree its overpriced. I think they could actually make more money in the long run if they lowered the price because more people would sign up imo.

  2. The wacky links look fun! I could only find the princess ones on Amazon. 🙁

  3. I agree that it seems overpriced but I think it’s worth it. The curation is wonderful and I think the excitement for the child of receiving it in the mail would be really priceless.

  4. What a great box!

  5. I think this looks like a great value…stuffed animal, book, activity, poster.

  6. It’s a cute sub, but it seems a bit overpriced for what you get.

    That said, I did figure out a way to deal with the “too many stuffed animals” problem at our house. Amazon has a lot of sellers who make ‘bean bag’ covers in various animal shapes that are meant to be stuffed with stuffed animals or blankets. So they double as storage, a fun seat, and a play toy.

    I got my youngest toddler a unicorn one, so I’ll be shoving the extra stuffies and kid blankets in there. They can always get a toy out if they want, but it seems we always have more toys floating around than they play with, even after my husband made them a toy box.

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