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 by experts in storytelling and education for children ages 6-11 to inspire them to explore the world through a storybook, map, and craft they receive each month.
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The Cost: $29.99 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.
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WompleBox December 2020 "Mongolia" Review
In our box, we received this great fold-out pamphlet with information about the country we are exploring on each panel. This month we are traveling to Mongolia and the various pages provided information about the culture. For Mongolia, we learned about Golden Eagle Hunters, the Dukha people, and received a recipe for Khuushuur.
On the back of the informational sheet was a map of Mongolia with some information about various landmarks.
Each month they send unique stickers related to the country we are learning about.
He really enjoys placing the stickers on the maps. Some months they turn it into an activity where it gives you an idea of where to place them, but this month it seems that we could place them wherever.
Each month we also receive a collectible keychain. My son was really happy to see this fun reindeer!
My son loves the chapter books that we receive each month which are full of colorful illustrations, photos, and tons of information about Mongolia, which is presented as a story. 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. These books are a bit lengthy, but since they are divided into chapters, it's easy to break them down and the way the information is presented is really engaging. They really strive to incorporate the country's culture throughout the story and this month we learned about reindeer milking, Golden Eagles, and Ghengis Khan's tomb. I love that we get to explore these subjects at a level that is appropriate and interesting enough for a child!
Activity 1: Balancing Eagle
This month they provided two separate activities for us to do. The first one was based on the golden eagle and we got to make our own balancing eagle. They provided these wooden pieces for us to assemble along with instructions and some fun facts about them.
Since the wooden pieces seemed a bit delicate, I punched them all out for my son beforehand and then he began assembling them. First, he slid the head onto the body of the eagle.
Then he layered the rings and added the dowel in the center of them to form the stand.
They also included a tiny piece of sandpaper so my son could make sure our eagle was smooth (it already was).
The tip of the eagle's nose rests on the end of the dowel for him to balance.
Magical and fun! My son has big plans to color in his eagle as the instructions suggested!
Activity 2: Dukha Reindeer
Next, we got to make our own Dukha reindeer using some air dry clay and wooden pieces.
They provided the wooden pieces (which I again punched out for him), and air dry clay in white and a grayish-brown color.
We sorted out the pieces and then assembled them into a reindeer. This was fairly simple, just a matter of sliding pieces together.
This base made it easy to create our reindeer!
Next, he added the clay over the reindeer, everywhere except his antlers. I showed him how to smooth it down and I did have to help him get some of the excess clay from between the legs so that they would stand out better, but he did a nice job covering the base by himself!
Here is his finished reindeer. I thought it turned out pretty great!
They suggested that he make a habitat out of his box for his reindeer to be displayed in and he took that idea and ran with it! We had plenty of spare clay to make it look like snow.
I thought it turned out great!
The last item we received was a postcard, which provided a sneak peek at the country we will be learning about next month. I think it's such a cute way to introduce the next country!
Verdict: Learning about reindeer in this month's WompleBox was a great, engaging activity for this time of year. I thought it was great that they gave us the reindeer skeleton to build on instead of just having us completely sculpt it out of clay and I loved how inspired he was to make a whole habitat for him to live in. The book and map materials were very educational and I thought Mongolia was such a cool country to learn about since it's not a country you typically hear a lot about. Everything was well organized and planned out making this box an easy win!
To Wrap Up:
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