Hello Bible Junior Subscription Box Review – December 2020
Hello Bible is a subscription box for kids that provides your family with materials to help you teach, learn, and grow in faith. Each box provides a book, creative art projects, fun activities, and parent guides to explore one Bible story every month. This is a review of their Junior box that is designed for children 3-5 years old. They also offer a box for ages 5-10. Hello Bible also donates profits from their subscription to support education for children and educators in Kenya.
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.)
About Hello Bible Junior
The Subscription Box: Hello Bible Junior
The Cost: $29.80/monthly + $5 shipping
The Products: Each box provides a book, creative art projects, fun activities, and parent guides to explore one Bible story every month. This Junior subscription includes two of each activity and craft so that children can do them with a sibling or together with a parent.
Ships to: The U.S., including Hawaii & Alaska
Hello Bible Junior Review December 2020
The first thing out of our box this month is a welcoming info card written from “Bella the Butterfly,” explaining that she’s the mascot for the Junior subscription. They also included cards to track your first year of the subscription: each month they send a sticker that matches the theme for you to add and track the bible stories your kids have learned about. (There’s two in our Junior box so that your child can track it along with a sibling or with a parent.)
The theme of this box is all about Christmas so your child can learn about the story through December.
The last informational card is the parent guide for the box and its contents. This card has a note to parents, walks through a discussion about the birth of Jesus, and then lists each activity you can do (four, so you can do one a week if you want – perfect for at-home “Sunday School”), a prayer, and a bible verse. The back has a coloring page for the kids.
Advent Calendar with Christmas Story
This advent calendar starts with the Christmas Story of the birth of Jesus, and inside it also has a page with a Christmas picture, with 25 square flaps. The numbers are out of order so your child can find the right number and flip it open to read the next sentence of the story. This is a pretty simple calendar – each flap only offers one short sentence. I found a helpful way for the kids to remember the context of the story was to read through the open panels beginning on the first day, and then when we caught up, open the next panel to read the day’s addition to the story.
Little Bible Heroes Christmas & Easter Flip Over book – Retail value $3.99
This is a cute book to sit and read to your children about the story of Christmas. It was unexpected that it also has the Easter story on the flip side, especially because I assume when Easter comes that Hello Bible will send another book in that box, too. But that’s fine, it’s not a negative or anything. The pictures are cute and my kids enjoyed the book.
Nativity Ornament Craft
As stated earlier, they send two of the craft so two children can do them or a parent and child can craft together. This was an easy craft – all the pieces come prepped in a bag and you just dump it out, peel, and stick. My kids had fun with this and they both liked running over to the tree to display their ornaments when they finished.
Here’s my 5-year-old’s completed ornament!
Angel Wind Chime Activity
The next craft is to color an angel wind chime. This couldn’t have been easier to set up – I just gave my kids the angel chimes and the crayons and one kid wanted me to do one with/for him and the other went to town on his own. I love that they included a full 16-pack of Crayola crayons! That’s way better than a small plastic-wrapped pack of 4 crayons like you might get at a restaurant. These will definitely get used in other crafts and activities in our house.
Here are our finished angel wind chimes!
Luminary Bag Craft
The last craft in our box was these pre-star-punched luminary bags! They included little, flickering tea-light-sized electric candles, too.
They sent stickers and glitter glue to decorate the luminary bags.
Verdict: This was our first Hello Bible Junior box, and I think it’s a really great idea to receive ready-made Bible-centric activity boxes, or even as a “substitute Sunday School” for those of us who might not be attending church in person these days. My 3- and 5-year-old are both the right age for these kinds of crafts and materials, so their age levels for this box are accurate. They had fun with the crafts, the advent calendar, and everything else. I haven’t had a subscription for both my boys before so this is really fun.
As far as value goes, it seems in this subscription most of the value is from the experience and not just the material value (although there are craft supplies like the crayons, the book, and the advent calendar that are all reusable and we’ll get value from long-term). Judging from just this box, I don’t think the material value is up to the cost, but for a busy mom like me, I get a lot of value from the curation of materials and activities that I don’t have to think about, shop for, organize, or print. Also, my kids have really missed Sunday school at church, and they seemed to enjoy the novelty of having a “Sunday school box,” which definitely felt meaningful to me personally, while that lasts. I’m curious to see future boxes from Hello Bible.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this was their box for Christmastime that arrived the last week of November, so I could have the materials to do throughout December. If you order in January, your first box will be the February box that ships at the end of January. From their website:
All orders received (or renewed) during the current month are for the next month’s box. They begin shipping at the end of the ordering month, typically around the 25th of each month.
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