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My ZOO Box Review – January 2021

Brandi Dowell
ByBrandi DowellJan 31, 2021 | 9 comments

My Zoo Box
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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 January 2021 – Sea Turtle

Note: The following item was received in our first box, not this month’s box!

 

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.

My son was so excited to check out this month’s box!

 

Passport Sticker

This month we received this nice sea turtle sticker to add to our passport.

 

Cereal Sea Turtle Recipe

This card lists all of the items in our box and it has a recipe for making a Cereal Sea Turtle on the back. This is a fun little bonus item to me!

 

Sea Turtle Info Card

Our sea turtle card has a nice glossy photograph of a swimming sea turtle on the front with lots of facts on the back. I love that it reads like a little letter from the turtle. They covered a lot of great facts that I felt were a bit more in-depth than your average list of facts, which we appreciated.

 

Wild Republic Ecokins Mini Sea Turtle   – Retail Value $14.99 (found here for $13.15)

Meet Spongie! This is the adorable little turtle stuffed animal that my son has decided he can’t sleep without since he received this box. She is soft, cute, and just the right size at 8 inches. While she doesn’t feel quite as substantial as our polar bear from last month (the bear had beads inside which added to the weight), this turtle is special because she is made from 100%  recycled materials. I love that it’s a fun eco-friendly turtle, especially considering how some of these materials used to make her are exactly what endangers sea turtles in the first place.

 

National Geographic Kids Sea Turtles Book – Retail Value $4.99 (found here for $4.74)

I love that they send a full-sized book in these boxes and these National Geographic readers are especially nice! They are bright, colorful, and full of engaging information and even some activities. They are such a great way to educate kids and even though my son itsn’t reading on his own yet, he can still enjoy this book for all of the many photographs they include. I loved the section on Safekeeping which gave some simple ways that they could help sea turtles from home.

 

My kids were intrigued (and saddened) by the photo of the sea turtle coated in oil. This was a great teachable moment, though!

 

Sea Turtle Anatomy Poster

These little posters are so cool! This shows the anatomy of a sea turtle which is so interesting since sea turtles’ bodies are mostly hidden by their large shells.

 

Wildlife Collections “The Journey” Sea Turtle Bracelet in Lava Stone – Retail Value $14.95

Our toy this month is not necessarily something we can play with, but it was a huge hit with my kids! This cute sea turtle bracelet is made of lava stones and comes with an accompanying card that tells us about a turtle named Spongie. We can scan the QR code on the postcard and see where Spongie has been traveling. Not only was this really fun and engaging for my kids, but the purchase of this bracelet directly benefits the Sea Turtle Conservancy. I love that our box purchase is helping to positively impact an incredibly cool animal!

 

The bracelet was a tad big on my son, but it seemed to make a nice necklace for Spongie our stuffed turtle!

 

Here we can see where Spongie has traveled. That first pop up (swipe through) was a bit intimidating, but I was happy to learn that our bracelet was purchased through a legitimate source! The kids and I were able to talk about where we though Spongie was going and why using some of the information we had learned from all the resources in this box.

 

Sea Turtle Art Activity

This month for our art activity, we received some materials to make our own turtle. They provided some paper and a bowl along with some turtle body parts to cut out, and they suggested painting or coloring the white paper and bowl. We had to supply our own scissors, glue, and either paint or markers.

 

We had some green paint so I got that out for him to cover his bowl and paper with.

 

Then, once those were dry, he cut out some squares from the papers and I helped him cut out the turtle body parts. He assembled it all together using a glue stick and his turtle was finished!

Cute and simple! While it was just that, I kind of felt like the art activity has a bit of room for improvement. There were some extra materials this month for us to use in comparison to last month, but maybe just a couple of crayons, a marker, or a small bottle of paint would have made this feel more complete to me. Honestly, even putting the directions on a piece of cardstock with a photo of the finished project on the back would add so much to this aspect of the box for me. This is totally just me being nit-picky though!

Verdict: This month’s My ZOO Box was even better than our first one, in my opinion, because I just loved the eco-friendly/conservation angle. The sea turtle plush made entirely from recycled water bottles could be tied directly into the section of our book about finding trash in the ocean, and we even directly impacted sea turtles with the purchase of our bracelet and it was so much fun to track Spongie. I really think this box has a lot to offer if you have an animal-loving child like I do! As for the retail value, the turtle, book, and bracelet cost $34.93, and since this subscription costs $34.95 with free shipping that’s like getting all of those extras like the sticker, recipe, anatomy poster, and the art activity for free! Overall, it’s a great box for us and one that my son is already looking forward to receiving next month!

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!

For more ways to entertain your littles, head over to our list of the best subscription boxes for kids!

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What do you think of My ZOO Box?

"My ZOO Box is the WILDEST way to learn about animals! Each month a new animal will fly, swim, float, or stomp through your door. Your child will develop a deep connection to the wonders of the world in which they live through exposure and inquiry."
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!

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!
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9 comments

Jen

I read the turtle’s postcard-I have never heard of seasweed!!! I thought I have tried just about EVERY type of vegetable, but I guess not. When I go shopping today, I will be asking my grocer for some seasweed for my family to try!

Brandi Dowell

Oh really? A lot of health food stores have it! I used to like it when I was younger, but I don’t know when the last time I’ve had it was! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Carol

This is the cutest subscription, I love it! I’m checking out the Mini Zoo for my niece.

Jessica

I love this!!!! Wish they had boxes like this when I was a child ❤

Brandi Dowell

I know! I think I would have loved it! 🙂

Alice

This is a fabulous box. I believe it would be wonderful for adults, too!

Brandi Dowell

Definitely! Anyone who loves animals would appreciate it! 🙂

Amy in KC

This is such a cute sub. I love sea turtles and may “need” to find that plushie for myself. I can’t wait to see what critter you get next month!

Brandi Dowell

We can’t wait either! He asks me about it all the time! lol 🙂

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