Sago Mini Box “Road Trip” Review – December 2020
Sago Mini Box is a monthly make-and-play subscription box for 3-5-year-olds. Each box contains creative activities and collectible characters for your child to play with and encourage their imagination!
Sago Mini Box supports the power of play, and also creates their kits from responsible sources! All of their paper products are made from recycled materials and all activities and the box (not the figurine) can be recycled.
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 Sago Mini Box
The Box: Sago Mini Box
The Cost: $19 + $3 shipping
The Products:”Expect each monthly box to be stuffed to the brim with make-and-play activities and surprises designed to teach modern skills to preschoolers. In addition to the activities, every box comes with a collectible figurine of one of our beloved characters and letters to read aloud to your child.”
Ships to: the continental U.S.
Sago Mini Box “Road Trip” Review
Each Sago Mini Box contains a card that explains the theme and lists the activities included that month. This month’s theme is “Road Trip!”
Each box also comes with a little collectible figurine to use in the activities. This little guy is “Road Trip Jinja,” a little cat buddy.
Activity #1: Road Trip Buddy
The first envelope contained a cardboard car body, two wooden wheels that clip into place, and a long felt road for the car to drive on. The Jinja figurine actually clips onto the car, too! It fits snugly right between his legs and you can drive him around! I was impressed with how well the car works and it was really fun to clip Jinja on and off the car!
The point of the “wiggly road” was to be able to drape it over things to make it an interesting road trip. My son, who is 3, really loved this.
Activity #2: Pit Stop Pal
The next envelope had some pop-out cardboard houses and road signs to add to the road and car from the first activity. The design of the houses is really adorable – they even show indoor scenes of the houses on the flip sides!
Here’s the second activity all set up. I think it’s a really smart design to have these in separate envelopes, but meant to be used together, so you can prolong the fun. My son played with just the road and car quite a bit for a couple of days, and then when I brought out these buildings to add to it, he thought it was the coolest thing and his excitement was reignited all over again.
Activity #3: Back Seat Driver
This activity contains a pop-out cardboard “progress bar” for road trips and bingo cards to use in the car!
The “Are We There Yet?” progress bar/tracker is really cute, and the way the little purple car is designed to be inserted into the slot and then twisted to secure it in place was really clever. It also came with a string with a clasp to attach so you can hang it from the back of the seat in front of your child. Because it’s just cardboard and you have to move it along yourself, we’ve found it works well to wait for my kid to ask about how close we are and then tell him to slide the car to the next line marker.
I wish the bingo cards came with a clipboard or something to make them easier for kids to use/mark in the car, but it’s not a big deal. The bingo cards are all different, including things to spot like hay bales, birds, lakes, construction, police cars, horses, seatbelts, etc. I love these!
Another fun thing to do: turn the shipping box into a car! They included stickers to decorate, as well. The attention to detail is so cute here – there’s a cat napping in the back seat, pedals on the floor below the steering wheel, and a little “radio” inside.
This was adorable and my son loved decorating it and using it to drive a plush toy around.
Verdict: This was our first Sago Mini Box and my 3-year-old and I loved it! I really like the design aesthetic, the cleverness of how they create all these activities and toys from cardboard pop-outs, and the thoughtful details that surprised me with every item. I also like how things to do with the box contents are split into envelopes because it kept “the magic” alive so much longer because I could keep pulling something out to add to the fun. Another aspect that I appreciate about this box is that it seems useful while I am currently trying to declutter and purge our toys and belongings. This kit has lots of playtime value, does not take up much space at all, and if any pieces get damaged or are no longer used we can recycle them.
I know not every kid plays the same way or is interested in the same things, so there is a fair level of subjectivity that goes into evaluating the value of Sago Mini Box. I knew this would be a hit with my son because he has such a great imagination and can sit and play with something simple forever, creating all these stories and adventures in his head, and Sago Mini Box plays right into that creativity. This box costs $22 ($19 + $3 shipping), and we had so much fun with this, I am happy with our experience for that price.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Maybe! When you sign up, you can specify theme preferences and pick one of the characters you think your child will like. (I chose Jinja the Cat, so I think that’s why we got this for our first box.) After that, you receive boxes based on availability and your crate history – not all subscribers receive the same theme each month.
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