The Preschool Box is a monthly subscription that sends preschool activities to encourage learning, reading, and creativity in children aged 3-6. Every box contains specific learning objectives that focus on phonics, reading skills, and basic math concepts with activities, crafts, and a book.
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About The Preschool Box
The Subscription Box: The Preschool Box
The Cost: $32.95 + $5.95 U.S. shipping
The Products: Every box contains specific learning objectives that focus on phonics, reading skills, and basic math concepts and includes 16+ hands-on preschool activities, ready-to-go craft materials, and a book.
Ships to: The U.S. for $5.95 and worldwide at varying rates
The Preschool Box January 2021 Review
The centerpiece of the box is this parent guide and activity workbook. It has a welcome letter on the inside as well as the curriculum plan for this month. Each Preschool Box has 4 weeks all planned out for your child, so by the time you finish everything, your next box should be on its way to you.
The first 6 months of this subscription teach your child the letters of the alphabet (letter recognition, sounds, and writing) and numbers; the following 6 months focus on sounding out and reading words. At the end of the subscription, you receive a fun graduation box! This is box #10.
Here's a look inside at the parent guide and workbook pages. Week 1's plan covers sight words, days of the week, counting by 2s, and counting to 25. Week 2 covers sight words, months of the year, counting to 50, and counting by 5s. Week 3 is about sight words, measuring with cubes, counting to 75, and counting by 10s. Week 4 covers more sigh words, measuring with tiles, and counting to 100. At the end of the booklet is a reading log to track what books you and your child read each day.
Every box contains a folder that holds all the paper materials for the activities and crafts.
Here's a closer look at the worksheets. Kids all learn differently! My son enjoys working through workbooks, so he likes completing these pages, usually. I would say that I have seen the difficulty level of the pages increase as we've made our way through this subscription, and I think the tasks they provide are helpful. I appreciate that there is variety between worksheet pages so it doesn't feel like you're just repeating the same tasks over and over with each letter or sound.
These are some of the activities in our January box. Activities in this box included a "Sight Words Bean Bag Toss," sight words lily pads to jump on, sight words beach ball toss, measuring things with cubes and tiles, play dough sight words, ordering the months of the year and days of the week, and counting charts with translucent circles to practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.
My 5 year old really enjoyed the more physical activities like pictured above, especially the bean bag toss. I really loved the focus on practicing reading this month because we could piece together short sentences and it built my son's confidence! He's doing really well with math, so he didn't spend as much time on the counting and measuring activities.
Little Pip & the Rainbow Wish Board Book by Elizabeth Baguley - Retail value $9.99
This month's book was cute - it's about a mouse who wants to grab a rainbow and bring it down within reach as a present for his friends. They notice his efforts and offer help, and together they try to reach the rainbow by climbing or flying on dandelions. Of course, they never reach it, but they have fun trying. They're bummed once it fades, but they splash in puddles together until it gets dark and the stars come out.
GoGo Squeez Yogurtz Pouch, Berry, 3 oz - Retail value $1.19
My kids love these yogurts! We usually get a box of these yogurts from Costco. Not every Preschool box has contained a snack, but a couple have had a pouch like this. My kids eat them right away!
Verdict: We have really enjoyed our subscription to The Preschool Box! I have found it so helpful to have school-at-home lessons and projects for my 5-year-old simplified and prepped for me. Since getting this box, it's been really fun seeing him work, learn, and play. I've been learning about him and what subjects he likes, what activities he responds to well, and they cover a wide enough range of content to help me see his sticky points that he needs to practice outside of the work from this box. Also, I love that some activities are repeatable so we can build up a sort of library of educational games and activities to reach for later.
It's hard to put a concrete value assessment on this box because of its nature. I can say that it has totally been worth the cost for my family, though. I know I could probably find resources for similar crafts or projects online by myself, but I have three children 5 and under and work from home, and I just do not have the time or bandwidth to be able to sit, research, plan, and prepare educational activities or crafts at the moment. Having everything in this box ready to grab and do together (or to set him up with something to do on his own while I do something else!) with no effort, decision making, or internet hunting on my part has made a huge difference for us. Additionally, I am really happy with how the subscription has increased in skill difficulty in a way that's been right along with my son's skills improving. I've also felt empowered to see the areas where he needs practice and I have been able to help him improve them!
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