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 Subscription Box: WompleBox
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.
Ships to: The U.S. for free
Good to Know: You will receive bonus items when you sign up for a longer commitment!
WompleBox March 2021 "France" Review
In this month's box, we received this great fold-out pamphlet with information about France on each panel. We had a recipe for strawberry crepes, some information about the Eiffel Tower and a little bit of art history!
On the back of the informational sheet was a map of France with several different landmarks and a little key for measuring the distance between the various locations.
Each month they send unique stickers related to the country we are learning about. This month was all about the foods in France. Yum!
We got out a ruler and checked it out, but mostly he just enjoyed placing his stickers on the map.
Each month we also receive a collectible keychain. This month my son was excited to see this cute pigeon in a beret!
My son gets so excited for each new Womple book! These chapter books are full of colorful illustrations, photos, and tons of information about France, which is presented as a story. The text is full of various fonts and colors to highlight words of importance and they usually 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 and so educational. They incorporate the various aspects of culture into the story through the landmarks he visits, foods he encounters, and the people that he meets.
Activity 1: Pointillism Painting
This month they provided two separate activities for us to do. First, we got to do our own painting using the pointillism method.
First, we studied the included image of Seurat's painting so that he could see that it was really made up of tiny dots.
They provided two different sized painting swabs, paint, a cardboard canvas with a frame and Eiffel Tower cut out, and a piece of paper to cover our work surface.
He began with his background and he did keep forgetting to use dots so I may have had to remind him and help him "fix" a few areas. He had the concept down by the time we got to the actual tower though! This was a little bit messy and the swabs were kind of difficult to clean off in between colors since they absorbed paint a bit more than brushes, but honestly, the way they planned this was pretty mess-free overall!
When he was done painting I used the little sticky foam squares they provided to stick the tower onto the background and then the frame over top of it all. I thought it turned out pretty great! My 3-year-old was definitely intrigued so I think we may have to do some cotton swab painting soon!
Activity 2: French Comic Book
Our next activity was another artsy one, but so cool; my son got to make his own comic book and they provided everything he could possibly need for it. On the back, they even had a fun fact about how the Smurfs began as a French comic!
They provided this awesome book with various boxes in different shapes for him to add his story to. The book actually has a ton of pages which I thought was great. I honestly would love to have a few of these around for my kids to do this activity whenever! My daughter was already asking to make her own when she saw his!
They also provided markers and three large pages of stencils. One features letters and numbers, one is full of fun comic style speech bubbles and phrases, and the last features some fun French items and Womple in a beret. What a great idea!
He was really eager to get started although I did have to help him with the stencils a little.
He ended up not even using any stencils, but he was so inspired and wrote a pretty fun comic involving his dad's hair falling out and something about turning into an alien. It was very creative and I love that he has plenty of other pages to fill in with more wild stories from his 4-year-old imagination!
Verdict: I really loved how inspired my son was by the activities in this month's WompleBox! He enjoyed the pointillism activity, and as a former art teacher, I was really pleased with it as well, but the comic book activity was definitely the one that sparked the most creativity! Not only did he get introduced to a fun new concept, but now we have all of those great stencils to use whenever. They are thick and well-made which means they will definitely hold up to use. Even though both activities were pretty art-centered, they were very different and I thought they were very fitting for a trip to France!
To Wrap Up:
Your subscription starts the month following your purchase and we ship by the 4th of each month. Order cutoff for next month's delivery is the last day of the month and subscriptions renew on the 15th.
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