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I have always thought that Think Outside Boxes were such a cool concept, so when I saw they had a Junior subscription for ages 4-7, I knew I had to check it out! This is designed as a two-year program that helps children explore nature, collect new gear, and practice outdoor skills. I will be reviewing their Intro box, which is what every new subscription starts with.
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.)
What's Inside the Junior Edition Intro Box?
At the top of our box, we received this little introduction that describes what we will receive each month and gives us their mission statement.
I was so impressed with the first item I took out of the box - this awesome khaki explorer satchel! It seems to be a quality bag with an adjustable strap and plenty of roomy pockets for all of your outdoor explorer gear. I could totally steal this and use it as a purse if it didn't have a logo on the outside, but since it does, I guess the kids will get to keep it. 😉
The second thing that really impressed me was this set of walkie talkies. It says they have a range of up to 2 miles, although we haven't tested it that far yet, and it also has a keypad lock, headphone jack, and built-in flashlight. My daughter and I had some fun testing them out while they were playing in the backyard, and they seemed to work well! They were easy to operate, even though they have a lot of functions that I don't quite know how to use yet and the screen is backlit making it easy to see the display.
We received our first two flashcards - one that describes the outdoors and one that gives some fun facts about cats. These have a nice glossy coating, and they came with a ring so that we can continue collecting cards each month.
Explorer Pass & Badge
This explorer pass has a space at the beginning to fill out our personal information, and then has a few pages for us to add badges to each month. We received our cat-themed explorer badge this month! There is also some space at the end for some notes or drawings at the end.
This postcard has some fun nature facts, a note about respecting nature, and a cute little word search to go along with it.
Bingo Cards, Pen & Crayons
I love these little glossy bingo cards! One side has pictures for younger children, while the other just has words of things in nature that they have to find. They also included a set of dry erase crayons making these such a great on-the-go activity while out hiking or exploring! They also included a fun pen with several different colors that will be great for taking notes in our explorer pass with.
The main item in our box is this great, colorful activity booklet. They start by highlighting all of the things we received in this box followed by an introduction to the "crew." Then there are a ton of fun, engaging, age-appropriate activities like a scavenger hunt, jokes, a guided sketch, and even a few words to learn in Spanish. They taught us the rules for our outdoor bingo game, and gave us the challenge of creating our own obstacle course made of natural materials. While weather has kept us from working on this just yet, I know it will be something my kids will take very seriously and enjoy a lot!
Checklist and Calendar
Lastly, they left us with some ideas to help us look forward to next month's box. We have a calendar to fill up with some fun ideas, and a checklist of things we can do before that next box arrives like building a fort, drawing a picture of our family, or helping someone. I love that they included some acts of kindness in there for some character-building!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $39.95 (Renews monthly on the 25th of the month for $29.95)
Sometimes it's hard to answer this question, but in this case, I really think this box was totally worth it! The materials we received seem to be high-quality (also who doesn't think it's cool to get your own set of walkie talkies?), and the activities were engaging and age-appropriate. I thought everything we received worked well together to help kids gain an appreciation for nature and the outdoors and there was a nice balance between providing guidance and encouraging exploration. Overall, I think this box was very well done and I can't wait to see what subsequent months will look like!
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To Wrap Up:
Every subscription will start with the introduction box, followed by the current month
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