Flinns first toucanBox arrived and we were both really excited to get stuck in and see what it was like. As it was his first box we got to choose what the included crafts were, he chose:
- Planets Poster
- Antarctic Snow Globe
There was also a sheet of stickers and a magazine included which I will talk about more below.
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toucanBox Planet Poster
We started with the planets poster. All the equipment was included, the only extra items we needed were scissors and a glass of water. The first step was to decorate the coffee filters using markers, water (applied with a pipette), and pieces of coloured bleeding tissue paper.
Flinn then had to glue the dried coffee filters to the back of the poster over the pre-cut holes. He then added gold sticker rings to Saturn and Uranus and some glow in the dark stars over the rest of the poster. There was a space under each planet to write the names of the planets which I did for him.
As soon as the poster was finished Flinn was keen to hang it straight up on his wall.
toucanBox Snow Globe
The second craft in the box was the antarctic snow globe, a craft I am really impressed with. It was all within Flinn’s capabilities and only took around 15 minutes to make. The end result was a fun and educational toy then kept all 3 boys entertained for ages.
Again, everything was included, we just had to grab some scissors.
The first step was to cut and stick together some paper straws then attach them to the polystyrene disc. Flinn then had to attach the cardboard penguin to the disc and then wrap it around the clear snowglobe casing. This part was a bit fiddly and had to be done accurately so I had to help.
The craft was then finished off by filling the globe with the snow (polystyrene balls) and confetti stars. He also applied some sparkly stickers to give it that professional finish!
The snowglobe works by blowing through the connected straw which sends the balls flurrying. The boys found this really exciting along with watching how the snowglobe was getting streamed up by their hot breaths!
Each toucanBox also contains a 27-page magazine full of activities such as colouring in, recipes, instructions to build your own rocket, and even an experiment making rocket fuel!!
Conclusion of toucanBox planet poster and snow globe
For our first box, I couldn’t have been happier. The crafts were great for Flinn in that they were engaging, worked his fine motor skills, were challenging yet he was able to do most of them by himself. They don’t take too long either so they can be done in one sitting. Even for a child with a short attention span!
Including the magazine is a great way to make you feel you are really getting your money’s worth. They can dip in and out of the magazine throughout the month until their next box arrives. It includes a variety of activities so there is always something new and fresh.
I love that the quality of the final crafts are good enough that they can be kept to enjoy later. The poster will be hung on his wall for a long time and I am sure the snow globe will be played with again and again.
Has your child done the toucanBox planet poster or snow globe? How did they find it?
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