Of the month clubs are by no means new, I remember signing my sister up for them in the form of monthly cheese when we were in middle school, and more recently wine. What does seem to be new and popular is the monthly boxes for children. And they come in a plethora of varieties; STEM, monthly reading, engineering, crafts and on and on. Ooey and I recently received a January Box from Curly Clues Book Club, the following is a review.
Our Curly Clues Book Club Box was delivered to our door at what I’ll call the witching hours, the time of day between 3pm and bedtime when Ooey is both tired and bored, needless to say digging into the box was a completely welcomed distraction. The first task Ooey assigned herself was to pick out every single piece of packing material from the package while I read aloud the welcome booklet.
The welcome booklet included not only a description of what was in the box but also apps, game ideas and music playlists. Included in the box was My Friend is Sad (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willams, a matching card game called Crazy 8’s, a few mini play doughs, and of course every kid’s favorite Crayola Washable Markers as well as printables exclusively for the Curly Clues January Box.
Every month the Curly Clues Book Club Box is designed around a theme, January’s theme was empathy. The empathy box focused on activities that get kids thinking about the feelings of others and the projects included worked best with multiple children. The main project from the box was to plan a birthday party; blank invitations, along with play dough and candles for a ‘cake” served as the basis for the imaginary party. The welcome booklet provided an outline for parents on how to get the party started, including useful tips such as having the children write thank you cards to their guests once they leave. The goal of the party is to encourage children to think about kindness, gratitude and the perspective of others.
Other activities include playing the Crazy 8’s card game, an activity which re-enforces turn taking and focuses attention. A reading guide for parents was included for “My Friend is Sad” by Mo Willams, tips on how to read the story in the most compelling way and a list of suggested questions to ask the children throughout or after the story. Another included craft was making medals for friends, the project is meant to stimulate a dialogue about what your child likes about his or her friends. Finally the booklet includes suggestions for further games such as musical chairs and instrument making, using common household objects like buckets, bowls and toilet paper rolls.
All in all the box was very well thought out, no surprise as Jane (the founder) has three decades of experience as a speech language pathologist working with children. The box itself was too advanced for my two year old, but she did enjoy playing 52 card pickup with Crazy 8’s (Crazy 8’s is now tucked away in our “for later” toy drawer). This product is best for multiple children and I could see it being a great addition to a nanny share for example. Additionally the activities require a high level of engagement form a parent or caregiver, a great way to bond over something new and different.
If you would like the February Curly Clues Book Club Box (the theme is love) for your family, or a reoccurring membership there is a discount for the readers of my blog. (Thanks Jane!) Save 20% off your first box when you order by March 1 using the code TINASAVE20. Sign up for a recurring monthly subscription and save 25% using the code TINAMONTHLY25.
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