As a busy parent finding ways to encourage my children to connect with nature can be hard.
During the weekdays we’re all pretty busy with work, school and after school activities. This means I don’t get a lot of time to plan out any activities for the weekend.
However Mud & Bloom recently sent me their April monthly subscription box to review and it’s full of easy and fun activities to engage children in nature. As an added bonus they’re also educational.
Mud & Bloom was created by Anja in December 2017. As a mum of three, Anja is passionate about the importance of connecting children to nature. Despite living in the City, she enjoys being out and about with her kids whether it’s gardening, crafting or just spending time in nature.
Mud & Bloom is a monthly subscription box that delivers seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box contains everything you need for four seasonal growing and craft activities, along with instructions, nature news and games to teach children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.
Each box has been created for children aged 3-8 years old by qualified teachers.
I really like that the box fits through your letter box so you don’t need to worry about missing a delivery. Upon opening the box I was amazed at how much was inside.
Inside the April box are five leaflets with a different activity on, an information sheet and a nature quiz with woodland treasure hunt.
The activities in the April box are:
- Water cycle braclet
- Puddle disappear
- Batik eggs
- Grow your own wheat grass/grain
- Grow your own carrots
For this review we decided to do the water cycle bracelet craft, puddle disappear activity and grow your own wheatgrass.
Water Cycle Bracelet
The aim of this activity is to make a bracelet using the thread and glass beads. Each bead represents something different in relation to the water cycle.
The light blue bead represents the rain falling down. The green bead is for the grass and plants on the ground. The dark blue bead stands for the water and where it goes such as a puddle, river, lake or the sea. The yellow bead represents the sun heating the water. The clear bead represents vapour and finally the white bead is the clouds.
I really like that there were enough beads and thread to make two bracelets. Quite often with children’s subscription boxes there are only enough supplies to make one of each activity which means that parents with more than one child face the dilemma of which child gets to do that activity.
I also really like that the instructions are straight forward and easy to follow.
R and M really enjoyed making the water cycle bracelets. Everything they needed to make their bracelets was included and it was really simple and easy for them to do.
Next up we decided to do the grow your own wheatgrass activity.
Like the previous activity everything you need is included. You’ll just need a bowl of water to soak the compost pellets in and a plate to spread the compost on.
The instructions were easy to follow and the girls really enjoyed getting their hands messy when taking the netting off the compost pellets and spreading the compost evenly on the plate.
There were plenty of seeds in the packet as well which was really good to see.
R and M are really excited to watch their wheat grass grow!
This activity encourages children to get outdoors. The instruction and information leaflet is full of great information and again the activity is explained well making it easy to understand.
This activity uses the pack of drawing chalk that was included in the box. It was great to see a pack of seven chalks as other boxes would tend to just send one chalk stick.
R and M enjoyed drawing around all of the puddles they could find in our garden!
This activity is like an experiment. During the day the idea is that they would check on their puddle and draw around it again to see what changes have happened – the changes being that the puddle shrinks in size as it’s evaporated.
Overall I think the Mud & Bloom subscription box is brilliant. The activities are simple, fun and easy, plus I really like that the supplies included are generous such as the pack of 7 chalks and the bracelet activity having enough for two bracelets.
Mud & Bloom offer a single box or sibling box. A single box includes enough materials for one child to undertake the activities. A sibling box includes enough materials for two children to undertake the activities.
Single box subscription prices are pictured below.
Sibling box subscription prices are pictured below.
Please note that prices are correct at the time of publication.
For the purpose of this review I was sent the April box to review. All opinions are 100% my own.