Chick chick chick chick chicken, make a ToucanBox with me!
Chick chick chick chick chicken, I'm going to eat you for my tea.
BY ROBIN BATES
Craft subscription box for children and the young at heart
£7.99 plus £2 postage.
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Chilled, mildly messy, fun. An easy 4 out of 5 with no cultural appropriation this month.
We already had a delightful time with a ToucanBox, despite us being slightly uncomfortable with one of the crafts presented in the box.
Easter comes around and smashes those concerns out of the water with some bunny ears, egg bunting, and a rabbit pompom and printing picture.
It's really hard to write a whole bunch of words about it, so my friend Liz and I spent an afternoon drinking gin and making crafts.
What is ToucanBox?
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” - Mary Lou Cook
ToucanBox started because they believe creative thinking is the number one skill for the future. Yet in their experience as mum of 3 children and Montessori teacher respectively, they saw funding for arts in schools being cut, and busy lifestyles or screens getting in the way of imagination. Knowing that children learn best by “doing”, especially if they’re having fun, and with “hands-on” time seems to be in fierce competition with “screen” time. they developed toucanBox, to make it easy to unleash children’s creativity; having fun making things, learning in the process, creating memories and asking “why?”.
The team is made of former teachers, educators, and artists and the included science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) magazine gives loads of fun and educational activities – from learning coordinates to basic programming, via the lifecycle of a butterfly.
Liz and I had a brilliant afternoon – we didn’t learn much what with me being 40 (Liz will kill me if I don’t point out that she’s much younger than I am) – but we had FUN.
Crafting has loads of mental health benefits, just ask the members of the Coaching for Geeks Community, it’s chill, it’s a bit of focus, and you achieve something in a fairly short space of time.
What did we make?
Egg Bunting/Lord Mayor of Eggytown Ceremonial Chains
Bunny Print with Pompom Tail/Tribute to Donnie Darko
Is it worth it?
Sure, most of this will go in the bin before long but it’s not about the end goal, it’s about the experience and the journey and I can easily imagine a family getting more out of it.
If you’re a crafty type with drawers full of card, paints, pipe cleaners, crayons, string, etc you probably don’t need toucanbox. You could easily buy all the bits and pieces for less at Poundland (American readers, our money is pounds and pence, stop being vulgar!).
Toucan box brings it all together in a lovely package, with little wastage, and a fun experience. From the names on the box to the STEAM focused magazine… if I were a kid I’d REALLY look forward to my monthly toucan box arriving.
As a 40 year old man… I REALLY look forward to my monthly toucan box arriving.
If you only came here to see me defrauding the Lord Mayor of Stafford out of tickets to Shugborough Hall fireworks display with a picture my dad made... here you go.
We were both having a rough time when we tackled toucanbox and it really cheered us up. Fun, messy, crafty, not too taxing.
For adults, mix with gin, for kids, just have fun with it.
Easy to make, easy to clean up, and some educational content and stickers. Loved it.
For £9.99 it's a couple of hours of entertainment and with one of out toucanbox links and teh code: AWBOX19 you'll only pay postage.
The Good Stuff:
- It's just a lot of fun
- Messy without being TOO messy
- LOVE that it fits through the letterbox, so no trips to the sorting office
The Bad Stuff:
- You could buy the contents individually cheaper
- Like all subscription boxes you need to keep track of things
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