I’m always looking for fun and educational activities for my daughter. She’s at the age where everything fascinates her so I try to take advantage of that as much as possible. For a while she attended Montessori preschool and she absolutely loved it. She enjoyed the hands on aspect of learning and the ability to do things at her own pace. When the opportunity came about to review a BabbaBox, I was instantly sold. Why? Because finding fun and educational activities for kids isn’t always the easiest. Sure I can find a craft on Pinterest but usually that means going to several different stores to find the materials I need. I don’t have to do that with BabbaBox, everything I need is included.
“Neccessity, who is the mother of invention” – Plato
Envisioning a product that would provide a solution to the problem “what to do with the kids,” Jessica Kim, a mother herself, invented the BabbaBox. The BabbaBox is a monthly or annual subscription service that provides you with fun, educational activities for your child ages 3-6. Each box has a theme and includes activities related to that theme. The theme of our box was rainbows, which was actually very fitting, My daughter had recently learned about rainbows through one of her PBS programs.
There are four major components of a BabbaBox: create, explore, story tell and connect. Your child will be able to create 2-3 hands on projects. The best thing about this? All the materials you need are included! As a previous work-outside-the-home mom, I see this as a wonderful option for working moms. When your time is limited, every minute you have to spend with your child is even more precious so why waste that time determining which activities to do and then spending the time to go out and buy the materials? With BabbaBox, all of that is taken care of for you. Even for stay-at-home-moms (like me), the ease of having this box delivered each month is priceless. Not having to wrangle the kids in the store vs. home delivery? I’ll take home delivery every time. My BabbaBox included:
Create – enormous bubbles and see rainbows in our bubbles & decorate your own hat with different colors of the rainbow
Explore – turn sunlight into rainbows with a prism & trace rainbows to make colorful artwork
Story Tell – read a story of a boy who chases a rainbow
Connect (with digital downloads) – play rainbow blocks & go on a rainbow-chasing adventure with The Cat In The Hat
My daughter’s favorite activity of course was the bubble wand, closely followed by the pipe cleaners we made into bubble wands. Using the template provided, she laid the pipe cleaners out on the paper and tried to bend them to match the shapes. With a little help from me, we were able to make our own bubble wands, though they never made it into any bubble solution. It was tempting to do all of the activities at once but I decided to space them out a bit. We’re saving the hat for next week. I also have to confess (here I go again with the confessions) that I’ve never downloaded a QR reader for my iPhone before. My advice? Pay the 99¢ to get rid of the ads. They’re annoying. You need to QR reader to access the downloads. In order to get the code for the Rainbow Blocks app, just send an email to BabbaCo with some specific information and within 24 hours, they will email you an access code. I’m also saving that for a rainy day (literally) and who knows, maybe we’ll even see a real rainbow.
BabbaCo is also offering all East9thStreet readers a 20% discount off your first BabbaBox with a subscription! Just use code E920OFF when you check out.
AROUND THE HOUSE GIVEAWAY EVENT
As part of the Noise Girls Around the House Giveaway Event, you will have the chance to win a prize package designed For the Outdoors that includes your very own BabbaBox! Big thanks to BabbaCo! Be sure to come back on June 25th to enter for your chance to win!
— East 9th Street (@East9thStreet) June 22, 2012
Disclosure: East9thStreet received product in order to conduct their review. Regardless opinions are 100% mine and yours may differ.