One of my main beefs about Winter time is that we can spend a lot of time holed up inside and not enough time connecting with nature – something that is so vital for our well-being as humankind. So when in the thick of January we were sent the latest box from Mud & Bloom – a lovely subscription box which encourages children to connect with the outdoors, it was just the ticket.
January’s box was a breath of fresh air. A lovely gardening and nature crafts box aimed at 3 – 8 year olds containing two seasonal activities and one gardening activity, and one nature craft. All of which meant we could bring the outside inside, even in the depths of Winter.
All the activities included have been created by qualified teachers and they support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education – so all a massive win in my book.
The January box included:
A nature news bulletin
This was a lovely way of setting the scene for what’s happening in nature in January – my daughter loves to learn about nature and it was a great way for her to learn all about what plants, animals and insects as well as birds are up to this month.
A January bird spotting activity
Seeing as the Big Garden Bird Watch is kicking off next week this was the perfect way to wet her appetite for bird spotting in our own backyard and when we are out and about.
A sprouting seed activity
Everything you need in a little kit to sprout your very own seeds from home. The little hugely enjoyed preparing this and it has since provided daily fascination as we check in every day on its progress with queries about when we can eat them! This is a lovely lesson in how things grow for young children.
A grow your own avocado tree activity
Yes really! I honestly had no idea how easy this could be….a fun project to set up and one we are patiently now watching and waiting for progress on. I had no idea this could be a household plant so there you go I learnt something too.
Make your own twigboat activity
As we’re still making our way through the January box – as I do love to dip in and out of these boxes rather than do them all in one go (a great thing to do after school) – this is our activity for the week which we plan to set sail on a stream in Bushy Park over the weekend.Imagine the excitement on the littles face….!
All summed up with a January quiz
Nature mastermind for the minis…a great way to test what they have learnt over the months.
I have to say, this has been a really charming subscription box and as a mum who is keen to encourage as much interaction with nature and gardening as possible amongst children, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this box which is hugely enjoyable and educational both for parent and child.
A box costs £7.95 per month inclusive of UK shipping and you can get 50% off your first box by using the code MOTHERHOODREAL here. There’s no obligation to stay and any subscriber can cancel at any time so it’s entirely flexible. In the meantime why not check out my post about garden activities for children for all seasons.
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*I was sent a Mud & Bloom subscription box for honest review. All opinions are my own.