Let’s face it, some of this summer holidays has been a complete washout hasn’t it?! And whilst it’s nice to have spent some of our rainy afternoons discovering Disney Classics, it’s also brilliant to know I something I can pull out of the bag (or in this case, box) to keep Emilia entertained as our plants get watered by nature.
Trunkaroo is a monthly children’s creativity subscription box (you can buy them as a one off too), sent to you by post to help your little ones to think, explore and invent! As soon as I heard about these I knew we were onto a winner with Emilia as she loves to go out to craft groups and messy play. But as I’m not that creative in that respect I always found it difficult to know what to buy to have in for her to create projects at home.
We tried Trunkaroo a few months ago when we received a box that taught Emilia all about planting seeds and how things grow, in fact we still have some of the radishes she grew in her little garden table outside! It was a wonderful box so I had really high expectations for this box too.
This month’s theme is Bubble Science. Two of Emilia’s favourite things right there. Once again, in our box we found everything we needed to complete our art and science projects. I think the only thing we added was a pair of scissors and a bowl! When you realise everything you get inside, it’s such fantastic value for money.
There were two projects: ‘My 3D Bubble Wands’ and ‘My Bubble Picture’. Emilia liked the sound of both and was eager to get on with them straight away! Also included is a Discoveroo Magazine, packed with facts, doodles, experiments and more! I’ve kept this booklet to one side in our changing bag to complete when we’re out and about so I’ll add photos here when we complete them. For now I’ll focus on the contents and projects in the box.
The first project is an experiment. Included were pipe cleaners, bubble solution and straws. The plan was to make some fun bubble wands to show different sizes and shapes of bubbles when blown through these different wands. They were easy to make, fun for me to get involved in too and the end creation was a selection of bubble wands which Emilia still uses now with her bubble solution out in the garden.
Emilia really enjoyed making these and carrying out the experiment to the end. It was fantastic for her motor skills, exploration and social interaction as we really enjoyed making these together. That’s also something that’s really important to me as she’s now very interested in interactive and social play, so to have these skills will really help in making new friends and playing well with others.
The second project was a bubble picture. In this set we had everything we needed to get messy and create a picture using bubbles and paint. We even made use of the box itself to make the picture! Great for us parents who encourage messy play but in the backs of our minds want to keep things as mess free as possible in the process.
We tied fabric over the end of a straw using a band and used bubble solution mixed with paint to blow bubble paint onto painting paper. We had the best fun doing this and the colours we were given created a really sweet ‘Under the Sea’ painting! Once dried we then used the crayons to draw fish and other sea creatures.
The fun doesn’t stop there! Trunkaroo include loads of other tips in the instruction booklets, so that you can continue the fun (maybe on another day?) by giving parents ideas to further the creations you make using crafts we may have at home.
It’s clearly fun for the kids, but what I really love is the length Trunkaroo go to to think of everything for you. There are fun facts to read and challenges to complete (in this instance, using cookie cutters and other home items to blow bubbles through) so the experiments continue after you’ve completed what’s in the pack!
To receive £5 off your order at Trunkaroo, please use the code KIRSTIE5
We will kindly receive Trunkaroo boxes for the next few months and I’ll continue to show you what’s inside in future posts!
This post is written in collaboration and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I will also continue with a subscription once this collaboration has ended as I really love everything that Trunkaroo are about!