J and I were both delighted and excited in equal measures when the Weekend Box arrived through our letterbox and landed on the doormat some time last week. Our Aztec themed box was preceded by an email from the team (they will always email you a list of ingredients before your box arrives, just so you are prepared for when it does), listing all the things that we would need to get started with the cooking section of our Weekend Box. The list was not long, just four ingredients, two of which were chocolate! No wonder we were delighted and excited to get started with our box.
J had a go at opening the box over the weekend. As you can see, the box is a nifty little thing. It encloses four activity sheets and four packets of essentials, one for each activity. There are four activity categories: craft, kitchen, nature and intellectual and a little animal mascot to represent each one. I really like this idea of four categories in every box, so that there is something for everyone, and you and your little one get a variety of things to choose from and create.
The little touches is what makes the Weekend Box different. Like marking the wrong side of the box with a huge "Oh No!" and directing you to flip the box over before opening it. Just so that it opens up looking neat and tidy.
|The Weekend Box|
And that the activity sheets are colour coded to match the packet of essentials, so you know exactly which pack you need to open when you pick out an activity to do.
Each activity sheet comes with a little history behind the inspiration for that activity. Our sheets talked about how the Aztecs regarded cocoa-beans as money and how they revered a magnificent bird. In addition, the sheet lists all the things that you will need for the activity, most of which are included in the accompanying packet. On the reverse are instructions you will need to carry out the activity, which you may choose to ignore, especially if you have a three and a half year old who insists on doing things his way.
|The Weekend Box|
That said, J was more than happy to start out with the Aztec craft activity. It called on him to make a set of coasters with mosaic tile designs. I struggled to keep him at bay while I cut out felt squares and triangles, which he could then use to stick on to square cards to make his coasters. For J was right there, brandishing his pair of scissors, insisting on cutting everything in sight. He eventually settled on counting how many squares and triangles we had, so that I managed to cut the remaining pieces of felt rather uneventfully.
|Creating mosaics with The Weekend Box|
Next, it was time to create our Aztec mosaics. J had other ideas. There are only so many things you can tell a three year old. How to create Aztec mosaics is not one of them. So I decided to sit back and watch as he got busy doing what he does best - independent creative play. He picked up pieces of felt, removed the backing paper to expose the sticky surfaces, and created a couple of rather wonderful contemporary works of art.
|Try getting a 3 year old to pose for a photo without pulling a face!|
J had to have a reward for all his effort. The Weekend Box includes reward stickers for every completed activity, in addition to one large sticker when you have finished the entire box. And J was quite right in saying, "And some colouring," when he first opened the box. For the bottom of the box doubles up as a certificate that can be coloured in and where you can place the final large completion sticker.
Overall, I must say both J and I were very impressed with our Weekend Box. We did not manage to get through all four activities over the weekend, but hope to do so over the next few days. I am especially looking forward to the cooking one. It is to make spiced hot chocolate, which J has promised to whip up for his parents. Cannot wait!
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Disclaimer: I was sent a Weekend Box for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.