Small Brown Box – Craft Ideas for Kids { Review + Giveaway}

Every mom to a preschooler knows how important it is to include art and craft time into your child’s daily routine. This activity time is essential for kids to learn things by doing and also to let them explore various concepts, materials and ideas.

At our home there is a ready stock of craft materials for cut and paste activity, recycling stuff, drawing and coloring etc. But if you know me then you also know that I am not a very crafty person. Sure I love creating Pinterest boards of amazing craft ideas for kids but I genuinely don’t have an art and craft bent of mind. That said, I never want to let that come in the way of my daughter enjoying art and craft activities.

When Puja Bhoj, the entrepreneur behind Small Brown Box approached me to review their Activity based subscription box, I was intrigued and wanted to try it first hand. This is a novel concept for activity based art and craft for kids in India What’s more she has given an opportunity to one of our readers to win a free box of Small Brown Box. So keep reading to know how you can win this wonderful activity box for your child.

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What is Small Brown Box

Small Brown Box is a company which promotes open ended learning among children through art & craft activities. They are also aware that often kids’ imagination is restricted by the lack of age appropriate craft ideas, availability of craft materials and often artistically handicapped parents (like yours truly).

This is why they literally bring to your doorstep, a monthly subscription box full of carefully curated theme based activities. You can be assured of the quality of the activities chosen since the team behind Small Brown Box includes Preschool teachers, parents, education experts and most importantly kids themselves.

All the activities target developmental areas like Creativity, communication, gross motor skills, and not to forget FUN! The themes of the box is never repeated for the next month so every month you can be sure of your child learning a new skill.

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What’s inside a Small Brown Box

Depending upon the theme each box will contain

Craft materials and ideas for at least two projects related to the theme like Space, water, plants etc.
Clear and illustrated instruction manuals on how the materials are to be used and for what activities.
There is a Messiness meter and an adult involvement meter on the instruction card of each activity which tells of how much a parent needs to involved in the activity.
There will also be at least three ideas which you can explore at home with your child at any time.
Each activity will target some developmental areas which will be mentioned on the instruction manuals.
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Our Experience

We received a Pirate box for review and “Ahoy” it was fun!!

The box contained two theme based activities i.e. Making a Pirate dress-up ( pirate hat and eye patch) and designing a treasure chest to go for a treasure hunt. We also received a bonus activity- making a pet parrot for the pirate. The raw materials needed for the projects from paper to feathers, glue dots and even sketch pens was included in the kit.

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Sam had a whale of a time designing her treasure box. She loves secrets, hiding places and treasure boxes. The concept of Pirate was still new to her and she asked me a ton of questions about what a pirate was, where we could find one, why they wear an eye patch and so on. I gave her a free rein on designing the treasure box with sketchpens and stepped in only when she ran out of ideas.

Next we created the Pirate hat which was surprisingly easy thanks to all the numbering markings on the paper and the eye patch was also made in a jiffy. There was a cardboard stencil in the kit which made decorating the pirate hat so much fun.

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Last but not the least Sam made her own pet parrot puppet using a craft stick, outline of a parrot, colors and feathers. This was the first we used glue dots for craft and it made the process so much more cleaner and easier. We have also received three activity ideas to explore later- Making a Pirate hook, A parrot puppet stage and an Origami boat. Notice how all the activities are related to the theme yet target various developmental skills for children.

Overall we had lots of fun the small brown box and thanks to the preplanned ideas and materials the craft time was more of fun than chaos for us.

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How to Subscribe to Small Brown Box

You can go to their website Smallbrownbox.com and choose from a range of monthly subscription options.

The pricing options are

1 month – Rs 1,150/-

3 Months- Rs 2,550/- (Rs 850/- per box)

6 Months- Rs 4,800/- (Rs 800/- per box)

12 Months- Rs 9,000/- (Rs 750/- per box)

What we loved about the Small Brown Box

It is a treat to spend time with your kids doing activities which are learning based as well as fun. It gives me a chance of spending quality time with my daughter creating, exploring and laughing.
Is ideal for people with limited space to store craft material and even more limited time to research ideas and build activities.
Has everything (down to the last pencil) needed for the activity so never have to leave an activity in between because of a missing material.
Win it !
One lucky reader can win One Small Brown Box absolutely FREE!!!

All you need to do

Be a fan of SmallBrownBox Facebook page

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Let us know that you are fans of both the pages through comments below

That’s it! Simple isn’t it?

The contest is on till 1st March 2013 and is open to Indian residents only.

Winner will be chosen randomly among the valid entries.