If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I enjoy being outdoors, and how much I encourage my boys to take notice of the natural world around us. Anything that ignites their enthusiasm and passes on knowledge of planting, growing and nurturing will always be a sure hit with me. I was delighted, therefore, when Mud & Bloom got in touch to ask if I’d like to receive one of their boxes to enjoy with my boys. I think it’s fair to say I jumped at the chance!
Aimed at 3 to 8 year olds these boxes are designed to provide two seasonal activities: one gardening and one craft. The Mud & Bloom website mentions that:
“Activities have been created by qualified teachers and they support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education.”
which grabbed my attention too.
The box arrived quickly and was easily delivered through our letterbox, no hanging around waiting at a post office to collect it. The boys were excited to see what it contained so we took it through to the kitchen table and gathered round. None of us were disappointed. There were a whole range of things to do, including growing plants and craft activities.
This was a favourite with Chief and The Loud One in particular. They loved watching the organic soil pellets expand and carefully transferring them to a suitable container. My only suggestion for this would be that it might have been nice on the box’s welcome leaflet to make clear that a yoghurt pot or small plant pot was required. It wasn’t a problem, we have a supply, but the boys were so eager to get going and had to wait a while whilst I dug suitable solutions out. Once the soil was contained they carefully opened the seed packets (one of lettuce seeds, the other of radishes) and transferred them. I have to say I was very impressed by how quickly the seeds sprouted. Within 24 hours we were seeing movement and now, a few days on, green shoots have emerged. The boys have been delighted with this too. No need to wait for days to see if their efforts have been successful.
These were the preferred activity of Munch who immediately set about finding something to turn into a vase. He loved it! Quickly assembled he disappeared into the garden and returned with a single flower to put in his vase. He took great pride in his creation.
There was also the suggestion of making natural paintbrushes. Gather a stick (or three), some dried grasses, leaves or flowers and you’re off. Coincidentally this fitted in really well with a conversation that I’d had with my boys earlier in the week about how many different types of grass there are (side note: do you know that there are over 10,000 known grasses worldwide?).
We were very pleased with this box. It provided all you needed (minus the yoghurt pots) for a lovely afternoon activity. With suggestions of things to do such as the paint brushes where you need to collect your own materials and a quiz which encourages you to be out and about observing nature this is right up our street. I love the conversations that continued as a result of having fun with the box, and the interests that it sparked. One example would be looking in more depth at our tree books after reading the spotter sheet and taking a wander among the trees near our house. I would certainly recommend these boxes if you are hoping to include more green fingered activities with the children in your life. Thank you Mud & Bloom!
If you’d like to know more about Mud & Bloom, or to try their fabulous boxes for yourself, please visit their website here.
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N.B. We were gifted this box in exchange for our honest review. For more information please see my disclosure page.