I was sent February’s Mud & Bloom box to review with our grandchildren, the review should have been out by now but as you know, life has a way of sticking a spanner in the works and derailing plans and my 4 year old grandson ended up in hospital critically unwell.
So here we go, what is a Mud & Bloom subscription box?
It’s a monthly subscription box delivering seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box contains everything you need for four seasonal growing and craft activities along with instructions, nature news and games to teach children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall.
The boxes have been created for 3-8 year old’s by qualified teachersand support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steinerand Montessorieducation.
The boxes have been developed with the busy parent in mind, so each box includes everything you need to get started. Most of the craft activities are designed to get children finding and using objects from nature – all can easily be found on a short walk to your garden or local park. You may occasionally need things from your recycling box, such as old jam jars. For the growing activities, you’ll also need something to plant in such as an old egg carton, small yogurt pots or small plant pots.
I enjoy teaching the grandchildren about nature, about the plants in the garden and how to look after them and also about the wildlife that visits our garden.
Last autumn we planted some Bluebells, I am disabled and so any gardening that I can manage involves bumshuffling about and so the kids love it as I am at their height plus they randomly attack me and find it very funny.
So I was looking forward to some activties with them that were based on the outdoors and nature.
I review a lot of products and Oscar and Olivia love to get on camera with me and so they couldn’t wait to film the ‘Mud & Bloom what is in the box video’!
So the first activity we did was kite building, I have to say that whilst Oscar who is 4 year enjoyed it and loved folding the supplied paper and attaching the string, Olivia who is 2 just loved running around waving the paper and screwing up into a ball and pouring wooden blocks over the table.
It was a fun activity, It is easy enough for a 4 year old to do with instruction and being guided.
Unfortunately it was then that Oscar became unwell and was in hospital and so we had to wait to plant our seeds.
Planting the seeds was an activity that both Oscar and Olivia loved. You place the soil pellets into warm water and they swell and then can be broken up into an egg box.
We cut the lid of the egg box off and lined it with tin foil to act as a waterproof tray and then put the base of the eggbox into it.
We also had to play find the seeds as Olivia tore open one pack of seeds and unlike other seed packets, the seeds aren’t contained in a small packet inside.
All too often now children are glued to the television or a tablet and we think it is so important to teach them by playing or activities and the Mud & Bloom boxes are a nice way to do some activities with your child or grandchild.
The boxes are available as a single child box or a sibling box and are delivered monthly and the activities in the box are seasonal and so even through the winter months there will be something for them to do and learn about nature.
In the past few years subscription boxes have been very popular with contents of anything from beauty products to socks and ties and so it is nice to see a child focused subscription box.
The activities don’t take long to do and yet like the flowers and Aubergines, it is something they can then watch as they grow and eventually repot and then plant into the garden or into a growbag.
The cards that are included in the box give clear instructions and also some have a quiz and the chance for the children to try and spot various flowers whilst out and about.
Check out the Mud & Bloom subscription boxes here.