I enjoy craft-making, and I can be quite creative when given the chance. But if you give me a box of supplies that included scissors, construction paper, pipe cleaners and other various materials, my creation would most likely end up looking something like this and nothing more:
As a Mom, I sometimes regret that I am not more artsy-fartsy. I have a great imagination, but I sometimes just don't know what exactly to create. It makes me feel a bit like a Crafty Mom failure, especially in a day and age where Pinterest is king.
Luckily, the good people of Wummelbox has a solution for moms like me (and you).
Wummelbox is a European-Style arts and crafts subscription service for kids. Originating in Berlin, the service is now available in the United States!
How does it work?
Each month, a lovely box is delivered to your home. This box is themed (some themes include Nutrition, Music, Light & Color), so the crafts all work together to educate kids on the particular topic. Within the box is all the materials needed for you and your child to create 3-4 craft projects.
Chica and I had the opportunity to try out a Time Machine-themed Wummelbox. Inside our box was a short story about 2 characters who were taken back in time to the Stone Age. We learned about cave men and cave paintings. I loved that Chica and I had a chance to talk through why early humans painted on caves, and how it lead to the creation of language.
I TALKED ABOUT LANGUAGE ORIGINS.
WITH MY 4 YEAR OLD.
It was magnificent.
Here is our crafty journey:
|Our supplies, so beautifully wrapped!|
|Our mission, if we so choose to accept: TIME TRAVEL!|
|Wummelbox provided EVERYTHING we NEEDED!|
|Even these kid-friendly scissors for future Wummelbox crafts!|
|Chica reading through our story.|
|It was quite compelling!|
|Our first craft mission: CAVE PAINTING!|
|How fun and easy are these instructions?|
Here is our how craft panned out (this video is as real as they come - so please forgive and rough edges, so to speak):
Here are a few more reason why I love Wummelbox:
1) It takes the guess work out of crafts. I don't have to come up with a theme, write a curriculum and piece together a few projects. It's all done for me, so I can just enjoy creative time with my girls.
2) It's educational. I LOVE THIS. We learned so much over a few arts and crafts projects. How often do we allow the creative play our kids engage in to be truly educational?
3) It was fun. The craft projects included creating a time machine (hellllllo Jules Verne!) and making cave paintings! All the materials were included, so we could just have fun!
4) Wummelbox materials work to be eco-friendly. When possible, Wummelbox tries to be green. So some of the craft materials may be reforested wood, cork, or sand.
5) It's cost-friendly. You can subscribe to as many or as few months as you'd like. Maybe you try it out for one or you sign on for a whole year. Subscriptions start at just under $20/month for a 12-month subscription. That's a small price to pay for creative fun with your kids!
With summer approaching, parents may consider a 3-month subscription. Projects can be made outside, and there is something to look forward to every month while school is out!
To learn more about Wummelbox, check out their website or visit them on Facebook.
Disclosure: Wummelbox provided me a one-month subscription in return for reviewing their services. ALL opinions are, as always, my own. I like to keep it real, y'all!