For the last couple of months, we have been testing out the Mud + Bloom gardening and nature subscription boxes that we were kindly sent in exchange for an honest blog review. I have a 50% discount code for you too at the end of this post.
Mud + Bloom boxes are aimed at children 3 to 8. They combine gardening and nature with crafts. As you know we love getting outdoors and also crafts so it was an easy decision when we were asked if we would like to test out the box. I’ve been trying the box with my eldest F who will be 5 in April.
It’s fair to say we have loved our two boxes. They contain everything needed for 2 seasonal activities, one gardening and one nature craft as well as nature fact sheets and quizzes. I love that these boxes are fun and educational for young children. They help them learn about nature and support seasonal living. I love to do activities with my kids that are based on the current season and you know how much I love seasonal books (find my spring recommendations here). It’s perfect for parents that don’t have time to search for ideas for activities but want to do activities that help kids engage with nature. Everything you need (apart from things like twigs and pebbles) are included in the monthly box which fits through your letterbox. The boxes cost £7.95 a month which I think is fantastic value.
I’m going to show you what was in the January and February boxes so you can get a feel for yourself of what these boxes are like.
January’s Mud & Bloom box
This was the first box we received and I was excited to see just what these boxes would include. A set of cards is included in each box. One card explains what is in the box and the others are the instructions for the activities and nature fact sheets and quizzes. The activities this month were – make a twig boat, grow some sprouting seeds and beans, grow and avocado tree and spot some January birds. As well as the cards the box contained some PVA glue, some organic seeds, a piece of muslin, a piece of fabric, some coloured embroidery thread and some cocktail sticks.
We started by collecting sticks to make the twig boat whilst out on one of our walks. Once home we followed the instructions and used the embroidery thread to tie the sticks together and the piece of fabric was the sail. My almost 5 year old needed a lot of help making the boat and did get a little impatient but she loved the finished boat.
Next, we decided to have a go at the sprout seeds and growing an avocado tree. Sprouting seeds and beans is a great growing activity to do with kids as it only takes a day or so to start seeing results. Perfect for impatient children. We didn’t have a lot of luck with the avocado tree but the card did say that only about a third of avocado stones will sprout but we had fun trying and we will try this again sometime.
As well as doing the activities above we had a go at identifying the birds we spotted in the garden and whilst out walking, as well as trying the quiz and reading the seasonal facts about January.
February’s Mud & bloom box
As soon as we opened this brightly coloured box, I knew we were going to enjoy this box again. It included a set of acrylic paints and a brush, two packets of seeds, mud pellets and the activity cards.
The acrylic paints were for painting pebbles. the first part of the activity was designed to get you outside collecting some pebbles. Then it was back home to paint them. F loves collecting anything and we often use the distraction of collecting things when out walking. This time we had the added bonus of a craft to do when we got home. F loves painting so this activity was a big hit.
Next, we did the gardening activity which was to plant some basil and tomato seeds. Again F loved this activity and I need to make an effort to do more gardening with her this year. I said we would last year but with going back to work and my youngest still being very young it just didn’t happen. We really must this year. Everything we needed was included in the box including some soil pellets which is great as it means you can get straight on with the gardening.
Overall we loved trying these subscription boxes. They are great value for money. These are enjoyable and educational boxes that contain everything you need to do some seasonal activities and learning with young children. I love that they encourage children to get outside, to connect with nature and be creative.
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If you would like to try one of these boxes I have a code that will get you 50% of your first box. Just enter LADYBIRD50 at the checkout. There is no minimum subscription so you could just try this one box but I suspect you’ll love it. What are you waiting for? Head to Mud & Bloom now.
Disclosure: We were kindly given a 2 month subscription to Mud & Bloom in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, photos and opinions are my own. All facts including prices are correct on 15th March 2018. Please visit Mud & Bloom to confirm up to date prices.