As most of my friends know, Flora has been receiving her own Mud and Bloom subscription boxes (addressed to her!) since the beginning of the year. This month was eagerly anticipated following the resounding success of the first four boxes, so was she still as impressed with May’s box?
Mud and Bloom
I love gardening but it’s sometimes a struggle to get Flora interested (although she’s perfectly happy to pick and/or eat everything in sight) so a monthly gardening and craft subscription box for kids is ideal. These boxes fit through the letterbox each month and come with at least one gardening and one nature craft seasonal activity. And you get full instructions, seeds, compost pellets, quizzes, and games too. Everything you need is provided in every box so you can get started even if you don’t have a garden.
The boxes also follow the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 national curriculum which is a real bonus. They’re aimed at 3 – 8 year olds but our neighbours’ twin 10 year olds love them too. (Our January, February, March and April reviews are here if you’d like to see what we got in previous boxes).
Here’s what was inside May’s box. (Pic courtesy of Mud and Bloom because I forgot to take a shot of everything when I was taking my blog photos…)
- instructions for growing sweet peas (organic seeds and compost pellets provided)
- instructions for growing pumpkins (organic seeds and compost pellets provided)
- a crown and a mask template, glue, elastic plus instructions on how to make a floral crown and mask
- some wool plus instructions on how to make a nature loom
- a fact sheet and what minibeasts to look out for
- and a quiz.
Sweet peas and pumpkins
I grow sweet peas every year because they are such amazing pollinators, incredibly pretty, and wonderfully fragrant. I haven’t tried this variety before though and I’ve never attempted a pumpkin! We haven’t planted our seeds this month because of an impending holiday and won’t be around to nurture them, but we’ll be doing this as soon as we get back home again.
Update from previous boxes – our four pea plants are now planted out and I have three nasturtium plants to plant out before we go away too. Our tomato seeds are also planted out and one has got some flowers already!
Nature loom and mask
We had three craft activities this month! The first was to make a nature loom with twigs, wool and any flowers, leaves, grasses we liked. The next two were a floral mask and crown. Flora decided she only wanted to do the mask so we’re saving the crown for another time. I helped by winding the wool into the loom but she chose the flowers etc herself and wound them in and stuck them on herself.
Tip: when we come to do the crown we’ll probably press the flowers first, because that will make it easier to stick them on, and the designs will last for longer.
I think my favourite is the loom but she loves the mask – going for a cat theme, surprise, surprise!
Minibeasts hunt and quiz
Did you know that a slug has around 27,000 teeth? (no wonder so many of my seedlings don’t survive). Or that an ant can carry 20 times it’s own body weight – the same as an adult lifting car? Once again, Flora’s seen everything on the minibeasts hunt list, her favourites being the legions of woodlice that we always have to eject from inside the house…
Flora loves these boxes and this month was no exception. It’s such a pleasure to be able to share something with her that’s fun, hands on and practical. The boxes are only £7.95, including P&P, which is amazing value when you look at everything you get. If you struggle to entice your child away from the iPad then do think about giving one of these Mud and Bloom boxes a go. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to trial the first few through this blog, and I’m even gladder we subscribe now!