Flora has been loving her Mud and Bloom subscription boxes this year. Each month has brought new seeds to sow and interesting facts to learn. And some wonderfully creative activities that have been perfect for spending some much needed mum-and-daughter time together. After last month’s bottle decorating and nature paintbrushes, she was really keen to see what delights August’s box had in store.
Mud and Bloom
For those of you who are new to my blog (hello 🙂) Mud and Bloom offer monthly subscription boxes for kids for £7.95 including P&P. The letterbox-sized kits have both gardening and nature craft seasonal activities with full instructions and kits, quizzes, and games. They’re designed to follow the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 national curriculum (ages 3 – 8) and are brilliant fun too. You can check out my previous Mud and Bloom reviews here if you’re curious about earlier boxes.
Here’s what was inside August’s box:
- instructions for growing herbs – chives, coriander, parsley (organic seeds and compost pellets provided)
- some butterfly body drawings, glue, plus instructions on how to make petal pictures
- some wool, ribbon, metal hooks, plus instructions on how to make a twig frame
- a fact sheet and what caterpillars to look out for
- and a quiz.
I love using fresh herbs in cooking so we were very excited to see some chive, coriander, and parsley seeds in our box.
As it happens, I already had a trio of metal pots with their own tray, which was perfect for our trio of herbs. Rather than use the compost pellets, we planted the seeds directly into three plastic pots with fresh compost. Now we just need to keep them watered and our fingers crossed.
And just look at last month’s radishes and lettuces. Salad for tea tonight, nom, nom, nom!
Butterfly petal pictures and twig picture frame
With a caterpillar theme this month, the butterfly petal pictures plus a natural twig frame were just perfect. And how cute are those three pre-drawn butterfly bodies?
Flora collected lots of petals from my cutting beds and we settled down to work. We decided to do one picture each and then dry and press some petals for the third (which wasn’t ready in time for this review).
And rather than twigs, she thought some dried out (OK, dead) allium stems would make a better frame. Although they were a challenge to work with, being super brittle, I think she was right. The frame is delicate and subtle, to match the pretty butterflies.
We decided to display our two pictures back to back so we can hang her artwork one day and mine another day.
Honestly, this was so much fun to do. I know the petals will dry out really fast and won’t look as vibrant the day after but that’s not really the point of the activity. It’s about using symmetry, shapes and colour. And it’s a lovely way to spend a few hours, outside, in the fresh air, getting creative.
Caterpillars spotting and quiz
Out of the five caterpillars to look out for this month, Flora thinks she’s seen three of them: Peacock Butterfly, Tiger Moth, and Cabbage White. The Emperor Moth and Cinnabar Moth crawlers have been elusive so far this year.
Still on the creepy crawlies front, we’ve seen plenty of flying ants on our lawn (yuck), a few grasshoppers, and lots of gorgeous dragonflies darting over our ponds. And we did chuckle when we found out that the Tiger Moth caterpillar is also known as the Woolly Bear due to its fuzzy tufts of hair!
We loved the activities in this box, they were so creative and colourful. And although it will be a while before we can harvest any herbs, they look very fetching on our kitchen window ledge (next to Flora’s carnivorous plants, haha). Thank you, Anja, another fabulous box, we’re already excited to see what will be coming our way in September!