Toucan Box Review

I was pleasantly surprised with this subscription box.
I originally came across it when I was writing the post about budget friendly subscription boxes for kids that also offer free resources on their sites. I went with a nature based box, but it still incorporates STEM concepts and encourages hands on learning and creativity.

When it arrived, Teghan was thrilled to see her name on the box.

I had selected the nature bag and greenhouse craft kits.
When the Toucan box arrived. Teghan’s older sibling Freedom helped with reading the directions and leading the activities. There wasn’t much input from me. While Teghan didn’t have much interest in the magazine, Freedom enjoyed it.

Toucan Box Mini Greenhouse

Teghan loved this!
We tried to get her to write her name, but she wasn’t feeling it.
We got Sunflower, Basil, and Nasturtium seeds.
It came with the cutest little booklet for her to update by drawing what she saw every few days and explained the process of seed germination.

One downside, was that the planter is too small for the sunflower to really grow. We ended up having to put the seedlings in a larger pot. I would have loved to plant them outside, but based on where we live we shouldn’t plant outside for another few weeks. Due to having cats who love to eat any and all plants, we constructed a make shift greenhouse from items in our recycling bin and my old trellises that I use when I grow cucumbers on the patio. It was a good lesson in designing and building something and reusing materials. The clear plastic, I am actually glad that it got another use. We had to use it on our windows over the winter.
Teghan was excited to watch the seeds sprout.
She also asked if the plants talked to each other.
My on-the-spot answer was yes, they kind of do… that they release chemicals that allow them to communicate.

Toucan Box Nature Bag

Teghan is very proud of this one.
While Freedom helped with the tissue paper strips, Teghan decorated the rest of the bag herself. The box came with stencils that she has continued to use for other art projects. She coloured a rainbow on the other side of the bag and used some of her stamps that she had at home.
It was hard with our schedules and finicky spring weather to plan another nature walk.

The craft came with scavenger hunt cards for different seasons.
Freedom had the smart idea before we left of making copies of the cards so we could do it again. By the time we got home, Freedom had come up with the idea of creating more cards that were more specific to our area.
I was in such a hurry to get out the door that I grabbed a copy of the summer card instead of the spring one. We tried it anyways. We only found the bird. I think this may be part of the reason why Freedom wanted to design more scavenger hunt cards.

Teghan used her bag to bring home some leaves and sticks.
She tried to construct a boat out of some of the leaves she found, but she came to the conclusion that the reason the “leaf boats” weren’t floating in the puddle was because they were “old and dead”. She has plans to try again when the trees have “new leaves for this year”.

Overall thoughts on the Toucan Box

It kept both kids engaged and encouraged Teghan to ask more questions.
My only suggestion would have been to offer seeds that don’t require as much soil depth. I know my kids, and they would have been disappointed if I had not moved the sunflowers.

I had purchased the box for half off using a coupon code, and it was definitely worth it. I believe I will be keeping this subscription box as it was a hit.

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My kiddos enjoyed it, and I am sure yours will as well.



Kids Subscription Boxes and Services

I have noticed a trend.
Many subscription boxes are offering some amazing deals!
A few have seemed to ramp up their selection of freebies and resources on their sites.

Toucan Box
I had not heard of this one until recently.
Their boxes are geared towards 3-8-year-olds.
STEAM inspired, they let you select which two crafts to receive.
They have a selection of printables and you can even customize your own character. There are also activities that you can fo with your kids.
You can get half off your first box by using my link, and I will also get half off of another box.
It only set me back $12.47 CAD ($8.45 USD).
Being isolated at home, this is a really good price at which to try out this box. I couldn’t even come out of Michael’s that cheap!!

EPIC!
Since we can’t get out to the library, I decided to subscribe to this service again. I set it up on my old devices and the kids have been exploring books all day.
 You can set up profiles for up to four kids and keep up with their progress. The site and app are easy to navigate and you have unlimited access to children’s ebooks, audiobooks, and quizzes. 
On their blog, they have lists of audiobooks for preschoolers and educational apps.
This service is free for the first month and costs 7.99 per month. The service is free for educators.

Raddish
This is one that I have been wanting to try out.
 I am a picky eater, and I feel like this one would help us explore new foods. On their website, they have some activities such as edible solar systems and homemade butterfly feeders. They also have lesson plans that align with their subscription boxes, or can be used on their own.

KiwiCo
We LOVE this one.
From the Kola crate for 2-4-year olds to encourage learning through playing to kits that specialize in science, engineering, art, and design. I honestly think the hardest part is picking which crate to select. You can change the boxes during the subscription which is great. We have got the tinker crate for our 11-year-old. Her favourite KiwiCo box so far has been the planetarium and a colour spinning art kit. She learned how to assemble a motor and complete a circuit. 
 They have some free DIY ideas for older kids and some pretty awesome crafts for preschoolers and some science projects you can try out, including fluffy slime.

What’s your family’s favourite?

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