For the longest time I’ve been looking at subscription boxes wondering if would be worth the money. I loved the idea of my kids getting creative projects in the mail once a month, but I worried about them being rubbish and adding to that pile of play things no one plays with anymore. As if reading my mind, Kid Wonder came to the rescue suggesting we try out the medieval kid wonder box. And well, it was everything we didn’t expect.
All the Reasons to Get a Kid Wonder subscription
Reason 1: kids LOVE getting mail
If I could have filmed my kids jumping over each other to grab the box when it arrived, you’d be laughing, laughing and laughing. I forgot how special it is for kids to receive mail. It’s not a thing anymore for this generation. And looking at their happy faces and wondered if they even cared about the content being so absorbed by the box itself.
Imagine getting your child a year long subscription and the joy the’d get out of it each month. Pure joy and a whole lot of anticipation.
Reason 2: there are FIVE crafts/activities in one box
Somehow I must have not looked into it enough but I was really surprised to see 5 different packages with things to do in the one box. With Kid Wonder each box has a theme and I loved how they worked out the theme into 5 completely different activities. There was something for everyone.
I’ve been writing about creative play for almost 5 years now and I thoroughly appreciate the thought that went into putting these activities together. I thought it was the perfect balance between craft, sensory play, pretend play, dress up, building, active and quiet play.
Reason 3: quality materials
My worst nightmare was a box filled with plastic junk. And while I think Kid Wonder could cut down on plastic wrapping a bit, the materials themselves were beautiful (sturdy!) felt, solid cardboard, wooden peg dolls and the cutest little wooden (working!!!) catapult. You’ll need to very gently peel the felt though, as the glue might come off if you do it too fast. Each package contains e-ve-ry-thing you need, which makes it all so much easier (for both kids and parents!)
Reason 4: activities for (almost) all ages
While Kid Wonder aims to cater for the preschool crowd, my daughter (7) loved it just as much. Activities such as building a cardboard castle for pretend play and creating a knight costume can be easily adapted to any age. And once it’s all made or set up, they can play with it for weeks to come. Even the toddler joined in for some of the action and had fun trying out the catapult.
Reason 5: all activities are open ended play
It’s all designed and put together so well that it opens up so many possibilities for play. I loved how the dragon egg craft sparked such beautiful and adventurous play and how the cardboard castle provides the perfect base camp for our entire population of figurines to move in. It was a lot of fun to watch it all unfold from the corner of my eye.
Reason 6: popular themes to build on
Each Kid Wonder box has another theme and it’s just perfect to kick start an entire preschool learning adventure on that particular theme. Our box was the medieval one and while we don’t home school, we did end up talking a lot about knights and dragons and looking up answers for questions we had.. The box also came with a fun booklet filled with kid sized information, (which ended up being very helpful.)
Reason 7: gender neutral
This box was lovely gender neutral, despite some might think medieval activities might appeal more to boys. That wasn’t the case at all. The knight costume had lots of girl friendly colours and design options. And we talked about girl knights we knew (Joan of Arc, didn’t go into detail!) The cardboard castle had both a king and a queen living there and the games, dragon craft and catapult were of course by default gender neutral. I really appreciated that and after playing with this box, would have no reservations ordering the dinosaur one for a little girl, knowing she’d find her favourite colors in there too.
Kid Wonder fun for the win
I’m genuinely impressed with the Kid wonder box. I didn’t think the kids would enjoy it as much as they did and I thought it was good value for money. In an age where our kids already have everything they need and most of what they want, gifts like a Kid Wonder box or subscription could be a really cool gift. If you have a preschooler in your family, it might be worth checking out the Kid Wonder website. I’m pretty excited about the dinosaur and astronaut boxes so they might find their way under our Christmas tree this year.
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While we did get this box as a gift from Kid Wonder, I’m a very happy parent with very happy kids. The box was aimed at my 5 year old son, who at the best of times can be hard to cater for. So I nearly declined thinking it wouldn’t work and I wouldn’t enjoy writing a not so good review. But the kids were so excited from the moment they laid eyes on the box and my 5 year boy had a great time. He’s still target practicing with the catapult. So you can imagine how the Kid wonder box passed our family play test with flying colours and what a relieved happy mommy I am.
I also want to add that I hardly ever write reviews and most of the time politely decline as it’s is not what this website is about. So thank you for reading.