Keeping little hands busy – KRAFTY MONKEYS CRAFT BOX REVIEW
Krafty Monkeys is a local business which was established in 2020. They are based in Flintshire but more areas like Krafty Monkeys Wirral are following shortly. Krafty Monkeys are passionate about exploring crafts with their own children, as crafts provide a great way to get creative and learn about each other as a family. After collaborating with local businesses to create something special, Krafty Monkeys put together educational themed craft boxes for children aged between 3 and 7 years old.
Krafty Monkeys boxes are available on either a monthly subscription or as a one off treat. They contain a hand picked selection of items based on their exciting monthly theme, all from local suppliers to support other independent businesses. Items are selected based on what Krafty Monkeys believe their own children would adore, but also with parents in mind.
Our three year old was really excited to receive her box. It was wrapped in brown paper and string and she was made up that it resembled a present. When she opened it her eyes lit up as it was packed full of goodies to keep her busy for several days. This months theme was mini beasts and we received a lovely welcome message with a list of everything that was included in our box. We received a ceramic lady bird to paint alongside four little pots of paint and a brush, a flying bug toy, colour your own key ring with felt pens which shrinks in the oven, a laminated mini beast hunt sheet with whiteboard marker and magnifying glass, sweet cone (that was a huge hit), flying frisbee toy and some colouring sheets to extend the fun.
All of the fun activities we received in our box.
We spread the activities out for our 3 year old so she got the most out of her box and this was simple to do as Krafty Monkeys help to extend the fun by providing you with challenge sheets in order to spark discussions between parents/carers and children. The sheets also act as a way of differentiating the activities.
As a Science teacher, we really enjoyed teaming up with our social bubble (another 3 year old and an 8 year old) to embark on the mini beast nature trail. All children were instantly engaged on their woodland adventure and loved learning about the woodlands little critters. It was a great activity to get us all out of the house and enjoy learning through exploration. The pottery painting also went down well. We were given just the right quantities of paints for our design. The sweet cone was a major hit…. obviously!
No tuff trays were harmed in the making of the ladybird 🙂 Please note that the acrylic paints for children are not easily washable and will stain tuff trays. We placed paper and towels down. Tuff tray kindly provided by Splat Messy Play Cheshire West and Wirral.
We loved the fact that the box had everything we needed to complete the activities in one place instead of us having to rummage around to find paints and brushes etc. We also love the fact that since it comes in a handy box, it is transportable so its great to take with you to a grandparents house for example or on holiday. We also loved that most of the activities could be completed at home which helped prevent us from getting bored on a rainy day but it was great to see that there was also an activity included that got us out of the house as we embarked on an adventure to the woodlands.
Hunting for mini beasts with our magnifying glasses and laminated record sheet.
Activities are carefully selected to aid childrens development as well as encourage fun. Children are encouraged to engage in self expression, improve their hand to eye co-ordination, and generally explore through play e.g. learn about what happens when colours are mixed.
Next months theme is the ‘beach’. Boxes cost £11 each or you can purchase 2 of the same type of box for £20 e.g. if you have siblings. Free local delivery is available or it costs a mere £3 for postage and packing. A personalised card can be added if you are sending the box as a gift. To order, please follow the links provided below to head to their Facebook page where you can see EXACTLY what you will receive in your own box. Moving forwards, KM followers will be in charge of picking the theme as they will vote on ‘The Krafty Monkey Gang’ page. This is a fantastic way of learning all about your customer base and lets customers feel valued and listened to.
Thank you Krafty Monkeys for such a fun filled activity box. She loved every minute and we can’t wait to see which themes your members vote for in the future.
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*We have written up our review in good faith, based on our own experiences and perception of the box supplied.
*The images included may show products not included in the box e.g. frogs, loq plaques, tuff tray and wooden letters as we combined the box with things we already had at home to show you how to further extend play. However, Krafty Monkeys do inform you of EXACTLY what you will receive in your box when you place your order.
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