Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sensory adventure with my messy box

Some weeks ago, we received a box of sensory play and a toolkit from my messy box. A box of play tools and materials targeted at kids between ages 3 to 6. It is one sensory play experienced at the comfort of our home. One that I'll always appreciate when we're coop indoor. This is not just an opportunity for observation and manipulation through hands on learning experience, it is also a great way for children to engage their senses through meaningful play and discovery. Best thing, with all materials provided in one box.

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Messy box and toolkit

Each box comes with 3 packs of meaningful play - Active play, Creative play and Explorative play. The theme we received for that month was 'Monster Attack.'

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3 play packs

Active play was created to learn through small world of dramatic play. In our pack, we were given some wooden monsters blocks for drama play. Js role played, imagined, expressed and narrated anything they had like on those monsters. They even gave them nick names. We went from stories to funny sounds and to interesting expressions. It was just too comical listening to their stories and watching their faces change with their lines. They went so crazy with the stories, rattled on about space, aliens and planets with monsters.

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Monster must be upset

Creative play was created to learn through art and designed. That was where Js had their most fun on with those crafty hands. They love hands on crafty projects. We were given materials and tasked to make monsters to our imagination. Indeed, where there's creativity, there should be no boundary. I told them to get as wild as they could. I love the props given, they initiated crazy ideas and hint the creation of some unusual monsters. It was hilarious looking at our end creations. I had my hand in one of the monsters too. No prize for guessing that right.

Explorative play was created to learn through dry and wet play. We were give some corn nuggets for exploration. These corn nuggets get sticky and sticks when dapped with water. It's an interesting play and creation that does sticky magic with the absence of glue. We know most kids are drawn to natural materials like sand, water or textured materials like beans or rice. It motivates them to enjoy play with a tactile experience. I thought Js didn't get quite creative with this, but still a very nice effort. Process more important than results after all.

Everything was much uninstructed free play. They lead their own projects, while I only prompted ideas for adoption. It took us slightly more than an hour to complete all. There was immense satisfaction for doing this with them. It was some play, discovery and learning in their 'don't know what to do time.' Least they were engaged meaningfully.

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Our interesting creations

The toolkit (translucent box) comes free with a 6 or 12 months subscription. In it comes with specially sourced tools to aid extended play and learning possibilities. In the toolkit, we found a useful prop to prevent spills and stains on our floor, a table cover that I used as floor cover. There was an apron too. Thoughtful inputs that Mummies will love.

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Useful cover sheet

For the theme month we received, I do think that the materials are fairly used and well distributed among Js. No wrestle over it. You may however consider adding an extra $10 per month for the six or twelve months subscription, for added sibling materials. My messy box's monthly subscription is priced at $34. Six months subscription at $192 (save $12) and twelve months subscription at $360 (save $48). There are different themes every month, so every box will be refreshingly new and good!

For readers of Mum's calling, you may subscribe to these boxes at a 5% discount. Just quote 'mumscalling5' when you check out from the store. 

While you are contemplating to get these into your mailbox. Here's one giveaway box for you to try your luck on. Big thanks to the nice people from My Messy Box.

Here are the steps to participate:
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like my messy box on Facebook 
3. Leave your email address on this Facebook post and tag a friend or more whom you think will love this giveaway!

Yeap, just these easy steps to fulfill. Best of luck!

Oh, you may also sign up for their mailing list on their website to receive free reward charts. I think it's pretty useful.

 This giveaway has closed. Thank you everyone, for your participation! A final keeper had been picked with Congrats Sandra T!

Terms and Conditions:

  • This giveaway ends on 12 Apr 15, 11.59pm 
  • Open to Singapore residents only 
  • Winner will be contacted using the contact particulars provided when entering this draw
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. 
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.  

Disclaimer: We were given a messy box for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photos are solely ours.

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