Encourage Play June 2015 Review
Disclosure: This box was received for review.
Encourage Play is a subscription box that is designed to help kids develop social skills, so they learn how to better build relationships with peers. Boxes are $20.00/month (plus $5.00 shipping). Each box comes with two ready to go activities for a small play date with two children. There will also be a family activity in the box, which is something that family can do together to building that month's skill.
What's in the box? 2 ready to go activities for a small playdate (2 kids) and a family activity
Encourage Play ships by USPS and comes in a white box.
The brochure has directions for each activity. The theme for the June Box is “Working Together”. The activities in this box are designed to help your child connect and work with others. In this box, the two play date activities are “Catapult Fun” and “Balloon Rockets”.
Catapult Fun: This activity included two catapults, pom poms and cups to use to make a tower. Your child sets up the catapult and uses the pom poms to knock down the cups.
Normally I have both of my children do this activity together, but I took the opportunity to have some mom/son time. We had fun with this activity, although the cup came off one of the catapults the first time we used it, and I had to use a glue gun to fix it. I do wish part of the activity was to make the catapult and I wish there was an area of the stick to pull back the catapult, instead of the cup.
It was really hard to get the pom poms to knock down the cups (you had to get the catapult really close), so we used some toys instead.
Balloon Rockets: The second activity was to create a balloon rocket and launch it across the room.
Tape was included to tap the straw to the baboon, but it didn't stick to the balloon after it deflated. We ended up using some scotch tape, and that worked really well.
We started out inside but wanted a bigger area, so we tried it outdoors. L and I played with this rockets over and over.
Family Activity: Every box always includes family activity, This month, Mad Libs Junior was included. Unliked regular Mad Libs, there was a list of words to choose from. Your child picks the words, then you read the finished story.
Final Thought: This was a fun box, but there was some issues with some of the crafts. While we fixed things and modified, I wish that wasn't needed. I think Encourage Play is a really cute subscription, but wish there was another activity or a lower cost. I like how Encourage Play makes activities to help with social skills and I look forward to seeing how this subscription develops. If you want to try Encourage Play, use this link.
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