Encourage Play May 2015 Review
Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes.
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 in a big white box and comes by USPS.
First Look: The theme for May is Flexibility.
There was a brochure in the box that explained this months theme and gave instructions for this month's activities.
Encourage Play gave a description of flexibility. This box is about teaching kids to work with others, give others a turn and sharing. There were two activities included in the box to help kids learn flexibility: Invitation to Create and Flexible Pictures.
Invitation to Create: For this activity, you child uses the pipe cleaners and beads to create something. You can share your creations on Encourage Play's Facebook Page.
I use Encourage Play with both of my kids, since they can use some help playing with each other. T used such concentration threading beads.
My boys were able to play together well, minus one bead stealing incident.
These are the finished projects. L made a necklace for his penguin and my husband made a stick person. T put some beads on the pipe cleaner, then had a blast pulling them off and throwing them on the ground.
Flexible Pictures: To further teach flexibility, your child draws a picture then uses the silly putty to pull the picture off. Your child can then stretch the picture out and see how flexible it is.
L really took time to draw a picture, he really had fun with it.
Both of my kids had fun playing with the silly putty.
These are both the prints my boys lifted.
Family Activity: The family activity this month uses a flexible brain. Children collect various objects throughout the house and then compare them to the flexible brain. You child explores how flexible each item is compared to the brain.
Brain: This flexible brain if fun to play with and it's makes a good visual of how to talk to your kids about flexibility.
Final Thought: This was a fun box and I really enjoy Encourage Play's mission to help kids better their social skills. I enjoyed the activities in this month's box, but I wish their was one more activity in the box. My boys loved this month's box and that is the most important thing. If you want to try Encourage Play, use this link.
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