December has been such a busy month. There was shopping to do, errands to run, a road trip to prepare for, and the lethargy that followed to unwind from.
I’ve been meaning to try the activities in the LolliBox which was couriered over to us earlier this month but we were just too busy to do so. Finally, we had a chance to unwind from all the festivity and merry-making today. We checked out what’s in our “Blow Wind Blow” box and learned something about moving air.
Inside the box: materials for a hands-on project to create a sailboat and a theme-based project to measure and record the wind with a windsock, additional selected activities to enrich the kids in line with the theme, and a reward badge for the kids to boost their sense of achievement. The Lollibox was created with 3-7 years old children in mind, and I’m sure by the age of 4, a kid can pretty much take the box, ask Mama what the instructions in each pack are, and go to work on his own. Seeing that I have a 2 year-old and a 3.5 year-old who can only be meaningfully engaged for at most 15 minutes, I’d thought I try out the hands-on project with them.
I introduced the word “wind” to Ben and the letter “w” to Becks. “Wind” is defined as moving air, and something we can’t see but can feel. We stood still for 30 seconds to enjoy the wind coming through our window. Thank God it was a windy day today!
We then used the paint provided in the pack and painted the sailboat together. Becks didn’t want to move on and wished to continue painting, so I brought out more paper to indulge her, while I moved on to decorate the sail with Ben.
Sailboat completed! And that was a good 15 minutes of meaningful engagement.
We tested the sailboat when the paint dried up but unfortunately, the sailboat couldn’t sail! The wooden base was too heavy and it kept sinking. Ben was blowing his face silly but it refused to move in the direction he wanted it too.
The box came with theme-related questions for the children and another theme-based project, which I felt was more suitable for ages 5 and up. To make a windsock and to record and measure wind would require more than fifteen minutes on my end which I couldn’t afford because the baby was waking and Becks was almost flooding the bathroom playing with water and paint. Shall leave it for another time. Perhaps next year when Ben is ready to skip a nap.
- Lollibox is a subscription service that delivers hands-on fun to your doorstep. In every LolliBox you’ll receive all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as animals, plants, colors and many more. Projects may include art and craft, science activities, imaginative play and others. The activities are carefully selected and encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity.
- You can also purchase individual theme boxes. Check out their product page here.