The aim of Mud & Bloom is to inspire children to connect with the outdoors, and receiving regular monthly boxes through the post is an excellent way to achieve this. The boxes are designed for 3-8 year olds – the perfect age range, when children are inquisitive about the outside world, and keen to learn through hands-on experiences. Each box includes everything necessary for two appropriately seasonal activities – one gardening and one nature craft.
Clear instructions are included as well as quizzes and games. Activities have been created by qualified teachers with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education; they support the national curriculum. We received the May themed box – I really like the fact the contents are totally relevant to the month. The box contained five factsheets which explained how to sow and grow the seeds, how to make the crown and mask, information about what happens in nature in May, how to make a nature loom, and minibeast quizzes. There are sweet pea and pumpkin seeds to sow plus all the pieces needed to make a crown and mask. Over the months, children will learn about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. Don’t worry – you don’t need a garden – you will find all the seeds and materials needed for the gardening activity – there’s no need for you to have a garden or tools (our May pack included compost blocks in which to sow our seeds). Nature craft activities are designed around things that can easily be found in parks and gardens.
This is a lovely box for children to receive; so often, activities focus on being indoors, so it’s brilliant to see ideas and inspiration for discovering the wonderful world that is to be explored outside our homes. The activities are well thought out and ideal for the age group, with plenty of opportunities for parents to share the excitement with their children. A subscription to Mud & Bloom will make a lovely year round gift, and children will eagerly anticipate the monthly arrival of their box. A box costs £7.95 a month inclusive of shipping if you’re based in the UK. You can skip a month or cancel at any time. Mud & Bloom now offer a sibling box, which includes enough materials for two children to do all the activities and it costs £11.95 a box. Subscribe here.
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