As moms, we are often hard pressed for time. While we hope to spend more time with our children and engage them in meaningful activities, we often find ourselves not having enough time to even plan the activities, let alone getting all the materials we need.
The company offers parents the convenience of a box full of carefully selected fun projects and educational activities delivered right to your doorstep so that you can focus on spending quality time with your children.
Being someone who finds it a challenge to come up with interesting craft activities for my son, I was delighted to be given a chance to try out a Lollibox.
The fun starts the moment you receive a Lollibox – my little boy was excited about the parcel and couldn’t wait to open the box to see what’s inside. Actually, I was feeling excited too, it’s always fun to receive a surprise.
All activities and projects in a Lollibox include the following major components:Source: Lollibox website
We received a Lollibox with the ‘Amazing Animals’ theme. I decided to start off with the Create project, which is to build a zoo.
We were provided with these materials: clay, cardboard, wooden sticks and animal figurines. There was also an instruction leaflet on how to make the zoo.
Kenan tried working on the clay but gave up quickly. So the zoo was almost all done by me, except for a few sticks he helped put in to complete the cages.The boy was totally happy with the zoo!
Later in the day, we tried the Discover activity, which was a camouflage game that comes with coloured matched sticks and a set of animal flash cards.
One part of the activity requires the parent to take the flash cards and stand about two metres away from the child and see if he can spot the camouflaged animals. Then bring the cards in front of the child and ask him to try again. Kenan completed this game without any difficulty.
The second part of the activity makes use of the coloured sticks. The child is first required to group the match sticks according to their colours then count their numbers. After this, the parent is supposed to throw the sticks onto different backgrounds such as on a grass patch, coloured rug etc. and get the child to find as many sticks as possible. I believe the idea here is the reinforce the concept of camouflage.
For this game, I modified it a bit because I know Kenan will not be interested in doing the counting and I’m not so keen about doing it at some grass patch or go around the house looking for suitable materials as the backgrounds.
I threw the sticks among the papers and ask my boy to try to find them. He soon devised a way – he lifted the papers and gave them a shake and the sticks dropped to the bottom of the box.
After that, he collected all the sticks and had tonnes of fun sorting them into groups of the same colours. I tried engaging him with sorting games previously but he wasn’t keen, so I was pleasantly surprised!
The Bonus activity was to colour a zoo photo frame. But I decided to keep this for another day.
Let’s start with what I didn’t like.
First, the choice of the material. I didn’t like the oil-based clay because of its stickiness/oiliness. As such, I’m also not keen to let Kenan play with the remaining clay.
I also found one of the games a bit tedious – the second part of the camouflage game where the kid has to count all the sticks, sort them into groups according colours. I felt this wasn’t directly related to concept of camouflage (more like for learning counting/numbers) and not so relevant.Playing with the sticks again – making letters of the alphabet
As for what I like, I really appreciate having a box of craft activities delivered right to our doorstep. I also like the clear instructions provided for each activity.
I also like how we could reuse some the materials for other games (see photo above).
Another plus is Lollibox offers a new theme every month. I think the
latest current is ‘Grow Plant, Grow’. It certainly sounds fun! The latest is on ‘Colours and Shapes’, which they are taking pre-orders.
Parents should note that the activities are designed for children ages 3-7 (which is quite a wide range I feel and hard to cater to everyone), so some of the games may appeal to one child and not another, depending on their age. Like for Kenan, he couldn’t really build the zoo on his own and needed lots of help. But as I was already told beforehand to offer more supervision, so I wasn’t disappointed. Anyway, my boy did enjoy playing with the zoo!
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