Two of my favourite things to do with the kids are crafts and being in nature. So the Mud and Bloom gardening and nature craft boxes are right up my street. Usually I scroll through Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, and often I pin a craft that is out of season and then forget about it (like the pressed autumn leaves art idea I found a few years ago). And so the Mud and Bloom subscription boxes appealed to me instantly – having a neat little box delivered to you each month with everything you need for two seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities is just brilliant.
We were excited to have two boxes gifted to us to review.
Mud and Bloom Gardening and Nature Craft Box
The kids excitedly opened the May box, pulling out things in a chorus of “What’s this, mummy?”, “What’s this for?” and immediately homing in on the crown and mask. The boxes are aimed at age 3-8 years and so it’s perfect for my two (3 and 5). After examining all the lovely cards, we decided to go for a walk to collect things for the nature loom.
Isaac and I made the loom and he threaded in various greenery and flowers we had gathered. I would never have thought of making a loom, and I’m planning to make a large one for the garden.
Our next activity was the nature crown and mask. Again, we collected some feathers, flowers and greenery on a walk, which was an activity in itself, and then I gave them glue to stick them to their crown/mask. Isaac decided he didn’t want the elastic on his mask and so we glued a paper straw on it instead to hold against his face.
May’s box came with pumpkin and sweet pea seeds (plus organic compost pellets to plant them in), June’s with beetroot and calendula seeds. We are a green-fingered family and love planting seeds (whether vegetable or flower). When I asked my 5 year old what he liked the most about these boxes, he said the seeds – seeing what they’re going to grow into and reading about them. The instruction cards are lovely with easy to follow instructions.
Our pumpkin and sweet pea seeds have been growing nicely and are about ready to go outdoors. I think it’s such a lovely thing for kids to watch something that they have planted grow.
The activities have been created by teachers, with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education. June’s box has a nature walk journal (which I’m planning to do with my 3 year old) and jam jar lanterns (which they both adored painting – what a simple but lovely activity). There are also ‘Can you spot cards?’. This month it is butterflies, May’s was spring minibeasts. It is ideal this month in particular as we are taking part in The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild, so it’s great to have some ready-made activities.
I particularly love the Nature News cards and talking about what is happening in nature. There’s also a little quiz to see what they (and I!) have remembered. Because that’s another lovely thing, I’m learning too.
So what do I love about these boxes? I love that they are seasonal. I love that everything is so simple – it’s straight to your door (and fits through your letterbox), it has easy to follow instructions, and contains everything you need for the activities. I love that I can use the box with both my preschooler and 5 year old. And I love that it gives us ideas for connecting with nature when I’m busy and maybe haven’t had time to look out activities. We’re looking forward to going through the seasons with Mud and Bloom.
We were gifted the May and June boxes to review, but I will be subscribing to Mud and Bloom as I’ve loved the boxes so much. I think £7.95 is a great price for all that you receive, particularly as this includes postage.
To subscribe visit www.mudandbloom.com and quote THISMOTHER20 to get 20% off your first order.