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BabbaBox – the Craft Box that You’ve Been Looking For (+ GIVEAWAY)

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Summer is a great time to spend extra time with the kids but I find myself struggling to find new activities to do from time to time. Sure, we hit the pool and play outside many days but on those extra hot days or when it is raining, I’m always looking for a great craft to do with them. Since I can only play Play Doh so many times, I needed some new ideas.

That’s why I was so happy to get the opportunity to try out the BabbaBox. A brainchild of BabbaCo’s founder, Jessica Kim, this monthly membership box comes filled with activities that are not only fun to do with the kids but educational so it also may teach them a thing or two.

The BabbaBox arrives at your door each month sporting a different theme. My kids were very excited that this month’s theme was “Sun, Moon & Stars”. Since I’m not a big stargazer, this gave me an opportunity to feel like a good parent for “crafting” with my kids but also an excuse to explore this arena with my kids.

Let’s start with the box itself. I loved the presentation of the BabbaBox. Once you get a box or two, your kids will start to recognize the fun green box that arrives as a new journey into something different, fun and crafty.

BabbaBox

Inside the box I loved that the contents were neatly organized into four different activities and included descriptions, instructions and everything you need plus a small gift for mom. I definitely appreciated that they included mom in this one. The mom (or dad!) gift was a fabulous wine stopper that made me think that they knew me personally. Or do all moms enjoy a glass of wine after the kids go to bed?!?

BabbaBox

Each monthly box is designed to accomplish four goals: Create, Explore, Story Tell and Connect. Each goal is laid out for you in the instructions and even tells you what that particular activity will work on such as motor skills, creative or cognitive thinking.

The BabbaBox is designed for one child but I found that this month’s box was easy to include and engage both my 5 and 7 year old easily.

Our first activity fell under the “Create” category. With the included balloons, paper, glue and light, my kids made their own glowing moon. This was a messy activity but I loved that the instructions warned of that and recommended that we cover our work space with newspaper.

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The kids loved this two-part activity (you have to do two layers of paper-mache over two days) and were quite pleased with the end result. Making our glowing moon took about 60 minutes total over two days.

BabbaBox

The second activity was to make a constellation of stars using the power of the sun. Since two pieces of the sun paper was included and plenty of star stickers to go around both my kids got to do their own craft with this one. The process of making the constellation of stars took about 20-25 minutes but we did have to let it dry for a few hours before framing.

BabbaBox

The third activity was under our “Story Tell” goal. The box included a wonderful, hardback book (Twinkle Star of the Week) about a star named Twinkle and her journey to discover her special talent. This was a great activity for the whole family. We let our 7 year old read this delightful story to her younger brothers and it was a hit with all of them.

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While the first three activities were great, the fourth activity was the biggest hit of them all. Making a lunar calendar turned out to be another fun activity for the entire family. The BabbaBox included a pair of fold-able, child-size binoculars and a blank moon calendar so that we could keep track of the moon’s cycle. Now because of the BabbaBox it has become a nightly family habit for us all to go outside and check the moon before bedtime.

BabbaBox

To accomplish our last goal of “connect”, the instructions in the box sent us to digital content online to learn how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a digital piano. I had no idea there were digital pianos online so even old mom learned a thing or two with the BabbaBox.

Overall, we all really enjoyed the BabbaBox this month. A box filled with pre-planned activities all neatly separately and well thought out was exactly what this mom in a craft rut needed. If you are looking for a great way to spice up your “craft time” each month with your kids ages 3-6, I highly recommend signing up for the BabbaBox. The membership takes the guesswork out of crafts for you each month. Since there are usually four activities in each box, you could space out the crafts to one each week and that would take you right up to when the next BabbaBox arrives. That way you always have a Babba craft to do each week. Plus, it gives your little ones something to look forward to when their craft box to do with mom arrives at your door.

Right now BabbaCo is running a special back-to-school pack promotion which offers the first 3 months of the membership for 33% off (Only $20 per box!). You just need to use coupon code “BG33BTS” to get this 33% off OR you can get 20% off your first box when you sign up for a monthly subscription by using “BG20OFF“. Believe me, this is a membership worth signing up for.

To sign up for the BabbaBox, just visit their website at: http://www.babbaco.com. (Don’t forget coupon code “BG33BTS“!)

BabbaBox Giveaway

You know we couldn’t just tell you about something awesome and not do a giveaway, right?!? We are giving you the opportunity to win a BabbaBox.

What’s up for grabs: One (1) BabbaBox

How to Enter:

Yep, we are back to Rafflecopter this week!  A blog comment is the only mandatory entry! Baby Gizmo friends don’t just stick with “mandatory” though, right? We are overachievers and, of course, you’ll want more chances to win a BabbaBox! So, there are additional (optional) entries you can get. But let us warn you – make sure you actually do the entries! If you click on “leave a blog comment” on the Rafflecopter widget – make sure you actually leave a blog comment. We check! If you don’t do the actual entry – it doesn’t count! You won’t win. We’ll both be sad.

*You can only do each entry method ONCE (besides the Twitter option which is once per day!) Please do not cheat and enter more than that! Doing each entry method will require a few different blog comments so don’t worry about commenting more than once (or you can just combine all your answers into one comment). Just follow the Rafflecopter directions. Today’s Giveaway STARTS now and ends on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. *US residents only! (Sorry!)

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER –

ENTRY #999 – Tammie F.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post! Of course, all thoughts, opinions and statements are our own. We still think they are great regardless of the “sponsored” part or not!

About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. Jessica Michael says:

    What a creative box! I love it- can’t wait to look into this when my little one gets older.

  2. My daughter is in to bubbles, maybe some bubble explorations??

  3. I would love to see something with cars and race tracks

  4. Kristie says:

    I live these ideas. We have been using a similar company called the kiwi crate that also sends out craft boxes. I get just as excited as the kids.

  5. Abbie M. Rotello says:

    As messy as it can be, my daughter loves crafts with paint.

  6. R Weber says:

    Would love to get this for my son. He is 3 and loves crafts of all kind!

  7. R Weber says:

    My son who is 3 would love to paint or do paper mache!

  8. Gabby Lyons says:

    This sounds awesome! My daughter loves to paint and draw. Maybe some kind of craft where she can do that. I hate the mess but she loves it, so why not?

  9. megan Toohey says:

    I would love to see the sand art kit

  10. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    I really would like to make mobiles with my kids, so I’d like to see something like that.

  11. Yvette says:

    I would love to see a rainbow box to include color blending , mosaic activities!

  12. Lena Naef says:

    My children love to paint :)

  13. Julie U says:

    Love to see projects that my toddler and preschooler could do together!

  14. Yodean Armour says:

    Would love to see more paint options :)

  15. I would love to see a box all about animals. My toddler would love it!

  16. Sharon J says:

    The crafts that i like involve making homemade freezer jams and jellies.

  17. Anne Perry says:

    non toxic play dough

  18. Kelly Simmons Sherman says:

    Finger painting; bubble art; anything messy :)

  19. sandra says:

    making a mother’s day card

  20. Lauren VanSteenvoort says:

    Painting, chalk, paper folding, and outdoor crafts (especially the paint!)

  21. saara says:

    paint and paper mache!

  22. Jenny Carlisle says:

    A patio stepping stone that you can decorate would be really cool!

  23. Allison West says:

    I would like to see some kind of craft that involves learning activities. Thanks!

  24. Jazzy says:

    A paper airplane kit

  25. angela c says:

    Perfect for those rainy or hot days.. Love it and so would my daughters

  26. Eunice Hanratty says:

    This is actually cool and something I would try with my daughter.

  27. Libertad Wright-Villsnurbs says:

    I use Citrus Lane for My 4 month old, this would be a great box for my 3 year old.,

  28. I would love to see a box all about animals

  29. origami

  30. Debra says:

    Bug, dinosaur, and monster themed crafts would be fun to share :)

  31. Heather says:

    I would like to see a seeding growing project…maybe you could decorate the little pots and plant seeds, water and watch them grow.

  32. Hannah says:

    My daughter loves crafts! This would be perfect for her. Would like to see more painting activities – she loves to paint!

  33. shelley h. says:

    I think this an awesome idea! My son and I are just now getting into crafts and I would LOVE to win this. I’m not sure what id like to see in the box, maybe some more socket crafts, my son loves those!

  34. Chava says:

    I would have loved something like this when I was a kid!

  35. Chava says:

    Something that involves planting, preferably edible

  36. Kristen eby says:

    Painting

  37. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My son is 3, i’d like to see the BabbaBox have stuff to make play-dough or something to that affect! Also stuff to make our own bubbles maybe? And anything to do with painting :)

  38. Kristin Bogle says:

    My daughter loves to collect “treasures” on our nature hikes – maybe something inspired by all the natural materials you’d find outside.

  39. Christina Parker says:

    I would like crafts with washable paint!

  40. Christina C says:

    Make your own thank you or gift cards would be nice to see!

  41. Jessica says:

    A robot-themed craft

  42. arely colin says:

    bubbles and rocks

  43. Jailene F says:

    would love to see more paint

  44. D Schmidt says:

    A paper plane type craft

  45. Donna C says:

    Something that involves gardening or scrapbooking.

  46. Theresa J says:

    I would love a science themed craft

  47. chinese art

  48. Denise Osborn says:

    I would love to see necklaces, stringing beads and baubles.

  49. Lindsay C says:

    this looks like so much fun and would give my little one a lot more to do!

  50. Lindsay C says:

    I’d love to see butterflies in a box!

  51. paper craft

  52. Erin E says:

    Animal masks

  53. A scrapbooking activity would be great!

  54. pat w says:

    craft projects for making hand puppets will be nice.

  55. elisa says:

    Any craft is great since i’m not so creative!

  56. All thing Princess for my 4 years old.

  57. Debbie Terry says:

    She loves to glue things so this sounds fun

  58. Rachel H. says:

    A craft for toddlers! Doesn’t matter what kind, just something not too hard or frustrating for little hands!!

  59. Miranda Welle says:

    I love crafts that include using/making my children’s hand prints or foot prints!

  60. Anne N. says:

    Glow in the dark crafts

  61. Alexandra Pitcher says:

    Mask, bracelets, or puppets.

  62. celina says:

    Something to entertain a two year old who gets bored easily

  63. Selena says:

    Tie dying!

  64. stacey s says:

    I use to love paper dolls, that would be great for my nieces!

  65. Amaya's Mommy says:

    We need something like this!! It would be perfect. Who knew I’d have so much time on my hands as a stay at home momma lol!!

  66. Scrapbooking would be fun.

  67. Jeanine says:

    I’d like to see a family tree activity

  68. Eva Mack says:

    newspaper …folding

  69. Janna B. says:

    My 16 month old would definitely enjoy the bubbles.

  70. fraidy says:

    any crafts will be great

  71. shayndz says:

    beading activity

  72. Danielle says:

    Finger puppets would be fun

  73. Stephanie winesburg says:

    Love this

  74. Rachel L. says:

    I’d like to see crafts using sand (I live in Florida!)

  75. Dana E says:

    Decoupage??!

  76. Elizabeth K says:

    Using recycled products would be a great craft!

  77. Meg T says:

    I think some sort of collage would be super fun! A collage with lots of different textures and colors!

  78. Eileen says:

    A craft to entertain a 2.5 yo, and make a new big brother feel special!

  79. Esther Jacob says:

    This is great! I would love to see crafts for younger children that incorporate things we can find outdoors.

  80. israel y says:

    crafts to make animals and cars

  81. I love art exploration with the color wheel and making your own new colors!

  82. Gina F says:

    A water activity craft. My child loves playing with water.

  83. My girls love crafts so any will do!

  84. Cherie says:

    A scrapbooking activitiy!

  85. lindsey says:

    anything with vehicles or travel would be cool.

  86. Anything makeshift son happy but I guess if it had to do with dinosaurs or cars it would be even better

  87. Tammy says:

    Any would be good, but maybe a puppet would be fun.

  88. Stephanie MacDonald says:

    Something to paint!

  89. Cassandra says:

    tie die would be fun but any crafts are fun

  90. polly says:

    making something with popsicle sticks

  91. Adrienne G. says:

    I’d enjoy a future craft that involved food/gardening.

  92. msilba says:

    some holiday related crafts would be great, easter, christmas, etc.

  93. Heidi M says:

    something to do with volcanoes or insects as my son is really interested in both of these!

  94. Karen Rennirt says:

    I would love to sit down and do these with my granddaughter, she loves to make things and try new projects.

  95. katie b says:

    I’d like to see a painting activity. My toddler loves to paint. I also like the food theme one that someone else mentioned.

  96. Jina Crouse says:

    I would like to see a princess craft… Thanks soo much for the giveaway

  97. I think it is awesome to have this little box filled with so many different fun things. 8]

  98. Nicole U says:

    Something with the solar system would be fun.

  99. some sort of finger paints

  100. Stephanie says:

    this would be so cool for my son, I am always lacking good ideas with him

  101. Carolina Rogers says:

    Absolutely perfect for my creative 3 year-old!!!

  102. I’d love to see more instruments.

  103. Tammie says:

    What a cool idea!! My kids would love this!

  104. Debra Wisuri says:

    This looks like so much fun! :) for the kids and mom :)

  105. Jill K. says:

    What a great idea – thanks!!

  106. Shterna says:

    Would live to win this to keep my kids busy the last few weeks of the summer

  107. Shterna says:

    Would love to win

  108. Megan L says:

    I would love to see a fall oriented craft in a Babbaco box.

  109. Mandy Ruch says:

    Maybe a fashion box? Create a hat or mask, accessories- belt, jewelry. Could learn to weave, textiles or knit

  110. Ianina says:

    Need something to keep the twins busy!

  111. Melissa says:

    My girl is super into robots so I’d love to see a robot box.

  112. Jodi J says:

    My boys would really enjoy a box with a dinosaur or zoo animal theme!

  113. Leslie says:

    I would love a box that explores recycling or repurposing. Also, growing plants (maybe in the spring time) or learning the joy of gift giving during the holidays…though I’m having a hard time coming up with an activity to do for that.

  114. What a fun idea!

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