As a homeschooler, I am always on the look out for educational gift ideas for my kids. I want their gifts to be useful rather than just clutter.
A few weeks ago, Penguin Random House Publishing asked if I would be willing to review a new book-themed subscription box for preschoolers. Of course I said yes, and the box arrived a few days ago. The box was put together by Brightly, a company who’s focus is on helping parents raise readers, which is definitely something I can get behind.
Inside the box was a variety of book-themed toys and picture books, which were all charming! The subscription box is something they are testing to see if parents of young children would be interested in subscribing to a book-themed box. I know I was delighted to receive it, and I bet many of you would be as well!
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Our box had several fun items
- “Books are cool” shirt
- Superhero bath toys
- My ABC Book
- Goose Needs a Hug
- ABC floor puzzle
- Color Go Fish cards
- Follow the Line to School
- A bookmark
Bo’s favorite was the Duck and Goose book and the go-fish game. She liked the puzzle, but had trouble putting it together. The shirt was a little too large for Bo, so Monkey claimed it as hers. I was surprised that in a preschool-themed box there were so many items that Monkey liked, but both of the girls played with the box for several hours. I was quite pleased at the contents of this box.
We probably read the books a dozen times each the first day and played Go Fish as many times. My favorite thing about the Go Fish game was that the colors were more than just your basic “green” or “blue.” They used colors like “lavender,” “lemon,” and “chartreuse.”
This box is not yet on the market and is still in the test stage, but I really hope it becomes a thing! I would love it for my girls and giving it away as a gift for birthdays or Christmas.
Since this box isn’t out yet, you could definitely recreate the idea as educational gift ideas for your kids. You could adjust the level of items for each kid’s age. This box had a ratio of 5 “fun” items to 3 books. My kids always love getting a big mix of items in one box rather than opening items individually.
Would you be interested in a book-themed box like this one from Brightly? What are your favorite educational gift ideas for kids?