Both J and Little E are naturally curious about the world and the things around them and one of my greatest joys is helping to guide them along their learning journey. I like to use a variety of different methods to inspire them – apart from reading to them from books and showing them interesting videos, I like to work together with them on craft projects and play games together that will reinforce learning concepts.
However, coming up with a constant flow of fun and engaging ideas can be challenging (and exhausting), so when Smart Alley approached me and offered an opportunity to review the iNbox, I was very excited!
The iNbox is a monthly subscription service which sends along a themed box packed full of fun educational activities aimed at 3-7 year olds. The activities in each box are centred around the adventures of Flinto the Octopus and his friends, as they explore the world together.
To keep the ideas fresh and unique as well as relevant, the team behind iNbox works closely with early childhood educators in developing their materials and has an ongoing partnership with the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad to devise exclusive quality games that will address the developmental as well as entertainment requirements of our wiggly preschoolers!
Here’s a look at what’s inside the iNbox –
- A set of fingerpaints and an apron
- A construction kit – build your own Safari jeep
- A craft kit – make some animals
- An activity book
- A board game
- A illustrated storybook
As you can guess from the picture above, the theme for the first iNbox is Wildlife Safari! I really like the cute pictures and bright colours, and the animals are all very well drawn and easily identifiable.
The kids started by reading the book together with their Grandpa, who is visiting with us this month! The story was very simple and easy to read, which makes it a great bonus for emergent readers like J, who was able to read it aloud by himself. The illustrations were certainly appealed to Little E, who became very excited about identifying the animals on each page.
A few days later, we sat down and did the crafts together. Little E worked on painting a set of die-cut cardboard animals under Grandma’s watchful eye, whilst J constructed a cardboard jeep with Grandpa.
Each craft kit came with a set of clearly written and illustrated instructions, which were very easy to follow. I was quite impressed with the materials provided, which were cleanly cut and well-packaged.
J and Little E seemed very pleased with the end result!
The kids also had fun playing the boardgame together. The board game itself is only suitable for 2 players and involved some simple counting and tile-matching. I personally would have preferred a game that included more players (perhaps up to 4), but the box caters to a single parent-child pair.
I can see how the iNbox would be a great for Grandparents as well as parents who are racking their brains for meaningful activities to do together with the little ones, especially on a rainy afternoon (or three)! Not bad for $22-25 a month!
If you would like your very own iNbox, Smart Alley is generously hosting a massive giveaway of 100 of the Wildlife Safari subscription boxes!
To snag an iNbox for your kiddie, simply follow these instructions:
- Simply log-in to www.myinbox.sg
- Click on “I Want My iNbox” button and fill in your delivery information
- Wait for your iNbox to arrive!
- HAVE A FUN!
EDIT: I’ve just been informed that the massive giveaway has already received an overwhelming response and they have already run out of Wildlife Safari subscription boxes. However, Smart Alley is giving away TWO April iNboxes exclusively to Owls Well readers!
For a chance to win, just leave your name and email address in the comment box below! Giveaway closes on 26th March 2014 and is open to Singapore residents only.
(Update: The winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!)