Peachick Approved: Clever Bees Club & Giveaway!
Entertaining three Peachicks during the Summer Holidays can be tricky at the best of times but finding something they not only agree on but doesn’t involve hours in front of the Tv can be near on impossible. So when they were given the chance to review a brand new activity box subscription service from The Clever Bees Club they (and I) jumped at it!
The Clever Bees Club is monthly subscription service (£19.95 a month with discounts for longer subscriptions) that delivers a box packed with activities and surprises for 3-7year olds and aims to not only entertain but educate and support children’s development in a variety of areas. The Mummy/Teacher in me is always on the lookout for activities that are fun and involve some education somewhere – the range of activities in these boxes are a big plus too!
There are so many activities included in this box that we still haven’t done all of them! We have saved the cooking ones for tomorrow, the Peachicks are in charge of making Sunday Afternoon Tea – the recipes are simple but will need slight tweaking to make them allergy friendly!
Biggest Peachick story reading duties, while Millie did the sticker book in peace! This book is by Julia Donaldson, a Peachick favourite and has quickly become a favourite at bedtime! Sharing stories at bedtime is a great way to develop early reading skills, just ask the little people to tell you the story with the pictures!
To really road test this box though we roped in Daddy Peacock, he is the biggest kid around here after all! Despite the rain the Peachicks (and Daddy) spent a good couple of hours outside playing water balloon skittles and squirting each other with water before coming inside to complete his ice cube challenge! See the bottom of the post for a gallery of all the fun!
The Mummy/Teacher Verdict:
Personally I though the box was great it was filled with lots to keep them all entertained. As one of those educator types always banging on about the development of early reading and writing skills I was really impressed with breadth of the EYFS (and KS1) curriculum the contents of this box supported. Children’s development in both the prime and specific areas was covered in some or all of the instructions supplied to support parents.
Encouraging children to have a go and experiment using the water balloons/water squirter and ice cubes build great PSED skills in confidence, resilience and perseverance. All the activities support children’s Communication and Language development building skills in understanding, extending vocabulary and encouraging children’s speech by talking about what they saw. Children’s Physical Development in the EYFS covers motor skills and health and self-care; both were represented in this box with water balloons (gross motor skills), bath crayons (fine motor skills) and the flannel/toothbrush. Anything that gets little hands moving and encourages the development of both core muscles and hand muscles gets a big tick from me!
But the activities are not just suitable for the EYFS, its all about how you extend them. With Alys (8) we looked at the properties of bubbles, structure of ice & its melting patterns, how to stack cups to best withstand pelting from water balloons AND much more!! Pinterest is a good source of extra activities to stretch that box for the older children in the family – click to follow my water and ice activities board!
The Peachick Verdict:
Alys: It’s awesome. There is loads to do. My favourite bit was throwing balloons at the cups. I liked playing ice cube conkers because I found out something new!!
Millie: I love stickers so the sticker book was my favourite. I also enjoyed making a bee with the box and lifting up the ice cubes with the salt & string.
(Excuse the mess!)
Elodie: The box making the bee. It was cool. Blowing bubbles, the bubbles were pretty!
Every month there is a prize for the best bee made with the Clever Bee box and packing materials! Here is the Peachicks’ entry Barney Bee!
Pin for later!!
The lovely people at Clever Bees have given us a 3month subscription (worth £56.95!) to giveaway to one lucky reader, so if you want an easy and inexpensive way to keep the little people entertained over the long summer holidays then read on and enter!
How to enter the giveaway:
Entry is really easy all you have to do is follow the instructions through the rafflecopter below, the more parts you fill out the more entries you get and the more chance you have of winning! The email address you use to register for the rafflecopter is the one we will use to contact you if you win! Just remember to double check you have ticked all the boxes so that each of your entries counts!
- This giveaway is only open to UK* residents aged 18 or over.
- The parcel will be posted via Royal Mail to UK addresses* only and not internationally or to a PO Box Address. Once it has been posted we cannot be held responsible for what happens to the parcel!
- Your details will not be passed onto anyone other than Clever Bees (as this is where your lovely Boxes will come from!)
- There is no cash alternative;
- Entry is through the Rafflecopter only and will end on 1st July 2016
- 1 winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and contacted by e-mail within 24 hours of the giveaway closing.
- In the event the winner has not responded after 3 days a new winner will be drawn and contacted by email!
- There is no charge for this giveaway, entry is free!
*Including you lovely lot in/on the Isle of Wight, Highlands & Islands, Scilly Isles and the Isle of Man. Sorry we can’t send to the Channel Islands or anywhere else the Royal Mail classes as ‘Overseas’!!
More water, ice, bubble mayhem!!