A Willow and Wild Box is a nature inspired monthly subscription box aimed at children aged 3-8 years old. I love my garden and being outside, and I am quite passionate about encouraging my kids to love it too, so the theme of these boxes really appealed to me.
We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to review a Willow and Wild box, and both Isla and Oliver received their personalised brightly coloured box through the letterbox.
Each month the boxes contains 2 craft projects, vegetable and flower seeds with full instructions on how to plant and grow them, an outdoor activity and recipe card to get in the kitchen and cook what you have grown.
Our boxes contained pea and poppy seeds; step by step cards for planting and growing the seeds; a Pea recipe card to make 2 simple children friendly meals; bird seed and string to make your own bird feeder; a nature walk wipe on/wipe off card; poster paints for finger painting; paper and wax crayons; stickers and an instruction book for the activities and projects that also included some colouring in and a word search for the kids to complete.
We started with the pea science experiment and talked about how peas grow, and how seeds germinate and form seedlings. I didn’t have any kitchen towel so we improvised and used some cotton wool balls. The kids are now monitoring their glass jars daily for any signs!
We also enjoyed making our bird feeders. We have made fat balls for birds before, so Isla knew exactly what to do. The kids liked pushing the mixture into the cookie cutters to make some unusual shapes.
As the weather has improved, we headed outside to do our planting. We made up some newspaper plant pots by following the instructions, and planted our pea and poppy seeds. Isla is getting a dab hand at planting seeds now, and Oliver loves to use the watering can. So hopefully between them we should get something growing soon.
The recipe card has two pea recipes on it: Pea Pesto Pasta and a Pea and Potato Cake. I think my kids would eat both, even my fussy little Isla, so hopefully when our peas have grown we can get in the kitchen and try these recipes out together.
The kids also really enjoyed the finger painting. Oliver loves to get messy, and he generally paints better with his fingers than he does with a brush. Isla is more precise and doesn’t like to get messy, but still enjoyed the activity.
We still have to do the nature walk, the word search and colouring in, and yet the box has given us plenty of activities to do over the weekend.
What I really like about the box is that the kids really enjoyed the activities. They were simple enough to do, and age appropriate, which meant there was minimal parental involvement needed. I was able to set them up, and let them be creative all on their own. They also were educational, without the kids realising that they were learning at the same time. I think it’s so important to teach children about growing things and nature, so the whole ethos of the boxes of encouraging creativity and letting kids learn about nature through play in my opinion is a winner.
I also think that the boxes are great value. What’s more, I think when the box arrives through your door each month, it will give you a push to get outside and do the activities with the kids which is good for the whole family.
Next month’s box is all about tomatoes and being a nature detective! It includes grow your own tomatoes, basil and nasturtiums, recipe cards for making healthy tomato sauce and pizza, nature detective booklet, bug spotter certificate, facts sheets and magnifying glass. This would be right up my Oliver’s street!
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The subscription boxes start at just £10 a month, with a flexible subscription plan. For more information or to subscribe visit the Willow & Wild Box website.
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Disclaimer: We were given a Willow & Wild Box in exchange for this review, however all words and opinions are my own.