Not long ago I was approached by Mark Smith, the founder of Clever Bees Club who explained to me all about the idea behind this new subscription box. I was initially a bit hesitated about this because there are so many subscriptions boxes out there at the moment that I wasn’t sure if this would be any different. However, there were something that was telling me that I should try it so I agreed to review it.
The idea for this box came about when Mark went out with his daughters to a large toy store where they could spend their pocket money. The girls were overwhelmed with the amount of options available and how expensive they were. There was nothing that could cover lots of activities in one. So he thought that it would be great to have a box, delivered on a regular basis that contains a mixture of new interesting activities as well as fun toys to play with. It should have a little bit of everything. That is how Clever Bees Club was born.
Why are they Unique?
The Clever Bees Club offers the perfect balance of development and play for your child. There will be reusable activities and products that will develop your child and will last at least until the time the next box arrives. You can find:
- enough activities to last longer than a single weekend.
- activities that are focus on your child’s development, whilst making it fun and interactive.
- products that are of value as well as activities for your child to complete.
When we received the box, Bella and I were very curious of its content. We really didn’t know what to expect. The box was personalised with Bella’s name at the front.
Inside, everything came nicely wrapped together with some suggestions of what activities to do. This listed the items required as well as what developmental benefit the activity would provide. Also included was a Reward Chart which is always very helpful. We were really impressed with the variation of items that we found in the box. They were all related with water activities so my girls were looking forward to having some fun with water.
Bella began by opening her box and discovering each item included. She did some of the suggested activities and then we headed to the bath where little Sienna was also able to join in and participate with the water fun activities. They both really had so much fun! After we had finished, it was really hard to get them out of the bath! They wanted to keep on playing there forever (in spite of blue lips and wrinkled fingers, LOL!).
The items we discovered inside the box were an activity book, bath crayons, bubbles, colouring & drawing activity book, cooking recipes, flannel, foam water squirter, goggles, ice cube tray, story book and water bombs. See below each item:
Bella really enjoyed going through this activity book. She loves stickers so she really spent some time placing the stickers. She was also very interested in putting the correct numbers on the big clock. She has been learning about the time at school recently so she knew what to do.
COLOURING & DRAWING ACTIVITY BOOK
All kids love colouring and drawing so she was very happy to receive this travel sized colouring book. The size was perfect for taking with us when we are out and about and she needs something to keep her entertained.
Aww we love The Gruffalo’s Child story book. We have lots of books from Julia Donaldson. They are all great. It was just a shame that we already have this book. We still loved reading it again though! 🙂
I thought this was a great idea. This is an activity that Bella loves doing with daddy. They have not done this yet but it is on their list for when they next do spme cooking or baking. We received 2 recipes, Cheese Straws and Simple Jam Biscuits. The great thing about this is that they can do this several times which adds more value to the box. They also come punched and laminated, so you can collect them all and at the end they will provide a folder where you can put them all together! How thoughtful is that? Amazing!
ICE CUBE TRAY
This was part of an experiment. They wanted us to put the ice cube tray in the freezer filled with water so we have some ice prepared. Then the experiment was about taking out the tray and emptying it to get 2 pieces of ice. One was then to be place in the shade and one in the sun. I was then required to ask Bella which ice cube would melt first. This gets your mind into thinking how it works so they are able to learn something new. I like this idea. It was quick and easy but educational too.
GOGGLES & FOAM WATER SQUIRTER
My girls had so much fun with both of these items. Bella is really into swimming underneath the water just lately so the goggles were perfect for her. She always plays with them now. The foam water squirter is a lot of fun too. They suggested to use it to aim towards some cups as target practice, LOL!
What child doesn’t like bubbles! I think bubbles are always fantastic entertainment for children of all ages. Sienna really loved playing with the bubbles. She was asking for it all the time but then she wanted to play with the bottle and half of it spilled into the bath, so it didn’t last long, LOL!
WATER BOMBS & BATH CRAYONS
OMG these two items were amazing and were such great entertainment for the girls. They spent a long time playing with them. With the crayons, they drew everywhere: the walls, the edges of the bath, on their bodies, etc. They were obsessed with them until they ran out (lasting for about a week). They clean very easily so you don’t see any mess after cleaning up! Just fantastic!
The flannel was perfect for helping to clean all the mess from the crayons. It took literally 5 minutes to get all tidy and clean in the bathroom. I was so impressed.
We were all very pleased with this box. It brings much more to you than any other subscription box. You will know for sure that your kids will be busy and happy playing for hours, days and even weeks!
The type of ideas and topics you can expect from this box are cooking recipes, activity books, creative crafts, animal facts, geography, music and sounds, basic science, insects and flowers, grow your own fruit and veg, the human body, story books, family games, colouring & drawing, competitions, etc. How amazing is that?
They have a monthly subscription of £19.95 which I think is great for what you are getting. Lots of items and lots of activities to do for a longer period.
What do you think of this subscription box? Could this be something you would like to try to entertain your kids with? Please leave a comment below as I would love to hear what you think.
*Disclaimer: I received this box from Clever Bees Club for the purpose of this review but all opinions and thoughts are my own. I was also offered the opportunity to giveaway a 3 months subscription.
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Bex Allum says
I love the water squirter we had one of those in spain and it was great fun. Both my girls are in the age range for the box so would be great for them to share a box as they would both get so much from it.
Rachel Butterworth says
These boxes look amazing. Hours of fun.
SAMANTHA mason says
I think the boxs are a fab idea I thibk my son would like the water squirter the most. He would also love the boom as he loves story’s
Michelle O'Neill says
my grandaughter would love the colouring x
richell lever says
This looks like a great concept
Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) says
Great idea – the box looks varied and full of fun! The activity book would be great for hols.
Sarah Lee says
I think this is a great idea. My son would love the bath crayons.
Jo Glasspool says
They looks ace! The bath crayons would go down a treat with my daughter.
Tammy Westrup says
These look great for entertaining the kids. I love the bath crayons.
Hayley Colburn says
They are a lovely idea, great for getting the kids all excited when the postman comes, my daughter would love the bath crayons, she loves playing at bathtime
Kirsty Hosty says
love all of it especially the bath time fun, we always have issues at bath time so this would make it fun
Laura Harrison says
Looks like a really good idea. The bath time fun looks really good, keeps children entertained while the parent is washing them. Thank you for the chance xxx
olivia Kirby says
I like the water balloons – they look great fun.
I love the box! Best part for me would be bubbles ! 🙂
Rebecca Powell says
These look brilliant, we would love to try everything in the boxes
Emma Fox says
The boxes look so much fun with a variety of activities (which are also educational). I love the fact that they come in the post as my son loves getting ‘real’ post 🙂
Jessica Townley says
This box would definitely keep my little ones entertained. They’d especially love the bath crayons and the fact they clean easily makes for a happy mummy 😀
Danielle Graves says
They look like a great idea, lots of little projects and things to do
Nancy Bradford says
I think this is a great idea and my daughter would 100% love the sticker book the best.
ellie spider says
I like the idea but I actually think it’s a little expensive for a ongoing subscription especially if there’s chance of duplicating items you already have – like the reading book.
I do however think it would be nice for special occasions eg birthdays, christmas and easter as one off boxes. I also think that if they did seasonal special boxes that would be good so a spring box with easter and educational activities around the season (plants, animals etc), autumn with tree colour changes, halloween etc, winter with the obvious christmas and then a summer with holidays and beach based stuff
Lynne OConnor says
I think these are a lovely idea but not sure I could justify one every month at that price, maybe summer holidays or themed boxes from time to time. The bath activities would always be popular but some of the others might be a bit hit and miss
Pauline black says
What a fab idea! Loved the idea
kim neville says
My son likes anything water related so that would be his favourite and the activity book
Hayley todd says
I absolutely love this! It is such a great idea and filled with exciting activities! My daughter’s favourite would be the cooking recipe and the storybook.
Jayne Townson says
What a great idea, I love the box it looks perfect for a rainy day or two. The ACTIVITY BOOK looks like good fun.