I have a secret. I have days where I don't look forward to Christmas. Don't get me wrong - I love the excitement, the magic, the thrill on their faces when they are overjoyed by some part of the season. But, after the holiday winds down, we find ourselves with a vast new collection of stuff that has to somehow fit in with all the stuff we already had. That's why I love it when we are gifted something unique - like a family zoo pass or tickets to an event - that gives us the opportunity to use the gift throughout an entire year.
Lincoln is old enough now to understand when something arrives in the mail addressed to him, so I've also started looking at monthly subscriptions for kids as a gift idea. We were so excited when our very first Animal Trackers Subscription Box showed up at our door.
Here's a little information about this club from the website:
Bode Bear takes your child to the African Savanna where he tracks a variety of amazing animals. Begin the adventure with your Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox. This lunchbox becomes a play station for the monthly animal magnets as well as storage for the animal play figures, animal information card collection and the “Safari Animal Tracks” ringed set.Each monthly packet will include an Animal Trackers Club Information card with easy to follow and understand information about the animal being tracked that month. The packet will also include a play magnet to add to the lunchbox, a foam animal dress-up mask, and a realistic, hand-painted animal play figure. In addition, the packet will have a “Safari Animal Tracks” card for your ringed set, containing a real photo of the monthly animal as well as the track it leaves in the wild. Each monthly packet will also contain a learning activity and an art project created to develop the skills needed to become a proficient student and reader.
These kits are aimed at ages 3 and up, so Lincoln was just the right age to test it out. We received the Starter Club Safari Lunchbox, as well as the "Zebra" month packet.
Lincoln was extremely excited to open these packages, and wanted to see everything in the box immediately. In the lunchbox, we found a jump ring to use for our upcoming featured animal photos, an info sheet about African animals, an adorable card matching game, and a sticker craft.
The Zebra box, of course, contained many awesome zebra elements - a foam mask, a magnet, a craft project, and a hand painted animal play figure. Lincoln and Addie have both been completely obsessed with the magnet and the play zebra - they both love animals in general, so I was not surprised when this box was a big hit.
The matching game is so cute! I like that it is not a typical match-the-same-picture game, but rather has kids match the front and back of each animal! Very clever design, and my kids (who do not yet have the patience for a traditional matching game) can play this with all the cards facing up from the start.
The Safari Stickers were also a big hit - Lincoln had a blast decorating them. We may need to have a discussion about how rhinoceroses don't typically live in trees, but overall, I think he did a great job.
I think Lincoln's favorite part of the whole box was the zebra craft. It was a very simple concept - use black and white packing peanuts to draw stripes on an included zebra worksheet - but he loved it!
The kit came with two sheets, so Addie even got to give it a try. At just under age 2, she was a little less inclined to follow the rules and did not end up completing her craft project.
Lincoln, however, proudly finished his zebra and has been so excited to show anyone who will check it out!
I would love a full year's subscription to Animal Trackers and I know Lincoln would love it, too. Subscription boxes are available in 1-year, 6-month, 3-month subscriptions or individually. If your child is 6 or older, you can check out Space Scouts - a unique subscription box for elementary aged kids to learn all about Outer Space!
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