Monday, May 21, 2012

Monthly Fun and Learning at Home with BabbaCo.com Review & Giveaway


     BabbaCo sends learning boxes to your home for you and your child.  The BabbaBox is like a Bordom buster in a box.  The BabbaBox is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your home complete with everything needed for some fun learning activities geared to 3-6 year olds.  The box is theme based and complete all the way down to the bottle of glue.

     Each box contains 2-3 hands on activities complete with all materials, an item to explore with, a book, and an interactive learning with a prepaid download.  The box I received was the theme Sun, Moon, & Stars.  This was perfect because Jayden loves the moon and stars.  The kit included materials for a Paper-Mache "Moon" Nightlight, Constellation Frame, Sport Glasses, a book called Twinkle Star of the Week,  and even a little special something for mom and dad.

     We started with the Paper-Mache "Moon" Nightlight.  The kit includes all the materials needed along with step by step directions.  I have done paper mache before so I wasn't new to that, but I usually use a different recipe for the glue.  So we started out with blowing up a balloon, ripping paper into strips, and mixing the glue. There were 2 small bottles of glue and we used all of the first bottle.  Jayden is not always one to jump into messy things, but he was still excited to get started.  He just needed to do it slowly so he didn't get dirty.  After we had the balloon covered with a layer of paper we set it on the table in the dinning room to dry overnight.  We ended up leaving it for almost a week.  It was a crazy week that John was gone and Jayden was in preschool.  On his preschool days he comes home so tired that he sleeps almost through the night.  So the next weekend we pulled it out and repeated the same steps as before to put a second layer of paper on it.  This time we ran out of glue.  The instructions have a recipe for an alternative glue, which happen to be the one I know using flour and water.  But I already had more school glue and just used it.  After this step was done we left it to dry again.  I left it sitting on the bowl to dry and it ended up gluing together.  I had to rip and cut off the paper bowl, but that was not difficult.  The next day I popped the balloon and opened the bottom some.  At first the balloon stuck so I let it sit a little longer.  Once it sat the balloon pulled away from the sides and I was able to insert the little candle.  It did look like a moon.  Jayden loved it and wanted to put it in his room right away.  he set it on his dresser next to his clock.  He said, "now I have a moon light when I sleep."

     The second activity was a Constellation Frame.  This kit also included all we needed.  This activity includes using the sun.  So we added stickers to a special sheet of paper.  Jayden practically covered the whole page with stickers.  There were plenty to even do it a second time with stickers and the special paper (great for multiple children).  When we were done adding the stickers we set the page on the back patio in the sun light.  Timing is pretty important, you want good sun exposure, but not too much.  I think our Arizona  sun is a bit too strong, but it still worked.  We set it outside for about 5 minutes.  When we returned we found the whole page changed colors.  Then you bring it in, place in a pan of water and remove all the stickers.  When that is complete you leave the page to dry on its own.  Afterwards you place it in a frame provided and you have a constellation frame.  The corners did curl up a bit making it a little hard to place in the frame, but it did fit.

     Jayden liked playing with the sport glasses.  He loved to see things close and far.  We did not get a chance to do the activity to look at the moon with them yet.  And the book that came with the box was called Twinkle Star of the Week.  It is a cute story, although it is kind of long and Jayden liked looking at it, but did not want to read it all the way through.  He also received a different book that same week and wanted to read it for the 53rd time so that might have also distracted him.  And the gift for mom and dad was a beautiful star wine stopper.  I am a wine drinker, when not pregnant, so this will be great.

     I really like that the kit includes plenty of materials for the activities for not only one child, but at least two.  The only thing I was short on was the glue, but like I said it included an easy recipe to use in place.  The monthly subscription would be great for home school  or just some activities to keep your children occupied for the summer.  You can join for monthly, annually, or just summer survival.  You can also gift the kit for 1, 2, or 12 months.


Buy it:   BabbaBox Monthly Membership $29.99, Annual membership $299.99 yr. (includes 2 free boxes), or Summer Survival $89.97 for 3 months.  

Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama Reader will win a single Babbabox from BabbaCo

 Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!  This giveaway will be open until 6/5 at 12:01AM (EST).


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Thank you to BabbaCo for sponsoring this review and giveaway.  
I was provided the above mentioned product  for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.  disclosure

48 comments:

  1. What a great idea! My grandchildren fall into the age range listed on the site of 3-6 years old as well as the four children I care for. I love love love this idea! I love everything about this idea/product.

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  2. My grandsons are very curious little boys so they would enjoy the Explore Themed boxes.

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  3. I like that they not only send the box with everything ready to go but that there are also links to digital content to keep the learning going!

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  4. they start at $29
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  5. I like the 1, 3 or 12 month options! My little one would LOVE this!

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  6. My 3 year old would love Space or Geography!

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  7. I love the BabbaBoxes. I love that there are several different subscription options!

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  8. My son would love exploring a train theme!

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  9. I like that you get everything you need all at the same time.

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  10. 1, 3 or 12 month options is great

    would like the space one especially

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  11. i like the subscriptions options of 1,3 or 12 months to try it out.

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  12. I like that everything is included - no assumptions that you'll have something around the house

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  13. i love that its only 29.99 a month

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

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  14. I love that it is age specific, and that everything is included! Love that it's a surprise every month.
    This is a really fun idea! My 3yr old would loooooove it!
    ssqueakert at aol dot com

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  15. My son would love to explore dinosaurs more! And bugs, and anything with mud or dirt...
    Or fishing...
    =)
    ssqueakert at aol dot com

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  16. I like this product because it would give me the chance to spend personal one on one time with my daughter teaching her a new craft.

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  17. I like that there is a gift option for 1 or 3 months. I might get a gift of BabbaBox for my granddaughter!

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  18. I like that they have digital content as well.

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  19. I would love to explore a weather theme with my son!

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  20. I like it that included in box are the components to create, explore, story tell, connect and learn together with your child.
    priscillavbenavides@yahoo.com

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  21. I know my son would love any science theme.
    priscillavbenavides@yahoo.com

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  22. I love that they are age appropriate and they have everything in one place no assuming you will have anything available to you at home

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  23. i like that everything is included

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  24. I love that everything you will need is included and that it has a theme!

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  25. They would love to explore pretty much anything- animals, science, sports, etc.

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  26. I like that it's for kids ages 3-6, it could be used with both my boys!

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  27. Very neat! I see they have some online activities with each box!

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  28. I love that All physical materials + know-how content to engage your kid are included. This takes so much of the work (and mishaps!) out of planning crafting/learning exercises!

    chevsweeps(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I think my son & hubby would both love to play with the Insect BabbaBox... okay, me too! :D

    chevsweeps(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I like each month is a different theme.

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  31. I love that it includes everything you need for each activity and that the activities are themed to reinforce particular concepts.

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  32. We'd love to explore any kind of animal themed box.

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  33. I like that every month is a whole new experience! My son would love this!

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  34. My son would like the space theme!

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  35. i like that everything that you need is in the box
    tmarie56@hotmail.com

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  36. I love you can enter to win a free year membership on their webpage.

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  37. I learned that the age range for their boxes is from 3-6yo!
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  38. I think dd would love exploring something castle themed or horse/animal themed!

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  39. My son would love the train themed one for sure!

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  40. I love that everything is included.

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  41. i like that you can choose how many you want sent 1,3,or 12
    pkeintz@gmail.com

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  42. my 3 year old grandson loves to look at and pick up any kind of bug so a bug themed would be awesome
    pkeintz@gmail.com

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  43. I like that all the physical content is included and a know how instructions to really get down and learn all about that topic.

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