It’s been a long time since I got my dad-craft on and poor Little E has been missing our arty explorations the past months. The juggle of newborn, new work and the chaos of having two kids now has not been kind to getting creative. Luckily those spectacular folk from CleverPatch have come up with a BRILLIANT idea to make it easy for me to get crafty with Little E.
The crazy CleverPatch team sent BKLK a sample box so that we could let you know what we think. And we think it is AWESOME!
CleverDIY kids craft box
I am a mega nerd Dad (in case you’re new to this here blog) and I’ve been ordering monthly subscription boxes for a while now, though my usual fare is a delivery of geektastic collectibles that Little E is not allowed anywhere near. Action figures are NOT for kids, dammit!
So receiving a boxful of crafty items was not only a different experience but a very exciting one. It was time for my son to have a subscription box just for him. And, to match his vehicular obsessions, this month’s theme for the box was ‘Transport’.
Wanna know what was inside? You can check out our totally cool UNBOXING VIDEO right here:
But for those of you who need to know right now :
- wooden car
- wooden rocket
- wooden sailing boat
- wooden aeroplane
- wooden train shaped photo frame
- 2 x paint pot sets
- permanent marker
That is a lot! I was expecting a single activity but there are 5 completely separate arty things to do. A week’s worth of daily fun perhaps?
[An important note: CleverDIY suggests that the activity boxes are designed for ages 5-12. I’m going to roadtest it on Little E who is only 3]
The CleverDIY box contains everything your little kid needs to add magic arty colour and dazzle to the wooden models. Paint, brush, glue, pen, sparkly glitter and even thread so that you can hang the masterpieces up on display. And to help with the creative chaos that will ensue, they also include this very handy Messy Mat:
Little E was very focused on getting that aeroplane ready for take off; it was a battle to get through the unboxing video filming! Mind you, I was super dad-impressed at how he worked out how to assemble the plane without any parental assistance. Proud dad!
Once the plane had acquired a three-dimensional existence he grabbed the paintbrush and politely urged me to open the paint pots. “Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy. Paint. Paint!” It’s weird; every time he really wants something his speech devolves to cave-toddler.
It’s been so long since I’ve gotten crafty with Little E that I hadn’t realised the enormous strides he has taken in his mini-person development. No longer did he hold the brush like a baseball bat and flick paint to the end zone (I may have mixed my American sports metaphors there. That’s why geeks avoid that kind of reference); it was coordination, coverage and concentration. By the end of 10 minutes he had a bright blue plane that we left to dry for half an hour before attacking it with glue and glitter. I’m glad that we had the Messy Mat as it contained that damn glitter stuff from spreading (multiplying) – I don’t like glitter. Each time we use it I end up sparkling from head to toe and it really hurts when it gets in your eye.
Both of us had a blast with our first project out of the CleverDIY box and can’t wait to get into the four other vehicular activities. Now, I know that I’ve done a lot of dad-craft posts with CleverPatch and readers may claim bias but I honestly think that this is a great concept. Kids creative entertainment delivered direct to your door for $24.90 each month. If you’re as lacking in spare time as I am at the moment then this could be a great way to get rid of the organising issues and just get straight into quality time with your kids.
The CleverDIY subscription starts in January 2016. Find out everything you need to know by visiting the CleverDIY website. Just click here!
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