Mud And Bloom:The Subscription Box That Gets You And Your Kids Outdoors
When I first saw the Mud and Bloom Box featured on twitter I was immediately intrigued and wanted to know more. As gardening and crafts are two of my favourite things, a subscription box combining the two seemed a great idea, especially for children.
Since February my two children aged 6 and 8 have been receiving the box each month and its arrival is always greeted with much excitement. They’ve enjoyed planting the seeds in the soil pellets provided and have had a lovely time making the crafts they’ve been sent. One of our favourite crafts has been the dried flower sun catcher. We picked some celandine, forget-me-knots and some unidentified blossom on our walk back from school one afternoon, dried the flowers and then made the sun catcher the following week. (pictured)
We’ve also enjoyed planting cucumber, sunflowers, nasturtium and pea seeds to name but a few and the children have been watching with interest the progress on our kitchen windowsill. The veggies we planted in February are now doing really well in our greenhouse and we can’t wait to pick them when they are ready (hopefully in a few months time) I love the fact that peat free pellets are accompanied with the seeds, they are the ideal size for starting the plants off but obviously a more environmentally friendly option too.
Trails & Treasure Hunts
With each box there is also a trail sheet with seasonal flora and fauna to find and lots of interesting facts and information about what is happening in the world of nature that month. Our sheets have been taken into the garden, into woodlands and across the road to a little bridle way where we enjoy a lovely walk. They have been designed really well and are colourful and eye catching so perfect for that young children.
I love the fact that the Mud and Bloom boxes get us outdoors and crafting together. The children learn so much from the activities and we look forward to them popping through the letterbox each month. They are aimed for at ages 3-8 and would be a real asset to home schooling parents too. The activities have been created by qualified teachers and have been influenced by the Forest School ethos, Montessori teaching and Steiner education.