My Pretend Place is all about learning, dress-up, and adventure, including DIY adventures. My Pretend Place offers a quarterly themed pretend play and dress up subscription box for children aged 3-6. They also have a monthly Play Pretend Projects subscription! This box is designed for kids ages 3-8, with a great monthly project, including all the supplies for two children.
One of the things I love best is that there are always enough supplies for two kids to participate every month. This month was inspired by the story of the first Thanksgiving. In reverence of the critical role the Native Americans played in helping the Pilgrims survive in the new environment, the kids will be making Native American Headdresses.
The box always comes with a few stickers and a handle to help decorate the shipping box, those were in the envelope in the first photo. This month, the envelope features some Thanksgiving and harvest themed shapes: corn, pumpkin, and, of course, turkey!
The cultural significance of this project may raise concerns about its appropriateness, and whether emulating artifacts and practices of specific cultures is an act of appreciation or appropriation. This note from the My Pretend Place team makes it clear that this project is meant as a learning tool and is to be undertaken with the mindset of cultural sensitivity. You are encourage to foster an appreciation of the significance of the headdress within the Native American cultural tradition. When I explained to my daughter that each feather signified a great deed, and that each feather had to be earned, she said that she thought that was “so cool.”
Like all My Pretend Place Play Projects Box projects, the construction of the headdress is simple and requires minimal instructions.
Since the kit came with two bands and two sets of feathers and felt, there was lots of blue (and other colors) to go around.
This project was very adaptable to the crafting level of each child — felt could be applied whole or cut up into shapes. Kids can create as simple or complicated a design as they wish.
Each kid got to express their own sense of style, too. My son opted for bold patches of primary colors…
While my daughter chose to make a lovely pink heart and even borrowed from the box stickers to create her harvest headdress.
I thought this craft was a great project. It was simple and seasonally relevant. I was also thankful that it was presented in a respectful way — the cultural significance of the headdress was acknowledged without becoming pedantic or patronizing.
My Pretend Place offers the dress up subscription, too. Every quarterly My Pretend Place Dress-Up Box comes complete with high quality non-itchy dress-up costumes, activities or crafts, and other pretend play inspiration.
Visit My Pretend Place Play Projects Box to subscribe or find out more! You can save 20% on your first box of either subscription with promo code playtime.
The Description: Combines creativity as well as construction, so there’s a little something for every kid. Your kids will continue to use their completed craft project (sometimes in ways that’ll surprise you!). They’re not just a project to showcase, but rather a new item to add to their dress-up and pretend play wardrobe.
The Price: $15.00 per month
The Coupon: Save 20% off the first box for either subscription (DIY Projects or Dress-up) with code playtime! (Try all lower case if you have issues)
The Categories: Kids Craft & Activities Subscription Boxes. Costume Dress-Up and Imaginative Play Subscription Boxes, Subscription Boxes for Multiple Kids, Subscription Boxes for Play Dates, Subscription Boxes for School-Aged Children.
The Reviews: See all our My Pretend Place Play Projects Box Reviews.