Doodlebug Busy Bags February 2016 Subscription Box Review

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IMG_1672Doodlebug Busy Bags is a monthly subscription service that sends fun seasonal crafts to my home. Each Doodlebug Busy Bag contains 4-8 crafts that help my son develop his fine motor skills, creativity and confidence. This subscription service is run by Kidable Adventures, who also produces the Little Thinker Box. My son loves the themes of the easy-to-assemble crafts, and I appreciate the tips contained on the detailed instruction sheets. New subscribers receive a nice big red bag, perfect for holding lots of beautiful Doodlebug crafts.

IMG_1673Every box contains neatly organized bagged crafts along with any other supplies that might be required, such as glue dots and magnets. A general overview of all the crafts along with color pictures of the finished crafts is provided as well.

IMG_1674This month’s theme was Valentine’s Day! Each craft comes in individual bags, which is nice, as the bags keep each craft’s parts contained. All six Valentine’s Day crafts piqued my son’s interest. He chose to start with the big sticker page.

IMG_1676My son was so excited about decorating the house using all the stickers that I didn’t get a picture of the empty house template and the sticker page. He was too fast! He had a lot of fun deciding where to put the stickers. From the beginning, he decided to ignore the template provided on the instruction sheet; he wanted to make his own design decisions.

IMG_1679He was really proud of the way this turned out.

IMG_1680Since it was late in the day, we finished up with this adorable bear magnet.

IMG_1683The bear was a breeze to assemble. All that was required was peeling and sticking. It made for the perfect end to a fun-filled day.

IMG_1690Once he was done, my son added the magnet to our growing refrigerator collection.

IMG_1707This month, we decided to spread out our crafts over a couple of days. Although we did this out of necessity (I didn’t get back into town to see my Doodlebug Busy Bag until late Sunday afternoon!), my son and I enjoyed looking forward to craft time multiple afternoons this week.

IMG_1758This next craft, a love bug, was both the Founder’s favorite and my favorite too! My son gave it to me for a belated Valentine’s Day gift.

IMG_1774A couple of years ago, I picked Love Bug as my nature name. If only I were as cute as this craft!

IMG_1782After completing this adorable Love Bug, we joined in song (sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”):

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen

And two antennas, six legs, four wings

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen

IMG_1759Next, we tackled the hot air balloon craft.

IMG_1794This craft was the trickiest of the bunch this month. My son, who is not yet reading, didn’t understand why he had to put the letters in a certain order, especially with the heart substitution for the O. Towards the end, I helped trim the length of the interior strings. Alternatively, I could have intervened when arranging the strings on the base, but I think it’s difficult for kids to foresee what will happen at that point. If you decide to trim, the kids can give input as to where.

IMG_1802Last up for the day was the heart hanger.

IMG_1760While this craft was reminiscent of last month’s snowman craft, this month’s version seemed much easier. I especially appreciated the founder’s comment that using a pencil really isn’t necessary to ball up the tissue paper. This made the craft much more manageable for my son.

IMG_1822He began the craft by separating and balling the tissue paper. That made adhering the tissue paper a snap!

IMG_1825Once he had finished, my son hung his heart and hot air balloon crafts on our front door.

IMG_1841We finished up with the sweetheart bears door hanger.

IMG_1757This too was relatively straightforward to make.

IMG_1832We again talked about how to spell love. My son laid out his letters before affixing them to help ensure relatively even spacing.

IMG_1838Although I had difficulty getting him to raise the end result high enough to see the entire craft, it was super cute. After searching around the house for an empty doorknob for a while, he displayed his bears on our laundryroom doorknob.

Finally, this month’s Doodlebug Busy Bag contained three bonuses: a small notepad with stickers in the back, a pencil and heart stickers. Both of my kids just love stickers so these add-ons were huge hits! My son also enjoyed making mazes for himself with the pencil and notepad.

All told, my son and I had more fun crafty days thanks to Doodlebug Busy Bags. We can’t wait to receive next month’s Easter-themed Doodlebug Busy Bag!

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The Subscription: DoodleBug Busy Bags
The Description: A monthly craft subscription for kids ages 3 – 8 that will keep little hands busy and little minds active. Each month your child will receive a bag of 4 – 8 curated crafts, often centered on a holiday or seasonal theme, and all the supplies your child needs to complete each activity.
The Price: $16.00 per month
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