Kidable Adventures Little Thinker Box is a preschool subscription box for ages 3-6. The Little Thinker Box includes four components: Read, Create, Explore and Learn. The Learn component is divided into three different levels: Head Start, PreK and Kindergarten. Choose the level that’s right for your child!
All the actual instructions plus the parental guidance is included, along with all the supplies! The Read, Create, Explore, and Learn format was designed based on customer and expert feedback. I like the bit of structure it lends to the boxes — the numerous activities are more manageable conceptualized in smaller bites.
This National Geographic Kids Penguins ($3.99) book was great! My son and I both learned a lot about penguins, including where they can be found and differences between species of penguins. During our play later on, he pretended the penguin erasers were king penguins which I thought was pretty cool since before today, he had only heard about emperor penguins.
I also liked that the folks behind Little Thinker Box included some questions to ask once you’ve finished reading the book with your child. The questions were listed on the information card above.
Both crafts utilized Oriental Trading Company kits similar to those found in the Doodlebugs Busy Bags monthly subscription (also by Kidable Adventures). As my son really enjoys that subscription also, he was excited to make his penguins.
Next, I mixed together the fake snow and water in a large bowl and spooned it onto the penguin plate. After playing with the fake snow for a while, my son added the penguin erasers to the mix and announced that they were king penguins playing in the snow. Fun! I also love how this activity encouraged sensory exploration in a very engaging way.
My son had so much fun playing with his frolicking king penguins that it was difficult to get him to take a break for a picture. He wanted to keep this around the house, but with a little one running around, I told him we had to throw the fake snow away.
I’m especially grateful that the fake snow is non-toxic, so even if a little bit accidentally falls off the plate before it reaches the garbage can and gets into my daughter’s mouth, it won’t be the end of the world.
The learn segment brings some additional structure to the theme, focusing the kids on a school-style workbook. It’s a great tool for focusing the fun in a way that translates well to a more formal academic setting.
The activities this month included multiple games that required rolling a die, counting, creating a scatterplot, being silly, identifying rhyming words, recognizing patterns, adding, subtracting, counting by fives and figuring out the missing number in addition problems. My son had a lot of fun with the activities! I loved how the booklet introduced him to rolling a die (I have visions of Yahtzee games dancing through my head right now!). The activities ranged in difficulty from Headstart to PreK to Kindergarten, so children could pick and choose which activities were best suited to their own developmental needs. The Little Thinker Box also included a bonus game this month that was similar to twenty questions. While it was fun, my son will need a lot more practice with this type of game before he beats me. Overall, the learn section this month felt as if it were a collection of fun games. We both loved that! I hope there are many more dice games in the coming months! They were awesome!
I love this box and all the updates! The new format is solidly organized and well-planned, the included snack is a nice touch, and, most important, my preschooler was engaged and thinking the whole time we were doing the activities. Although my son and I tried to complete this box quickly for the sake of this review, this box is designed to provide activities over the course of a month. I’m sure that we will continue to read about penguins and waddle around like penguins for months to come.
The Description: Monthly subscription service for children preparing to enter Pre-K or Kindergarten. Each month the child is sent a themed-based activity box that focuses on reading, writing, math, science, and other skills; using fun games, crafts, and experiments. Each month’s theme is a surprise!
The Price: $29.99 per month
The Categories: Kids Craft & Activities Subscription Boxes, Kids Educational & Learning Subscription Boxes,Subscription Boxes for Kids. Kids Subscription Boxes with Books, Subscription Boxes for Preschoolers.
The Reviews: See all our Little Thinker Box Reviews.