Bumby Box is a monthly eco-friendly toy and book subscription service for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that tailors their deliveries to each child’s interests and developmental needs! When you sign up, they send you an email asking you what your child’s favorite activities are. They also ask whether your child is approaching any significant milestones, such as potty training, moving into a new house or becoming a brother or sister. Based on your answers, they curate a box especially for your child.
What’s amazing to me is that even after this initial correspondence, they continue to stay in touch. They ask whether or not you were happy with the previous box and what new interests your child has developed so that they can “adjust the items (they) send to keep up with each child’s pace.” “It helps (Bumby Box) know when to send something a bit more challenging for (the child) to try.” The folks behind this box care a lot, try really hard and are extremely successful as a result!
Each box contains approximately 3-4 eco-friendly toys and books. Included toys are always free of pthalates, PVC, BPA and other harmful plastics. Paints and inks are either water or soy-based. While all included manufacturers support their own communities, treat their workers well and provide them with fair wages, Bumby Box strives to do the same as well: it donates toys to nonprofits that help families and children in times of crisis. This is a box to feel great about! Bumby Box promises that the total value of the box will always exceed the amount paid for the box.
Each box of toys and books arrives well-packaged along with a letter that includes information and ideas to help encourage playtime with your child.
In addition to a helpful discussion of how to approach art with young children, this month’s shipment included a hand puppet, paints, brushes and a puzzle. I love how Bumby Box’s play suggestions always tie in with at least one of the items in the box, in this case, the paints and brushes!
This Ladybug Hand Puppet By Folkmanis ($12.59) is adorable! I love how it comes with six finger holes, making it suitable for righties and lefties.
My husband decided to use it as a prop while reading “Lucy Lady Bug” by Sharon King-Chai to my daughter.
It didn’t last long. Once my daughter realized that my husband was holding the hand puppet, my daughter said “mine!” and promptly grabbed it from him.
Still, she let my husband count “Lucy’s” spots at the appropriate times in the book. This was a real winner for us!
I was excited to see how my daughter would fare with Hape’s Build-A-Bug Sorter ($19.99). She loves watching my son do puzzles, but she often tries to do ones that are beyond her ability (i.e. jigsaw puzzles). This one looks perfect for her!
She loved this puzzle! She started by taking out all of the pieces (including the pieces with prongs) and had a lot of fun putting them back in place. By the time she was done, she had all of the pieces in the right place. I’m excited to use this puzzle as a jumping off point to talking about numbers and colors. My daughter recognizes and says “green,” but struggles with her other colors. Likewise, she can identify “one” and “two” and can say “three,” although I’m not convinced she knows what “three” is yet. Hopefully, this puzzle will help her learn “three,” “four,” “red,” “blue” and “yellow.”
I was excited to receive this natural, gluten-free, nontoxic Set Of Paints From Le Petit Matisse ($16).
Le Petit Matisse’s Paintbrush Set ($10) looks excellent too! I love the size of the handles. These sturdy Waldorf-inspired brushes are produced from 100% FSC wood and are the perfect size for little hands to hold. They come in four styles: flat, found, filbert and slanted.
My daughter had so much fun painting for the first time with her new paints and brushes! She had so much fun, in fact, that my son got jealous and HAD to paint once she was finished.
Whereas she enjoyed seeing what each paint looked like by itself on the page, my son enjoyed mixing the colors together to see what would result.
This is the fourth month in a row that Bumby Box has delivered a fabulous assortment of toys and art supplies to my home! Frankly, I cannot imagine a better curated toy, book and art supply box! And with a value that exceeds the cost of the box, I thought this was a great deal. My daughter and I cannot wait to receive next month’s shipment!
The Description: BUMBY BOX is a monthly and quarterly subscription service delivering a box full of fantastic activities and toys designed to stimulate your child’s mind. The contents of each BUMBY BOX are carefully curated by our experts to be developmentally appropriate for your child.
The Price: $49.95 per month