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 develop social emotional development in children, this month’s shipment included facial emotion flashcards, a game and a handmade mail bag toy. 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 facial emotion flashcards!
This handmade mail bag toy ($24.50) by Child’s Cup Full is gorgeous! Designed in collaboration with Bumby Box, this special handmade toy is produced by an organization dedicated to creating lasting economic opportunity for refugees and low income communities in the West Bank.
The handmade mail pouch contains three felt envelopes that are secured with velcro as well as one postcard made from fabric and vegan leather.
My daughter loved exploring her new bag and the envelopes inside of it!
She practiced opening and closing each of the envelopes and placing them inside her mail bag.
Once she was through inspecting the bag and its contents, she started handing out the letters: one for me, one for my husband, one for her brother and one for her! After we each had about ten seconds to read our letters, she collected them and put them back in her pouch for even more fun.
HABA’s Here, Fishy, Fishy Game ($24.99) is my daughter’s first game, and she loves it! It arrived at the perfect time for her too. She has just learned all of her colors, and she loves putting that newfound knowledge to use in this game!
The game is easy enough for young children to understand but interesting enough for parents to enjoy playing along. First, children pop out their “toys.”
Next, they roll the die and use the enclosed magnetic fishing pole to catch the fish of the corresponding color.
Finally, once the fish has been caught, the child places the toy of the corresponding color in his or her puzzle. The first person to fill her puzzle wins! (There are a few more wrinkles, like the glitter fish, but this is the general idea). I’m pleased to say that my daughter won on her first try! She has been asking to play this nonstop since we received it.
So Awesome’s Children Emotion Wallet Cards ($20 on sale) are a fantastic way to help your child name emotions! I love these. My daughter and I have started to use them, and I plan to use them with my son later this week. As an added bonus, So Awesome has included a number of activities online that may be used in conjunction with these cards to help increase children’s social emotional learning.
This is the fifth month in a row that Bumby Box has delivered a fabulous assortment of toys and 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