Little Thinker Box by Kidable Adventures 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, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. Choose the level that’s right for your child!
The December theme was Trains. Awesome!
The box is always packed in a really neat manner – the tissue makes for a nice presentation, and the lesson segments are explained well. The attached outline makes it easy to organize the big picture of what you’ll cover each month: reading, creating, exploring and learning.
By breaking up the theme into four components, Little Thinker Box makes its lessons really accessible and down-to-earth. You could easily do a component per week, or you could work through all of the activities on a rainy weekend.
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 month, each component arrived in a separate bag. I really liked this! It made it really easy to pick and choose what we were going to do next from among the many activities included in the box.
The Berenstain Bears All Aboard ($3.46) was a good and light read. We also had so much fun talking about the colorful illustrations in every page.
Every month, my son looks forward to receiving books from Little Thinker Box. This month was no exception. He thought trains are awesome and by the looks of it, he’s gonna read this book over and over until the next month’s shipment arrives.
I love how the folks behind Little Thinker Box include questions to ask once you’ve finished reading the book with your child! The questions are always listed on the information card. While my son enjoyed answering the questions, I appreciated how they reinforced what he had read.
This month’s create component asked children to decorate train engines using paint.
My son enjoys art and because he was fascinated by the trains on the book, this activity brought double the excitement!
We received two wooden trains to decorate and my son gladly painted them both!
The Explore segment is always the heart and soul of this box for us. It encourages creative play. This month, my son got to pretend to be a train engineer!
The Learn segment brings some additional structure to the theme, focusing the kids on school-style activities. (Although it had been a workbook, due to parent requests, the founder changed the workbook format to a mixture of worksheets and activities.) It’s a great tool for focusing the fun in a way that translates well to a more formal academic setting.
The activities in the box range in difficulty from Headstart to Pre-K to Kindergarten, so children can pick and choose which activities are best suited to their own developmental needs.
For those who are interested in what the other activities entail, I’ve taken pictures of the activity lists.
This month, my son completed the Kindergarten activities which involved numbers, counting, and spelling.
Whereas originally my son had been doing all of the activities for the sake of the review, over the past few months, he’s been more interested in completing the kindergarten level activities exclusively. To keep it fun for him, that’s what we’ll continue to do.
Each month, Little Thinker Box includes a small snack for kids to munch on while completing their boxes. This month’s selection was Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies!
Doing activities from Little Thinker Box with my son is always a pleasure. This subscription never fails to provide engaging materials, from books to art projects and so much more. My son loved learning about trains this month and we can’t wait to see what they send out next month!