My daughter’s summer vacations have begun and her school is being renovated. So the classes will resume in July instead of June. To top that, her day care has ended. Ended for good. The reasons for that are for another post but at this point of time, I am desperately looking for activities to keep her engaged and away from the TV for the whole day! At such a time, when I learnt of Curious Cobo, I was more than happy to try it out.
What is Curious Cobo
Curious Cobo is a monthly subscription box for kids. It has activities and projects for the kids that help them create their own toys and then play with them. The projects are based on the following skill sets and are developed with a team of educationists, child psychologists and game experts.
Curious Cobo – What I Liked
There is a lot of attention to detail in making the box. Right from the packaging to the label forbidding humans above 8 years of age from opening the box.
There were 4 activities in this box. One was an art project and the rest were for making toys. Each project came in its own zip lock bag with the materials and an instruction sheet. There was also a plastic sheet to be used as a mat while doing the activities.
The instruction sheets have indicators like Messiness Scale and Parental involvement that will help you choose the right activity! It also indicates what skill this project focuses on.
Making the Paddle Boat
My daughter enjoyed making the paddle boat which primarily required her to stick lots of stickers and assemble the pieces of the boat together. I had to read and explain the instructions to her.
The activities are fairly engaging and were successful in keeping her away from the TV. In fact, she liked them so much that one evening, when I was late from work, she insisted we still do the activity and we ended up making the periscope at 10.30 pm! She liked the periscope so much that for the next hour she was playing with it. In this edition, the periscope was her favourite toy.
Curious Cobo – What I Did Not Like
The box caters to children in the age group 4-8. The children’s skills and mainly interests are quite different at each end of the spectrum. As a result, the parental involvement differs. A 7 or 8 year old child would have independently made the paddle boat that needed me to sit and explain every step to my 5 year old. As a working parent, I had hoped for an activity box that she can play with in my absence. This I suppose is a shortfall in my expectation but there was nothing wrong with the box as such.
Curious Cobo – Overall Thoughts
To conclude, this is a good way for parents and children to do a fun activity together and spend some quality time away from the TV. I can totally imagine this being a weekend routine – doing one project every Sunday till the next box arrives. For slightly older kids, learning the science behind the toy is an added benefit.
Curious Cobo subscription can be purchased monthly or for a period of 3,6 and 12 months. You can visit http://www.curiouscobo.com/categories/get-it to book your boxes. Curious Cobo is offering the readers of Lifestyle Pro Blog a 10% discount on the 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. The promo code is LIFEPRO10.
Have you guys tried out Curious Cobo?
Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated by Curious Cobo for it. I was however sent the complimentary box to review. The promo code is just for the benefit of the readers and I will not gain anything from it.