It's time for another of our Think Outside Boxes reviews and this time we're unboxing the Water Box. This is our eighth monthly delivery, and we're still loving this subscription box service that encourages families to get outdoors. Read on to see what was in our water box and how we're using it. And then grab a Think Outside Boxes coupon code for $10 off ANY Subscription at ThinkOutsideBoxes.com (affiliate link) during the month of October 2019.
What Are Think Outside Boxes?
According to the company, THiNK OUTSiDE BOXES is a monthly subscription service geared to families with children aged 7+. It includes a monthly delivery of a box of gear and activity suggestions aimed at getting kids to spend more time outdoors, learning and exploring.
When we got our first initiation box back in the spring, my youngest child was just five years old. And she was just fascinated. While she needs help to complete many of the activities, she's been an active participant in every month's tasks. So I'd say this outdoor subscription box service works for kids even younger than 7 - depending on the child and parental involvement.
Think Outside Boxes By The Month
To date, these are the boxes we've received. You can read about what each contained, and how we incorporated each one into our homeschool schedule. (Note: please use the current Think Outside Boxes coupon code in this post as the previous codes in our older posts have expired.)
- Initiation Box
- First Aid Box
- Weather Box
- Navigation Box
- Nutrition Box
- Nature Box
- Night Box
- DIY Repair Box
As we receive each box, we add the items to our backpacks that came in the initiation boxes. Since we live off the grid in a boreal forest, we spend a lot of time outdoors. And we find that many of the items in these boxes are perfect for our kids wilderness survival kits.
The Water Box - What's Inside
This month's box included the following gear:
- 5L dry bag
- waterproof pouch (wallet/cell-phone sized)
- fishing kit
- resource cards
- reusable silicone straw (BPA free)
- activity guide
- invitation template for a river/stream cleanup day
So when this box arrived, the girls were getting over a bad case of the stomach flu. Seriously, our household included some pretty sick people for a couple of days. So when they were finally feeling a bit better we did our unboxing in bed!
As a homeschooling mom, my favourite part of each box is almost always the activity guide. This month, my youngest loved the reusable silicone straw ("It's so bendy, Mom,"). And my older daughter was fascinated by the low-tech fishing kit (more on that below).
How We're Using Think Outside Boxes in Our Homeschool
As mentioned, the Think Outside Boxes come with an activity guide in each month's delivery. And these are a treasure - so full of hands-on outdoor education ideas.
Lifeschooling, life skills, learning self-reliance - whichever phrase you prefer, teaching our kids to take care of themselves in an often unforgiving environment is part of our homeschool education. And learning how to find safe drinking water, making a DIY water filter, learning about water pollution, finding water and dealing with dehydration are just some of the topics covered in this guide.
The girls were very interested also in the solar still information as they're familiar with solar power. Our home is powered by solar panels with a backup generator (or three. Ahem.) And my nine-year-old was especially interested in the low-tech fishing kit, with instructions on how to make a fishing hook out of a
beer sodapop can tab. We fish from our dock and our boat from the end of May through early October, and she loved the idea of learning how to fish without her rod!
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