If you've been following us for any length of time, you know we're a homeschooling family. And as a family living off the grid literally right in the wilderness, we know how important it is to teach our kids survival skills. So we were thrilled when our Think Outside Boxes subscription box included a whole lot of first aid and emergency items.
Learn Wilderness First Aid
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For the past few months, we've been getting the Think Outside Boxes subscription box (use our exclusive coupon code THINK10 to save on your order). It's part of our quest to find activities for teaching self-reliance in kids.
Our two youngest loved the recent First Aid Box. It arrived several weeks ago, and we've been using it ever since.
After all, it's a long way to the nearest hospital, and connecting with emergency services in this remote location is tricky. So we want the girls to know basic first aid. Every few days, we pull out the activity booklet and work through a few pages.
We've learned how to do a D.R.A.B. assessment (Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing). We also had a long discussion about 9-1-1, which only arrived up here in late 2019.
The activities in each month's guide are a little different depending on the theme and a good balance between fun, practical, hands-on, and academic.
This month our favorite activity was the emergency role play, where we all got a turn to be the patient and the emergency responder. However, learning how to bandage heads and hands took a close second!
Related: Think Outside Boxes Initiation Box Review & Coupon
The gang over at Think Outside Boxes really outdid themselves with this month's selection which was chock-full of first-aid wilderness survival gear and goodies. Some of the kids' first aid and wilderness emergency items included:
- A first aid kit with 76(!) items
- Water-resistant digital thermometer
- Outdoor survival bandana
- Elastic bandage
- Tongue depressors
- Water-resistant resource cards (How-to and info cards)
Being Prepared in the Wilderness
While we love spending time outdoors in the wilderness, we know how quickly things can go wrong. That's why we're working on equipping each child with a wilderness survival kit.
Each backpack (they came in our Initiation Box) includes basic survival gear items, including many things from the monthly Think Outside Boxes subscription box.
We've received three boxes to date - the Initiation Box with the backpack, the First Aid Box, and the Weather Box. Watch the blog for the lowdown on that one.
Using Subscription Boxes for Homeschooling
We homeschool year-round, but our summer homeschool routine looks slightly different from our winter homeschool schedule.
During the summer, we focus on nature studies, outdoor science, art, and survival and self-sufficiency skills like foraging, animal tracking, and gardening.
Related: How to Use Foraging to Teach Your Kids
The Think Outside Boxes is a year-long monthly subscription box service for kids. The boxes are themed to match the season.
As the spring boxes are First Aid and Weather, they fit right in with our homeschooling plans.
We can work through the activities in about five 20 - 30 minute sessions, but the kids often continue "playing" with their gear for another hour or more after the lesson.
One cool feature is that you can now print Think Outside Boxes lesson plans to organize your lessons with the kids.
Whether or not you're a homeschooling family this is a valuable resource. Your kids get to really learn how to use each item, and you can drive the lessons home with hands-on practice.
Tip: Use the Vocabulary List in the lesson plan as a supplementary spelling list for a change from your regular Language Arts homeschool lesson.
Sure, it's easy enough to grab a few items from the drug store to create a small first aid kit for your kids. But it's much more fun (and educational) to use the Think Outside Boxes First Aid Box to create an entire learning experience.
Check out their online store and use our exclusive coupon code THINK10 to save on your order.
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Please note that the coupon codes in these older posts have expired. I'm updating them as I go. If you're looking for a discount code for Think Outside Boxes, use the coupon code at the bottom of this post to save on your purchase.
- Think Outside Boxes Initiation Box
- Think Outside Boxes Subscription Box for Wilderness First Aid
- The Weather Box
- Navigation Skills for Kids Box
- Nutrition Box for Kids
- Kids Nature Box
- Kids Night Box
- The Fire Box
- The Wildlife Box
- The Emergency Shelter Box (Outdoor Box Subscriptions for Homeschooling)
- The Water Box
Your Think Outside Boxes Promo Code and Link
Do you know of a family needing a little nudge to get outdoors?
If so, why not gift them one month or more of these fun and educational boxes?
Think Outside Boxes are a great way to build up wilderness survival kits for kids quickly and easily. And they'll learn how to use their gear the right way right from the start.
Hi Leanne - my apologies! Updated post to include new code - THINK10
These boxes look like something we could use -- but your coupon code doesn't seem to work. Any tips?