Summer is here and that means it's time for another Think Outside Boxes unboxing! This month we're having fun and learning with the Nutrition Box. Eating healthy outdoors takes a bit of planning. Yet with the gear and activities in the June Think Outside Box we're learning about what to pack and what to do when it comes to eating well outdoors.
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Think Outside Boxes Monthly Subscription Box for Kids
If you've been following our adventures homesteading, homeschooling and living off the grid, you know we've been getting these boxes for several months. The kids love them.
The Think Outside Boxes program is a 13-month subscription box service that aims to get families outdoors. Regardless of which month you begin a subscription, your first box includes a backpack and introduction guide. Then each month you'll receive a box full of gear, educational information, and activities. Read our Think Outside Boxes Subscription post for a full explanation of how it works.
Think Outside Boxes Unboxing of Nutrition Gear and Goodies
This month's box was all about nutrition. Items included:
- a reusable snack pack (to help reduce waste)
- extendable roasting fork (Momma loves this)
- two "Sporks"
- pocket-size hand sanitizer
- collapsible cup
- resource cards
- activity guide
- materials to turn the box into a solar oven
- campfire cooking idea postcard
All seven of our kids love food. They all love to eat, some of them love to cook, but they all love cooking gear and gadgets.
During this month's Think Outside Boxes unboxing Grandma and Poppa were visiting, and really enjoyed seeing all the gear. We went over each item to figure out how it worked. My nine-year-old loved the Sporks. These spoon-fork-knife combination tools are made of heavy plastic. They're easy for little hands to handle.
I particularly liked the extendable roasting fork. As a mom, I really appreciated the plastic safety covers on the pointy ends. As a blogger, I'm thinking these forks would make pretty awesome selfie-sticks for taking videos out on the trail!
Poppa and the youngest kids were fascinated by the collapsible cups. Each silicone cup comes with a lid that holds up to 8 fluid ounces. It collapses down flat for easy storage.
Why I Love The Monthly Activity Guide
As a homeschooling parent, I find particular value in Think Outside Boxes monthly activity guide. The Nutrition Guide is a useful and fun resource that helps me plan our outdoor activities and extend our outdoor learning. For example, this month's guide includes tips on
- nutrition science (explanation of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc.)
- tip sheet on how to make your own trail mix
- spot for "my recipes" for your child to include favorite trail mix recipes
- information on the importance of getting fresh nourishment
- information on organic scraps and foraging in nature
- meal packing
- outdoor cooking, fire cooking, and fork cooking
- the "hand thermometer" guide
- instructions on how to make a solar oven
- nutrition word puzzle
Each month's guide also includes a "Global Feature" segment, an "Empathy" segment, and a "National Parks" segment. The Empathy segment in the Nutrition box calls attention to Malnourishment. The Think Outside Box folks do an excellent job of explaining malnourishment in child-friendly language, and also gives information on how to help with this global issue.
Once again, our Think Outside unboxing was a hit. Now if only our weather would warm up a bit so we can try out that solar oven.....
What are your best tips for outdoor eating and cooking? Share them in the comments below!
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