It is the first weekend in 2021 and we are thrilled. Colder temperatures mean we are spending more time indoors, so now is a good time to share my Think Outside Subscription Box Review and give you a peek into the DIY Repair Box for Kids.
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Looking for an outdoor subscription box service to get your kids about spending time together outdoors? Our family received a year's worth of Think Outside Boxes in 2019 and 2020. And we still use them each month.
This post is about the Repair Box which we received on the last day of December, 2019. And we're revisiting the box this January. After all, winter is a great time for kids to learn how to fix things and sew.
We're deep into the cold temperatures of -35 to -50 Celsius. So it's just a bit too too cold for much outdoor activity. And since we include homesteading studies and life skills as regular parts of our homeschool days, sewing and DIY fits right in.
How Think Outside Boxes Work
Think Outside Boxes is a monthly subscription service geared towards encouraging families to spend time together outdoors.
\When you sign up for the monthly subscription service, you'll get a total of 13 boxes. The first one has a knapsack and starter activity book and gear pack. Then each month, your child receives a new themed box, depending on the season.
Each box contains hands-on gear, an activity guide, and various educational materials. Every box aims to get kids outside with their families. The boxes are best suited to children aged seven and up. That said, my youngest daughter was just five when her first box arrived. And she loved it!
Note: Think Outside Boxes offers several different subscription options, including a yearly plan.
Think Outside Subscription Boxes We've Received to Date
This Think Outside subscription box review is our tenth - and we are bigger fans than ever! Here's an overview of the boxes we've opened so far. 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 down 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
What Was in Our Think Outside Repair Kit Box
This box contained several compact handy tools to add to our knapsacks. Inside the Think Outside Repair Box we found:
- activity guide (mom's favorite) with so much good stuff! Included quotes, instructions, jokes, a sewing basics section, button sewing instructions and a How-To article on making a drawstring bag, plus another on how to make a tripod
- personal sewing kit
- multi-tool (instructions on how to use it are in the activity guide)
- Utility Tape (yay for more duct tape!)
- 550 Paracord (always useful out here)
- Resource cards (another mom-favorite - these resource cards get added to our previous months' cards on a ring. Knowledge is power)
- monthly calendar
How We're Using The Repair Kit Box in Our Homesteading Life Skills Study
If you're new here, you might not know that we're a homeschooling and homesteading family living off the grid up in Canada's subarctic. It's pretty remote. So in addition to our regular homeschool subjects, we also work on forest schooling, learning about animals in our area (including polar bears, using foraging to teach, and learning bushcraft skills like making our own fire starters.
We also include the girls in our canning, dehydrating, pickling and fishing activities. They also help with all aspects of gardening, plus caring for our egg and meat chickens. And yes, that includes butchering chickens at home.
We're also becoming more intentional about striving to be a zero-waste family. Yes, we're still pretty far off, but we're trying. Especially because it now costs $15.00 to take a load of trash to the dump.
Think Outside Boxes Homeschool Lesson Plans
One of the things I'm trying to teach the girls is to make repairs before tossing something and buying a new one. So we used the sewing kits to practice sewing buttons onto an old shirt.
When we first got the box, we used the duct tape to fix a pair of red polka-dot sunglasses. Next up we added the cord stoppers to a winter coat that keeps losing its drawstring.
This year, we're using the DIY Repair Box Lesson Plan for homeschoolers to guide our activities. I like the discussion and evaluation questions. I can print off the PDFs, check off what we've done, then file it away to for next year.
Your Think Outside Boxes Promo Code and Link
Do you know of a family that might need 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.
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