When I was younger I always dreamed about being a mom; most girls probably do. I dreamed about wearing floral dresses, baking cakes and doing arts and crafts with my children. The first two I believe describe me well. The last one, the ‘arts and crafts’ one, is something my brain cannot comprehend.
I have optimistically walked into Mr Price here in Galway, which has a fantastic arts and crafts selection, with a plan to pick out some things for a fun afternoon of crafting. But it just doesn’t happen. I am overwhelmed by this wall of things I have absolutely no idea what to do with. I have no idea what goes with what, and I just get stressed at the thought of even trying. In comes Toucan Box to save the day.
There is a funny story surrounding my discovery of Toucan Box. It arrived at the door and we didn’t know where it came from. It continued to arrive every fortnight and we thought maybe a family member had subscribed to it for Áine. When Dara asked his mom did she have any idea who might be sending it, she said she didn’t know. The added ‘It sounds like something Ger would order, are you sure she didn’t order it and forget’. Ah, baby brain. I did in fact order my ‘first box free’ whilst in the midst of the 4am night feed haze and had completely forgotten about it. It turned out to be a great thing though, as now Áine gets an intelligently thought out craft to do every fortnight and all I do is help her make it. Pressure off completely.
So, What Is A Toucan Box?
It is a personalised subscription box designed for 3-8 year olds that arrives at your door every fortnight with the perfect amount of ‘crafty ingredients’ needed to make a project related to the fortnightly theme. Created by educational experts, it intends to enhance creativity in a world dominated by technology. We have made treasure maps, spider webs, jellyfish, modern art and paper-mâché bowls to name but a few. Every time they arrive Áine gets really excited about them, and it really is a fantastic way to get kids to use the creative part of their brain and learn about the related topic. It also delays the pleas of ‘Can I watch My Little Pony yet?’.
If you are gifted with the ability to create masterpiece art and crafts with your children without third party help, that’s great! I’m delighted for you. I, however, am not as fortunate, so the sight of a turquoise box being shoved through the door by my postman at 8am, fills me with delight that the afternoon activity has been taken care of. This is the postman who recently had to pass me a TV through my window because I couldn’t find the key to the front door. Now if only there was some kind of subscription to help with baby brain.
Get A Free Toucan Box…
If it sounds like something that could save your sanity as a parent, you can your first box for free here. The normal fee for the box is €5.45 + €1.45 postage and you can cancel anytime. Which is great if one day you magically wake up with 30 ideas for creative things to do with lollipop sticks.