When I see the beautiful Flintobox brimming with lovely activities for children, I feel like becoming a child again. My 7-year-old son, Gautam, was very excited when he saw the box. He expected some fun activities, and he was not disappointed. Flintobox as a concept is very appealing. Each box has a set of activities that revolve around one theme. This theme changes every month and for the month of January, the theme was Wild life. Animals have a special appeal for every child. This box is designed for children ages 3-7 years.
The box is neatly and compactly packaged in eco-friendly packaging which impressed me right away. You can take out one activity at a time.
Let me take you through the activities for this month:
Activity #1: DIY Jungle Safari Jeep:
This sturdy cardboard jeep had its components(cardboard pieces) including nuts and bolts (plastic) and wheels neatly packaged together. With minimal help from the parent, my son enjoyed putting together his safari jeep. He loves cars, jeeps and almost all vehicles, so this was the first activity he chose to do. After assembling the jeep, he regularly plays with it just like any other car toy. This sure was a fun activity.
Activity #2: Board Game – Jumbled in the Jungle:
This was a fun game that both my kids played together. Since they regularly play Ludo and Snakes and Ladders, they did not need any parental help here. Put simply, they had to match the heads of animals with their tails while rolling the dice. The player who gets most animal heads and tails emerges the winner. A fun game it engages children. Both my children had fun doing this.
Activity #3: Reading Book: Flinto’s Brave Rangers:
A simple picture reading book of Flinto, The Octopus and his friends was an easy reading exercise for my son. Again the story is a wildlife tale that will appeal to most children with excellent quality pages and lovely images. For his age group, perhaps a bigger book would have been nicer.
Activity #4: Painting activity: My Safari Animals:
This activity is a lot of fun for all children who love painting. This activity has sturdy cutouts of 5 animals that include a giraffe, a hippopotamus, an elephant, a leopard and a crocodile. These come with their own bases that can be used to prop up and display the animals once the child has finished finger painting on it. This is one enjoyable activity where the child gets to dab his fingers in the paint and then paint whatever designs he likes on the animals. The pack thoughtfully contains an apron and paints for the child. This sure was fun though you may need to keep your eye on the child so that they don’t get too messy.
Bonus Activity: Keep learning animals
This lovely, picture book has detailed trivia about 7 animals that your child will enjoy reading and learning about.
Excellent packaging: Each activity is individually wrapped. Each activity comes with detailed cards that show how each activity is meant to be done. This is very helpful for the parents
Bright, colourful and kid friendly: There are no sharp parts. Everything is created keeping the child in mind. There are bright colours, big fonts and lovely illustration. The books and other material are all made of sturdy cardboard and heavy card paper to handle rough usage. It can also be stored and gone back to easily.
Well-designed activities: The activities have been designed by experts keeping in mind the needs of the little children and their skill development. They are simple yet fun.
Unique: The concept is unique. And a new box every month ensures that the activities continue to stay interesting for both the children and the parents. That they are designed by child development experts is an added bonus.
One activity for an age group: My son being 7 years old found all the activities easy to do. But the same for a 3 or 4-year-old may be a bit challenging to understand and execute. Parental guidance will be more needed for them.
Overall: The Flintobox is a detailed activity box that focuses on providing learning with fun for children. The concept is excellent. There is painstaking attention to detail that I enjoyed. It makes for a great child development activity. Definitely recommended for all children in the age groups of 3-7 years.
Each box costs Rs. 1195. If you take longer duration subscriptions, you can get attractive discounted rates. Today, you get it at Rs 2385 for 3-month subscription at a 33% discount and get 6-month subscription at Rs. 4170 at 42% discount.
*Post Updated on 7th December 2017