As a teacher and a mom, I am always looking for ways to entertain my daughter while also teaching her. I try to fill our days with various learning activities or opportunities to be creative and practice important skills. While it can be lots of fun to come up with different activities to keep her interested and motivated to learn, it can also be a lot of work! Today I’m excited to share a company who aims to help busy parents to give kids a variety of learning opportunities, delivered right to your door!
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M is for Monster is a company that was created by a former teacher, and aims to help parents to provide their kids with quality learning opportunities through play. Each month subscribers receive a box full of fun activities centered around different themes. Options range from a single box with 16 activities to a 3 month subscription with 4 full themes per month. There are 3 different levels available, so you can get activities which are appropriately matched to your child’s skill level. You also have the additional option of purchasing the matching books to accompany your activities.
Pre-Planned Lessons & Activities
Each theme comes packaged in it’s own colorful wrapping paper with printables, instructions and all of the materials you need. They include activities for a wide range of skills and each game is easy to set up and play. I loved that all of the materials were included, from the playdough and cookie cutters to the glue and paint. When we had some downtime on a rainy day, all I had to do was open up one of the themed envelopes and all of the activities were ready to go. It’s such a relief to have quality activities and supplies available for those days when you just can’t seem to come up with anything!
We had the opportunity to check out the Level 1 August Learning Box (pictured above) and I was blown away by all that was included! Our themes were Pond, Transportation, Art and Dogs. The activities in our themes covered a wide range of skills in such fun and creative ways. I really liked the Art theme since it provided background information on famous artists including Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock and allowed us to create artwork inspired by their styles. My daughter’s favorite was definitely the Pond theme. She loved making the little frogs jump to the letters of the alphabet.
Adapting and Expanding
Part of what I really like about this box is that the activities are already prepared, but they are open ended enough that you can expand on them. The instructions were all easy to follow and the activities work on certain skills, but can easily be adapted for further practice. The transportation theme included a small wooden car and a set of cards with the word CAR spelled out in roads. The idea was to roll the car towards the letters and have her call out the letter it stopped near, but she also had a lot of fun tracing her little car along the letters. I appreciate products that allow her to be creative, and these games gave her an opportunity to create her own fun as well.
Overall, we both highly recommend trying out this subscription box! She had so much fun with all of the activities and games included and I loved how many skills and topics we were able to cover with almost no prep work! This is an excellent product for parents who want to begin introducing learning activities into their day, as well as a great supplement to any teaching that you already do. Several of these activities will be used to create quiet time boxes for my daughter to pull out whenever she wants, since she can play them on her own as well as with me.
There are all kinds of great options available, so you can get a box that is just right for your family. There is even a Try Me box, which allows you to test it out! Click here for more information on these fun boxes!