Preschool in a Box!

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!

Our Experience

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.

The Verdict

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! 

 

 

 

70 Comments

  • Via Bella

    August 31, 2017 at 7:35 am Reply

    I really love that they make it look like gifts for the kids so they want to learn.

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply

      It was so much fun to open it up and see what was inside!

  • Jenny

    August 31, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

    I have a soon-to-be three year old and this is exactly what I need. Pre-planned lessons and activities in a box?! I’m sold!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      I hope you check it out! It was so much fun to have all of these fun activities and games ready to go at a moments notice!

  • Dani Adams-Barry

    August 31, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply

    Perfect timing! I have a little about to enter Pre-School for the first time. I cant wait for the fun to begin!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      I hope you check these out to supplement the learning at preschool! No prep needed!

  • Jan

    August 31, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

    I miss my kids this little! This was easy teaching and learning time!! Enjoy it now!!
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    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      We are having a lot of fun with it!

  • Eryn

    August 31, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply

    This looks SO fun!!!!! And the prices aren’t that bad either! Seriously considering this for my son this fall. He would love it!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      I hope you do! It is so great to have these lessons and activities ready to go at a moment’s notice!

  • Lisa

    August 31, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

    This is such a great idea! It looks like so much fun, too. My youngest is going to Kindergarten this year but I still think I may try this for him, with things suited to his learning level.

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      I hope you do! There are lots of great activities for different levels and they are great for keeping around the house for quiet time activities he can do on his own. You can also easily extend the activities as he gets older!

  • Megan | Mama on Main Street

    August 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Wow! This sounds amazing. I never even knew there were subscription boxes for learning! I definitely need to look into this!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply

      It is such an awesome service! I love that all of the prep work is already done!

  • Mary Leigh

    August 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

    This looks really neat! I’m always interested in fun curriculum for little ones! My guy will be two in September, but already is proficient with lower and upper case letters and numbers 1-20, colors, and basic shapes. That said, he’s also still very much a two year old in other regards so I always find myself mixing and matching things to keep him engaged. This seems like a really great box!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I’m in the same boat of trying to keep up with the learning curve of my two year old and keep her entertained with new projects and activities. It’s so nice to have these all ready to go!

  • Jenn JG

    August 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

    What a great idea this is! So much fun and learning all packed into one box! I will have to remember this for my nieces!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

      I hope you do! It is an awesome service and so much fun for kids to open and use!

  • All things big and small

    August 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Oh I love this! What a fantastic concept! I need to get this for my son!

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm Reply

      It is such an awesome service! I hope you do check it out!

  • Joslynn wassing

    August 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

    This is awesome! I am always looking for fun and easy learning activities for my son.
    But I always run out of ideas. I am definitely going to check this out.
    Love it

    • Vicki

      August 31, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply

      I hope you do, and I hope you like it! I love having these activities on hand when I am fresh out of ideas of my own!

  • Amanda Maxwell

    August 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm Reply

    This looks like something I need for my 3.5 year old. Always looking to entertain and help him create!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      It is such a great way to have educational activities ready to go!

  • Beth Giusti

    September 1, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply

    I love this concept! Of course I sometimes try to use Pinterest to get ideas but M is for Monster has simplified it for us non- teachers. I’m going to have to check this out for my boys, 4 and almost 3.

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      I hope you do! I am always browsing Pinterest for inspiration, but it is so great that all of the supplies and instructions are ready to go on the days that I am not on my game!

  • Whitney Jones

    September 1, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply

    Oh man. I’ve never done a subscription box (though I’ve been tempted MANY TIMES) but this might just be the one for me! Thanks for the info!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you check it out!

  • Dikla Frances

    September 1, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply

    Spending time with these kinds of activities are the best times spent with my daughter! I love it the product was created by teachers. Will try it very soon with my young one!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply

      I hope you do! I love spending time playing games and creating with my daughter and this box just makes it even easier!

  • Kiley D. Smith

    September 1, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

    Wow! I love how all of these activities are perfect for growing minds! This is a fantastic box!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply

      It is! I love that you can change it up based on your child’s skill level.

  • Sarah Camille

    September 1, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply

    Such a great idea for toddlers. It looks like really educational and fun for kids.
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    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

      We had so much fun with it!

  • Kaitlin

    September 1, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    My best friend would LOVE this post!!!!! I’m for sure going to share it with her 🙂 I don’t have any kids yet, but I know she would really like these activities!

    – Kaitlin
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    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

      I hope she checks it out! It makes a great gift as well!

  • Carrie Ford-Coates

    September 1, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    This looks awesome! What a great concept! I am going to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

      I hope you do! We had so much fun with it!

  • Clair

    September 1, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply

    This is awesome! I was constantly searching for educational tools for my older kids…this would have been perfect ❤️

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

      It is such a great way to have educational activities ready to go!

  • Amanda at The Light Owl

    September 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply

    This looks really fun for littles! I bet they loved it.

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      We had so much fun with it!

  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks

    September 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    I’d never heard of anything like this before! It sounds like a really neat program, especially for people who are in a rural area and/or otherwise don’t live near quality preschool programs that are also affordable!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

      That is a fantastic point! It is such a fantastic service!

  • Hanna

    September 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    I LOVE this! I’ve been looking for ideas for preschool homeschooling! We weren’t able to find a preschool that we could afford for my son this year so it looks like we will be doing it at home!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

      I hope you check it out! It would be a great way to teach preschool at home, or supplement your own curriculum!

  • Sarah

    September 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply

    What an amazing box! I homeschool so this kind of thing would be perfect for my little ones who aren’t school age but I still want to involve.

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

      It is a fantastic service! I was so impressed by everything it includes!

  • Ashley

    September 1, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Vicki, this is amazing! I would love to order one for Taylor. You always share the best stuff! Thank you!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you so much! I hope you check it out and have fun with it!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    September 1, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Thanks for this review! We’re always looking ways to supplement at home and this box looks like it would be perfect for my preschooler!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it! We loved having all of these fun activities ready to go!

  • Madi

    September 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

    What a great thing! I need to try it for my daughter!

    • Vicki

      September 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

      I hope you do! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • jehava

    September 2, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

    This is so great and helpful! So fun to try with my little guy!

    • Vicki

      September 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

      I hope you do! My daughter has had a lot of fun with it!

  • Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    September 2, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    What a great concept! I’m gonna have to see if they have anything like that over here in Germany! 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      I hope they do!

  • Megan |LoveFamilyHealth

    September 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I am signing up for this now! My daughter would LOVE it! She is so sad she is not starting school (she is 2) and my son is! She wants to be a big kid so bad! Thank you for this post!

    • Vicki

      September 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply

      I hope you do! My two year old has also been talking about school already!

  • Patricia

    September 3, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply

    This looks like so much and something I can do with my little one while big sissy is at school!

    • Vicki

      September 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

      It’s perfect for adding some learning fun to the day!

  • Meagan

    September 5, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

    What a fun filled box! I am loving the different boxes they have for kids that are fun and educational.

    • Vicki

      September 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      I love the ability to have these excellent activities all ready to go whenever I need them!

  • Katie Bressler

    September 5, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    What a neat subscription box idea! Looks like a ton of fun. Love your idea of keeping things for quiet play time later on.

    • Vicki

      September 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

      I love that they are reusable and that I can set up a shelf in our playroom for these fun games she can play on her own!

  • Menaka Bharathi

    September 7, 2017 at 3:44 am Reply

    This is the most lovely thing to have for kids. how I wish I could have found them 7 years before. My kids have grown up now and I remember how difficult it was to engage them while they were toddlers

    • Vicki

      September 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      They are really helpful! They have helped her to engage so much!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    September 16, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply

    This is such a great idea! I love how everything is combined together in one box, and that you have such a wide array of activities in there. The fact that there is a lot of independent/quiet time stuff is great, too. I’ll pass this along to my friend whose daughter will be entering preschool next year 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope she enjoys it! We have been having so much fun with all of the goodies inside!

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