Craft for Children

Halloween Toucanbox Review


Reviewed by Kat Harrison

This weekend we cracked open our Toucan Box. We were reviewing a special Halloween edition of the company’s creative boxes for curious kids. This box is part of a flexible subscription that encourages crafting, creativity and learning in children aged 3-8. And before I go on, my girls have asked me to subscribe. What a hit! 

My four and six year old are both keen crafters. And the Toucan Box has the potential to make my life much easier. The boxes come with all the materials and inspiration you need to make two craft projects, as well as illustrated, easy to follow instructions. 

The two Halloween crafts in our box saw us assembling a wooden wreath and decorating it with felt leaves and a bat and a spider that the girls moulded out of clay. The girls were able to have a go at all elements of this craft with just a little help from Mum. They thoroughly enjoyed creating their own clay critters. 

The second project had the girls constructing a foam, cuboid lantern and designing spooky slot-in projector slides. I see myself as the ForeWoman on this job; I helped direct the building but the girls were able to complete the construction with minimum intervention. The lantern came with a built-in light which when switched on brings the scary silhouettes to life. There were ‘wows’ all round as ghosts, spiders and witches appeared on our walls. The girls love their creations which are now taking pride of place on the fireplace, surrounded by the rest of our Halloween paraphernalia.

Toucan boxes also include the monthly toucanBox magazine, colourful stickers and a surprise collectable. Stickers are always welcomed and so it seems are magnets, the little extra in this month’s box. 

The magazine is packed with STEAM-inspired activities including puzzles, games, experiments and recipes. We haven’t done it yet but the build your own rocket from a plastic bottle and make your own rocket fuel from vinegar and bicarbonate soda sounds like a real blast! Other activity suggestions this month include making a funny face pizza and your own slime. 

When you subscribe to ToucanBox, you can choose two crafts for your first delivery and the box can be personalised with a child’s name; making it a lovely gift. 

The packaging is clever and colourful, with built in boxes that you can open easily by pushing on perforated edges. 

One box costs £8.95; this reduces to £7.95 per box for a 3 month subscription, to £6.95 per box for 6 months and £5.95 per box for 12 months. Each box also had a £2.95 p&p charge. At the end of all 3, 6 and 12 month Prepaid Subscriptions, (in that you pay a lump sum rather by month), they automatically convert to a rolling Monthly Subscription at a cost of £8.95 per month. You can cancel anytime. The box is definitely worth £8.95 and the extra postage as it keeps the kids happy, busy and with all the bits and bobs included saves me time hunting down resources, as well as saving me money and space! We’ll be starting with the 12-month prepaid subscription to get maximum value. 

I also must mention that the company runs a Care For Kids programme which sees them donate Toucan Boxes to disadvantaged children during school holidays. Over 20,000 Toucan Boxes have been donated so far. Wow! 

Whether a treat for your kids or as a present for others, the recipients will be happy with this treasure trove of crafts, that with a subscription, could keep them happy long past a birthday or celebration. A gift that keeps on giving. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

RRP: £5.95 – £8.95

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