The Weekend Box club Winter Special – review

We’ve been fans of the Weekend Box Club for a very long time. There is nothing more exciting that a box of activities popping through your letterbox just in time for the weekend.

The Little Man was thrilled to try out the Winter Weekend Box.

Inside The Wonderful Winter Time Weekend Box

As usual the letterbox sized parcel contains the familiar little packages in their themed colours. It also contained a booklet, a sticker height chart, some stickers and the extra bits and pieces needed for the activities.

The colourful booklet contained some fun facts, jokes, a word search, instructions for all the activities, an animal quiz, two colouring pages and a little comic.

The Activities

The Blue bag from Sammy the Squirrel contained a Salted Snowflake Activity.

The Little Man enjoyed this activity of making 3D snowflakes using glitter glue, salt and paint. If I’m honest, I liked the white salty snowflakes best before we put on the paint. But the Little Man enjoyed watching the paint run along the salt lines.

Salted Snowflakes

In the Red bag we had a recipe for Rocky Road Snow-bites.

These were really fun and simple to make and the Little Man did it all by himself. The end result was four extremely tiny chocolates with biscuits and marshmallows. It would have been nice to have them a little bigger. I wanted to make two bigger ones, but the Little Man was adamant that we stuck to making four.

In the green bag was an activity to make an Icy Tealight Holder.

We messed this up because we forgot to go back for the balloon in the freezer. By the time we did it was way too frozen. I have seen some lovely photographs from successes with this activity though, we will definitely get another balloon and try again.

The activity required filling a balloon with water and popping it in the freezer for 4 hours. It needs to be frozen on the outside but still wet on the inside. At a week point you make a hole big enough for a tealight candle. Then watch it burn and melt outside in the garden.

The Yellow Bag contained Pop Up Penguins

We had lots of fun making these pop up penguins. Everything was supplied apart from the scissors. We had to cut out penguin shapes and wings from black card. Then flippers and beaks from the orange card. We stuck these together and then made the paper spring by folding strips of paper.

The penguins where decorated the penguins with the beaks and beady eyes and the end result was really cute. We were even provided with a shiny pebble because male penguins put a pebble in a female’s nest as a proposal.

Our Verdict

The Winter Time Weekend Box was very entertaining and contained plenty to keep the Little Man entertained for quite a while.

The boxes come on subscription and you can get four activities for £8.95 for 3-8 year olds (first box is half price) or you can get 3 STEM activities in a box for £8.95 for 7-12 year olds (also half price for first box.)

If you would like to spend more time doing activities with your kids, and less time resourcing the activities and getting the supplies, then The Weekend Box is ideal. Kid’s love the excitement of receiving a parcel too.

The Little Man hard at work

Let me finish with a winter time joke…

What often falls in winter but never gets hurt?

snow!

Disclosure: The Weekend Winter Box was sent to us for free so we could review it. All words, pictures, thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Weekend Box with Snazaroo Face Paints

Many moons ago, when my older kids were young I was a professional Face Painter. I say professional, I mean, I used to get paid to go to fetes and parties and face paint loads of kids with whatever they wanted. I had a huge kit of face paints and printed cards for the kids to choose what they wanted. I remember one party when all the little 4 year old’s decided they wanted to be tigers, except for one little boy, he wanted to be a dinosaur!

This week we tried out a new Weekend Box special complete with Snazaroo Face Paints!

weekend box logo

My Little Man is a big fan of The Weekend Box, he received his first back in 2014 when he couldn’t wait to get started so he was photographed in his pyjamas. We also reviewed a Chinese New Year Box where we made fortune cookies long before the bakers on the Great British Bake Off. We even gave the Mini Weekend Box a whirl last year.

The box came with two mini sets of face paints which Snazaroo are introducing.

First, let me give you some information on the mini sets.

Mini Theme Pack Information

Snazaroo, the nation’s leading face paint brand, launches it’s first ever Mini Theme Pack range, combining favourite face paint colours into handy palettes to help turn little monsters into little fairies in no time at all.

Priced at just £2.99, the bite size packs come with everything parents need to recreate looks at home: three colours, a brush, a sponge and an easy to follow 3-step guide. At a compact 10cm by 11cm, they’re perfect for every occasion, helping to transform playtime into a magical world for children no matter where they are.

With five vibrant themes – Summer, Carnival, Halloween, Christmas and Easter – kids are covered all year round. The colourful summer packs include a fun Festive Mask (made up of bright pink, white and royal blue) and a Jester (featuring grass green, white and purple).

A touch of water is required to use the paints. All Snazaroo products are hassle-free to wash off and are suitable for sensitive skin types, while the face paints are fragrance-free and specially-formulated to be gentle on the skin.

snazaroo logo - paint a smile

We had a  Tiger kit and a birthday party face stamp kit. 
I love the idea of a stamp kit. It saves so much time and the kids are still happy. You just dampen the colour, press the stamp into it and then press it on the child’s face. If you’ve ever face painted a room full of kids at a party you will understand how time consuming it is, now you don’t have to hire someone to do it for you, just use stamps instead! They are so easy the kids can do it themselves.
It’s also better for younger children. Although the paints are safe to use it’s best not to use too much on children under 3 years.
The Tiger kit came with three colours, a brush and a sponge. There is also a guide on how to paint a tiger on a child’s face. On the Snazaroo website there are plenty of guides and videos to show you how to face paint, and they are so easy to follow in just three steps!
My little man, like that little boy in the tiger party, wanted something different. So we looked through the guides and he chose a bear.
I used the green paint from the party kit and the white and black from the tiger kit and this is what we came up with. 
Using just a small amount of paint and water I helped my little boy become a grizzly bear!

a little boy with face paints to make him look like a bear
Snazaroo face paints are made in the UK and are skin friendly, paraben free and are made from premium cosmetic ingredients to be gentle on children’s skin. Because Snazaroo face paints are water based they are easy to wash off. I remember that face paints where difficult to get off, involving lots of scrubbing and washing. Not these ones though. I removed my son’s grizzly bear with a single baby wipe! There was no residue left behind either. 
Once upon a time I face painted my daughter as a black cat and even after we’d spent an age washing it off, her face still looked ‘stained.’ It’s good to know that Snazaroo face paints are easy washable. 
I think £2.99 is a very reasonable price to pay for a small face painting kit. They are small with just a few colours but with a little imagination you can create lots of lovely designs on your child’s face. I find face painting fun, so we both have fun together. 
Star, my 12 yr old daughter, has sensory issues with smell, she refuses to be face painted herself but also gets distressed when she is near a child with face paint because of the smell. She was fine with these face paints though because there was no odour at all. 
I think the little man will have lots more fun with these kits of face paint and I would consider buying more in the future…it will soon be halloween! 
Disclosure; I was sent The Weekend Box with Snazaroo face paints for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.