By a show of hands, how many moms (or dads) out there have a hard time finding good, age-appropriate, educational activities for young children? Me too. I’m a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, and I’m no better today at providing my toddler with educational activities that are fun for her than I was when I was a first time mom who was totally out of her element! I think we can all agree that it’s exhausting to constantly feel as though we need to do something more for our kids to give them the edge scholastically. Seriously…how did society function when I was a kid at no one went to preschool or went into kindergarten not knowing how to read? That is a soapbox for another day though…
There are products out there designed to help parents easily pull together fun, educational activities for their young children. M is for Monster is one of those products. M is for Monster is a monthly subscription service that sends parents a box full of activities on a regular basis so that we can help educate our kids, using arts and crafts as the medium. There are two age options: Toddler (ages 2-3), and Preschool (ages 4-5).
I got my M is for Monster box in August thinking it would be great for Ms. A (21 months), however in hindsight I realize she is definitely not old enough to even enjoy the activities that we found inside. Personal takeaway: follow the age recommendations. Ms. A just wasn’t interested in trying to identify letters, nor is she coordinated enough to glue, place stickers nicely, or paint. I ended up doing the projects, while she played with the trash. At least she thought the end results were cool.
Aside from my gross misjudgment, this product is COOL! The box comes with 4 individually packaged, themed sets of activities inside (one for each week of the month). It also comes with a set of instructions, additional learning aids and activity ideas to help parents teach their children, and a full bottle of Elmer’s glue. The box for August included activities related to insects, pirates, the ocean, and the zoo. Ms. A and I cracked open the week 1 activity pack (insects), and began working! First activity was a bingo board, of sorts, that asked kids to identify, and mark with a paint pen, all the I’s on the board (I for Insect). Cute. The second activity was more of an art project: using a bottle with a yellow glow stick inside, a pipe cleaner, paper, and eyeball stickers to construct a glow in the dark insect. This was WAY out of Ms. A’s scope of abilities, but she LOVED the end result and thought it was amazing to be able to stand in the dark bathroom with her glowing insect! The remaining three activities for the month included paint books, reading books, coloring, a treasure chest with coins that we painted, and games.
This is a very cute, very practical product and I’d highly recommend it (so long as your child is old enough to use it!)! Prices are dependent on how many months a person subscribes to: a one-time toddler box costs $39.95, while a monthly subscription costs $36.95 a month. Not bad for 4 fully-supplied activities, complete with instructions and educational resources!