Developing Through Play – Brightplaybox Review

Sophie is now nine months old and imagination, exploration and play are at the heart of everything she does. It’s a joy to see the world open up around her, to see everything from that fresh and exciting perspective once again. Up until recently, play has consisted of interaction with Mama, with other friends and family or with the occasional grasp of a soft toy. Knowing that she now needs more interaction, I’ve been on the lookout for new toys. I didn’t necessarily want to rock up to our local supermarket and buy her any old, plastic tat though. We made this mistake with Zak and our house soon became cluttered with a mountain of ‘stuff’ – most of which he hardly played with.

I was therefore, really delighted to hear from Lisa who runs the Brightplaybox company with her husband Phil. Brightplaybox is a subscription service for babies aged 0-2years. Every two months a box of goodies arrives at your door with everything you need to help your baby develop through play. I was very excited to receive Sophie’s box, which is suitable for ages 9-10 months. Each box is carefully put together using five key principles of child development:

  • Communication
  • Learning
  • Movement
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Social and emotional skills

Isn’t that such a lovely basis for a box of goodies?!

The brightplaybox came in a sturdy little white box, protected with brightly coloured tissue paper – so appealing to open! You know I always bang on about packaging being important and the brightplaybox is just so lovely. I was straight on the phone to my friends telling them all how fab it was! I think we were all a bit excited to delve in and discover what was hiding in there.

brightplaybox for babies

Our box contained:

    • Baby Skipping Stones – in a variety of textures, shapes and colours.
    • A tub of box links – brilliantly colourful, they can be played with individually or all linked together to pose a new type of challenge.
    • Push-along car – fascinating to Sophie for the way in which it moves.
    • Caterpillar Spillers cups – designed to make bath time more fun but Sophie loves to stack them up too!
    • Book: Where is baby’s belly button? – A lovely, interactive board book that teaches babies about their body.
    • Big balloon and clip – this stated it was for adult supervision only. Sophie loved watching Zak bat it about the living room!

Our play box came with a handy development guide for babies of 9-10 months, which was full of useful information on how to help your child develop through play in an age appropriate way. There is a description of each toy and the ways in which it enables interaction and development. There are suggestions for ways in which to use the toys too. In addition to this, there is a whole section on fun and easy homemade play ideas, which encourage you to play in a creative way. As the Mama bear in this situation, this is one of my favourite features of the brightplaybox.

Contents of brightplaybox

Sophie has absolutely loved playing with all of the toys in her play box. Her favourite has changed day by day and the variety has kept her entertained for several weeks now! Having said that, I think her all time favourite is the push-along wooden car. She is absolutely fascinated with the wheels and rolling it along the carpets! As a relatively sedentary baby, I think that this toy has particularly helped to encourage her to chase after it, or bum shuffle in her case!

picture collage of a baby playing with her brightplaybox subscription box

We were so thrilled with our brightplaybox and can’t wait to see what our next box will bring!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these boxes and with Christmas coming up, I think that they would make the perfect gift for that special child in your life. Boxes can be made up for children between the age of birth and two years old and retail at £50 each. There is a discount for ordering more than three months worth of boxes and using this special discount code MTM10 you will also receive a further 10% discount!

When you consider the amount of plastic tat that we all usually end up buying for our kids, I bet it comes to a lot more than £50! The brightplaybox boxes are lovingly put together with the highest quality toys in a way that is specifically appropriate for your little one’s development. They have everything  you need to entertain your child and most of all they are great fun. For that reason alone I think they are incredibly good value for money.

For more information on brightplaybox you can visit their website here.


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I received a Brightplaybox in return for an open and honest review


  1. October 10, 2016 / 21:10

    That box looks amazing and I am just so sad that our two are too old for it. Everything looks so bright and fun! x
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  2. October 11, 2016 / 13:48

    As someone that works in child development, and a Mum, I LOVE this! What a fantastic box of goodies! This would make a lovely gift! #triedtested

  3. October 11, 2016 / 20:25

    That’s a really great idea to just have toys always appropriate for the age. I find it’s always difficult to know what’s best to buy.

  4. October 12, 2016 / 15:38

    How fun! I didn’t know such a thing existed! We own many of those things in the box already. You will like them! Thanks for sharing and linking up with #eatsleepblogRT

  5. October 15, 2016 / 08:04

    Oh funny! I did a review for them too! Baba loved his box. I am holding a competition for people to win one as well! It’s up until next week. #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. October 15, 2016 / 08:34

    It truly is fabulous to see them grow and learn, isn’t it? My son just started really playing pretend, and likes to push cars and trucks all around the house making noises. It’s the cutest thing ever.

    This is SUPER cool!! I’m always looking for little toys and things that will foster my son’s development, and this really looks like just the thing. I wonder if they offer something similar in America! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  7. October 15, 2016 / 08:44

    What a great idea. I love this. We had the caterpillar spiller cups and baby loved them. My sis is having a baby at Christmas, this could be a fab gift #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. October 15, 2016 / 08:47

    Wow that box looks fab. My 10 month old and 2 year old would love it. Now, how can I persuade the hubby!

  9. October 15, 2016 / 08:48

    Everyone has gone subscription mad haven’t they? I think this is a lovely idea though. My littlest is 6 months nearly so definitely worth looking into soon, or bearing in mind for presents.
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  10. October 15, 2016 / 13:03

    I didn’t know that they doing something like that for babies:) I heard about food boxes beauty boxes etc but not this one and I need to admit it’s really great idea

  11. October 15, 2016 / 15:44

    What. A great idea! Love this and some really good ideas for toys too rather than usual rubbish #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. October 15, 2016 / 17:56

    Oh this looks so fab Fi, I loved your vlog! I also love the ‘B’ toys; we were given some B blocks for Emma when she was born and have consequently fallen in love with the brand. This looks like a fab box, well worth the money 🙂 Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG lovely xx
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  13. October 15, 2016 / 21:55

    What a great selection of toys. A lot of toys in there for the money and once every two months is perfect especially when they are little as they change so quickly and need different toys as they learn new things. #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. October 15, 2016 / 22:38

    These boxes sound great. I sometimes feel that I need to refresh Edith’s toys as she can get bored of hers. This would be perfect for that!

    Thanks for hosting.

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  15. October 15, 2016 / 23:10

    This sounds awesome! Love the video, Sophie’s adorable 🙂 A great range of toys and I love all the bright colours. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x
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  16. October 15, 2016 / 23:11

    A really cool idea! My house is currently full of ‘things’ that rarely get played with so I think I do really need to look at something like this for my baby boy and clear out some of the junk! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  17. October 16, 2016 / 08:21

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! My little one is nearly two so I’ve missed the boat… I have a nephew on the way though so maybe it can be his arrival gift.
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  18. October 16, 2016 / 08:50

    This is such a great idea! Kipper doesn’t have any toys as I can’t find them from when Monkey was a baby and I’m feeling very neglectful. At five months he is starting to take interest in playing with things so I will have to have a look. Because at the moment it’s a teething ring, wooden spoon any anything I’ve done DIY!! lol. Stopping by from #MarvMondays xx
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  19. October 16, 2016 / 13:12

    Really good collection of stuff in there! Great idea! #ForTheLoveOfBLOG

  20. October 16, 2016 / 14:03

    That sounds like a great idea! I’m always struggling to find good toys that the Popple will actually play with – she ignores most of her toys these days and just wants to play with household objects – remotes, phones, etc. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  21. October 16, 2016 / 16:09

    These look amazing, I’m sure my son would love these. I may have to order one for him #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. October 17, 2016 / 07:04

    Oh wow what a lovely idea! I love subscription boxes and things like these, Evie is a bit too old for this one but we’ve had kids boxes with her before and they’re great fun! #fortheloveofblog

  23. October 17, 2016 / 12:30

    It’s so difficult to find gifts that are a bit different and this would be ideal. Totally agree about all the plastic tat. We have a few plastic bits, but we don’t notice them amongst the wood! We have the stepping stones and rocket man has always loved them. x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  24. October 18, 2016 / 21:00

    This looks and sounds fantastic. With the first I was always reading up on what she should play with when she hit certain months. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  25. October 20, 2016 / 09:33

    what agreat idea and I just love those photos. So beautiful! #fortheloveofblog

  26. April 6, 2021 / 10:27

    what a great idea and I just love those photos. Amazing photos!

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