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:
- 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.
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.
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!
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.