I’m already a huge fan of educational activities for children to get themselves stuck into so when our BrainBoost Box arrived I was probably slightly more excited than Amelia! When we opened our BrainBoost Box it was full to the brim with activities and Amelia couldn’t wait to get started.
The BrainBoost box is delivered to your house each month and is full of games and activities that promote the five core skills which are known to boost children’s brain power. The boxes are have been created by child development experts and the boxes are tailored to your child’s specific stage of development.
We started with the Ball Threading Activity Centre which Amelia was straight in there with. She threaded the beads onto the pipe cleaner with ease and poked the pipe cleaners through the holes in the ball. Things like this are fab for dexterity and fine motor skills. We then played with the ball, we sat opposite one another and rolled it back and forth then stood and began to catching and throwing which Amelia was really good at. Within each bag of activities is a card that explains how to do each task and ways it can be modified to back it simpler or a bit more tricky which is brilliant!
We then moved on to the Wooden Clappers. Each of the activities is in a separate bag which is great as you can see clearly what each task entails. Amelia was really keen to get painting and tried really hard to stay on to the clapper and was quite specific about which bits were green and which were blue. Once it was painted I popped it back together and Amelia loved making it clap, we took it in turns and made it go really fast or a bit slower. Another brilliant activity that allowed Amelia to learn some things whilst she was playing!
We then set up the Shape Matching Lollipops. I did the cutting but Amelia helped me stick the shapes onto the lolly sticks and was already matching them up before we had started. We turned them all over and had a really good game of pairs. Amelia has a really good memory and always remembers where the pairs are! It added in some shape recognition which she did already know the shapes but I think it’s always nice to give children an activity they can do without as it gives them confidence. We’ve saved some blank lollipops which we will use to make our own pairs as Amelia liked this so much!
As soon as Amelia saw the skipping rope she grabbed it and was trying to skip, she hasn’t quite grasped it yet but there was some really fun activities we could do with the rope that I would never have thought of myself. We started by holding one end each and laying it along the floor and wiggling it, we made big waves and little waves and went fast and slow watching the differences. We used our whole arm to make GIANT waves and then just our wrists and Amelia loved seeing the difference. We then tied one end to the chair and Amelia practised jumping over it, by the end it was like a high jump as she was convinced she could jump it!
With it tied to the chair we got out the next activity which used the rope as well. There were ten bamboo segments that Amelia needed to thread onto the rope. She did this really quickly and then we began using it as an abacus. Amelia pulled the bamboo along and counted them over to one side up to ten and back again. We counted them back again from 10-20 which she did really well at but I did remind her of a couple of numbers! We then had a go at tying some knots which was good until Amelia decided she’d had enough and thought it would be fun to wind Mummy up in the rope! This was a great activity as it used so many skills without Amelia even realising; fine motor skills, problem solving, co-ordination, gross motor and numeracy skills!
We have one pack left which is decorating your own puzzle which I know Amelia will love and this box also came with a really nice story book that Amelia has had plenty of times since our box arrived.
I absolutely loved our BrainBoost Box, I love how all the things to do are completely different which kept Amelia really interested. It’s fab how so many of the activities use either all the five core skills or a few of each; Communication, Creativity, Cognitive, Physical and Emotional and help them learn through play whilst doing some really fun things!
Head over to the BrainBoost Box Website to find out more.
Thanks for reading!xx