Flintobox – a monthly activity based subscription box for the Busy Parents!

Should I buy a Flintobox?

If you are wondering whether to take a monthly subscription with Flintobox or not, then this review will guide you. I am sharing my experience based on 3 boxes that I have tried with my daughter while she was around 19 months old, 24 months and now at 27 months.

What’s in a Flintobox?

A theme based subscription activity box filled combinations of age appropriate educational activities. Flintobox is available for 4 different age groups and all the activities are age-appropriate. They are 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 4-8 years and 8-12 years.

The play based material includes a book and 5 activities as a combination of puzzles, DIY, art and craft, experiments.

Apart from this, you will receive additional worksheets (10 per month/theme) and DIY activity videos (5 per month) in your registered mail ID.

You can watch a detailed video of the unboxing of our Healthy Habits (Age 203) box below to see what to expect. If you have any queries feel free to email me.

 

Will my child be able to do these activities?

Flintobox is designed for the age group of 2-12 years. We tried our first box called Amazing Animals (age 2-3 years) when my daughter was only 19 months old. Since we do homeschooling she already was learning about animals and was quickly drawn to the activities and puzzles. So yes these activities are very exciting for the children.

Each box has 5 activities and on each, it mentions the parental involvement and child’s involvement. The difficulty level varies with the age group for which the box is curated. Nonetheless, the best part is you can learn about the box contents before buying by visiting the Flintobox site which details the list of activities along with a complete demo video.

If you feel the activities look a bit too simple or too complex for your child you may choose to pick the same theme for the next or previous age group. This is a very useful feature to make a decision before buying.

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Is it worth subscribing to Flintobox?

Since this a subscription box you have 3 options – 3months, 6 months or a 9-month subscription paid in one go. The pricing gets more economical when you pick a 9-month subscription box. It can save you up to 50%, making it Rs.595 each box. However, if you are not sure you can try the 3 months subscription for Rs.2385 which makes each box Rs.795.

Looking both at the effort in putting this box together and the contents of the box, it totally is a choice of the parent. I personally feel it suitable for busy/working parents looking for ideas to engage kids. Also if you don’t have time to plan or create elaborate DIY age appropriate actives then you must give it a try.

Our verdict – Do we love our Flintobox?

After playing with 3 boxes we have fallen in love with the concept of the subscription box. And my daughter looks forward to opening a new box like a little treasure.

We love Flintobox because:

  1. It’s a well-planned activity box with a new theme each month
  2. It has interesting and engaging education based activities spread across the month
  3. Comes with a detailed easy to follow instructions sheet and curriculum
  4. Excellent quality of material sued that allows an activity to be reused several times.
  5. Full Refund policy! Yes. Flintobox is open to cancellation of subscription incase you feel their boxes are not fitting enough for you

Give Flintobox a go and enjoy watching your kids having a wonderful fun time! and if you are still not convinced read on what my fellow mom blogger of twin girls –  Shalu has to say about her experience.

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Travel Stress free via flight with my 10 tips to fly with a toddler.

I always love to travel and explore. Lucky to have found a partner who enjoys it as much and now with a baby its more hard work to travel but we won’t give it up anyhow!

I have observed that most parents get super hyper when it comes to traveling with babies and kids especially on an international flight! If you plan it well, then it can really be managed and you no longer have to wait for them to grow up before you can continue exploring your passion for travel.

I don’t take any guarantee but I can surely say this – with a little planning ahead you can absolutely have a wonderful family time on an international trip! Many of you have also asked me on how I managed an international flight with a baby? So today am sharing our experience and as a result, some tips to fly with babies.

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traveling with toddlers

 

 

 

 

We took our first International trip to Bintan Islands in Indonesia in August 2016 and Kenisha was then just 15 months old. She was still crawling on her knees and we knew we had to carry her around in our arms if we have to hop over from one place to the other.

Our journey was quite tiring – starting with a 6-hour flight from Delhi to Kuala Lumpur, connecting flight of 3 hours flight to Singapore and then immediately rush to catch a Ferry to Bintan Island straight from the airport. Door to Door, we were traveling for close to 20 hours! With our experience and learning here is a checklist for new parents that we came up with. It will be our go-to list for the upcoming travel too

1. Baby on Board – Firstly check the flight details and check their website on the allowance for baby luggage. Ideally, you will be paying less for babies under 2. Most international flights allow easy to fold strollers. But do read up about your destination and if its stroller friendly? Else you will be carrying a useless piece of equipment. Next – Ensure it’s tagged correctly! Ours went missing in a connecting flight! Luckily I was carrying an Ergonomic carrier by Kol Kol Carriers that helped!

2. One for the Road – Planning and then some extra planning – Always good to carry extra than repent! Make a small baby bag with extra clothes, wipes, bibs and whatever you usually need on daily basis. Ensure you carry an extra t-shirt for yourself too! Trust me you don’t want to smell of vomit or even worse if anything happens during the travel. Don’t forget plastic bags (for disposing of the diapers and in case of clothes get really dirty)

3. For the Rainy day – Put enough in your carry-on bags for the first day or 2 of your trip. We had a nightmare when we found out that one of our suitcase (carrying baby and my clothes) went missing. I had exactly 8 diapers left and one t-shirt for the baby. We struggled hard and luckily our suitcase came in the next connecting flight and was handed over to us the same night! Phew. Lesson learned.

4. Pick the right seat – Ask for a baby-friendly seat. If you are a breastfeeding Mom like me you can do with some privacy at a window seat or also take a seat in last few rows to access the toilet for regular diaper changes without bothering anyone. It’s also a great spot to pick up a crying baby and try to calm them down without disturbing too many passengers.

5. Check in early – This one goes without saying. Don’t follow the mom standard time. Calculate 1.5 hours extra and check-in. It can help with sudden bouts of sleep regressions, unexpected diaper explosions, and more such issues. Make you of the early boarding calls especially for travelers with kids. Get in quickly; stack up your luggage with easy access for later use. Plan your spot and then sit and relax.

6. Keep the Meds handy – Now with a baby ensure you carry a copy of his / her vaccination card plus any other test reports you may think is needful. Have all your OTC medicines ready especially common cold cough and fever. I prefer to make a list of medicines and prescribed dosage after consulting without pediatrician. This should be in your baby bag and always in your reach.

7. Stuff up some yummy Food – Since Miss K was still breastfeeding it was the perfect way to help with takeoffs and landing. In case of formula, always carry an extra pack and a bottle in case you lose one. Apart from that arm yourself with plenty of travel-friendly snacks. I picked small packs of flavored yogurts and kept simple fruits!! It is worth bringing a few candies or lollipops to help with the pressure change during taking off and landing). Some child-friendly cookies from Slurrpfarm would be my next bet for the upcoming travel!

8. Check for the kids’ play area – Long flight at odd hours cannot always be avoided during international travel. Our Flight to KL was at 12 am. So to keep K busy we found a small yet super awesome play area at the Delhi International Airport. She had not yet started walking independently then but she was very enthusiastic to walk holding my hand or with support and enjoy all the rides! She crawled all over the place and it helped to tire her down! No points guessing that she slept through the 6-hour flight!

9. Comfort First! Don’t get cute and dress your little girl in a fluffy tutu or fancy bows. An uncomfortably dressed child is an unhappy child! T-shirts and loose pajamas are best. Ensure you carry layers for the airplane air conditioning may give her chills! Even better, carry a light blanket or a stole that doubles as a cover when breastfeeding as well

10. Entertainment makes it fun – In-flight, entertainment can come to a rescue but just in case your kid is not in a mood, make sure you are equipped to handle a bored and restrained tod! Especially with babies it’s tough to contain them in a limited space.

More than real toys, mine is happier with stickers, tapes or just random catalogs on flights as she loves books. Keep small yet simple toys and hand them over one at a time only to keep it exciting. If there is a favourite toy, don’t forget to carry 2nd favorite for the return in case it’s lost.

These ideas did work for us and we are still learning with every trip we make with our little girl. I will be very excited to hear about your travel stories and how you worked on ideas for your baby?

In case you are looking for a quick getaway, this summer vacation do read about our experience to a 3 days trip to Amritsar and things to do HERE

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Books for kids- Now Personalized with their name!

Finding perfect books for your kids can be a daunting affair especially when you were never a reader yourself. But with little research you can find a beautiful list of books and I will be sharing more about the books Kenisha has enjoyed reading as a baby.
When someone cribs that their children don’t enjoy reading kids books. Which books for kids are suitable for what age? They ask. Well, it’s now! I always quote -“There is no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and the kids who are reading the wrong books.” James Patterson

As a child, I never developed a habit of reading books, outside of my study curriculum. Which compelled me to ensure I help Kenisha develop an affinity towards reading from an early age. This desire took me on a journey to experiment with various types of books ever since she was just 2.5 months old – picture books, feel and touch books and very recently graduating to storybooks.

 
 

While doing my research, I recently stumbled upon a brand which is adding a personal touch to this learning experience. Bookyboo allows you to customize story books for children where our child becomes the protagonist. You should have seen how excited Kenisha was to see her name and how the storyline instantly got itched onto her memory. The level of customization works at two levels:

1. My Adventure Bookyboo – This is a personalized storybook based on the letters that constitute your child’s name. The protagonist is none other than your little devil, who is on a treasure hunt across India to discover letters which will help them complete their name. While uncovering clues on this quest, they meet various characters which become a part of the story telling experience. I am told that this book caters to children in the age group of 0-8 years.

2. Fun Family Bookyboo – As the name suggests, now you too will have a skin in the game! While the child remains the protagonist, you have the family members also getting space in the canvas – be is two children or a single parent. The story takes your child on an adventurous journey through a jungle to rescue the parents from the cruel Evilor. Through the storyline, children are taught aspects such as family values, life values such as love, kindness and courage, building relationships and teamwork. At the same time it is aimed at enhancing their vocabulary. This version is ideal for children in the age group of 2-9 years.

Finalizing my selection was an easy process for me. Not only could I preview the complete customized book online after punching in details such as name, age and gender of Kenisha, but I also knew how much she loves animals. No points for guessing that I opted for Fun Family Bookyboo! The delivery was pretty quick as well.

Before introducing her to the new customized bookyboo, I tried to create some excitement. I explained explaining Kenisha that we will be getting a new book about baby Kenisha and her Dino, who will have to collectively find her Mumma and Dadda with some help from a few animals. It immediately caught her attention because she saw this little girl on the cover whom she calls Kenny! And she is fascinated with Dino off late (I think it’s post watching some parts of Jurrasic Park on TV)

Its been a month now and Kenisha absolutely enjoys reading this book with me. Her favourite sections in the story are the Crocodile ride across the river and meeting the chimpanzees, one of whom is named Cheeky. Introducing and warming up to a new book is an important task with younger children. Once they absorb and understand the story you will be surprised as they try to narrate the same to you on your next read!

So even though the book has 46 pages, it is impossible to read through it all for child under 3 as per me. But the illustrations and pictures are pretty dramatic and full of colour. They instantly attract the child. With some imaginative storytelling I could weave a shorter version of the story to keep her engaged. Kenisha is thrilled when she finally finds mama and dada at the end!

Apart from the personalization I love how we can print a special message for the child on the first page. It makes a perfect gift. And the quality of the paper is absolutely fabulous. Love the thick and sturdy textured paper and the full landscape size illustration spreads on this A4 book.

On a whole I think this book is everything a child would love growing up with. A book about him/her with a special message from a loved one!

I hope you do visit bookyboo.com to experience the beautiful idea of creating a personalized book for your children or even better gift it to someone. Afterall books are best friends for life.

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