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Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom - blog post header

If you follow the blog then you will know that we have taken a keen interest in our garden this year and the Bear and I are trying our best to grow our very own vegetables. We are really enjoying both getting outside and getting our hands dirty. So when Mud and Bloom announced they were on the lookout of people to try out their monthly gardening and nature craft box, we were very keen to get involved.

WHO ARE MUD AND BLOOM?

Mud and Bloom launched in December so they are still pretty new to the subscription box scene. What they offer though is a monthly subscription which provides seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box includes everything you need for two crafts and two planting activities. The idea is that Mud and Bloom helps our children connect with nature.

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom

There is no doubt that nature is important to our children’s wellbeing and that being outside helps them to stay fit and healthy. That’s not the only thing I loved about the idea of this box though, as I loved that Mud and Bloom seem to strive to ensure their boxes are as sustainable as possible by sourcing plastic free materials and packaging, and using certified organic seeds.

We were sold on the idea and couldn’t wait to take a look. So, let’s take a look inside.

INSIDE THE BOX

Inside our Mud and Bloom box was a host of goodies ready to use. Glue, string, washi tape along with buttons and beads were included for the crafts, and then seeds, compost pellets and plant labels for the gardening. Then in addition to all the craft and gardening instruction sheets, there was also a little spot the leaves and trees activity sheet, a nature news update (which I LOVED talking through with the kids) and a short quiz.

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom - what's inside the box

THE CRAFTS

Make your own summer flower vases

This was a really cute quick activity to do and one that really appealed to the Bear. For this you just needed your own glass bottle or jar and your own scissors, as everything else was provided. The activity was simple: to decorate a glass jar or bottle to be able to display beautiful bunches of summer blooms.

Although the box came with its own buttons and beads to use, Darcie knows that we have our own stash of pretty buttons that she loves to use from time to time and she demanded that we use them here. Upcycling at it’s best, this was perfect for us and she took great delight in painstakingly applying her buttons all over the jar. Mummy had to help get the tape straight as her particular nature would not let it be wonky, but other than that this was all her. So much so that in no way was Henry allowed to help and he had to make do with playing with the buttons and sorting them into colours!

Make your own nature paint brushes

The second craft involved heading outdoors for some nature hunting to collect some sticks and a collection of leaves and flowers. The idea is that you use the string provided to secure the leaves to the sticks and what you are left with are some fabulous nature paint brushes. These were not only fun to collect and make, but also provided so many great patterns when you paint with them.

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom - nature paint brushes

For the painting, we just used some ready made poster paint, and plenty of it! To minimise mess we simply cleared a space in the conservatory – easy wipe floor! – and put a huge piece of paper down and then just let them loose. Darcie wasn’t too sure at first and asked for a ‘proper’ paintbrush, but once she got going there was no stopping her. Both had an wonderful time making as much mess as they possibly could and very quickly moved on from the paper to painting themselves.

One lesson learnt though from me, would be to run the bath BEFORE starting so it’s ready to dump them straight into after they’re finished!

PLANTING OUR SEEDS

In our box we had two packs of seeds to plant: giant radishes and lettuce. They came with a fabulous card which gave us clear instructions as to how we should going about doing this. I will say that the card is missing seasonal information about the vegetables; things like what months you would usually sow them in and when you would usually harvest them. This is for people like me who sometimes don’t always get to these things as soon as they drop through the letterbox. It would make sure we did not miss the planting period and therefore had to hold off until next year. However, the instructions were clear and easy to follow.

To help with our planting activities we had our instructions, our compost pellets, our plant marker sticks and our packs of seeds.

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom - into the garden

I have to admit I didn’t have much use for the compost pellets which were included as the instructions tell us to insert a single seed into each pellet but the number of seeds obviously outnumber the pellets. Therefore – although we used them – we did also revert back to our usual re-purposed empty egg boxes to plant our seeds. That being said, when I took a closer look through their site, I actually love the idea behind the pellets. Mud and Bloom want their boxes to be accessible to people without gardens too and allow anyone to grow the seeds regardless of what space they have. Therefore, I LOVE the idea behind them, but it just wasn’t something (thankfully!) we had to be concerned with. However, the kids loved them and had a great time watching them grow and then poking holes in them!

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom - compost pellets

We’re not quite confident yet to put our seeds directly outside, so we always start by putting them into smaller pots first. That allows us to keep a closer eye on them in their propegater which sits in our conservatory until they’re big enough to transfer outdoors. The Bear also loves checking on them everyday and gets so excited when they finally start to sprout. So – after getting our hands muddy by filling our empty egg box with compost, pushing our seeds deep, patting them down and then watering well – they are tucked up in bed and we are ready for our seeds to start growing!

THE VERDICT

We had a great time trying out our Mud and Bloom box over the past week. The guided activities are a wonderful inspiration when you don’t always know what to do with little ones and I loved that they are nature themed. My little ones are 2 and 3 years of age and I loved that they were both able to get involved in every aspect of this box – with a little mummy supervision of course!!

I love that the team make a real effort to ensure that their boxes are as environmentally friendly as possible. This is the kind of subscription where not only is it fun, but kids are also able to learn about where their food comes from. It encourages them to get outside, learn about nature and to get their hands dirty. All of which is fine by us!

Exploring Nature with Mud and Bloom

Explore nature with Mud and Bloom: a subscription which provides nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Ideal for children and toddlers.

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DISCLAIMER: I was provided with these items in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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46 Comments

  1. Annabel Greaves says:

    This is a lovely box

  2. Rachel Craig says:

    Great prize package.

  3. maria blythin says:

    thaks for the lovely giveaway

  4. Susan B says:

    It is difficult to get the children interested in growing things when so few of us are lucky enough to have a decent sized garden. Boxes like these are the perfect solution.

  5. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    Many thanks for this great review and giveaway. My daughter does gardening at school and absolutely enjoys learning about how things grow and being practical about it.

  6. We’re so excited about trying our box soon. We fall into the weird category of city dwellers with no garden but growing on a small patch of soil on a friend’s allotment. We only get there every other weekend so I expect we’ll do our sowing at home copying your egg box planter idea

    1. tippytupps says:

      It’s great that you have access. Egg boxes come in so handy for these kinds of things and a great way to re-purpose waste. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  7. Solange says:

    What a great idea.

  8. Ruth Harwood says:

    this looks incredible, and perfect for our growing family! xx

  9. Karen Barrett says:

    Lovely prize, perfect for my grandchildren

  10. My grandchildren are very interested in growing food from seed. getting as muddy and messy as possible in the process. This prize is exactly what they need to develop a lifetime love of self-sufficiency.

  11. Sarah Mackay says:

    What a brilliant giveaway

  12. Ren Taylor says:

    Great giveaway ! Thanks for the chance x

  13. These look amazing!

  14. oh my goodness what a cute idea for a box!!! It looks like so much fun!

  15. Rich Tyler says:

    Count me IN!

  16. Lorna Ledger says:

    Wow, love it, thanks for a great giveaway!

  17. Rebecca mercer says:

    Great giveaway

  18. amy bondoc says:

    these are such a lovely idea, would make great gift for nieces and nephews 😉

  19. Gary Topley says:

    Great prize, thankyou for the competition x

  20. Kim Neville says:

    My son would enjoy doing and watching them grow

  21. Sally Collingwood says:

    Wow, this prize looks brilliant!!

  22. Claire Woods says:

    Fab – keep them busy in the summer.

  23. kris mc says:

    Great one for the summer hols

  24. Terri Dudey says:

    This looks so cool my 3 would be in their element xx

  25. Debbie Finnerty says:

    These look like a lot of fun!

  26. Danielle Cresswell says:

    Fab prize my two love getting muddy in the garden x

  27. Louise says:

    My two love getting muddy, what a wonderful idea

  28. A.E. ADKINS says:

    This looks a fab prize to keep the boys amused

  29. paula cheadle says:

    great box for the summer

  30. Sarah Mcknight says:

    What a lovely prize 🙂

  31. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    This is great the children would really enjoy this

  32. Susan Willshee says:

    we have an 11 year old, a 7 year old and a 2 year old and every one of them loves getting their hands dirty and planting stuff. Leo (the 2 year old) especially loves getting his watering can out and watering everything

  33. sheri Darby says:

    What a wonderful giveaway

  34. EMMA WALTERS says:

    perfect for getting the children involved more

  35. Katrina Adams says:

    This is such a fun subscription idea. My Goddaughter is just starting to really get into the outdoors so I think she would love this.

  36. amanda greensmith says:

    what a lovely giveaway

  37. Cathryn Crawshaw says:

    perfect for Ava count me in

  38. Simone Griffin says:

    This is a great prize!

  39. Natalie Crossan says:

    Great, would love to win this for my very creative daughter Bridie 🙂

  40. Nancy Bradford says:

    This would be perfect timing, my daughter and I just decided to make a mini garden in the raised bed in our garden.

  41. Jen Jackson says:

    lovely giveway

  42. Adrian Bold says:

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  43. Lovely giveaway would use this with my little grandson thanks for the chance

  44. Louise Clarke says:

    Never knew about this company, but the box contents looks like there is something for the whole family.

  45. Tee Simpson says:

    This box looks fab. Would keep my girls busy

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