totbag….the crafty little bag (review & giveaway)
Anyone who follows the blog will know that we love crafts. The Bear and I enjoy sitting down with an activity and drawing / painting / building / collecting things to make something new. In fact, we have a whole section on the blog dedicated to the little things we make together (be sure to check it out for ideas and inspiration).
When we were at the Just So Festival last month, we came across totbag: a new craft subscription for little ones. We loved it so much that not only did it make our festival highlights, but we immediately signed up for a monthly subscription. Our first box arrived earlier this month and we wanted to share what we thought of it.
WHAT IS TOTBAG?
Created by teachers with experience in art and education, totbag is a subscription service which works to get children connected with nature. Containing nature inspired activities, it’s designed to be hands-on. Its aim is to get kids away from screens and outdoors exploring the world, sparking their imagination in the process.
One thing I do like about them is that you have a number of options available to you. You can purchase a one-off box as and when you like or – if you sign up to a subscription – you get your first box free. This no commitment approach to the service means that you can pick and choose what suits you (and your budget) on a month by month basis.
SEPTEMBER’S TOTBAG – WHAT WE DID
September’s box was inspired by all things autumn and I knew as soon as I opened it that the Bear was going to love it. Based around hedgehogs we had 3 main activities we needed to complete: to build a tortoise home, to build a hedgehog home and to decorate our very own hedgehog with fabric and leaves. Each activity was neatly (and beautifully) packaged and separated out into little activity kits. This allowed you to focus on one thing at a time and really concentrate on what you were doing at that time.
First of all, we needed supplies. The booklet was very clear about what we needed to collect to complete our activities and this month it was a wide selection of twigs and leaves. Therefore, the first thing we did was pop on our wellies and coats to head out on a little scavenger hunt for supplies.
Activity One – a home for a tortoise
So, the first activity we tackled was to build our tortoise home. For this we were already supplied with string and the cutest little tortoise that we needed to accommodate. Darcie was absolutely delighted with this and loved that she had this tiny little animal to build a home for. We added the sticks we had collected to the kit and started building.
The activity was simple. I had to help a little to wrap the string around the top of the sticks to build a little tepee. This is where Darcie took over though and used the leaves, moss and grass we collected to make him a little home underneath. We popped this onto a little plate to contain the house as I had a feeling that the Bear would not let me take it down. I was right as – three weeks later – it’s still sitting in our conservatory.
Activity Two – hedgehog hibernation
Next, we moved on to making a little home for our hedgehog. Again, a cute little hedgehog was provided in our kit along with a matchbox to fill with some of the leaves we had collected.
This activity is where the kit really came into its own. The booklet was packed full of hedgehog facts and the Bear and I had a great time learning all about these lovely animals and hibernation. Learning in this hands-on, interactive way definitely works for her as she’s been talking to me about hibernation and hedgehogs since we completed it and loves to put our own little mummy hedgehog to bed.
Activity Three – hedgehog spikes
Our final activity was to decorate our very own hedgehog picture. In our kit we were given our hedgehog to decorate (prepared with double-sided sticky tape), alongside fabric spikes to add to the leaves we collected. This really is as simple as it sounds, and the Bear had a great time creating her spikey masterpiece.
TOTBAG – OUR THOUGHTS
Overall, we loved this box and will definitely be continuing with our subscription. We found it to have a wonderful balance between information, outdoor exploration and creativity. The activities weren’t too complicated and did not take very long, making it great for little ones. The fact that it contained tiny animals immediately appealed to the Bear and she still has them both safe. No mean feat considering they really are small and she’s only 4!
Beautifully packaged using sustainable materials, this is an attractive subscription for parents and toddlers / pre-schoolers who are looking for outdoor play inspiration. It’s not always easy to think of new, creative things to do so it’s great for our activities to be lead by someone else for a change. I also love the fact that it is designed with hands-on education in mind, as the conversation prompts to talk about as you complete the activities are wonderful. Especially as this is something I don’t always think to do.
I got in contact with the totbag team and asked them if they would be willing to give one Tippytupps reader the chance to take a closer look at their boxes for themselves, and I pleased to say they were delighted to. The winner will receive October’s box to try out. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 14th October 2018 at midnight. The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. Please note that this giveaway is hosted by Tippytupps blog, but the prize will be distributed by the totbag team. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
Amy Bondoc says
how sweet are these!!
Susan B says
What a nice change these are. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
Sally Collingwood says
These are amazing, so nevel!!
These look amazing.
jo liddement says
It’s so nice to find a subscription box for children that incorporates both crafts and nature.
claire woods says
Lorna Ledger says
such a cool idea, really lovely subscription for kids.
Ruth Harwood says
Wow, great prize, would be awesome to win!!
john prendergast says
they look interesting
Rich Tyler says
Count Me IN
Simon Tutthill says
Wow what a brilliant idea they look absolutely stunning
nicola dean says
I love the idea for this.
Ursula Hunt says
This is a great prize I could give to my little granddaugher
Kim Neville says
My son would be interested in these. Something different
Jo Carroll says
Great way to teach little’uns in a safe, fun way. x
Helen Tovell says
Lovely giveaway thank you
Andrea Fletcher says
These look like a great idea.
Gerri Tennant says
A fascinating prize, what a good idea.
Rachel Butterworth says
Great prize. My little nature lovers would adore it. Fingers crossed.
Simone Griffin says
This looks great and my son would love it
Alice Colling says
I would love to win this, what a great idea.
Geri Gregg says
Looks fab x
Laura Pyper says
Amy Denney says
Great prize, very interesting, Thanks for the chance x
JULIE WARD says
A great way to learn about nature
Karen Barrett says
Great idea, my grandchildren would love this, thank you
ellie spider says
this looks great my niece and nephew would love these
Rebecca Whatmore says
That’s a lovely idea – especially learning about hedgehogs as they are declining rapidly and need human’s help to feed them etc.
carol boffey says
agood way to learn
A.E. ADKINS says
These look a great way to explore nature
Debi Newman says
Would love to win this x
Jenny Rogers says
These kits look amazing – a great way to learn about nature.
Allan Fullarton says
Sheri Darby says
What a great giveaway
MANDY DOHERTY says
Great review and giveaway
Clare Parker says
Fantastic and just to say I wasn’t able to tweet for some reason xx
Adrian Bold says
These look great – thanks for the competition!
Rachel Craig says
Theresa Thomas says
These look amazing, I have never heard of them before
Tracy Gladman says
Great for quality time together.
Maria Jane Knight says
This would be wonderful for half term…the perfect reason to get outdoors and keep little hands busy!
Karen Watt says
laura stewart says
lovely giveaway thank you
Hayley F says
What a great box to get children outside doing fun activities. I think my nephew would really enjoy this. Thankyou x
Roisin NicEochain says
This would be a fabulous treat for my nieces
Fiona jk42 says
I am sure my granddaughter would enjoy this as she loves all kinds of craft, and also loves nature and animals
Lia Burns says
Wow such a well thought of idea. My children would love it I would love to try and maybe subscribe myself x
Tee Simpson says
What lovely subscription boxes.
Natalie Gillham says
This would be a great half term activity, thanks for the chance to win x