A Trunkaroo is a monthly subscription box for children aged 3-8 with an art and science focus. Your Trunkaroo arrives through the post, addressed to your child, in a letterbox-sized box. The box may be small but it's jam-packed with a lot to do.
Our Trunkaroo arrived at the start of the summer holidays, which really couldn't have been more perfect! R, 6, has long had the world's shortest attention span. In fact when he was a toddler I even started a blog called Stir Crazy Toddler, which documented some of the things we got up to. He's getting a little bit better at sticking with an activity for more than two minutes but nonetheless I was delighted to have something new, fun and educational for him and Miss R, 4, to do.
The Trunkaroo focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and maths. It's completely gender neutral, and is designed to appeal equally to girls and boys. This gives it a massive thumbs up in my book - while I accept that R is obsessed with lightsabers, Miss R (still) loves Frozen and Baby S can't get enough of things with wheels, they don't need to believe that these are the only options available to them.
The theme of the box we tried out was Growing Seeds. There were two main projects - seedling city and flower pots. Seedling city involved growing cress and radish seeds. It was perfect to do with a six-year-old and a four-year-old as the different tasks lent themselves really well to their different levels of education. There was a little bit of writing for R to do, including labelling and some observation charts where he could measure and record the growth of the seedlings. And Miss R was delighted to be sprinkling seeds and watering them every day with a pipette. She even ate her cress (on toast with raspberry jam - her idea). Whether any radishes get eaten remains to be seen. It's been lovely to see them both nurturing their seedlings and checking on their growth every day. I really must do more gardening with them.
The second activity, My Flower Pots, was a craft project. All the materials were provided for the kids to decorate some flower pots, including some paper flowers to put in the pot. Actually there was only one pot but we used the watering cup from the seedling city project as a second, and there were plenty of materials to fill two flower pots. The finished pots are sitting proudly in the lounge now. They both thoroughly enjoyed this part too, although it took up much less time than the first activity.
In the box was also a little Discoveroo magazine, with 12 pages of extra activities and ideas. This also had a good range of things for both kids to do - some pattern decorating, drawing and spotting the odd one out for Miss R - and some code breaking and science experiments for her big brother.
The whole box was beautifully presented and all instructions were clear and well-written. Following instructions is something that I have serious problems with. Honestly, since having children it's like that part of my brain disappeared somewhere. Put me in a room with some flat pack furniture or a Lego X Wing and you'll find me sobbing in frustration within five minutes. I had no such problems following the Trunkaroo instructions, so they must be good!
A Trunkaroo would make a lovely gift for any child in your life. A one-off box costs £19.99, and the price reduces if you sign up for more, depending on the length of the subscription.
Find out more at trunkaroo.com
Disclaimer: we were sent a Trunkaroo to try out for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and are my own.