Now that school exams are over, kids have a long period ahead of them where they can enjoy, learn, play and do a lot of things other than- studying! To fulfill this purpose, one exciting solution is the Flintobox which is an apt mix of all these- enjoyment, learning, playing and fun!
For those who are new to the Flintobox concept, Flintobox is an activity box based on a monthly theme for kids aged 2-8 years. All activities come in distinct packs with the required material and a small handout inside each pack with details about that particular activity. This tells the parent everything about how to carry out the activity with their child, the skills that get developed by the activity and the parameters on which you can gauge your child’s progress as she takes part in that activity.
March 2016 Flintobox is based on the automobile adventure theme. Through the activities in this box, my son could scale up his concepts of various modes of transport, where a particular transport runs and a lot more things related to vehicles and transport medium.
The cardboard box of Flintobox contains seven different packets with different activities packed in them which makes handling the small parts of a single activity trouble-free. It is effortless to keep track of the items of a particular activity and it also makes the product look as neat as a new pin always.
Activities and things inside the box
- Colorful Vehicles: This activity has three colorful bus shaped vehicle stencils in it and tiles of the respective colors and shapes that fit into the bus as windows and wheels. My son enjoyed carrying out this activity as it interested him to fit the window of a particular shape into the correct position. This activity gave him an idea about the shapes and colors of objects. Fine motor skills, coordination skills and cognitive skills get developed by this activity. Hardly any parental help is required to carry out this activity as it is very much self-explanatory even for a preschooler! All my son wanted to do is wrap up the bus-making quickly and make them run around the house all day long!
- On The Go: This activity contains a two-sided hard board with a scene (as shown in the pic) printed on one side on which the toddler is supposed to place tiles (of the shape of vehicles) on to the outlines of them on the board. On the other side is the same scene without the outlines and the child gets to do the activity with lesser cues and hints and gets to think on his own about the medium the various vehicles use. This activity made him learn the names of different vehicles, the medium they use to run (like, road, air, water etc.) and got a chance to grasp simple facts like- a boat cannot run on the road or a hot air balloon cannot go in water. It also boosted his confidence, logical reasoning and academic knowledge. It was exciting to match the vehicles with the outlines on the board and my son insisted on doing it again and again making it difficult for me to stop him from doing it!
- Fix It: This is ‘the’ puzzle of this Flintobox which requires the child to solve a puzzle and put together pictures of various modes of transports together. This activity is my son’s favorite activity, probably because he finds it easy and gets a sense of achievement as well as praise from his mom for doing it quickly! Through this activity, he got to learn to notice the shapes and colors of different modes of transport and then go ahead and join them. He would jokingly join half a bus and half a boat and tell me, “Mumma! This is a bus-boat!”
- Wheels On The Bus: This activity contains a colorful steering wheel to simulate driving for the child. I was amazed to see another of my son’s favorite rhymes being a part of this month’s Flintobox as well! Yes, he loves Wheels on the bus go round and round and he loves driving even more than that! He troubles us every time we hop into our car to head to any place, saying, he wants to drive. This steering wheel solved all our problems! We took it out in the car and handed it over to him when the car moved. We asked him to steer his Flintobox steering wheel and he felt on top of the world thinking he has all the car controls and he’s the driver! Ever since the steering wheel has been in our car’s glove box!
- Ramp Adventure: Containing a ramp and a cute red and black car, this activity is all about learning the concept of speed, slope and things coming down from a height. This activity is very engaging because it seems preschoolers can go rolling a toy car down the ramp for at least 20 minutes in a row.
- Count & Complete: This activity comes with a hardboard with a bus, luggage, passengers etc. (as shown in the pic above) printed on it. The child is supposed to match the given tiles with the numbers mentioned on the board. I found this activity from the box, to be the most challenging for my son. Since he doesn’t know how to ‘read’ numbers now, he got some good brain exercise recognizing numbers and matching them with the tiles in hand. He is now able to recognize 1,2 and 3 very easily and this made me feel really relieved because I was trying to get him to recognize numbers since a long time! This activity strengthened his thinking and problem solving skills, coordination and boosted his confidence.
- Story book: A hard board story book with many pictures of different vehicles, toys etc. in it. It was fun to read the book to my son while we sang Wheels on the Bus and I had an amazing time asking him questions and teaching him things related to vehicles and toys. The great quality of the pages, the easy-to-hold-and-carry aspect of the book and the colorful pictures make the book an asset for the child.
- The Schedule Sticker: A hot air balloon shaped schedule sticker came along with the box indicating which activity to carry out in which week of the month and the names of all seven activities listed at the back. It comes really handy to keep a record of which activity to finish by when and which activity to schedule after a particular activity.
- Packaging: The packaging of the box is of a good quality and the activities being in separate bags is the biggest plus point for moms. The bags are labelled neatly with a number, name, time required by child and parent, skills developed and price. Individual bags for each activity make handling and maintenance much easier.
- Number of activities: There always are a lot of activities to choose from. Even if my kid does one activity in a day, the first one gets a chance to be repeated on the 7th day (by which it seems like a totally new activity to a child who is 2.5 yrs. old!) This is great to retain the child’s interest and curiosity through out the month.
- Innovation: The activities are all very innovative and creative. They aren’t something one can predict or expect. This comes in as a good surprise for both the parents and the child.
- No preparation required: All you need to pick is a bag of activity out of the seven provided to you. Just settle down with your child and start playing – there’s nothing that you need to arrange before using the Flintobox.
- Great for parents too: The Flintobox gives the parents a chance to spend some quality time with their kids while playing with them, whereas actually they are teaching them great things at play!
- Relevant: None of the activities seemed irrelevant to the theme Automobile Adventure and were totally in sync.
- Difficulty level: The difficulty level of every activity was different making it easy as well as slightly challenging for a child to carry them out – giving the child the most required exposure and learning.
Flintobox is a product that a parent like me looks forward to using! It gives you total value for money and can also double up as a very thoughtful birthday gift for kids you know!