This past weekend I was down with the flu. I was not in any shape to be entertaining the The Munchkin and I really couldn’t deal with the fact that he was awake and jumping on me at 6am. On a Saturday. So I plonked him in front of the TV and had a lie down in peace. Until he came marching back into the room with a whole packet of Tennis biscuits for breakfast. Deciding that his parents were in no shape to feed him, he went on and foraged for himself. Biscuits of course. Not my best parenting moment.
By 10:30am he had watched 2 movies back-to-back and I had mustered up enough guilt to at the very least put him down for a nap (I also grabbed that opportunity to sleep myself!).
When we woke up, I still had the rest of the afternoon to entertain him and thank God we have a plethora of books to turn to because my energy levels were low. It also happened to be Star Wars Reads Day so we built that very cool “lobot!” or R2D2 as we know him.
Thanks to Kids Book Club we have some great ones that keep him busy for a while. Every month, for R145, we get sent two books that are relevant to his age and he LOVES opening them up and seeing what’s inside the bag. The books are hand-picked and they are a range of educational, activity and reading books which are delivered directly to your door. Your subscription will auto renew each month but you can cancel anytime.
The first two books we got were the Cloud Babies – The Colour of the Sun and My Favourite Food. On the surface I didn’t think they were educational but your kid will show you that ANY book at this age is educational. He learned a bunch of new words with the Cloud Babies book and it also introduced him to the concept of colours (even though everything is blue if you ask him).
He likes pointing out all the animals and they sounds they make in My Favourite Food, about a gosling who goes around the farmyard asking all the animals what their favourite food is. Then he laughs at himself because according to him, he is “Haha, funny!”
This month we got sent the wrong age-group books and they were kind enough to let me keep them AND send on the ones we were meant to get. We opened them yesterday and I think they’re STILL valuable to him (a book will never not have value to me). It was a Priddy book called “My First 100 Words” and he LOVES it. So much so that he woke up at 5am this morning because he wanted to “lead book!” in the dark. I love reading, but I was NOT keen. He spent most of last night and this morning paging through the book and pointing everything out.
The other book, “Goodnight Mouse” did seem like it was for a younger child and he lost interest pretty fast but he is mercurial in the things he likes and sometimes takes a while to take notice of something.
My only gripe would be the magazines that they send for mom. I think if they asked what my areas of interest were and I got magazines pertaining to those there would be more value in it for me. But I am not Cosmopolitan’s biggest fan and I don’t own my own home but I suppose I can use the House and Leisure I was sent to create my Perfect Home Dream Board (like Pinterest but with scissors!)
If you’re into magazines then this is great value because you’re getting two kids books (which can be expensive – once in a fit of excitement I grabbed The Gruffalo’s Child and when we got home discovered it was R115 ) and two magazines (which average around R40 I am told – I don’t know, I don’t buy magazines)
All in all, I like this service. We get great quality books that are hand picked by experts every month and at least one of them is an educational type. It’s R145 a month – including shipping – straight to your door, which to me doesn’t seem like a lot especially when it comes to finding a replacement for that dratted TV! You can easily login to your account where you get access to 20+ free printable activities. Also, who doesn’t like getting a surprise once a month. Also, those tote bags are so damn cute!
*This post was sponsored by Kids Book Blub