DELIVERY PACKED WITH SURPRISES FAMILIES CAN SHARE THE FUN
PARENTS will love this: a subscription service that delivers cool craft stuff for you children each month.
Crafty mum Sarah Donges started Box for Monkeys last year because she needed to spend quality time with her two children.
“I’m not a parenting expert, but I connect with my children by reading, cooking and doing crafts with them, so I thought other people might get the same reward as well,’’ she says. “Every time I got the paints and craft out, the kids were well behaved and happy.
“I thought that maybe there was something in this that other parents would like to experience too, plus I also want my children to have skills and hobbies beyond watching television.”
Box for Monkeys may just be the answer for all those festive and school holiday projects.
The subscription service delivers a box full of children’s activities, including material and instructions, to explore that month’s theme.
“Every box is full of fun activities: something to explore, a recipe to cook, a craft activity to make, ideas to create, a music activity to enjoy, a game to play and a book to read,’’ Donges says.
“Each of our boxes is lovingly created by educators and creative parents. Every box has to have a mix of fun, creativity, educational elements and, of course, promote interaction between parents and kids. We test each item with kids. Our boxes are also unisex, aimed at three- to six-year-olds and themed ... to make it super fun.
“Our instructions are very easy and all you have to do is want to spend time with your ‘ monkeys’ and help them with some of the activities.”
Her children, Jack, 4, and Ted, 2, and a bunch of other children come up with ideas then test the craft packs.
Donges says that in a fast-paced world dominated by technology, craft is a wonderful way to connect with children.
“There is always a place for technology but children need to learn an alternative to television and apps,” she says.
“All of the items in our boxes are creative and educational. Some of the items the children can do on their own and others are aimed at you doing them together, like cooking or a craft pack.
“Whenever we spend time with the kids doing a project, reading a story or just colouring in, they love it ... we are trying to make parenting that little bit easier.”
Box for Monkeys is a great idea for anyone who wants to be crafty but isn’t, or is simply too busy to organise it. No excuses when it gets delivered to your door.
Box For Monkeys was created by Sarah Donges, with help from her children, Jack (standing) and Ted. Top right: Teaching Ted how to make a money box. Inset: Testers Joanna and little Archie have a go at a garden project provided by Box For Monkeys.