Posted on June 7, 2012

Toucan Box Review


Boo was sent her very own Toucan Box to review a couple of weeks ago…  A Toucan Box I hear you ask; What on earth is a Toucan Box? Well quite simply a Toucan Box is a box of art and craft activities for kids that you can subscribe to monthly! How awesome is that? Craft activities delivered every month for your child!

Inside Boo’s Toucan Box (this month’s is called the Bird Box) were four fun projects and a gorgeous book too…

project 1 – bird feeder

This month’s first craft project features materials and simple instructions to build your own bird feeder. Build it together, hang it out in the garden, and encourage your child to learn and draw the different birds that visit. Bird food included!

project 2 – toucan family

Experiment with various materials with this hands-on activity, fostering your child’s creativity and fine motor skills.

project 3 – bird glider

Construct and colour a graceful bird glider and discover the principles of aerodynamics.

project 4 – peacock collage

Create a beautiful peacock collage using colourful paper sheets and a glitter shaker.

book – “dazzle duckling”

The charming little tale of a duck who doesn’t want to get wet.

Boo had so much fun with her Toucan Box and really enjoyed doing all the fun activities; Boo is 5 and she did need quite a bit of help especially with the Toucan family but it was really lovely to do them together; I have to admit at being quite rubbish at doing creative stuff with the kids so this is absolutely perfect! You get everything you need for all the activities inside the box so you are only ever paying out for the subscription! Fantastic idea! We LOVE it! 🙂

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  • Reply Mum2Four June 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I love the idea of this as I am not at all crafty & never do craft activities with the kids.

    I’m sure Emilie would love to give these a go, although at 9 it would appear she is above the suggested age range.

  • Reply Nicki June 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I read this review and almost immediately it took me back to being a little girl and eagerly anticipating the arrival of my Humpty Dumpty club parcel!! I loved completing the activities each month with my mum and still now love arts and crafts. Will definitely be looking into this for my own daughter (although she’s a little young at the moment!!). So glad this sort of thing still exists 🙂 x

  • Reply Natasha Dennis June 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The trouble with subscription services is a) their expensive b) not very flexible c) they don’t always suit the age of the child and d) they make you feel guilty if you have boxes coming through the door and you haven’t done the previous ones. It is much cheaper to buy kits as you want to do them and the ones you child and you are interested in doing. All good kits should come with instructions so that even the non crafter should be able to do them. That’s certainly my aim.

    • Reply Edward June 8, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Hi Natasha,
      I’m a little confused, I could be wrong (I often am) but weren’t you offering a subscription option at some point?
      In response to your points
      a) all things can be expensive or cheap, it is relative to their perceived value. There is a craft subscription service (not mine) that costs £2 a week and there those like Toucan Box/Cubby Kit that cost £20 a month. Your cheapest craft kit for ages 0-5 is £7 including delivery. That is for a crown craft which last month for us is something we included as a free extra.
      b) This is always an issue but such services might offer options like suspending the subscription for a month. We offer as the others do (I think) a rolling monthly service so that is pretty flexible. Good reminder though. Will brainstorm other flexibility options.
      c) Age appropriateness is always difficult. The parent might best expect to be there to help.
      d) No one wants to make parents feel guilty. Services like Toucan Box et. al. are there to help foster a creative habit for parents etc. that don’t have the time, ideas and space for more traditional open ended crafting.
      We are all trying to provide services to help others. I’m not quite sure how commenting so negatively on your competitors will reflect on you? Toucan Box are more directly our competitors but I can appreciate they offer value which customers are there to judge for themselves. Why not instead try to promote crafting/creativity in general, whatever format it is delivered?

      • Reply Edward June 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

        PS. Hi would Maisie and you like a box from us to review? We are similar to Toucan Box but our boxes are designed every month to be more topical. For instance we have just sent out a Jubilee box and this month is our Olympic box.

        • Reply Sonia June 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          Hi Edward – Maisie would love to review one of your boxes 🙂

      • Reply Natasha Dennis June 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

        We have never offered a subscription service, I’ve looked at the business model and from a business point of view it is great for cashflow but they don’t sit comfortably with me.

        Also we sell a lot of our kits to granparents and aunts and uncles because everything is in one bag they don’t have make sure they have certain things in and they can just do it as a one off.

        We may well not be the cheapest but we try and make sure we a value for money. Lots of people were doing crown kits but not necessarily with all the paints, brushes, dip bowls and jewels necessary to complete the job.

        • Reply Edward June 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

          Great news. Our next box goes out on 19th June and is Olympic themed. I have a contacted you via your contact form with a form for some details. Hope you both enjoy it.

          • Edward June 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

            Sorry the other reply is in the wrong box

            @ Natasha I think your site and service are great. We similarly try to make it easy for families to creative with their children. Keep up the good work.

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