Review: “Mommy’s Block Party”

Review by “Mommy’s Block Party” Blog

   Summer came to a quick close almost a month ago for us and we are already back to school. Wow, that was a fast summer and we crammed as much fun in as we could. Now that school is back in session, I still want the kids to have some fun in the evenings, between homework and all of our other activities. One thing they always love is getting mail. B gets the mail everyday after school and the first question is “Did I get anything?” Most days it is just unfun stuff like bills and junk mail, but on special occasions, we get fun surprises!

Our Surprise Ride box is here! One kiddo is super excited to see what came for him.
   We were sent the July Themed Box! The first thing we came across is the Surprise Ride Guide. This Guide gave us all the basic information for our Theme–PowWow, American Indians. Our essentials would be designing a dream catcher and creating a tribal drum. Our extras would include a dance rattle, animal slide whistle, worry stone, North American Indian activity book, and a Pop’d Kerns snack. On the back side were all of Surprise Ride’s social media links. B could not wait to see what was inside the actual box now that he knew what should be there.
The box is jammed pack with fun, we could not wait to get it all out and get started. The Surprise Ride July Themed PowWow box includes all of this:
 Once everything had been taken out of the box, we found our PowWow guide. This “Travel Guide” gave us a lot of neat facts about the American Indians and ideas to use throughout our exploration of the box.
   Did you know that the American Indians invented Lacrosse? It was originally known as stickball and is a very popular sport played all over the US today.
   Next we browsed the instruction sheets for our two design and create projects. Number one was a dream catcher, it listed the supplies that were included and step by step instructions to complete it.We also found the supply bag for creating our dream catcher.
   On the opposite side was information about creating a tribal drum, again with supply list and step by step instructions. It also included information on what drums are used for in the American Indian culture.
   Drum making supplies. We also found a worry stone. A Pop’d Kerns snack. A dance rattle. An animal slide whistle. A North American Indian activity book. Everything that was listed was included and looked really neat to explore. One day after school we let B get started.
   His first choice was trying out the Pop’d Kerns snack, “A corn crunch like no other”, in original flavor. These kernels of corn are all natural and gluten free and offer just the right amount of crunch. B had a few handfuls and I had a small sample too. Daddy even tried some when he came home. They were very unique in both texture and flavor, we all thought they were decent and different.
   Next it was tribal drum building time. B followed the instructions step by step, using all of the supplies that were included. We needed nothing extra, everything we needed was already supplied by Surprise Ride. I love that I don’t need anything, because inevitably I would have been without something we needed to complete this craft on our own.
 Showing off the worry stone, ours represents a trickster-how perfect for my silly boy!
 S needed to get in on some action too, she found the dance rattle and animal whistle and put on a show of her own.
 Big brother also let her do some of the activities in the North American Indian book. She had fun doing the word search all on her own.
She also did the same/different activity.
The last part of the Surprise Ride box was creating a dream catcher. B decided that since he had gotten to make the drum, S could make the dream catcher.
 Overall, the Surprise Ride box was fun and educational. The activities were hands on and allowed them to explore something they probably would not have on a normal day. I love that they shared this box, even though it was addressed to B. It was a great way for both of them to learn and create together, being 5 and 7 they both were able to handle the information and understand most of the facts.

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