*I received product to facilitate this post.*
I discovered the existence of monthly subscription boxes several months ago on another blog, and have wanted to get my hands on one ever since. I ordered a nerdy one back in January (and again this month) for my husband, last week I told you about one that sends monthly preschool activities for 2-5 year old’s, and I have a really fun crafty box waiting in the wings, that I’m going to tell you about later this month. But today, I want to show you the awesome Austin Lloyd box we were sent as a gift for review consideration…
Austin Lloyd is a monthly subscription box for children birth to three years old. It’s at the top of the average price range at $49.99 per month (down to $44.99 per month for longer subscriptions), but the quality and selection of the contents makes it worth it, I think. Their tagline is “Engaging Surprises For Young Minds”, and I definitely think they succeed in living up to it!
I love that Austin Lloyd boxes are tailored to the developmental stage of your child, and that all of the products that they include in their monthly boxes are bpa- and phthalate-free. They’re also unique in the industry, because they partner with several charities and you have the option to return any items in good condition when you’re done with them (they pay shipping) to donate to children in need.
We were sent the June box, and it contained four items (three toys and a book) with a combined value of over $60, making it a great value! June’s Austin Lloyd box contained the following…
Pop Up Animals by Moulin Roty ~ a fantastic game of cause and effect that definitely entertains (and not just the kids). It’s painted in beautiful bright colors, made of solid wood, and the animals have felt accents and whimsical painted faces that are ridiculously charming. Press on the animals’ heads and a hidden (finger safe) spring launches them into the air! Serenity had a blast figuring out how to apply the right amount of pressure fast enough to make the fly. This toy is valued at $30, and is definitely worth it. My only complaint is that the felt is not secured very firmly, and Serenity (who is not normally a destructive child at all) managed to bite off one of the donkey’s ears, and lose the chicken’s comb in less than five minutes flat. We found the comb, and reattached it, but the poor donkey is permanently lopsided now. I think some kind of leather would have been a better option? Regardless, it’s still an adorable and fun toy.
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig + Marc Brown ~ a cute rhyming board book that’s intended to get your kiddo’s feet moving, and helps them develop object association skills. “Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet! Who is dancing that clickity beat? Lizard is dancing on clickity feet. Clickity! Clickity! Happy feet!” Like most repetitive kids books, you may not love it after fifteen recitations, but it’s very cute, and I especially like that the art style is a unique form of photography that uses paper textures to create easily recognizable animals, and that the rhyme is cute and super catchy.
Cuppi by Quut ~ a shovel, sieve, and ball in one! Intended for sand and water play, it’s fun in any environment. Just as my daughter, who’s been using it to scoop her play food! It’s got an ergonomic design, so it’s easy for any size hands to play with in a variety of fun ways that readily stimulate the imagination.
Clicker Clacker by Haba ~ is it a rattle or a musical instrument, or just a fun noise maker? How about all of the above! It’s loud, but in an oddly quiet and un-obnoxious way that this mama heartily approves, and it’s fun and satisfying for a variety of ages from birth to preschool. Serenity loves the sound, and her new cousin due this winter is going to have a lot of fun playing with it, too!
Each month has a theme, and June’s was “Get Out, Get Active!” I think they did a great job selecting items that fit the theme, I would love to see future boxes from them on my doorstep. We definitely recommend Austin Lloyd monthly subscription boxes for kids!
Want To Win A Box?
Austin Lloyd is generously offering a one month subscription to this fun box free to one of my blog readers! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter, and be sure to complete the mandatory entry to qualify. You must be at least 18 years old and a United States resident to enter or win, and by entering this giveaway you agree to my Official Giveaway Rules. This giveaway ends at 11:59pm on July 14th, 2014. Good luck!!
Which of these toys looks like the most fun to you?
Disclosure: I received the June box from Austin Lloyd complimentary for review consideration. My opinions are my own, and a review was not required. Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. To learn more about my policies, check out my Disclosure.