Friday, February 3, 2017

Mass Box Review

Disclaimer: I was neither asked nor compensated for this review. The good folks at Mass Box have no idea who I am and have no idea that I am writing this review. All opinions are my own. 

My 3-year-old Jackson is a perfect combination of both my husband and me.

From me (and my side of the family), he gets several of his facial features, sense of humor, play-it-safe attitude, and love of naps.

From his dad, he gets his laid back personality, great head of hair, likeness of sports, and deep love of creating things with his hands. 

I love seeing the world through this little boy's eyes and being able to spend every minute of every day with him and his baby brother. One of his favorite things to do on our days at home is to craft and create (which, like I previously mentioned, he gets from his dad, not me), so I am always looking for fun and creative things for him to do. 

That being said, you can imagine my excitement when I ran across an ad for The Mass Box on Facebook

Just what is The Mass Box? As per their website, "The Mass Box is a program for 3-7 year olds to help your family get ready for each and every Mass with craft supplies, kids missals, and coloring sheets delivered every month to your door!" Genius, right? I was all set to sign up my 3-year-old for the subscription, but changed my mind upon seeing its $20 + shipping monthly cost. 

A few months after first seeing the ads on Facebook, I saw another one, this time advertising their New Year's special that included half off boxes PLUS free shipping. After seeing this, I was sold and got Jackson all signed up. Less than a week later, our first Mass Box arrived at our front door, chock full of pre-sorted crafts and instructions pertaining to each Sunday's Gospel reading. 

Jackson showing off this week's craft: A decorated lantern to signify that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
To demonstrate just how bad I am at crafting, I ruined three different pieces of paper (even after reading the directions/watching the helpful video) and eventually had to break into our construction paper stash just to get a good lantern!
Everything we needed to make our Epiphany of the Lord craft (which I ended up gluing onto a piece of construction paper and gifting to my parents -- they loved it)! 
Terrible picture, but crafting at the dining room table is kind of a family affair.
My little crafter has absolutely loved helping me with the weekly crafts in our box and I have loved having the opportunity to not only teach my children the faith, but learn more about it myself! 

While I do absolutely love the Mass Box and everything the company stands for, I did end up canceling our subscription for the time being... but hear me out! After receiving the box, I completely agree with the $20/month + shipping price tag (there is A LOT that goes into researching and curating the each week's craft, PLUS the cost of materials) but thought that everything was still a bit too advanced for my newly-turned 3-year-old. I think that once my little guy can handle cutting, precise drawing/coloring, etc., a little bit better, we will renew our subscription -- but in the meantime, I wholeheartedly recommend this subscription box for any child 3 1/2 + and think it would make the perfect gift for grand kids, godchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. 

For more information on Mass Box -- or to begin your subscription -- be sure to visit their website

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