I remember thinking, when my children were only babies, when carrying around an enormous bag filled with bibs, change of clothes, snacks, toys… that it would get better with time. In a way it did: if I can plan the day around a green space/playground, they happily entertain themselves. But a long journey, say a car drive or flight? A museum? We need a little extra help. The easy option, of course, is to bring their tablet along… but isn’t getting out of the house meant to take them away from screens? Help them use their imagination instead? If you listen to my son, if Minecraft is not on the agenda, we should take along his (enormous) diplodocus soft and collection of Transformers. He will dutifully carry his Spiderman rucksack… for an hour or two before passing it back to me. We had to find something that made everyone’s life easier. Fun, small, light, easy to get out and pack away, which would help a 5 year old boy and 11 year old girl (think teenager) invent stories of their own, separately or together. Easy, right? In fact, it is. We needed a Fred’s Box.
So what, exactly, is a Fred’s box? A parcel, the exact size of your letterbox, containing a set of figurines and accessories, all compatible with leading brands of building blocks. The price is surprisingly reasonable. You can choose the size, the gender (boy, girl, mixed), decide to go for a one off or a monthly subscription (the selection is different each time: TV characters, Superheroes…), add a greeting’s card if it’s a gift. Ours revealed 10 characters, including some Marvel heroes and villains and I have to admit us parents would quite have liked to keep a few just for us… We took them everywhere during our Easter holiday in France. We had kept the cardboard box, which fits easily in my handbag, and they became part of every adventure – beach, walks, meals at restaurants, you name it.
They will be fantastic for our son’s next birthday party (you can contact Fred’s box and let them know your theme). Through the years we got so many cheap toys from supermarkets in the goodie bags – kids lose interest within days. I like to give a really fun book or craft activity, even if it’s just one quality toy instead of several basic ones. This falls within the collectable range – how perfect and so much more memorable…
Fred’s Box | A Kids monthly subscription box sending minifigures direct to your door