Saturday, 14 February 2015

Review>>A Play Date with 'Purple Bee'

With the ranging electronic games and mobile apps for kids, young parents finds it quite difficult to keep their kids in touch with creativity. One of the biggest worries for today's young parents is how to keep their kids away from techie` world and broaden their creative horizons. I often keep doing few play and learn activities with creativity, and my eyes are always looking for something new and interesting to keep lo occupied in productive, yet creative activity. 

Finally, I got my hands on a 'Creative box' by 'Purple Bee'. A one stop solution for moms who run run out of creative ideas to keep their kids occupied with creative crafts. With work take over family time and play time spent with kids, this kit is designed to involve parents into activity by guiding their kids while doing activity. 

The Purple Bee Activity Box: Theme Colours contained 3 activity sets with all materials neatly packed individually. Following is the activity sets we recieved in the activity box; (Must say each different, yet in-line with Theme: Colour Box).
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  1. Lunch Napkin
  2. Flower Garland
  3. Tambourine (Dafli, Khanjari in Hindi)
Looking at the attractive activity box, my lo was quite excited, So we invited her friend Saket (Son of my mommy friend Kanak Chabaria) over a Play Date with 'Purple Bee'. The First activity we picked up was 'Tambourine' i.e Dafli, Khanjari in Hindi. Yes, the one which we as kids used to play in our childhood days. My lo nearing to be 3 yrs in this May and her friend is 5 years. I was really amazing to see them doing activity together, was lovely to see how her friend was helping her to create her tambourine. Yes, as it involves colour and water we did not move from the craft station. As moms we also helped them on how to mix colour with right proportion of water, and how to stroke it neatly without doing the mess. 

Saket's moms said, "My mother-in-law, does lot of such craft activity with Saket. And this was the rare occasion that am doing craft with him." She further added, " This activity box inspires us to think out of the box things to do with kids. One can do the same on it's own like D-I-Y, but with busy schedule one has to think of different concept related activities and also run-around fo rhte materials needed for the same. Purple Bee makes it easy for busy moms to spend quality time with kids"

In the Tambourine kit we had two plates to be painted, and this was the first time i gave liquid/water colour to my lo. She was so super excited, as if her dream came true! Earlier she have played with only colourful clay, crayons and pencils. In fact, when she received water colours as gift, she use to innocently dip the paint brush on the water colour cakes and stroke brush over the paper, thinking she is doing painting. I kept mum, and did not utter water ever in front of her when she is with water colour cakes.As Tambourine had to be created with two painted plates, we gave one plate to my Lo and the other to her friend. Both painted very differently, hers was typically girly with vibrant pink, orange and purple colour, whereas her friends was typical boyish style with blue, black, lil yellow, with stars  and moon. 

We joined two wonderfully painted plates with rice grains (provided in kit) inside, kept it aside to dry. The same day Saket drew few designs on the white cloth given for 'Batik Napkin'. Somehow the designs made him and Erishka both were not so clear. But we kept it to dry. Once dried, and before I give any instruction my lo painted 'Lunch time napkin with bright Yellow.  So with no option left, we did not go exactly with instructions and did our hand-prints on it. It came out well, and now treasured as 'Keep Sake' :-)

The Flower Lei Activity set was done by Erishka and me, it was good to see her tiny fingers struggling with pouring glittery thread into the flowers and colourful pipes. Then somehow she said, "Mumma you do, I will give you matching." Means she'll give flowers and pipes of same colour, and I will pour it in thread. I was really nice see her looking for colours, and asking me, "Which Colour now, mumma?" . Once the Flower lei aka. garland was ready she made me wear it. So much I told her to wear it on herself. But she denied and said, "Gift for you mumma". This made me feel special.

MomzSpeaks: The product helps a child to explore creativity, with learning of concepts in-line with theme. I might call it magic box as it gave me and my friend ample time to talk while kids were busy doing activity. Once you bought this you would not need any other material except newspaper and water, rest all ingredients are provided in leak proof and choking proof style.

  1. A perfect weekend activity for busy parents like working moms / Dads and mom in business, who finds it difficult on how to spend quality time with their kids. 
  2. Buy Purple Bee as a 'Birthday Gift' for kids, when you not sure on what to buy for birthday boy/girl. 
  3. It can be SOS during travel trips or during holidays to keep little ones occupied.
  4. A perfect 'Play Date Activity for kids'. 

Product Review>>  
Purple Bee: Colours Box
Rating: ***

3 Activity kits, including all materials used for each.

Price: 650 INR

Age: 3 to 7 years

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Activity Box: Sound of Music
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