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The Gift of Creativity by Mail: The Doodle Post Review and Giveaway #KidsGiftGuide~ CAN 06/21

| May 21, 2015 | 21 Comments

unnamedThe offer to review a couple of craft packages from the Doodle Post came at the perfect time. My husband and I were planning our March Break road trip to Florida and we were scrambling to find things to keep our six year old daughter busy and happy during the long drive.

The Doodle Post package arrived a few days before our trip. I will admit that I thought the package would be larger, but it arrived in a cute little cardboard box addressed to my daughter. I let her see inside, which contained easy to follow instructions and all the materials needed to create two pompom bunny clips – a perfect craft to celebrate spring and Easter. She was so excited to do the craft, but was disappointed when I told her she would have to wait for our car ride to Florida to do it.

Doodle Post

We weren’t two hours into our trip before she started asking to do the craft. I made sure to read the instructions before packing it for our trip to make sure that it was possible to do in the car, and to make sure that I had everything required. The only thing extra that I had to bring were craft scissors.

The craft was simple yet fun. It took about 15 minutes to complete the bunny clips and was a little messier to do in a moving car versus at home on a table, but the result made my daughter happy and she loved clipping the pompom bunnies to whatever she could in the car. 

bunny clips doodle post

When I told her she could expect another Doodle Post craft within a few weeks she could hardly wait! The idea of a surprise craft by mail every month is a great idea for kids who love to do crafts. All the materials needed are supplied, which means, for example, that you don’t need to purchase 100 pompoms just to make two bunny clips. It also means if there is a craft that is an absolute favourite that you would like to recreate again that you have the written instruction and list of materials to do so.

The second craft we received was for two beeswax candles in honour of Earth Day. Again this was a relatively simple craft, but not one I would have thought of or known where to get the supplies from. My daughter was excited to make her own candles, so we did this craft upon opening the box! My daughter hardly needed any help with this craft and it was done within twenty minutes. The only thing I did was use a hair dryer to soften the wax. My daughter placed the wick, rolled up the wax, cut out the shapes and decided how she wanted to design her candles. She is saving the candles, so we haven’t lit them yet, but when the time comes she knows I will be the one to light them. I loved this craft – it was unique, useful, and wasn’t something either one of us had done before.

Beeswax Candles DoodlePost

The Doodle Post was started by a mom, Erin Wynn, who studied fine arts throughout high school and university and taught art for 10 years in her home town of Aurora, Ontario. The art projects are designed to appeal to the creativity in children aged 5 to 10 years of age – and I think she does a good job of this! Projects are designed to promote self-expression, creativity and fine motor skills. Each project is thoroughly tested by a group of students and Erin’s two girls, aged 10 and 12. To get an idea of other craft projects from the Doodle Post, check out their projects page.

The two crafts we received were fairly simple, so my six-year old daughter could do a lot of it on her own, but still need some of my help – I would imagine the level of dependency for each craft would decrease with age. My daughter loved receiving personalized mail – each box was a mystery and every time she saw it in the mail box there was an instant smile!

The Doodle Post is available in monthly subscriptions (minimum three month subscription) and is also available as a unique camp care package! They also have a fun birthday subscription package that includes four months of crafts delivered directly to the birthday boy or girl! The Doodle Post also gives back: with a % of proceeds dedicated to programmes that promote art in young children. Past funding has gone to kits for kids in need and after school complimentary art classes.

If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew who loves arts and crafts then a subscription to The Doodle Post would make a great gift! My daughter wants me to sign her up! The crafts are well thought out, well explained and is guaranteed to be fun without the fuss and muss of having to shop for everything needed!

For more information visit them online, on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

Disclosure: I received two complimentary Doodle Post crafts for the purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are my own.

Giveaway

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Enter to win a 4 Month Mail Order Craft Subscriptions to The Doodle Post valued at $40! 

This giveaway is open to Canadians and will ends on June 21st, 2015 at 11:59 EDT 

Good luck to all that enter!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

 

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In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at VirtualOfficeResources.ca. She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine. Author's website.

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  1. holly o'gorman says:

    I like that they are sent out monthly without having to reorder or do anything. Just a nice surprise in the mail once a month.

  2. Tiana says:

    The element of surprise!

  3. KD says:

    I think the best part is that it is a surprise!

  4. Katie says:

    The excitement of opening a surprise each month.

  5. Katie says:

    The excitement of opening each month.

  6. Amy C says:

    The best part is the surprise of seeing what has come in the box.

  7. Maegan Morin says:

    I just love getting surprises in the mail!

  8. jan says:

    the kids love having mail with their name on it!

  9. Jonnie says:

    The best part would be the excitement about what you’ll find inside the box

  10. Darwin says:

    The best part would be the surprise and not know what you’ll get and seeing the create amazing things with what they get.

  11. Fan R says:

    The best part about receiving The Doodle Post membership box each month is expectations, new ideas & activities.

  12. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Most definitely the excitement of a new surprise every month.

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think it’s the surprise of what’s in the parcel, all kids love nice surprises (most adults too).

  14. Nicole Jubleew says:

    The best part would be the anticipation of a new box with a great new craft inside.

  15. Tina L. says:

    A surprise of something different each month.

  16. My kids love crafts and it’s a creative way to let them experiment with different mediums and ideas.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  17. Karine says:

    A surprise for the kid, and a fun ready to make craft for them

  18. Heidi c. says:

    My kids love to get mail so this would make them run to the mailbox each month!

  19. Lee-Ann S says:

    This would thrill Miss R to no end because she’d be getting something in the mail on a regular basis.

  20. Laura says:

    The best part is the excitement of getting fun mail each month. I love surprise mail!

  21. lori b says:

    i love having the surprises in the mail

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