Mysteries in Time is a brand new history subscription box aimed at 7-11 year olds, so who better to try it out other than my very own 8yr old, Miss M. The box is delivered in a time machine style box which looks inviting and we couldn’t wait to step inside!
This month’s box is all about Ancient Egypt and is packed full of educational facts, activities and fun. After having sat and completed this box with my daughter I can honestly say she found the whole thing fun and interesting, not really thinking that she was learning at the same time which is really what kids activities should all be about.
The box consists of a booklet full of facts and activities, colouring sheets, a world map, stickers, a book to read, bookmarks, a bag of craft goodies, a history related gift and instruction guide.
We had a look through the booklet together, learning lots of facts and pieces of information about the Egyptians. It is set out in bitesize pieces so there isn’t too much reading and with lots of pictures it keeps children interested. The back few pages contain activities such as a wordsearch, spot the difference, anagrams, quiz, maze and a rather fun hieroglyphs quiz to work out words using a hieroglyphs chart.
Miss M was fascinated by it all and without any hesitation got started on the puzzles at the back. She also enjoyed the colouring sheets and reading the book which she started downstairs and took up to bed with her!
A world map is included in your first box, which is a high quality poster to put up on the wall. Underneath the map is a timeline and each box contains a sticker related to the period of time the box covers, that you can place upon the line. Miss M was really drawn to the map and couldn’t wait to spot Egypt on it. She then looked for England and started comparing the size of it to other countries. The size of Russia really surprised her. It was really lovely listening to her comment on places on the map and show an interest in something on her own accord.
Our special gift in this box was a golden canopic jar, which I have to say does look rather impressive. Miss M was enthralled with her gift and has had much pleasure in standing the coloured pencils within the jar while she did her colouring sheet and now the pot takes pride of place in her bedroom!
The favourite activity for Miss M was the clay craft. Within the craft bag is a sachet of air drying clay, paints and gem stickers, the girl was in art heaven! She couldn’t wait to get her fingers into the clay and make some egyptian amulets. She took inspiration from the booklet but also got a bit creative and made her own heart shaped one too. I have to say the clay went a lot further than we initially thought it would and the paints were generous too, with a good variety of colours meaning we had plenty of materials to get creative with.
We had to wait a day for the clay to fully dry, but then Miss M happily sat painting her creations. She is very pleased with them and I think they look great too!
Overall we’ve had a lot of fun with our Mysteries in Time box, both learning new things and carrying out the activities. It was nice to spend quality time with my daughter and great to see her engaged in the activities. The box is of an excellent quality, all the content is well produced and set out and the craft materials are of a good standard. It’s always lovely when a child is keen to do something with educational value, although they see it as a box of fun!
Why not pop over to the Mysteries in Time website and find out how to subscribe, a perfect activity to keep the children occupied over the Summer!
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.