Beautifully designed, exceptionally good quality, and very appealing to children – it’s the perfect sort of thing to keep in a cupboard for a rainy day
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Initial thoughts: The idea of the Jollybox is to encourage children to rediscover traditional activities and games. Each box contains themed games, flash cards, activity ideas and various props to promote creativity and communication skills.
We tested the Holiday themed Jollybox and my seven-year-old niece was very excited by the package – it’s a thick cardboard wallet containing an inspiration book with themed games and role-play ideas; flash cards with various people, props and concepts on them; and an activity book with pictures, puzzles and story writing spaces. It’s all beautifully designed, exceptionally good quality, and very appealing to children.
We liked: The various books included activities such as drawing and colouring, which my niece enjoyed, as well as ideas for themed traditional games – charades, word associations, role play activities. They were pitched just right for six and seven year olds, and I could see children learning a lot from these games. It’s the perfect sort of thing to keep in a cupboard for a rainy day, and we also thought it would be great if you had a group of children – many of the games would work well with three or more kids, rather than one child alone.
We weren’t keen: The only real problem we had was that this holiday box assumed children would be taking a certain sort of holiday – lots of the activities and pictures were based around airports, airplanes and hotels, which wouldn’t be relevant to children who holiday in the UK, or those who stay in a villa or self-catering apartment!
Also, the website says the Jollybox is for ages 3+ but since so many activities depend on reading, writing and drawing, I’d suggest 6+ would be more realistic – although my 4-year-old nephew did join in and colour in a couple of pictures, he certainly wouldn’t fully appreciate the potential of something like the Jollybox.
Overall: The Holiday Jollybox isn’t something you’d really take on holiday but it makes for a fantastic rainy day activity in those days following a holiday. It’s also perfect if you have groups of children, and has the added benefit of helping to develop social, communication and language skills.