Our Ancient Egypt Project using the Mysteries in Time Box - Review
With the boys taking an interest in History and starting their new workbooks this month, we're trying out this fantastic Mysteries in Time monthly subscription box which has been awarded Gold Award at Junior Design Awards for best kids' subscription box 2017!
I have heard how great these boxes are and how they are a great resource for Home Educators as part of their History lessons at home and how they're designed for the kids to get stuck in themselves with little adult support giving us mums that much needed break! As soon as the box arrived they were excited to see all their names printed on the box and couldn't wait to open it! So here goes......
The box is packed full of exciting activities. It is aimed at ages 7-11 but there was something inside for all my kiddies. I was so impressed and amazed by the quality of the box and the resources it contains, I knew there were enough ideas and activities in the box to complete our project over a number of days, rather than it being something that would just keep them entertained for a few hours! I was so excited for the kiddies to start this project and I can see them asking where in the world their next adventure will take them, their adventure will begin in Ancient Egypt.
*An instruction booklet about where to begin your journey
*A story book
*A historical facts booklet with colouring pages and quizzes
*Egyptian Hieroglyphs card
*Craft pack containing DAS clay, gem stickers, paints and paintbrush
*Map to follow your adventure around the world
They started by finding Egypt on the map, sticking their first sticker on the country and pinning it up on the wall.
The following day they read the historical fact booklet which kiddies have the option to read before the story book, alongside or after. There are colouring pages and some great quizzes to test their knowledge of what they have learnt so far on their journey.
The next day we looked into the way the Ancient Egyptians wrote and what each Hieroglyph meant. DS11 decided to use the clay to scribe his own name in Hieroglyphs whilst the little ones used some to make their own pyramids. Just waiting for them to dry now so we can paint them! Back to the booklet with puzzles to complete, keeping it fun!.
Today we are painting our clay models (DD3 helped out!) and writing Acrostic poems using the word 'Egyptian'. We will also be starting an Ancient Egypt factfile referring to the facts they have learnt in the booklet, writing newspaper articles, making posters and writing a diary entry for Max and Katie's first adventure!
Overall we think this box is absolutely fab! It immediately sparked their own curiosity and imaginations. They dived into this project and thoroughly loved being a part of Max and Katie's adventure. They have learnt so much without even realising it as the box has made our History lesson so much more fun rather than just reading through workbooks. We always try to incorporate practical activities in their lessons and this subscription box has made that task much more simpler for me. I haven't needed to go out researching and buying resources, all the things you need can easily land on your doorstep each month! Great subscription box, well worth the money, 10 out of 10 from us!!
'The box is fabulous! I really enjoyed finding Egypt on the map and can't wait for the next adventure!' by DS8
'My favourite part of the book was the adventure story as it was really interesting!' by DS11
Start receiving your own boxes and add these fun resources to your History lessons!