Mila & Pheebs create stationery and activity boxes for children. They contain a mixture of stationery, crafts, stickers, and fun items, based around a different theme each month. It’s £10 per month plus £2.99 P&P.
While I love anything craft/stationery related, this particular subscription box is aimed at children. My six-year-old daughter Little C is crazy about stickers and arty creative things, so this is a perfect match for her.
This month’s theme is Teddy Bears’ Picnic. It’s quite appropriate because we’re finally getting some picnic weather after a fairly rubbish summer. Though recently we did manage to sneak in a picnic in the woods in the half hour of sunshine between thunderstorms.
Anyway, I digress.
Let’s have a look!
(Note: Teddies not included. Little C was keen for some of her smaller bears to join in the fun.)
This is a lovely shipping box. The branding is great, and it fits perfectly through the mailbox.
Oooh, what’s inside?
Well, you can see there’s a menu on the inside of the box lid.
Sitting on top is the Mila and Pheebs newsletter.
Don’t the teddies look interested?
The Mila and Pheebs newsletter is very nice indeed. Bright colours, an easy-to-read font, and has plenty of silly jokes and fun facts.
Little C likes to read them out while we’re unpacking and photographing.
I also discovered that September 18th marks the start of National Cupcake Week. What a marvellous excuse to bake!
I spy things that could be rather delicious.
And what could be in that cute spotty bag?
(The sun’s come out!)
It seems teddy is clutching what looks like a rather delicious-looking lollipop.
However it’s actually not a lollipop, it’s a lollipop pen! Very cute indeed.
Polar bear has got the bendy straw pencil. I always wonder how on earth they make bendy pencils.
I mean, you can make the bit that’s usually wooden out of rubber, but the lead inside? It’s a mystery.Anyway, moving on.
Christmas Bear is getting into the act. It’s not quite his time of year, but no reason for him to feel left out!
Every Mila and Pheebs box contains little DIY craft kits.
This one is to make little foam teddy bear hanging decorations.
Little C was keen to try this one immediately.
All the bits and pieces.
Grey teddy is joining in the craft fun. This kit makes a little wooden ice cream keychain.
I managed to keep little C’s paws off it until I finished taking pictures. Then off she went!
Threading beads requires serious concentration.
Did you spy a little roll in the picture of the opened box?
It’s washi tape, with adorable little pictures on it. I see cupcakes!
Remember that pink spotty bag?
Stickers! Teddies and their picnic goodies!
And not just stickers.
After a little tussle, they each got their paws on something from the bag.
Stickers, a cake eraser, and an ice cream paperclip.
The grey teddy decided he wanted the cake. Plus I wanted to show a bigger picture of it.
Another regular item in Mila and Pheebs boxes is an adorable kawaii eraser. This little cake is far to pretty to use, so it will be added to our growing collection.
One of my favourite things about the Mila and Pheebs boxes is their blank greetings cards. Every box includes two cards, one plain and one embossed. They are colourful and fun, and a great way to encourage children to create their own cards for friends and family. They are always a great addition to my stationery stash.
Last but not least, another regular. These colouring and puzzles sheets are great fun, and also theme-appropriate every month.
The sheet underneath is a patterned sheet to decorate as a tablecloth, so you can add your teddy stickers to make your own teddy bears’ picnic picture!
Everything in this box fits in beautifully with the theme. Never mind the teddies, I want a picnic with all these goodies!
According to the website this box aimed at kids from around six years old, but I reckon a four- or even three-year-old would have a lot of fun with this. Stickers and drawing can be enjoyed at almost any age. And even though the word games might be slightly beyond their skills, most kids are starting to look at letters and things at school, so they would still be a good learning tool
Not only is this a great monthly treat for your little ones, it can be useful in lots of situations.
Long plane ride? This would be great to take on holiday. Add in colouring pens and extra paper (no parent should travel without them) and you’ve got a great assortment of fun items with lots of opportunity for creativity.
You could keep one stashed away for a rainy day. (There have been far too many of those this summer!)
This box would make a very superior party bag. Or how about keeping little ones quiet and occupied at a wedding?
My mother, who was in the garden when we were photographing, suggested this would be very useful for a child who was ill in bed. Fantastic idea.
And essential point of a subscription box is that you are paying for someone else to do the work for you, and in this case it’s selecting and producing a lovely themed box of stationery. I do think it’s good value, not least because there are items that you can keep and use again and again.
Anyway, this is yet another lovely box from Mila and Pheebs, a very sweet treat for the end of the summer holidays!
NB: a different version of this review previously appeared on allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk