With the whole world stuck at home, I think we are all seeking fresh entertainment. Bonus points for finding things that come to you. (Not pants required.)
The brand new Peekaboo Beans Explorers’ Club introduces a new book every month with hands on activities and an integrated app to enhance the reading experience.
(I received this sample box free of charge for the purpose of this review.)
Inside the box we started with the book. (Our family always starts with the book! Want to see the movie? Read the book first. Want to read the spin off? Read the original book first.)
As we read we came across certain pages that encouraged us to scan the page with the app. Each opportunity to do so offered a way to interact with the story in a different way.
Get Dressed for Adventure, the first interactive activity, provided a digital dressup game. I thought the controls were a little touchy, it’s likely optimized for a table instead of my little phone. However once we got the hang of things my little guy was able to play without my support.
Once we finished the story we found other ways to explore and enhance our experience. In addition to a map, some souvenirs, and a postcard from Aunt Nellie that when scanned told a story podcast-style of one of her adventures, we found a character card for an animal we met in the book. When we scanned the card an AR Beebo appeared and talked to us.
Finally we found felt dolls with a variety of clothing. As an added educational element you can select the weather (below we selected sunny) and dress the doll accordingly.
I was pleased that the dolls were multiracial and androgynous. This allows the children to dress them as they wish and change them around. It wasn’t long before my son realized that four friends are better than one, and set to dressing them all up.
He immediately started making up stories for the characters. I love how all of the supplemental things supported the original story. And even more how his play evolved with each new discovery. Despite integrating an app, I really appreciated how the tech supported the creative play instead of suppressing it. I find with my children that screen time tends to crush their imaginations.
This is just the first in a 12-month subscription of books and activities. Each collection allows for engagement with a text in a meaningful way. With a new box every month, and no need to leave your house, I call this: Quarantine Approved. Check it out for yourself! You can find all the pertinent info here.