December 2, 2016

our first Surprise Ride box (and how to get yours free!)...

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
EDIT: The referral links and referral page on the Surprise Ride website currently seem to be down, but while I'm checking into this, feel free to visit Money Saving Mom, which has a link for a free box that seems to be working just fine!

We recently received our first Surprise Ride box for Eisley, and I was so impressed that I had to bust out the fancy camera for some photos (and share the goodness here, of course!). I was able to get our first box for free, thanks to using a referral from another blogger, and you can also get yours for free if you use my link at the bottom of the post. I was honestly just planning to get the free box, then cancel my subscription, but due to the fact that Eisley learned so much from the whole experience and absolutely loved the projects, I am hoping to add it into our homeschooling budget every month. I'm sold!

Each of the Surprise Ride boxes are aimed at kids age 5+ and are filled with items around one specific theme. It could be anything ranging from science to geography to art to history. Each box includes a full-size book, two projects to complete, a snack, and a few little extras. Here's a look into what we received in November, which had the theme of Polar Bears:
November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
  • Magic Tree House: Polar Bears Past Bedtime book
  • Freeze-dried ice cream sandwich
  • Polar Bear Habitat project
  • Polar Bear Paw coaster project
  • Rubber bracelet
  • Snowflake water game
  • Hot chocolate with a polar bear stirrer

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
Everything arrived in a way that was so fun for Eisley to open and explore. Aside from the items I mentioned before, there was also a fact booklet on polar bears filled with information that was interesting for even me to read and discuss with Eisley! Here's a closer look at some of the projects and other items Eisley loved most:

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
Eisley has loved this series since we discovered them earlier this year (and she can now read them all on her own!), so we were both excited to receive this book. While they're not the most well-written books, they're such fun early chapter books and are a great introduction to many things a child may never think to read about on their own. Very fun!

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
This project was very fun for Eisley, and I love that they included everything you needed to make the coaster—down to the miniature bottle of tacky glue! There were pompoms leftover, which we will totally use for something else in the future, I'm sure.

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
Eisley says her favorite part of the box was the snack (no surprise there!). This freeze-dried ice cream sandwich was totally bizarre and delicious. It was fun getting to try something she would normally never eat!

November 2016 Surprise Ride box.
The second project had her create a polar bear habitat using water beads, which she absolutely loved. For some reason we've never used water beads before and now I'm totally regretting it, because those things buy me a solid 30 minutes (or more) of creative play for this child. I love that you can reuse water beads, because this is something that she will get so much use out of over and over. That's a mom win, I'd say!

If you're interested in Surprise Ride and would like to snag your first box for free then click here to sign up! You'll only pay shipping, which is less than $6. If you don't want to receive any boxes after the first one, just be sure to shoot them an email before the 15th of the month to avoid being billed again. Future boxes cost $29.95 (including shipping), but remember to share your referral link if you love what you received, and if someone signs up using your link you'll get $10 off your next box.

Honestly, even if you end up cancelling after the first month, I think it's more than worth it to get your first box for free—you could even wrap it up to use as a Christmas gift, or save the activities for your child to do over the holidays with you, grandparents, or other family members they don't often get to spend time with.

Have your children received one of these before? Are there any subscription boxes for kids that you absolutely adore? I know there are so many out there, so it's nice to weed through them all by hearing what actual mamas think.

Affiliate links included in this post. If you order through my referral links, I will receive $10 to use toward my next order. Thank you for your support (and for helping to stretch our homeschooling budget!). View my disclosure policy here.

9 comments :

  1. This looks like an awesome Christmas gift idea! Can I ask how old Eisley is? My brother is almost 9 so I'm not sure if it's something he would still be into or not...

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    1. Eisley is almost 5 1/2, but the boxes have a target age range of 5-11. I think it would depend on the child, but the blogger who referred me to them has three kids (7, 9 and 11) and she said that all three of her children enjoy the projects and other surprises inside! If you go to the shop section of their website, you can also take a peek at previous box themes to have a better idea of if it would be a good fit for your brother. It would be fun to open up together and work through over the holiday. :)

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  2. I really want to try this for Meredith! For some reason, the Surprise Ride website won't let me submit my order. I've tried on multiple browsers a few times, so for now I'm just going to give up. I hope to remember to try again another day!

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    1. Oh, no! I'm sorry the website isn't working for you. What sort of error message are you getting? Or is the order just not going through? I think Meredith would probably love these boxes…I'm eager to see what is inside the December version! I love that it's not just toys or random clutter, but something that our kids will learn something from no matter what. :)

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  3. This looks like so much fun! I love the idea of everything being around a specific, kid-friendly theme.

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  4. This is such a cute idea, I love it!

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  5. Thank you for this! Would make a perfect gift under the tree for my girl. ( Fyi, I think your link may be broken to the free trial. I was having a hard time with the site like someone above but I eventually found the promo just by searching google.)

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    1. Thank you for the heads up, Camille! I checked their website and it looks like their entire referral program page is gone, so I'm not sure what is going on with that. So odd! I'm so glad you ended up finding the deal elsewhere—I hope you and your girl enjoy the goodies. :)

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  6. Thank you for this! Would make a perfect gift under the tree for my girl. ( Fyi, I think your link may be broken to the free trial. I was having a hard time with the site like someone above but I eventually found the promo just by searching google.)

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