My son Braeden loves animals – he’s been going through an African animal phase lately (elephants, giraffes, and so forth). He also loves arts and crafts. So when I heard about the Animal Trackers Club, I knew it would be perfect for him! The Animal Trackers club is a monthly subscription service designed for kids ages 3 and up (pre-readers and beginning readers). Each month features a new animal, complete with educational materials and activities for creative play and hands-on learning. (Braeden is 9, but because of his autism he enjoys preschool-level activities).
The club starts out with an Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox and African Savanna themed items – an African Savanna information card, a cover and ring for the Safari Animal Photo Collection your child will add to each month, a Savanna Art Project, and a Savanna Animal Cards Activity.
Braeden was immediately taken with the art project – he caught me taking pictures of the set for the review and latched right on to the art set. These are foam stickers of various animals and a couple of laminated backgrounds to put them on. The stickers can be peeled off and moved around too!
Once you’re in the Animal Trackers Club, your child will receive a themed package featuring a different animal each month. These packages include an animal information card, and animal play figure, an animal foam mask, an animal magnet (that you can stick to your Safari Lunchbox), a Safari Animal Photo Card to add to the collection on the ring, a learning activity, and an art project.
We received the zebra package, which was great – Braeden has been collecting the animal figurines just like the ones that come in this package, but we didn’t have a zebra yet. (You can see his giraffe figure in a couple of the above pictures – that didn’t come with the package, we already had it and he had to grab it when he saw the Animal Trackers kit).
Again, the art project was the biggest hit (actually, I think it tied with the zebra figure – but as far as Braeden is concerned, his animal figures are just to display and look at, not to play with). The art project features Magic Nuudles, which sort of look (and feel) like Styrofoam packing peanuts. What’s neat about them is that if you get them slightly damp, they create a natural bond with the paper and stick right to it! So there’s no glue and no cleanup (although if you have a toddler, as I do, you’ll want to keep the Magic Nuudles – and the art created from them – out of reach, since they look like they might be fun to chew on). As a bonus, the texture of the Magic Nuudles make them a great sensory activity too!
My mom has been asking what Braeden wants for Christmas this year, and I finally have a good (and inexpensive) answer for her – an Animal Trackers subscription! And what’s great is that giving a subscription for a gift means not just one present, but a present every single month for the length of the subscription! I know he’s going to be extra-excited when he gets the elephant and giraffe months. He liked the zebra foam mask, but he’ll LOVE the elephant and giraffe masks!
An Animal Trackers Club subscription starts at just $11.95 for a single month. You can also purchase a 3-month ($36), 6-month ($70), or 12-month ($135) plan. (There’s also a $3 shipping fee per month). You can sign up for your own Animal Trackers subscription on the Animal Trackers website. (Make sure you check out their Space Scouts subscription too!) You can also find Animal Trackers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Animal Trackers is offering a special discount: get your first box FREE when you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription! (That’s a $14.95 value!) To take advantage of this great offer, just enter code HOLIDAY at checkout!
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