Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Enchanted!


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If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 12 years you're going to love this. I don’t do product reviews too often, this time, however, I am making an exception because I stumbled upon this absolutely fabulous subscription box for readers - Enchantico. 


Have you heard of it?

I’m really really excited and I’ve been longing to share it here. I’ve often rued the fact that H and N are rather selective, reluctant readers. And yet I’ve refused to give up on them. Ever so slowly I see H getting hooked and N coming around too. They’ve stuck with Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries but I’m not complaining — beggars-choosers and all of that.

Anyway so I picked up Enchantico because of the way it matched books and activities. It sounded just the perfect thing to entice them to widen their reading. Of course I wanted to blog about it the moment I saw it but I held on and went in for a three-month subscription before I spoke about it. Now at the end of three months I can recommend it with complete conviction.

A typical box contains:
- At least two books (sometimes three).
- An activity kit related to one of the books or to an upcoming festival. 
- and the coolest collectibles.

My major reservation was:
‘What if we already have the book?’ To answer that - the books are picked from Indian as well as International publishers and are all new releases . And I can vouch for them - they are fantastic reads. I’ve been having immense fun reading them, even more than the kids, perhaps. I’ll be reviewing them here shortly. 

Some specifics:
The boxes come in four age groups so that the activities and the books are age appropriate 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. I got my three month subscription at Rs 2999/-. There are other options for longer subscriptions too.

Here's a peek into our latest box:


There are three books along with author cards. Oh I didn’t tell you about the author cards. Each book comes with a small card with bits of trivia - some serious some just fun - about the author.

The activity this week was making a Goody Box. So we got to put together a box as also paints, sponges and decorating material. 

There was also this huge stocking with the suggestion that the children fill it up with goodies and gift it to someone.

And lastly there was a Santa pencil stand and a ‘Booked for Life’ badge.


What I love most...
... are the small touches like this card which we’ve put up on our soft board. Then there are the author cards as well as those badges.



The box seems to be put together by people who truly love books and reading. I am sold on it. The kids find enough reading material to last them through the month and I find my Book Club meetings becoming more colourful.

Do hop across to enchantico.in and take a look.

10 comments:

  1. Loved the review...and love Enchantico as well...now, if only they could come up with a box for us as well :-)....till that time...am going to enjoy the books they send our kids :-)

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    1. I wish! I wouldn't even mind a craft or a DIY project along with the book.

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  2. This subscription box has caught my imagination. Anything for what aids and enhances reading ability. The price seem to be on the higher side. I would like to try it atleast once even if upsets my budget.

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    1. Hmm... maybe because I have two kids the price seemed okay to me :-). But seriously, I find it has enough to keep them busy through the month. And I love the creativity.

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  3. Aha, seems like a nice way to keep the kids occupied. I'm glad people are coming up with boxes and other things to inculcate reading in children. About time the lost art came back :)

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    1. My thoughts exactly Soumya. It is really good for the kids.

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  4. Loved the review and a very unique concept as well. The only hitch -- l have a library membership.

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    1. I have that too. But 1. The library often doesn't have new releases for kids and 2. the activities are really imaginative.

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  5. The one subscription I remember taking was Children's Digest, the publication for children by Reader's digest. I used to wait eagerly for the book to arrive every month and would start devouring it then and there. This sounds like a good one too. I shall refer this to my friends who have toddlers :)

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    1. Ah yes Reader's Digest was quite a part of my growing up years too.

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