Age Rating: 4-9 yrs
Style: Activity Box and App
Get those imaginations flowing, think outside the box, and play and explore in a classic story both digitally and manually.
Maker Box is an innovative system that includes an app and a fun box of activities designed to encourage children to interact with the story of the Three Little Pigs through hands on and dramatic play.
12 story page cards
2 character masks
1 double-sided puzzle
1 sticker book
1 iOS app (version 8 or above)
The components are cute and colorful and clearly designed to spark imagination and encourage learning. While not super sturdy for longevity, they are fun and make for a great crafty rainy day activity.
Maker Box is all about bringing a story to life. Get Qurious uses an interactive app, story cards, masks, puzzles, and a sticker book to provide your child with multiple opportunities to immerse themselves in the Three Little Pigs story. Once you open the box, separate and cut out all of the components, and download the app your children will be ready to learn and play!
The Story Cards allow your child use the app to scan each card to watch an animated version of the story. Each card is numbered so that your child can scan them in order. Also, the app gives picture clues so your child knows which card to scan next. The story will not play out of order, but your child can play with them outside of the app to make up silly stories on their own.
The Masks (one pig and one wolf) allow your child to pretend to play their own part in the story. They can scan the mask via the app and record and playback their own voice acting like a wolf or a pig. They can also wear the masks while the story is being animated and pretend to be acting in the story.
The Puzzle allow your child to piece the puzzle together and then scan it via the app to see what the house looks like in 3-D. The child takes a picture of each part of the puzzle and once all of the pieces are correctly scanned, the house pops up in color on the app. The child can interact with the different parts of the house to see a quick little animation.
The Sticker Book allows your child to peel, place, remove, and replace stickers of various shapes in a sticker book and then scan them in to hear the story of The Wandering Wolf. There are also some fun little surprises in the book like a maze, some matching activities, and some further learning suggestions.
Is it a Family Game?
While not a game in the traditional sense, the app included with Maker Box makes it more game-like than other crafting boxes. The best thing about Maker Box is that while it uses a device, it encourages play beyond the screen. It is a terrific experience for young learners that encourages dramatic play, kinesthetic learning, audio and visual learning, and creative thinking. We think this is a wonderful rainy day activity for your younger family members. The upper age limit recommended by the manufacturer seems to be a bit of a stretch. This was a lot of fun for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first grade children who tried it in our household. Older children did not enjoy this as much as our youngest did. The story was too simplistic, the puzzle pieces were too big to be a challenge, and the activities were very easy for our older children.
Overall, this is a fun and creative learning activity for a rainy day for younger children. It hasn’t had a huge amount of replay value for our 7 and over crowd, but our preschool and kindergarten children play with it frequently. We love using it in our home daycare and think it would be a great addition to a classroom. However, the price point of $19.99 seems a bit high for what you get. If this is to be a monthly subscription box, $10-$15 seems much more reasonable.
FCC disclosure: A copy of this product was sent to us by the publisher for the purposes of this review.