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Getting Crafty with Little Paper Crate

September 27, 2013

little paper crate

Before moving back to the tropics, I spent a long, cold winter back in the States.  Part of what got me through those days when going outside was nearly impossible, was my infatuation with subscription boxes.  If you aren’t familiar with the trend, then let me tell you that these services are awesome.  Pick your interest and chances are there’s a subscription box for it.  Usually you can find a coupon code on sites like retailmenot.com, which make trying out a box cheaper, and if you love it, then you can sign up for regular delivery.

little paper crate

I personally loved getting boxes from Stitchfix (fashion), For the Makers (Crafts), and Citrus Lane (goodies for children).   Through these subscriptions, I’ve discovered many eco-friendly, indie, and unique companies/products that I would never have encountered via my usual shopping destinations.  Plus, who doesn’t love getting a box of fun surprises?  Needless to say, I was sad to end my subscriptions when I moved overseas.

Cute bags from Gin & Jacqie

Cute bags from Gin & Jacqie

But, happily it seems this trend has gone global, as the folks from Gin & Jacqie (“bags created for centred people who are in-tune with themselves, who value items which are fashionable yet functional”) recently launched Little Paper Crate (a subscription service offering crafts for little ones). When an invite arrived to a tea party hosted by Little Paper Crate I was delighted to see what it was all about.

Fun with Little Paper Crate

Fun with Little Paper Crate

Held at Marmalade Café @ Publika Shopping Gallery, the event featured tea time treats and the opportunity for little ones to try out a box of crafts.  Designed for children ages 3-6, each Little Paper Crate box features a monthly theme with corresponding crafts, easy to follow instructions, and the materials required.  Capitalizing on children’s love of surprises and their enthusiasm for crafting, Little Paper Crate seeks to make it easy for parents to indulge and develop their child’s creative sensibilities.

Collective Creativity : )

Collective Creativity : )

My son was all too happy to receive a box of crafts.  He instantly made friends with Ethan (whose mom is the creator of Fun With Little Ones) and the two of them got down to business making little cardboard aquariums.  With reckless abandon the boys set about cutting, gluing, and coloring; each manifesting an aquarium with fish you never have to feed!

Low maintenance fish bowls.

Low maintenance fish bowls.

With a few crafts to choose from in the box, it was easy to see how one box could occupy friends during a sleepover or one child on a long rainy afternoon.  It would also be nice to have a “go to” box when kids utter the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!”

Creative Director, Eleanor Ng  (left) and Cheri Loh

Creative Director, Eleanor Ng (left) and Cheri Loh

Each box costs 50 MYR, and there are perks to be had as you subscribe for longer periods of time.  My little guy was eager for us to subscribe and gave the box an enthusiastic two thumbs up.  If you are interested in having a Little Paper Crate arrive at your doorstep head over to their website and let the crafting begin!

Check out Fun With Little Ones to see more great crafty ideas.

Check out Fun With Little Ones to see more great crafty ideas.

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