Weekend Box 1 – January 2014, Week 2 – 3D Glasses Activity
For every month of 2014, the Preston family have decided to review one Weekend Box a month, containing 4 activities inside (completed weekly).
Welcome to January 2014’s Weekend Box!
What is the Weekend Box?
The Weekend Box (which also looks a bit like a Graze box, so it fits in your letterbox) is “Everything you need for an action-packed weekend – just add excitement!” (https://www.weekendboxclub.com/).
Each box contains 4 categories:
- Something to EAT (a healthy recipe with accompanying secret ingredient)
- Something to MAKE (a craft kit with all the materials required)
- Something GREEN (some seasonal seeds to plant or something to make with recycling/rubbish material),
- Something to EXPLORE (sensory exploration games, for example)
You can find an example of a Weekend Box on the website.
Who are they catered for?
Children ages 3 – 8 years old (and of course adults!)
Where can I order a box?
Follow the instructions on the website: https://www.weekendboxclub.com/
How much does it cost?
£7.50 per box, but you can try your first box for £5.00 (available to UK only). There’s no delivery charge.
- Aron (3 years old)
What activities do we have this month?
- Bird Feeder activity
- 3D glasses activity
- Sand explorer
- Potato boats
3D Glasses Activity
A miserable rainy Saturday meant that we were forced to stay inside for the best part of the day. I briefly mentioned something about the Weekend Box and this was met with a lot of cheers and chants from the boys, ‘Weekend Box! Weekend Box!” said Aron, animatedly. Aidan managed, “Weeboh! Weeeboh!” but I knew what he meant, and who am I to stop the boys from having fun? So, Aron picked the blue packet and we were about to embark on our journey to creating some magical 3D glasses, which can be used even in the cinema. I was excited and intrigued!
What we need and our instructions:
We were provided with a blue packet, an Instruction Sheet, a 3D Image Sheet and a template to cut out the glasses.
So, let’s get started!
First, Aron tore open the blue packet to find out which items we were provided with to create our 3D glasses.
- Some glue
- A piece of blue acetate sheet
- A piece of red acetate sheet
Cut out your glasses!
Aron and Aidan nominated Mummy to cut out the three pieces of our 3D Glasses Template that was provided for us, as well as two eye holes.
We then added a splodge of glue to each of the tabs (marked clearly) on the arms of the glasses and stuck them to the main part.
Find your acetate!
We glued the edges of the acetate sheets and stuck them over the holes we had cut out on the inside of the glasses, making sure that the red piece covered the red hole and the blue piece covered the blue hole. This was quite messy and the glue went everywhere, so I had to use a damp cloth to wipe over the acetate sheets after the glue had dried.
Decorate your glasses!
Now, it was Aron’s turn to bring some glasses to life! Mummy asked him how he fancied decorating his new glasses and he replied, “With Thomas!” So we dug out some Thomas and Friends crayons and stickers and he got to work decorating the glasses.
The glasses looked so stylish that Mummy had to give them a go.
Start exploring in 3D!
After trying out our 3D glasses in front of the mirror, we got to work on figuring out which images were on the Image Sheet provided for us.
Here were Aron’s answers:
Our second Weekend Box activity was complete and we were both very satisfied with the results. Aron placed his rightfully deserved ‘All Finished’ sticker on our work sheet (albeit the wrong one) and we stuck the work sheet up on the boys’ Vision Wall in their bedroom. The 3D glasses are still perched on his chest of drawers, ready for when I take him to the cinema to watch a 3D flick.
What did we like most about this activity?
How we worked really well together to make Aron’s 3D glasses and how well the finished product turned out. More importantly, I loved the fact that I worked on an activity so creative with Aron because lately I have hit a plateau of imaginative, affordable activities to do with the boys at home. So, I felt like I had done something proactive with Aron and that he had actually learned something afterwards. I feel proud as a mum more than anything.
What to watch out for:
The glue gets everywhere! It’s better to place the glue on the edges of the glasses’ holes before putting the acetate in place and then just filling out any edges with glue afterwards. Otherwise, you’ll find that the glue gets on the sheets and you won’t be able to see very well through the glasses. Have a damp cloth ready to wipe away the glue afterwards.
5 out of 5
Absolutely a 5 out of 5 for many reasons, two of them being that the 3D Glasses activity was such a fun way to spend time with my 3 year old and also the feeling of accomplishment that Aron felt afterwards was invaluable to me.