Posted by Samantha Hicks on 10 Dec 2018

Having moved to leafy Epsom a couple of years ago as a family we try to get out and about as much as possible and make the most of the natural beauty on our doorstep, nothing beats a bit of fresh air in those lungs! I’m a great believer in getting some oxygen whatever the weather (handy considering the general UK climate)  We often find little hidden treasures on our walks, a pine-cone here, an interesting stone there, even secret fairy doors in tree trunks …. my eldest loves to show her younger sister and tell her about her adventures and little stories while she gazes up at her with wide-eyed wonder. Recently we have also become quite a crafty family, I’m often on Pinterest looking for new activities for us to do together – our dining table can occasionally be a bit of a minefield….. So when I heard about Totbox ( , a subscription service that combines art and nature I couldn’t wait to find out more!

The Crafty little box arrived through the post containing everything we needed to get started, apart from a few essentials, which could all be found in a garden, park, forest or woodland. A nifty canvas bag was provided, giving us a bit of time to collect our loot on our travels – along with a journal to make some notes about our discoveries.

We set off on our family adventure paying extra special attention to the world around us (no mean feat with a toddler) and soon found some great contenders for our stick stash, these were duly stuffed into our Totbag along with some particularly interesting leaves and seeds.

When we arrived home the girls couldn’t wait to get started, that afternoon we made a Leafy Light Catcher, a Spooky Spider Web and a Leafy Weave Mobile by following the easy instructions provided. Some of it was a bit tricky for small hands, but soon rectified with a little tweaking.

The following weekend the final articles were proudly gifted to Nanna and Grandad along with many a happy tale of where the various components were collected.

As a conclusion we would love to try Totbox again, a natural, environmentally aware way to be creative and make precious memories with your family.

Each Totbag/Totbox contains a Totbag- branded bag, with carefully chosen outdoor activities suitable for children aged 3+ and a nature journal bursting with useful information, instructions on how to complete the activities and exciting additional fun and games. All materials are environmentally friendly.

You can purchase a one-off Totbag or subscribe on a monthly basis to their Totbox, with your first month free, meaning there is an option for different budgets from £6.95, you can find out more here.  They also have a special winter box which would make a great Christmas present and a great way to explore the outside in the school holidays.

If you give it a try do let me know how you get on.

Sam xx

Samantha Hicks
Samantha Hicks is an Epsom based writer and mum of two who has contributed to a number of online publications and also managed several social media pages for local information Facebook pages. She can be found at various soft plays and toddler groups in the area and is constantly on the lookout for new activities to keep her small people entertained!

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