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Little Learning Hands

Review / Lia

Little Learning Hands is a monthly subscription box for children ages 6-12. The idea of the box revolves around it containing puzzles, collectibles, fun facts, recipes, and challenges revolving around a different culture every month. It teaches children to learn and respect other cultures as well as teaching them valuable life skills, and is fun for the whole family to enjoy together.

I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging and interesting the Little Learning Hands boxes are. They are packaged very well and contain a good amount of items. The contents are very good for children as they are easy to understand but still fun and engaging. The sample box we received came with an introduction, a backpack, a passport for children to check off for every country they learn about, recipes, fun facts, and my favorite, a cool 3D puzzle. Opening the box was fun and relaxing as well as interesting and informative. Little Learning Hands is overall an amazing subscription box for both children and parents to enjoy.

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YouTube full / Lia -- (transcript below)

Hello everyone, my name is Lia and today I'm going to be unboxing two boxes from Little learning Hands. Box One is a welcome and introductory box; Box Two is a normal countries / culture-specific box.

But before that a quick introduction on what Little Learning Hands stands for: Little Learning Hands is a subscription box for children ages 6 through 12. It allows them to learn to appreciate different cultures and become a better overall global citizen.

Little Learning Hands boxes are great way to bond as a family while simultaneously teaching children to embrace cultural diversity. Each box is filled with unique recipes, a fun puzzle, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.

The first box you receive when you subscribe to Little Learning Hands is an introduction to everything you need to know about the brand.

The first thing you'll see upon opening the global kit is the 'thank you for subscribing' letter, and the guide to all of the materials inside of the box. These two documents explain the premise of Little Learning Hands and their goal, which is to teach through creative play.

Another thing included in the welcome package is the World Explorers Passport, which acts kind of like a passport / journal keepsake for kids. The Global Kit also comes with the World Explorers Backpack that children can customize with the provided art supplies or art supplies of their own.

The next material included in the Welcome Box is the Global Booklet, which contains information all about the Earth and its inhabitants. There are also two recipes included in the Global Kit that reflect different types of cultures.

The second box you'll receive from Little Learning Hands is a culture-specific box, in this case, China. These types of boxes come with a flag and fun facts / Table Talk cards that the whole family can enjoy and cherish for a long time.

One of the main differences from the Global Kit box is that the recipes in this box are culture-specific. And the same goes for the activities in the box as well.

Hasbro’s Monopoly: Capitalism as a Board Game

Review / Lia & Jackie

Monopoly is a classic game where players buy, sell, and trade different properties around the board with the goal of bankrupting all the other players and becoming the supreme capitalist. The game also includes some special items and actions you can do, such as paying rent to other players when you land on their property, having auctions, building houses on your blocks of land, and of course, going to jail.

Despite its questionable morals and sometimes rage-inducing game play, Monopoly truly is very fun to play with family and friends. It is pretty good about being evenly divided between a luck based game and a strategy based game. A game that is too much luck based might be too easy and boring, because you aren’t really making decisions for yourself. It might also be annoying, because whether you win or lose isn’t really in your hand. Strategy based games can often be fun, but also a bit too hard and long for some people. Monopoly has both of those aspects, making it a nice happy medium for people that like both types of games.

Monopoly is also quite charming with how many different variants of the game there are. If you don’t like the classic theming, there are tons of Monopoly variants that may be themed around your favorite book or movie, making the game more fun and interesting. Overall Monopoly is a really fun, interesting game for the whole family to play.

Candyland: The World of Sweets

Review / Jackie & Lia

Candyland is a simple game considering that nearly anyone can play it, but underneath the sugar-coated goodness lies a game that stands the test of time, generation after generation.

In this game, up to four players adventure out into the land of candy, dodging devilish licorice patches, and hoping for a card to boost them closer to Candy Castle. It is completely based on luck in the sense that the players cannot control which cards they draw (which ultimately decides which square(s) the players move to. The multicolored path lights the way to the end where a winner is crowned.

This game is so easy to play -- it’s not stressful at all. And there’s no strategy required for those days when your brain is fried from online school! You can play with your 98 year old grandpa or your three year old cousin. Everyone likes candy! Personally, I like Peppermint Pass the best. It gets you so far ahead right at the beginning of the game. Even the gingerbread figurines are gender neutral. This game is an oldie but a goodie. In fact, all those sweets are making me hungry. I’m going to go bake some cupcakes right now.

Vividia Borescope USB Microscope

Review / Michael

Metal construction, good quality, worked immediately - buying more

That says it all. For $40 this is probably one of the best values in 'cheapo' microscopes. What a superb gift for a 10y.o. budding scientist, that definitely is not yet another cheap-plastic throw-away P.O.S. Focusing can be a little tricky (three different threaded mechanisms allow adjustment) but it is entirely usable. What a fun, fun thing that actually works. Attached pics are of the numeral "8" written with blue ink on a pink post-it note in approximately equivalent 14-point size handwriting.

The other pic is of a microSD card slot's gold fingers. Turns out this "toy" is quite useful for examining solder joints, electronics construction, quality assurance / production verification.

It plugs into USB. Windows7 64bit recognized and installed it immediately. It comes with software, apparently, on small-size CD, but I just used VLC app, which sees the mscope as a standard 'windows video' device named "Andonstar". Everything just worked; it was so nice not having to fiddle. Kit comes with various "tips" that allow proper spacing from surface (maybe I should try those...) to presumably improve speed of finding focus. Focus depth-of-field is extremely shallow and requires watching the monitor (despite the slight update delay) with a steady hand very, very slowly turning the height threaded and knurled shaft, but once it's dialed in the image is excellent. Lighting is from built-in white LEDs, and a dimmer dial is available in-line on the USB cable, which also has a high-quality velcro-type write-tie. USB cable is only ~3 feet long.

Overall very pleased. This is a superb value at $40. The metal stand alone is worth the price.

I bought this from a now defunct ebayer, but you can get one from Amazon here.