Getting Closer to Nature with the Boxwild Christmas Gift Set

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Max loves getting outside and learning about nature – a trip to feed the ducks is one of our favourite activities. He loves scattering the seed and watching the ducks all come flocking over – his face just lights up (although he does have a tendency to get overexcited and shout “duck!” at them!).

I’ve been spending more and more time with him in the garden lately, learning about the different plants and wildlife that we can see. I like to keep our garden bird-friendly by not dead-heading some of the roses, and not cutting down grasses until late winter, but putting out bird seed is a great way to supplement the food that they can find in the garden, keeping them well nourished through the winter.

When we were contacted by Boxwild, an online bird seed shop and subscription service, I knew this would be right up Max’s street, and a lovely activity to fill an afternoon. Boxwild sent us the Winter Bird Seed Gift Box, which would be the perfect gift for any bird lovers this Christmas. It contains 3 hand blended mixes of bird seed: the Robin Seed Blend, the Winter Bird Seed Blend, the Boxwild Seed Blend, and a little metal scoop. It’s approximately 1kg of bird seed, so should see you and your birds through the winter.

 

Little boy pouring bird seed into bird feeder with metal scoop

 

We made the most of the autumn sunshine we’ve had lately and headed out into the garden so that Max could fill up his bird feeder. He chose the Robin Bird Seed Blend, especially for our little robin friend, and spent ages using the scoop to carefully fill up the feeder. Seriously, if you have a 3 year old, this is a great activity for them. He was so careful with it, so it actually took ages – just look at that look of concentration on his face!

 

Little boy pouring bird seed into feeder which is nearly full

 

Once our feeder was finally full, we hung it high up, and headed into the house to see if the birds came. It was a lovely learning activity for Max – he brought down his bird book, and we read through it, wondering which birds we might see (Max was hoping for an eagle and a puffin – I had to tone down his expectations somewhat). Sure enough, our little robin was there soon enough, along with a rather chunky looking blue tit, although they were quick to fly away when they heard Max’s shrieks of excitement! He’s started to learn that he needs to be a bit quieter if he wants the birds to hang around.

I can’t recommend feeding the birds enough as a way to encourage your children to learn about wildlife. It’s such a simple thing, but so often it’s the simple things that really spark their interest, and it’s an activity that keeps giving once the bird feeder is full. I often seem to find Max lingering at our back door, watching for birds!

 

Bird seed feeder full of seed, sitting on garden table

 

Boxwild are a local company to us in Surrey, and I love that their seed blends are carefully planned – the Winter Seed Blend, for example, uses a higher fat content which the birds need to keep up their energy and strength in the winter months. They also donate 50p per box sold to UK wildlife charities to help support UK wildlife in every possible way.

If you have a bird lover in your family, a Boxwild box set would make a wonderful Christmas gift. They have a great range of gift boxes available which you can browse on their website.

 

The Winter Bird Seed Gift Box costs £18.00 and is available from Boxwild

 

Disclosure: We were kindly sent the Winter Bird Seed Gift Box by Boxwild in return for this blog post

  • Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    I absolutely love this idea as a gift for both children and adults! Teaching our children about nature/wildlife is so important and this is such a fun way to do it. I hope lots more birds visit for Max to see 🙂

    • It’s so lovely how they’re so interested in nature at this age – I’m really making the most of it as I love it too! I’m hoping for lots more birds too, although fingers crossed no eagles!

  • Rachel George

    We love to encourage birds into the garden. Good to know that each box purchased means a donation to wildlife charities too.

  • Lauren Porter

    Oh I love this! We feed the birds in our garden regularly & go wildlife spotting when we can! Fab idea x

    • I’d love to go wildlife spotting more with Max – I feel he needs to work on his quiet voice a bit more though, we rarely see much!

  • Jayne

    This is amazing, We always have feeders up for our garden birds. This is a lovely idea, especially with the wildlife donation.
    (hubby helping out)

    • The donation is such a lovely extra, I love companies like this that make it their mission to help in every way they can

  • It was so sweet watching him be so careful with it all! Obviously it takes a lot of concentration!

  • Ickle Pickle

    I love this – we love birds but with two new kittens I won’t be encouraging any into our garden! Kaz x

  • Island Living 365

    Oh what a great idea. Boxwild looks like they have some great products and I now know what to get my Nan for Christmas. She loves feeding the birds and she would love this! 🙂

    • It really makes a perfect Christmas present for those people who you never know what to buy, doesn’t it? So much joy to be had from it

  • jennifuchs

    That is such a great idea for a gift! My boys love feeding birds.

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    You can tell how much he’s enjoying filling up his bird feeders. What a great gift box for little nature lovers

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    Look at his little face, the concentration is amazing. This is a lovely gift idea for Andy’s parents. I always struggle for new ideas for them and this would be ideal x

    • I’m exactly the same with parents (and grandparents too) and I know they’d all love this as a gift, I love it as a Christmas gift idea

  • This is such a wonderful and unique gift for kid… I never would of thought of investing in something like this, but the look on his face has changed my mind.

    • I have to admit I was the same – I knew he loved feeding the ducks so thought it might appeal to him, but I never realised how much of the afternoon it would take up, and how much he would still love it after it was filled, just watching for all the birds. Such a lovely little activity

  • Natalie @memeandharri

    Katy I love this, such a great idea and something a little different. My girls would be made up with this, I am definitely going to look into buying one for them. Max is the cutest!

    • He really is – just needs to learn how to use his quiet voice (good training for when Ben is sleeping too!) I’m sure your girls would love it!

  • Amy Mighalls

    I love the idea of this subscription box, unfortunately so would my cats so it’s not one for us! My little girl loves taking seeds to feed the duck too x

  • Laura Dove

    Oh we had this over the Summer and the kids adored it! Infact they had more fun waiting for the birds to come than they did making it. We’ve had so many birds to the garden, it’s a great brand!

    • I remember seeing your post – I loved their bird box painting! It really is the gift that keeps giving – it’s so sweet watching them wait to spot the birds, and the excitement when they see one.

  • Ahh your little boy is so cute and he’s doing a great job of filling up the feeder. My husband would like this gift set of seeds as he adores watching the birds and getting photos of them. Mich x