What is an Atom & the Dot box?

At Atom & the Dot, we believe that children are natural explorers, artists and scientists with creativity and curiosity that know no bounds.

With that in mind, we’d like to celebrate and nurture these innate qualities with carefully curated activities. The activities are designed to spark your child’s interest to explore the world and to imagine possibilities through play.

When you sign up for a Surprise Box, you will receive a surprise box every month (for the duration of your subscription). Each box is filled with materials, ingredients and inspiration for several Arts and Science themed activities. It’s like making your own toys. You may choose to sign up for either a 1 month, 3 months or 12 months subscription.

If you’re undecided on a subscription, we sometimes keep a few of our favourite surprise boxes as tasters. You can always get started with one of those first. We call them Try-me Boxes.

PSST… The 12 months subscriptions are the best value AND they come with a birthday bonus!

How much time do I need to allocate for the activities?

Each box contains about 2 to 4 activities which you can either complete in a 1 to 2 hour stretch, or spread out throughout the month. Time required for each activity may vary from 15 minutes to an hour.

We’ve included an indicator on the estimated preparation time required for each activity. We will email these to you once we dispatch the box.

Are all required material and ingredients provided in the box?

For the main activities, we aim to provide all required material and ingredients so play time can start as soon as you open the box.

However, to help reduce waste, we do not include items that you will likely already have lying around the house. For example, we will not send you stationery (like scissors, colour pencils, eraser, ruler, markers – unless special markers are required), watercolour palette or measuring spoons.

There may be some activities which will require fresh/ common ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. For example water, eggs, milk, salt/ sugar. We will not provide these as well (unless required in large quantities). So if it is required, we will give you a heads up.

We also include additional “try at home” activities each month, in case your curious child is craving for more. The materials and ingredients for these activities are not provided. But we will be careful to design it such that we use items you can easily find around the house.

What age range are the activities in the box suitable for?

We’ve designed the activities for children ages 5 to 8 years. Older children should be able to work independently through most of the activities, while younger children may require more help from their parents/ the adults with reading the instructions and navigating the activities.

Is adult supervision required for the activities in the box?

Yes, an adult should be around to supervise the activities. But the activities are fun for both child and adult alike, so we don’t think you’ll mind. How involved you need to be will vary by activity.

For your convenience, we’ve included an indicator on the level of ‘Adult Involvement’ required for each activity.

  • Low : These are simple activities that your child should be able to complete independently. Younger children may still require some help reading the instructions.
  • Medium : Your child may need some help from you to complete the activity or it may require more supervision as the activity results in mini combustions/ ingredients that may be a choking hazard.
  • High : Adult involvement is required. Typically these involve experiments where parents are required to conduct the activity or preparation for the experiment. For instance where it involves hot water, flammable objects, electricity or the ingredients that should not be ingested/ inhaled.

We will email this indicator to you once we dispatch the box.

What is a Messiness indicator?

We want to give you a heads up when things might get messy so you know whether you need to dress your kids up in old clothes or keep them away from your pretty, white sofa.

There are 3 levels of Messiness:

  • Low : Simple, fuss free activities that you can complete in your living room or play area.
  • Medium : Might involve some sticky fingers and sticky floors at the end of it, but nothing a messy mat, some newspaper or a wet wash cloth can’t handle.
  • High : You might want to lay out a big plastic sheet over the floor and dress them up in old clothes .. it’s going to get messy! Alternatively, it might be a good idea to just do this outside.

We will email this indicator to you once we dispatch the box.