Mysteries In Time Box

Review of Mysteries In Time Educational Subscription Box & Giveaway

16th August 2020

Homeschooling my 8 year old for four months was tough- I’m not trained in how to make learning fun like a teacher is.

Schools are supposed to reopen next month, but I’m creating back-up plans by getting better resources together just in case.

Mysteries In Time create monthly history education boxes for children aged 7-11, and are one of the few history-related resources I’ve come across so far.

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How the Box Arrives

There are two types of box, classic and bumper. Both boxes contain a story book, magazine, activities, bookmark, sticker sheet, colouring pages, timeline sticker and time machine box/envelope.

The bumper pack contains some extras, including a craft and gift related to the history in the box.

We were sent a bumper box which was about Ancient Egypt. The first box comes with a giant map that you can add timeline stickers to as you collect each box.

Mysteries in time map
Free Map with the First Box

Each month the topic is different, including World War Two, Aztecs, Vikings and Ancient China to name but a few.

It comes with easy to read instructions which detail the order of activities to do. The first is to read the story book, where you follow Max and Katie as they travel back in time to solve a mystery.

The story links in with the pack, so you can do some of the activities in the magazine during the story or after.

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Colour In Task

My son loved completing the activities whilst reading the book, including a quiz and puzzles using hieroglyphs.

The box came with a craft which was air-drying clay and stickers to make an amulet, and some colour-in sheets too.

There were also some stickers and a gorgeous Egyptian mummy pen that has taken pride of place on his bedroom shelf!

My Verdict

These packs are really clever, because there’s various activities to do which could be done over the entire month as part of home school, or just for fun on rainy days.

My son said it didn’t feel like school when he completed the activities, and I didn’t spend hours pulling my hair out to get him to do it.

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The Time Machine!

I like that there’s a story book in each box, which encourages him to maintain his reading skills too. It’s interactive and even the personalised box it comes in is a time machine that your child uses to solve the mystery.

You also don’t have to subscribe for a whole year. There’s options to buy one box as a gift for somebody, or packages of 3, 6 or 12 months. You can cancel at any time which is also handy.

I wish I’d found these boxes months ago, because it would have made our history lessons fun and less painful!

Mysteries in time being played


For your chance to win a 3 month subscription to the Mysteries In Time boxes, fill in the form below.

All entrants must be UK residents over the age of 18. Entries will be verified before a winner is chosen at random. An email address will be require purely to contact you if you win.

Mysteries In Time are responsible for supplying the prize, not Single Parent Pessimist.

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One bumper box was gifted for the purpose of this review. No payment was received and all views are honest and my own.


  • Margaret Clarkson

    16th August 2020 at 11:30 am

    I like to look at the social and economic history during the Industrial Revolution.

    1. Sandra Fortune

      12th September 2020 at 11:22 am

      The Victorians

  • Peter Watson

    16th August 2020 at 11:39 am

    I am fascinated by 1930s European history that led up to the Second World War.

  • Bryan Murphy

    16th August 2020 at 12:21 pm

    The 1960’s

  • michelle o’neill

    16th August 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Victorian times fascinate me!

    1. Rebecca roberts

      11th September 2020 at 9:45 am

      I don’t think it will be 2020 every take me to 1990 quick!

  • Emma

    16th August 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Educating my children at home has helped me make more sense of history as I never enjoyed it at school. I’m quite fascinated by the early 20th century.

  • Margaret Gallagher

    16th August 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Victorian era love the etiquette and dresses

  • Hannah Scudder

    16th August 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I was always fascinated by the Tudors.

  • Lucy

    16th August 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Hello, my favourite time in history is the Victorian era. I just find it so interesting!

  • Tayla Morris

    16th August 2020 at 4:13 pm

    The Tudors!

  • Rachel Butterworth

    16th August 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Regency period.

  • fiona waterworth

    16th August 2020 at 7:56 pm


  • ashleigh allan

    16th August 2020 at 8:13 pm

    The victorian times

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    16th August 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I have always had a great interest in Tudor and Stuarts and WW2

    1. Kelly Knowles

      5th September 2020 at 8:36 pm

      I loved history at school mainly because we did a lot about ww2, so I’d definitely say that’s my favourite time in history to learn about

  • Anthony Harrington

    16th August 2020 at 10:22 pm

    The Ancient Greeks have always interested me.

  • Leanne Hansell

    17th August 2020 at 7:02 am

    Definitely the Victorian times

  • Jenny McClinton

    17th August 2020 at 10:18 am

    The Victorians, I loved learning about this era in school & the ancient Egyptians

  • Sally Collingwood

    17th August 2020 at 1:05 pm

    The ancient greeks

  • Chris Andrews

    17th August 2020 at 1:57 pm

    What’s your favourite time in history? . . . pre-history, the dawn of mankind, it fascinates me

  • Natalie Burgess

    17th August 2020 at 3:04 pm

    The Tudors xx


    17th August 2020 at 6:16 pm

    The ancient Egyptian’s fascinate me. Most history does but that’s definitely my favourite.

  • Laura Pritchard

    17th August 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I love Tudor history so I’d visit the court of Henry VIII!

  • Mandy Doherty

    17th August 2020 at 9:42 pm

    The Edwardian Era

  • Katie Witherington

    17th August 2020 at 9:56 pm

    the neolithic

  • melanie stirling

    18th August 2020 at 12:09 am

    I’ve always been interested in the Egyptians

  • Lynne Rielly

    18th August 2020 at 1:02 am

    I love everything to do with the Egyptians.

  • Stephanie Tsang

    18th August 2020 at 1:41 am

    Tudor times

  • Rich Tyler

    18th August 2020 at 2:57 am


  • kim white

    19th August 2020 at 11:53 am

    Anthng to do with tudors

  • Rebecca Walker

    19th August 2020 at 8:11 pm

    anytime before covid!

  • Ruth Harwood

    20th August 2020 at 9:07 am

    I do love the Roman empire era and the adoption of Christianity and the persecution of other religions xx

  • Susan Trubey

    21st August 2020 at 3:31 pm

    At the moment I am interested in the industrial revolution in Swansea.

  • Helen Arlow

    22nd August 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Ancient Greek x

  • lynn neal

    24th August 2020 at 10:32 pm

    The Georgians were a fascinating bunch!

  • Alex T

    25th August 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I am fascinating by the 1940s, particularly the way that women were able to do things that they had never been able to before.

  • Angela Muir

    25th August 2020 at 3:24 pm

    The Victorian era

  • Sarah Moorse

    26th August 2020 at 3:17 am

    I really love the look of the 1920s

  • Katrina Adams

    28th August 2020 at 9:06 am

    I have always had a fascination with the Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks. Really interesting time period. I’ve always had a love of history though, just find it all really interesting to see what they did and how things have changed.

  • Kim Carberry

    29th August 2020 at 12:07 am

    I have always been so interested in the Romans x

  • Jo

    29th August 2020 at 9:10 am

    I’d be interested in going back to roman times

  • Addie Sadler

    30th August 2020 at 1:58 pm

    I find the Ancient Egyptians most interesting.

  • sharon martin

    31st August 2020 at 8:10 pm

    the roman era

    1. Kerry Horsburgh

      5th September 2020 at 10:23 pm

      The Italian Renaissance period is fascinating. So many beautiful art works, sculptures and buildings at that time.

  • Rebecca Beesley

    31st August 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I love learning about the stone age

  • Michelle Moloney

    2nd September 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Victorian period

  • Sarah Alexander

    6th September 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I like the 1920’s as I have researched my family tree and alway imagine, what would it be like

  • Richard M Johnson

    8th September 2020 at 11:30 am

    The Romans

  • Susan B

    8th September 2020 at 6:15 pm

    The Roman period as they had nice hot baths!

  • Karen Barrett

    8th September 2020 at 6:32 pm

    The 1950s, loved the fashion and music

  • Maria b

    8th September 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I find 19thC Irish history facinating and also love to read about the Tudors.

  • Andrew Hindley

    9th September 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Would love to visit the 1960’s 🙂

  • Theresa Thomas

    9th September 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I love the Edwardian period.

  • donna jones

    9th September 2020 at 8:24 pm

    l love the victorian times

  • Troy Easton

    9th September 2020 at 8:48 pm

    The 60s because of all the groovy people and England won the world cup.

    1. Wave to mummy

      10th September 2020 at 12:34 am

      ooh maybe aztecs! And mayan times.

  • Adrian Bold

    10th September 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I’d like to go back to the Roman era which has always fascinated me.

    1. Tammy Neal

      12th September 2020 at 10:11 pm

      The victorians

  • Helen

    10th September 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I love learning about prehistoric times and how it all began!

  • Patricia Barrett

    11th September 2020 at 12:02 am

    The Victorian era seemed like it could be an interesting period to explore.

  • Debi Newman

    11th September 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I find the ancient Egyptians really interesting x

  • Charlotte Wilde

    11th September 2020 at 2:09 pm

    The Romans – love all they left behind for us to explore

  • Stephanie

    11th September 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Victorian times

  • Sam Parkes

    11th September 2020 at 10:28 pm

    The tudor period fascinated in war of the roses and Henry the 8th

  • Leanne Pearson

    12th September 2020 at 7:34 am

    I love all history, I was a history geek when I was younger! The Egyptians fascinate me, but a little closer to the present, I am really interested in reading and learning about ww2.

  • Selena Longworth

    12th September 2020 at 8:17 am

    The swinging sixties!, the music the fashion everything was FAB!

  • Sandra Foreman

    12th September 2020 at 9:59 am

    Definitely the 60s looked amazing before the world got the internet and went mad

  • Daisy Louie

    12th September 2020 at 11:13 am


  • Pauline Burroughs

    12th September 2020 at 11:19 am

    I love the ancient Egyptian period. I went to the Tutankhamun exhibition in London earlier this year and it was fascinating

  • Claire Willmer

    12th September 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I have always been fascinated with the Egyptians.

  • Darren Bourne

    12th September 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I’m really interested in the Victorian Era.

  • Lorraine

    12th September 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I love learning about the Tudors

  • Joyce W

    12th September 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I love reading about the Tudors

  • Laura Linsey

    12th September 2020 at 9:02 pm


  • Sammie Martin

    12th September 2020 at 9:46 pm

    The Victorian Era interests me.

  • Michelle Ferguson

    12th September 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I am obsessed with the Tudor period especially Henry VIII

  • Helen Garner

    12th September 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I have a fascination with the Tudor period.

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