Tinker Crate is a subscription box that inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology, plus have tons of fun. Every month, you’ll get a new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving skills. It is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused and designed to help kids build their problem solving skills and to gain the confidence and curiosity to tackle problems where there’s no one right answer. Use code MS30 to save 30% on your first box! (or Kiwi Crate and the KiwiCo family subscriptions Koala Crate and Doodle Crate).
This was everything that arrived in our June 2015 Tinker Crate – the supplies, a fold-out instruction sheet, and the Tinker Zine.
For June, Tinkerers would be working on drip irrigation! The crate always comes with a cool blueprint-esque sheet with a schematic for the project, as well as step-by-step instructions.
I found the instructions clear and easy to follow. Tinker Crate also offers one-on-one help for kids (or parents/caregivers) that need it, plus extra tips and extension activities. Some projects can be fairly complex — this one was moderate difficulty.
The Tinker Zine this month. Each issue further explores the subject matter of the project and provides both in real-life perspective and extension projects for additional fun.
It has (fun) educational information plus extra experiments. The magazine explains the concept of the project using accessible and easy to understand diagrams. Our daughter reads the magazine cover to cover and we find that she has great retention of the information. The style is conversational while still being 100% accurate. I don’t always love language like “began way back in the 1600s” but it connects with them, so that’s fine. That’s the most important part – getting those concepts into those brains.
This project happened to involve some dirt, which is always a plus. She got to work right away and didn’t need too much assistance in the assembly part.
Small holes (which I made with the included thumbtack) in the bottom of the tube create a slow drip over each pot. It proved a little difficult to get the size of the holes properly sized and equal.
Viewed from the top. The third container has the wheatgrass, which is the most visible seed.
Success! Though it wasn’t perfect, our irrigation system worked well enough to germinate the seeds.
This project kit was pretty straightforward, and the instructions were written clearly. Grown-up assistance is helpful, though, in punching the holes in the tube and assembling the tower, especially if your Tinkerers are on the younger end of the age spectrum. Our six year old really likes Tinker crate (we like all the KiwiCo family of project crates, but Kiwi and Koala Crates are also great for younger kids, so she has to share those). The box is recommended for age 9+, and the projects range from moderately challenging to difficult. Younger kids may enjoy the crate as much as our kid does, but they will need greater assistance.
Use code MS30 to save 30% on your first box! (or Kiwi Crate and the KiwiCo family subscriptions Koala Crate and Doodle Crate). You can use this code on all the other KiwiCo family subscriptions too – Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, and Doodle Crate.
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The Description: Tinker Crate help kids gain crucial STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills through hands-on activities that are also seriously fun. Every crate includes all the materials and inspiration for a super-cool project. Ages 9 to 14+
The Price: $19.95 per month
The Coupon: Save 30% off your first box with exclusive coupon code MS30!