Kiwi Crate is a kids’ craft and activity subscription that comes with everything you need to complete a great project or two, usually a pair of crafts that can be used as toys or playtime props. This box is geared for ages 5-8, and the projects are always age-appropriate, though some require more parental assistance than others.
Kiwi Crate is the most popular craft and activity subscription box for kids!
Everything in the Kiwi Crate! This month’s theme is Anatomyt! Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
You really need very little from home to do the crafts. Usually, you only need a pair of scissors (which is sent to you with a new subscription!), but often the pieces are pre-cut, scored, or otherwise prepared for you already. The crate includes self-adhesive items or glue/glue dots if needed for the crafts.
An issue of explore! magazine is included in every Crate. It is full of fun content that brings the project to life.
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There is always a comic featuring Steve the Kiwi and his pals, plus lots of historical and scientific information relating to the current theme.
explore! teaches kids some of the science at work behind the project. It usually includes extension activities and some simple observational experiments to learn more about the principles underlying the project.
explore! has read, draw, learn, explore, eat, and make designated activities. Each expands on the theme of the box, whether through factoids, drawing activities, or recipes.
Our kids love to go through everything in the booklet first before starting the main project.
For parents, the activities are also a great way to keep your child entertained while you peruse the contents of the box and take a peek at the instructions for the crafts (it only takes a peek – they are always very clear and simple)!
Each Crate has three crafts related to the main theme – each is rated by messiness and parental involvement.
The second booklet that comes in every crate is the actual instruction booklet for the crafts, and often it includes additional activities beyond the extension projects included in explore!
Between the three-part main craft, the extension projects, and the extra explorations, there is a lot to do in each Kiwi Crate!
The first project was making our own stethoscope. The booklet contained offered suggestions for using our new tool to learn about our bodies.
The second project was constructing felt organs by lacing them up with yarn and stuffing with cotton.
The Crate included a cool poster showing the bodies major systems and basic anatomy. It is greatly simplified, but a useful, non-intimidating tool for young explorers.
We learned the position of the organs in the body by placing them on the chart.
These are possibly the cutest things I’ve ever seen!
The cute look takes the ick factor out of anatomy.
The third project was making a faux X-ray using bone silhouette stickers placed on a transparency. The body chart was helpful as a guide to placement.
We charged photo-sensitive under our photo lights, using the bone transparency as a masking sheet. The result was a glowing X-ray showing the bones in relief!
Kiwi Crate is always lots of fun for our kids. It’s suitable for both preschool and grade school age kids – the activities and instructions are generally very simple, but the kit always includes some factoids and extension activities that keep our older child interested. The crafts and projects are fun to make, and the kids enjoy playing with the finished products after they’ve built them. Boxes in the KiwiCo family make superb gifts and family activities, blending creative fun with educational content.
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