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. The 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!
This month’s theme is Peek Into Ponds! Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
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You really need very little from home to do the crafts. Usually, you only need a pair of scissors (they sent us a Kiwi Crate branded pair in our first box!), 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.
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.
Our kids love to go through everything in the booklet first before starting the main project. explore! has read, draw, learn, explore, eat, and make designated activities. There is really a lot to look at and read – a comic, puzzles, and games – and it really extends your young one’s engagement with the Crate. Each expands on the theme of the box, whether through factoids, drawing activities, or recipes, but the variation is helpful for engaging different learning styles and interests.
Every Kiwi Crate comes with a unique Steve sticker (like your merit badge for completing the box). The first box of an annual subscription includes a poster for displaying your earned stickers.
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!
Each Crate usually has three activities – either separate projects or phases of a single, large project. The booklet includes an inventory of all the supplies included in the Crate, plus a messiness and parental involvement rating for each project.
Step-by-step instructions guide you through the project.They are clearly written and very easy to follow, pointing out potential pitfalls so you don’t go astray.
Colorful Frogs were up first!
For this craft we assembled a little grater and catchment and grated chalk, which we sprinkled over a tray of water.
You gently place the paper on the water, wait a few seconds, and lift it straight up.
Neat art project – here’s what it looks like when the chalk’s all dry. The kids enjoyed this (and I did too!).
Leaping Lily Pad – My 6 year old was really pumped to try this out. It involved folding the cardboard lily pad and arranging a rubber band on it to make it leap (2 rubber bands to make it go higher!).
So many laughs, and my kids are still playing with this one! The book of course covers the science behind it.
And the density aquarium! This was the most involved and trickiest of projects – we colors little sheets of fibrous paper and dunked them into salt water to create the colors. Next, we injected the salt water into little soy sauce fish with rubber bands around the bottom.
The box had you test the fish before putting them in the bottle, which was a good thing – all of ours were overly full and needed 3 drops of salt water removed.
Then we plopped them all in the bottle.
Tada! The fish float around inside. The box gave suggestions for altering the density a bit more (by removing a bit more salt water) but my kids are loving this and it really helped demonstrate density to them (my youngest just thought it was fun).
What a fun box for all three kids though – they were all interested and engaged with it. We love that the Crate is suitable for a wide age range (years 5-8 actually covers a lot of ground, educationally and developmentally) – there is enough information and complexity to immerse older kids, while the light-hearted and approachable nature of the box makes it easy to use for Kindergartners, too. Kiwi Crate is great at gently introducing some science, history, and other lessons into the projects, offering both entertainment and educational value.
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