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.
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This month’s theme is Kaleidoscope Play! Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
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All of the craft supplies from the Crate. 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. 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.
There is always a comic featuring Steve the Kiwi and his pals, plus lots of historical and scientific information relating to the current theme.
This issue explored symmetry, something observable everywhere in nature.
As a means of introducing STEM topics, explore! teaches kids some of the science at work behind the project, and it is really good at drawing upon examples they understand.
The magazine includes extension activities and some simple observational experiments to learn more about the principles underlying the project. These usually require some basic materials from home.
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. This Crate had three distinct projects. The booklet includes an inventory of all the supplies included in the Crate, plus a messiness and parental involvement rating for each project.
Our first project was making a spinning kaleidoscope. 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.
We also made a second, standing kaleidoscope. This one didn’t have a closed chamber, so you could use whatever small items you wanted to help create the reflected image.
To test our kaleidoscope expertise, there was a puzzle challenge game. We had to recreate the image on the card using the included foam pieces.
We even constructed a simple pouch to keep all the pieces of our standing kaleidoscope in one spot.
Each card showed a challenge pattern to recreate. The easier cards included a hint as to what angle to set the mirrors.
My youngest liked the spinning kaleidoscope tube. The wheel at the end could be turned to alter the reflected image.
A view down the tube.
The standing kaleidoscope was great for familiarizing my son with angles and the concept of symmetry.
He caught on quite quickly and got really good at replicating the patterns.
We experimented using the pre-printed designs.
And he also created some designs of his own.
The pouch for storing all the kaleidoscope materials.
The pouch held everything together nicely.
The standing kaleidoscope was a big hit. Everyone had to give it a try.
This month was a lot of fun. The chosen theme really covered a lot of ground — it made a simple toy that my youngest child enjoyed, but it also introduced much more sophisticated concepts that enthralled my older kids, too. Like most Kiwi’s, it unwittingly made for a great family activity — we start working on the box with one of our kids, and the others undoubtedly wander over and are quickly drawn into the fun.
Kiwi Crate is intended for kids 5-8, but all three of our kids like to get in on the action. It is really engaging and approachable 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 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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