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 Capillary Action! Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
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 the power of water! It explains how water sticks and climbs up the tree.
As a mean of introducing STEM topics, explore! teaches kids some of the science at work behind the project, a step by step illustration is really good to further understand and its expected outcome.
The magazine includes extension activities and some simple observational experiments to learn more about the principles underlying the project. This time, the activity illustrates how water climbs up the tree through its roots.
Here’s another bunch of interesting activities, which includes creating your own snack-tion straws.
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 it often 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 this month is capillary action art, while the second project is all about building a balancing tree. 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.
Once balancing tree has been built, you can start this exciting second activity which is the tilting tree game.
What’s great about this activity is that after building the tree, there’s a fun game you can try out. Everything you need to know about the game is on the booklet.
They were really into it!
It’s a fun game to play on your own or with friends and family.
Here’s my daughter in action! She enjoyed doing the capillary action art, and she particularly likes this one because of visual demo of the science!
It’s a great avenue to be creative and to learn something new. It also teaches kids to be patient as they work through each step of the process.
It also came with a frame for the finished art.
Kiwi Crate is one of the best activity boxes around! The subscription is originally intended for kids from 5-8 yrs old, but all three of our kids like to join the action. Almost everything we need for the activities is provided and it even includes detailed instructions, so we don’t have to worry about anything. This month’s the activities are really engaging and kept the kids busy for quite some time. If you’re looking for an activity box that will help you introduce some science, history, and other lessons to the kids, this is it! Kiwi Crate definitely excels in offering both entertainment and educational value!
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