Cricket Crate is the newest member of the KiwiCo family that’s specifically curated for babies 0-36 months old. Cricket Crate aims to lay the foundation for lifelong learning through educational toys, books and other baby essentials delivered to your child each month. The subscription costs $19.95 per month, just like the other crates from KiwiCo.
Don’t be confused by the Tadpole Crate branding! This crate is shifting to a new name but the changeover isn’t yet complete.
This month’s all about Doctor’s Visit.
Note: Cricket Crate is available in three versions — The Newborn Pack is designed for babies of around 0-3 months old. It comprises a storybook, baby-friendly toy, and some reading for parents that highlights developmental milestones and other items of interest. This review covers the version designed for 24-36-month-old kids, which started shipping in November 2017. They are also launching an intermediate version for kids ages 4-23 months. Look for that to be available soon!
Wonder Magazine is full of practical advice and developmentally appropriate bonding tips, which are great for new and veteran moms, dads, and other caregivers!
There’s a parenting advice column and a brief overview of the magazine’s contents…
…as well as an article about understanding others, where you can encourage your toddler to play pretend and give you a checkup!
All of the KiwiCo family of boxes strive to mix educational content with fun activities. Much of the learning is geared toward developing basic skills like motor coordination. There is lots of great info for parents to read — it really adds some insight into the growth your child is experiencing.
Because the target age for Cricket Crate is so young, the focus is all on providing information and support for parents, and the activities are geared toward providing quality bonding time between baby and parent.
There were also activity suggestions for some real-world adventures to have with your child, complete with ideas for tying in the lessons from the Crate activity. Here’s an article about Encouraging Empathy!
Cricket Crate Board Book (Bonus Upgrade!)
The book for this month is entitled Cricket Olive to the Rescue.
The book is so cute and the kids will surely love it!
While you read the book, you can also try the included activity with the kids!
The illustrations are colorful and well-drawn, and really appeals to the kids.
This page will also make you wonder, is there anything that a bandage cannot fix? Such cute stories about friendship in every box.
Medical Kit. For the first activity, we got the medical kit! The kit contains a felt bag where you can store the other medical tools and toy bandages.
Pretend Checkup. The second activity is to do a pretend checkup, which helps develop a child’s social-emotional skills and communication skills.
Here’s everything in this month’s med-related crate!
The kit includes this doctor’s checklist where you can tell the body temperature of the “patient,” heartbeat rate, treatments needed, and other medical concerns. Oh, we love that “Hugs and Kisses” part!
This is one of the coolest items they included in this crate, a chart for the parts of the body!
My son started to work on the medical kit by attaching and sticking the felt designs.
The felt sticker says “Doctor in training.” Well, through this month’s Cricket Crate, my kids are both doctors in training and artists in training.
Now, he’s ready to attend to his patients! He started to stash all the medical tools inside the felt kit.
Our little doctor is preparing the chart for his first patient!
Now our youngest is having her physical checkup. My son is determining her body temperature using the ear thermometer.
Now he’s listening to her heartbeat with the use of the stethoscope.
Everything’s fine! Our baby is all well according to our doctor! This is really fun, and I can say that my son definitely loves this crate, now he’s asking us to pose as his patients too! His 7 year old brother loved this crate just as much – we’ve been playing doctor nonstop.
My son definitely loves playing the doctor, and as always he’s excited with everything from this crate! This is a very good crate. They really cater to the kids’ interests, and they provide fun ways to learn, explore, and interact, with other kids and adults too! The activities in this crate require less effort in building, but more on interacting with other people, which develops their social skills as well. My youngest looks interested with this crate too, so I won’t be surprised if the next time, she’ll be the one playing and having fun with this crate!
What do you think of this month’s Cricket Crate?