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.
This month’s theme is SPACE SEARCH.
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. 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 is a parenting advice column and a brief overview of the magazine’s contents…
…as well as tips for play time!
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.
Cricket Crate Board Book (Bonus Upgrade!)
The book for this month is entitled Cricket Sees The Stars.
It is a perfect bedtime story for our kids. I love the cover art’s calming colors.
There are tips to enhance the learning experience while reading the story to your kids. It will make the experience more interactive and make the kids involved in conversational teaching.
In this page, we can be able to teach them about distinguishing different nonverbal cues and emotions. These pages are focused on the character and his different reactions in each particular sentiment.
The illustrations are really cute, making the story even more engaging.
Cricket Crate Materials & Activities
Everything inside my box! We have 5 felt shaped toys for our sensory play box, the sticks to use on the 2 colored paints for the ball activity, and the bedtime story book of course!
I’m glad that my son can now enjoy activity boxes! It’s his turn to have a blast!
This whole page is the detailed instruction guide for parents on how they will facilitate the learning experience with the sensory activity box.
First, we did the activity with the space box and the 5 felt shaped toys. I folded it up as instructed in the manual and put those felt shaped toys inside.
I pointed at the rocket shape outside the box, hopeful that he can match it. In this picture, he found the felt rocket shaped toy correctly by feeling it before pulling it out.
We did it repeatedly until he got the hang of the activity. He was able to do it with flying colors.
For the second activity, I unfolded the box and had him match the felt shaped toys to their corresponding image. I’m happy that he did a terrific job!
My son had fun with this activity! We emptied the Cricket Crate box and placed the white sticker sheet at the center of the box as instructed.
The materials needed are the 2 little bottles of paints, 2 sticks for dabbing, the sticker sheet and the ball to spread the colors.
He watched me when I did it first with a couple of red and yellows at the edges and had him try it after. He loves paint!
We put the ball inside and we closed it. And then the real fun started for him! I had him shake the box for a good 30 seconds!
When we opened it voila! We made an abstract artwork! The ball looks good covered in paint too. We let it dry quickly before peeling off the sticker planets.
A winning smile from my son! I encouraged him to stick the planets he made on the box and look how happy he is!
He wants to play with the box more. This time, we played the scavenger hunt. I hid the felt shapes in different parts of the room and when he found them all I let him do the matching activity again.
Cricket Crate made it easier for us to teach according to his skills during this age. Kids are usually curious and just wants to touch and play with everything. These activities will help him through this developmental stage. It’s both a challenge and a fun experience for my son. He enjoyed the shaking of the paintball inside the box. When we saw the art effect it made, it was like magic for him. I also like the bedtime storybook. It was easy for us to teach my son with it and he loved the cute images. The kids grow up so fast! He reached a milestone and is old enough to enjoy activity boxes. And now he wants more!
What do you think of this month’s Cricket Crate?