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 MECHANICAL SWEEPER! Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
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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. This month it is the Whale Tales!
They include lots of historical and scientific information relating to the current theme.
They also talk about the current theme of how it works and relates to real life.
They effectively use different kinds of illustrations to stress learning facts. Real images, diagrams, and even a mini comic strip was used.
How whales talk and listen are explained in this article.
These are the materials needed for our project! They are grouped and separated neatly in packs.
Kiwi Crate Crafts
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!
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.
There’s also a list of all the supplies they provided for the crafts.
Each activity comes with easy to follow instructions. First, we’ll do the Watercolor Whales!
Here’s everything from the crate for this activity: paper whales, watercolor paint set, and salt. From home, you’ll need a cup of water, scrap paper, and paper towels.
This activity unleashed my son’s creative juices!
This is actually a great take on a whale’s color. The combination is fantastic!
The next activity is the Mechanical Sweeper! Part A of this activity is building the wheel.
The second part is constructing the actual bin.
They provided all the materials for the activity, including the sweeper wheel, sweeper bin, small wheels, frame pieces, handle, rubber rings, brads, paper sticker, beads, foam stickers, and pom poms.
After building the wheel or the “sweeper,” my son slid it on the tabs.
He made sure that the dowels fit perfectly!
After he finished building the whole thing, he tried the sweeper if it rolls by checking if the wheels are sticking out.
Now we’ll try to sweep off the little pom poms!
I am in awe that my son was able to do such kind of machine. It may be simple engineering, but it’s really awesome! I am so proud that he was able to build a simple machine that actually works!
He’s trying the sweeper, and works really well! Look how it easily rolls and sweeps small stuff!
The kids aren’t just making a sweeper but they’re actually doing simple ENGINEERING! They included extra papers to make your own side designs too for additional art fun.
There are other great activities to make the kids occupied, like making a toy for whale ball toss…
Kiwi Crate is a great subscription to introduce the kids to various concepts of science and engineering and mix it with arts and crafts. They always supply us with fantastic crafts and activities, which allows the kids to learn a lot of stuff while having fun. All the hands-on activities are engaging, and there are even recipes and creative activities that we can do together. This box is really intended for ages 5-8 but appeals to all age ranges, even to us adults. So if you’re looking for an activity box that will keep the kids busy for hours while teaching them some science and history, and have fun with yummy recipes, this is the perfect box!
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