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 is all about COLOR MIXING.
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.
This crate addresses some basic science, but at a much simpler level than the Kiwi family crates designed for older kids. Here, parents help little ones mix together primary colors, observing as they create secondary colors. The booklet guides you through the process, encouraging you to frame the activity and ask questions that will help your child develop an understanding of the foundations of the scientific method, preparing them for more formal inquiry later on.
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, but this one is more focused on learning specific content, namely recognizing and understanding colors. 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 are some coffee filter butterflies we made, as suggested in the Activities to Try at Home section.
Cricket Crate Board Book (Bonus Upgrade!)
Every crate includes a little booklet as a gift — it is specially made for the create and always tracks the them of the box. The book for this month is entitled Olive’s Colorful Day.
The book is so cute, and the kids will surely love it as they bring back color into Olive’s life!
They also suggest some learning activities to try while you read the book. This book is set up to help your child understand cause and effect, as well as learning their shapes and colors.
The illustrations are colorful, well-drawn and really appeals to the kids. Make Olive green by touching the circle!
And my son did!
He turned Olive green!
This time, touching the purple triangle makes Olive’s toothpaste purple! It’s an interactive book that kids will enjoy.
Everything in the box!
Activity #1: Making Colors. For the first activity, we will be mixing some colors!
Materials included are plastic beakers, colored squares, stir stick, water, and a tray. We loved the little plastic beakers and have saved them for use on future crafts and experiments.
As we go along and mix them, we will record the resulting colors for each color combination. This is a great introduction to recording scientific results and paving the way for more in depth lab work later.
It was really fun seeing the colors change right before our eyes! I learned color mixing so long ago that I’d forgotten how magical it is to see a whole new color appear from two others. Here we got a lovely purple.
Adding red to yellow will give you… Orange!
Activity #2: Color Games. The next activity is a cool color game!
For this activity, the kids will need the game cards, felt circles, and the color cube, which were all provided in the crate.
Players need to pick 3 cards and turn them upside down, take turns in rolling the dice, and if the color in the dice matches the photo, they can place a corresponding colored felt circle on top. The first one to cover all three cards wins!
BONUS! Activity #3: Watercolor Art. The next fun activity is making a watercolor art!
For this activity, the kids will need colored paper shapes, watercolor paper, a tray, and some water. The colored paper bleeds when wet, so you can make some cool watercolor effects without all the mess!
After wetting the watercolor paper (do not drench), my son placed the colored paper shapes on top, overlapped them, then covered it up to dry. Here’s the cool end result of the watercolor art!
Learning about colors is a lot of fun, especially for kids who have just started to recognize them. It is really a magical experience for kids to see colors blending, creating new ones from mixing others. This crate caters to both kids and parents. Kids get to do fun crafts and explorations, while Wonder helps parents understand how kids process new information and develop new skills. It’s fun, entertaining, and educational!
What do you think of this month’s Cricket Crate?