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 will be known as Tadpole Crate soon, but the changeover isn’t yet complete.
This month is all about MOVE WITH ME.
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!
Everything in the box!
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 a child’s developing gross motor skills.
All of the KiwiCo family of boxes strive to mix educational content with fun activities. The kids practice their basic cognitive, emotional, and physical skills, and parents can read about the changes they see in their growing child. 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 Indoor Play!
Cricket Crate Board Book (Bonus Upgrade!)
We also got this cute board book as a bonus. It’s cute!
The book for this month is entitled Olive’s Jumping Problem.
Each month, the book tracks the theme of the box and lets your child see a sympathetic character deal with and overcome the same challenges they face.
While you read the book, you can also try the suggested activities with the kids!
Inside the board book is Olive and her friends. The illustration is nice too which I think is appropriate for their target age.
Uh oh, it looks like Olive isn’t good in jumping rope. The illustrations show Olive loosening up her muscles before trying again.
My older kid is reading to his younger brother. How sweet!
Activity #1: Scorekeeper Training. This fun activity teaches kids how to count and trace. Aside from helping them learn numbers at a young age, it enhances the kids’ motor skills, too.
There are several numbers included in the box as well as the tracing materials. Since young kids are still learning how to grip properly, a chubby crayon is included.
Look who’s trying out the Scorekeeper Training! He’s having fun with it!
It’s great that it comes with a cloth to wipe out the drawings so you can reuse it as many times as you want. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
My son got into the groove of drawing. He is quite serious following the number on the Scorekeeper Training!
Activity #2: Move Your Body. The next activity is all about developing gross motor skills and impulse control. It works in conjunction with the Scorekeeper Training.
You’ll get all the materials needed for the games that will require the players to jump, toss, and even balance. They are all colorful and kid-friendly!
All the bands are looped to create different sized circles. My older son is teaching his brother how to play the game. It’s a great opportunity for them to work together constructively.
Aren’t they adorable? The younger one is mimicking his older brother. It’s nice watching them play!
My son is practicing his balancing skills. He looks quite happy with his new game!
Aside from the activity mentioned in the kit, kids can also use their imagination and create their own game using the materials.
Cricket Crate is always fun, educational, and kid-friendly. This month’s activities are simple yet enjoyable. My kids had a great time with the movement activities. Though everything is geared toward my younger son, both my boys enjoyed the activities together. Of course, the board book is an awesome bonus, too, and fun to read together. My kids look forward to reading the book every month, because the characters are always cute and interesting. We save them for whenever we need a light read for bedtime!
What do you think of this month’s Cricket Crate?