Atlas Crate is a subscription from KiwiCo that specializes in geography and culture for children between ages 6 to 11 years old that sparks kids’ sense of adventure and curiosity, inspiring them to see themselves as citizens of the world. This box lets kids see and connect with the rest of the world, helping them grow beyond their own experience as they explore the globe.
KiwiCo also offers Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate and Cricket Crate (soon to be Tadpole Crate!). Atlas Crate is a great addition to the KiwiCo family as geography and exploration is always a favorite activity!
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Upon opening, we are welcomed by the cards and pamphlets that are essential to the activities. This subscription emphasizes learning through creative play as they provide in this box everything the kids might need. It builds a sense of adventure, an appreciation of other cultures, builds a sense of global citizenship and opportunity for parents and grandparents to bond with children.
Everything in the crate! The theme of this box is all about PERU!
The envelope has a string closure.
Voila! Every flap of the envelope has information about the box. We are also given a beautiful surprise of trivia cards filled with fascinating facts and photos.
We are finally introduced to our new Adventure tandem Anya the cricket and Milo the sandpiper.
There’s a card that lists all six tasks we need to accomplish in this crate.
They gave us a cute little Peru sticker.
Atlas Crate Adventure Book
My son placed the sticker on the front page of the Adventure Book.
The table of contents is on the edge of the page for easy reading, just like how a travel book works.
It’s a cute illustration of the country map with fast facts and where they have images drawn of Peru’s notable events, sports, places, or products from that particular location.
The kids located the beautiful country on our world map. There it is!
The Activity Book has some cool facts about the featured country, like wearing yellow underwear during New Year’s Eve!
It also features Milo and Anya’s journal, telling stories about their journey. And on the next page, it has a feature about Alpacas!
Next up is an article about one of Peru’s most famous tourist attractions, the Machu Picchu!
The Machu Picchu is an Incan place located high at the Andes Mountains. It was built in the 15th century, and then eventually abandoned, that causes intrigues and made it a really interesting place to visit. The next pages feature about the musical instrument, the Antara.
Atlas Crate Activities
One of the activities is making your own Antara, which is panpipe/panflute which consists of only one tier of pipes made of cane of different lengths which expresses each one a height. And it also features an activity for another mysterious location in Peru, the Nazca Lines.
Atlas Crate Recipe
The recipe for this month is the Quinua con leche, which means Quinoa Milk Pudding!
To make the pudding, you’ll need quinoa, water, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, salt, whole milk, and brown sugar. There are only 5 easy steps to follow to make the rich recipe. You can also add toppings on the finished treat like raisins, almonds, or sprinkles of cinnamon!
First up is preparing the ingredients.
After washing the quinoa, boil the quinoa in a mixture of water, cinnamon stick, salt, and cloves. Cover and simmer the quinoa until all water is absorbed.
Add sugar and milk, then simmer the mixture. Mix it uncovered until it gets creamy, it took us about 30 minutes to achieve that state.
Transfer to a bowl, removing the cinnamon stick, and cloves. Top it with raisins, nuts, or whatever toppings you would like, and enjoy! My kids loved this so much we’ve made it over and over again!
Atlas Crate Projects
Back to the adventure book!
They provided 3 different booklets for each activity: making a mini blanket and hat, the toad game which is known as Juego de Sapo, and building our own mini Alpaca!
Activity No. 1: Build Your Own Mini Alpaca. The first activity we did is making our own mini Alpaca.
The Alpaca is a species of South American camelid, similar to, and often confused with the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas. The two animals are closely related, and can successfully cross-breed.
To make our own, we’ll need the wood pieces, sticky foam shapes, and fluffy yarn.
After the pieces were fitted on their specific places, secured by sticky foam, and made stable, my daughter used the yarn to wrap the Alpaca in a fluff!
Here’s our fluffy Alpaca, standing on its own!
The activity booklet also provided some fun facts about the camel’s cousins which can also be found in Peru!
Activity No. 2: Play Juego de Sapo. After making the adorable fluffy Alpaca, the kids tried to play Juego de Sapo!
Sapo means toad, and for this game, we’ll be needing the following: plastic tray, pacer sheet, dowels, paper shapes, sticky foam shapes, coins, brads, clear rings, wood pieces, and from home you’ll need to get some pencil and paper.
First is setting up the whole game. The booklet provided easy to follow illustrations that the kids can just copy. Located at the bottom are instructions on how to play the game.
The set-up and the game itself looks cool! Look at that cute toad! (Whoops, his foot is out of place in this pic!)
My son tried to toss the coin on the dents of the tray, then tallied the scores after. He was so proud of himself for assembling the game and the kids had a great time playing!
Of course, each booklet has some stories and trivia to tell!
Activity No. 3: Make Your Own Mini Blanket & Hat. For the last activity, my kids made some accessories for the Alpaca!
We love how KiwiCo interweaves cultural details into the activity instructions.
The booklet taught us how to weave patterns. It’s really interesting, and incredibly detailed. My 9 year old had no problems following it start to finish with zero intervention.
Of course, my daughter took charge of making the woven patterns! She’s really good at this!
After making the blanket, she put it on the Alpaca, serving as its saddle.
Next is making the colorful hat!
I love how she came up with the beautiful pattern and color combinations!
Here are the finished products!
Our fluffy Alpaca looks hip!
I love how the patterns fit the Alpaca fabulously well! The kids are so happy about this final product! The weaving was pretty time intensive, but my daughter loves crafts like these, and she was extremely proud of her work! Plus, since we see so many Peruvian woven items in our home from other boxes, we were happy to inquire more deeply into Peruvian weaving culture and traditions.
We loved that Atlas Crate selected the beautiful country of Peru – not one of the top 5 countries you might expect to encounter in a box like this! The kids definitely learned a lot about Peruvian culture. Peru has lots to offer, and we’re so happy that the information provided by this crate made us feel like we’re really visiting. The recipe is quite good, the pudding is rich and creamy and the kids loved it. The game Juego de Sapo is a fun one! Making the Alpaca and its accessories is also a cool activity! The steps are so easy to follow and the kids didn’t have a hard time making them, as everything’s straightforward as well. Traveling is fun while feeding our minds at the same time, and without getting our feet tired!
What do you think of KiwiCo’s Atlas Crate?