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 NIGERIA!
There are more than 500 languages in Nigeria. Sannu is just one of the ways they say hello!
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.
You can explore more online after you get your box with additional activities and book suggestions! Atlas Crate recommends Why The Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale and Catch That Goat! A Market Day in Nigeria.
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 Nigeria’s notable events, sports, places, or products from that particular location.
As an Atlas Crate ritual, the kids located the beautiful country on our world map. There it is!
These pages feature the start of the adventures of Anya and Milo in Nigeria.
They take us with them in their adventure through reading their journal as they explore the beautiful country and share with us their activities.
The information cards have holes at the edge so we can attach it in our special Atlas Crate metal rings that makes it like a travel book.
They talk about the notable places they’ve been in the country and the exotic animals they found.
Atlas Crate Activities
It’s nice to know more traditional games we can try out. This is Okwe, a Nigerian game that takes an alert eye and swift moves. It is like their version of us playing Jackstones.
This box will not be complete without creative activities depending on the culture or tradition of the country featured. Now, we are making a traditional Nigerian mask!
The instructions were simple and illustrated beautifully. My son did some folding, cutting and flipping until he formed a symmetrical pattern using two colored papers of black and yellow.
The Nigerians wear their masks high on their heads like a hat during the Gelede festival so my son also tried that.
We used tape to put them securely together.
Atlas Crate Recipe
There are delicacies for every country and it’s a goal for a traveler to try them out! For Nigeria, there’s Shuku Shuku which is a delectable coconut treat!
These are the steps to make a Shuku Shuku. The ingredients are listed as well as the detailed instructions with illustration. It’s a fun activity for the kids because they get to make their own tasty snack.
The kids got the ingredients mixed up and rolled the coconut mixture into a ball and coated it with the flour mixture and put them one by one on the baking sheet.
They smell so good! We baked it for 15 minutes and they looked so yummy!
Our adventure book is growing!
Atlas Crate Projects
They provided 2 different booklets for the activities.
Activity No. 1: Play Derrah. It’s like Tic Tac Toe but on a bigger scale.
Whoever makes three sets of three in a row wins!
Here are more tips for playing Derrah!
We have wooden blocks of yellow and green representing each player.
The kids are doing the dropping off stage.
It’s a fun game that requires strategic thinking! They played this game for quite a while, and invented some of their own games, too!
Activity No. 2: Make Your Own Adire Eleko Pouch. Adire Eleko is the fabric or the traditional cloth used by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
All the materials are provided including canvas bag, stencils, paintbrush, paper insert, paint pens, wax pencil, mess mat, and cups.
Here are the instructions for our last activity!
Some fast facts about the activity before we proceed!
The instructions also included how to sharpen the wax pencil.
We taped the stencils directly on the traditional cloth as we fill the design in with wax pencil. It is secure and won’t budge out of place.
We empty the paint and mixed each color with water.
They painted in every square with a different color and it’s beautiful how the color resists the wax pencil part, retaining its design.
We got ourselves a colorful new pouch inspired by Nigerian tradition!
We love our finished product! The gradient of different colors worked so well. Each child did one side, which worked great for sibling sharing.
Now we can place our game board and wooden pieces here.
As usual, this crate did not disappoint. There’s a vast range of activities in the box that the kids enjoyed. Baking those coconut goodies is fun! Painting the pouch, making a mask, and playing Derrah are new experiences too. Atlas Crate’s activities have always been interactive. It enhances their abilities and social skills as well. We also got a lot of information about the country they featured especially their traditions. We get a piece of adventure on every activity they give us. I’m excited about the next box and for the kids to learn more new things. What has really struck me about Atlas Crate is that we’re really going into each country and their unique traditions and culture, instead of merely visiting a region. We really like that we’ve visited quite a few countries that have had no mention in other around the world subscriptions for kids. I think the KiwiCo attention to detail plus the country selections makes this subscription super special!
What do you think of KiwiCo’s Atlas Crate?