Koala Crate is a monthly subscription box from KiwiCo for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. It is educational and always hands-on. The activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate and enriching while also keeping it engaging, fun, and universally appealing.
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This month’s Koala Crate theme was BUGS! As always, the box comes with all the supplies needed to create a trio of fun, age-appropriate crafts — plus it has a magazine with extra games and activities!
There are two books that will come in your Koala Crate. imagine! magazine is “a play and learn magazine” made for you and your preschooler to explore together. My son loves it! I like that the instruction booklet is separate from the magazine, so you can preview the activity while your child works on the activities in the booklet.
Imagine! magazine contains information relevant to the theme so your child learns a bit about the topic while having fun with the craft and play activities. The information is provided in an age-appropriate format and always feels like a game, not schoolwork.
A fun story introduces your child to the theme of the box. The same group of friendly characters is featured each month, and the familiar faces encourage engagement.
There are lots of activities that can keep the kids busy. It contains fun stuff like mazes, puzzles, word hunts, and find-the-difference and matching games.
There is also a lot to learn from the booklet, like knowing the different unbelievable bugs.
The kids wasted no time and started with the booklet.
There are so many activities in the booklet, the kids took turns in doing them all.
Everything in this month’s box!
Koala Crate Crafts
The instruction booklet is intended for the adult helper and gives detailed instructions for the activity.
It lists all the supplies, the 3 primary activities, the messiness level, and any grownup assistance needed. They have also include symbols denoting the developmental skills practiced in doing the activity, such as fine or gross motor skills, creativity, etc.
For this crate, we are making some bug dress-up items, a ladybug pouch, and a bug matching game!
You can visit the Koala Crate website to find more ideas about this month’s theme.
Bug Dress-Up. The first activity provided us with a felt cape, felt cape stickers, a headband, and a pipe cleaner.
My boys created a pattern of the felt stickers on the felt cape.
They also used some of the stickers to decorate the headband with the pipe cleaner, which serves as the antenna.
My son tried it on, he looks ready to take flight!
Bug Eye Viewer. Just peek through the end of this viewer so you’ll have an idea how bugs see!
This is how the bugs see the world around them. It’s really fascinating but we’re okay on how we see things, thank you. At least the kids have an idea…
Ladybug Pouch. To make the pouch, the crate provided us with some felt pouch, felt ladybug stickers, string, foam button, and wiggly eyes.
After completing the pouch, my son tried to look at the finished pouch through the lens of the bug eye viewer. You can use it to store the viewer or the cards!
Bug Matching Game. There’s also a set of hexagonal bug cards so that the kids can play a matching game!
To start, put all the cards face down, and during your turn, flip open two cards, and if they match, you can keep the cards. The winner has the most number of cards, which means he was able to match more bugs. My 4 year old won the first round!
Koala Crate Extension Activities
You can also make some colorful butterflies! The booklet listed all the materials and instructions to make them. There are even suggestions for further reading on the subject. This month’s recommended books are Bugs Galore by Peter Stein and Bob Staake, How Many Bugs In A Box by David A. Carter, and The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer.
This is a great box that teaches the kids about what else they can explore outside the house! The booklet had tons of activities and I can tell that my kids enjoyed each activity – and my 8 year old had no problem assisting my preschooler with the crafts, which was awesome! The crafts are all fun and easy to do. Now, they have an idea about how the bugs see us! The crate also provided all the materials needed to make the crafts, so there’ll be no worries about where and how we will finish them easily. This is a great box that teaches the kids a lot of stuff, and at the same time, have fun in making all of them! This is also ideal not just for kids and their parents, but also grannies, babysitters, or other caregivers to give the kids some wonderful quality time.
Have you tried Koala Crate? What did you think of this month’s theme?