Atlas Crate is a monthly subscription from KiwiCo that specializes in geography and culture for children between ages 6 to 11 years old. This box is designed to spark kids’ sense of adventure and curiosity, inspiring them to see themselves as citizens of the world. Kids can 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, Tadpole Crate, and Eureka Crate. Atlas Crate is a great addition to the KiwiCo family as geography and exploration is always a favorite activity!
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This month’s box is all about AUSTRALIA!
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 cute envelope uses a string closure.
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 introduced to Anya the cricket and Milo the sandpiper.
Here’s a list of all six tasks we need to accomplish in this crate.
Atlas Crate Adventure Book
The first item we got is a sticker that represents this month’s featured country, Australia!
We placed the sticker on the front page of the Adventure Book.
That’s our 8th! And we’re looking forward to more countries to explore!
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 Australia’s notable events, sports, places, or products from that particular location.
Atlas Crate Activities
These pages feature the beginning of the adventures of Anya and Milo in Australia.
More than half of the land mammals in Australia are marsupials. There’s a feature about them in this booklet!
Marsupials in Australia include koalas, sugar gliders, wombats, quokkas, and tasmanian devils.
Another page features a famous landmark in Australia, the Uluru rock formation!
They even provided a detailed step-by-step procedure in making your own fiber sculpture dog and some info about kolap, a tree that produces seeds that children in Murray Island or Mer play with.
Atlas Crate Recipe
This month’s recipe is for Anzac biscuits! This cookie is named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who bravely served the country during the first World War.
There’s a list of ingredients and easy to follow steps accompanied by illustrations.
Of course, we had to try it for ourselves! My daughter did the measurements for the ingredients. Here, she’s doing the baking soda and warm water mixture. It will be added to the cookie mix later.
My older son put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
In another bowl, my younger son put other ingredients like sugar, oats, coconut, and flour.
Now, it’s time to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients!
When everything has been mixed well, my son started to scoop up the dough and transfer them to the baking sheet.
Next step is to bake it for 10 – 12 minutes until it becomes golden brown.
Here are our finished Anzac biscuits! My kids had lots of fun baking and they also enjoyed munching on the final product. The cookies have just the right sweetness.
As an Atlas Crate ritual, my kids located Australia on our world map! There it is!
Atlas Crate Projects
For this month’s Atlas Crate projects, we’re making Hopping Kangaroo and Coral Reef!
Activity No. 1: Make Your Own Hopping Kangaroo. For this activity, the crate provided body pieces, legs, spacers, tail, sticky foam, black rins, stick, suction cup, plastic insert, grassy launchpad, and clear bands.
Some kangaroos can hop faster than 35 miles an hour!
They can cover 25 feet in a single leap, and can jump up to 6 feet high!
This is what I love about this crate, they provide detailed and step-by-step instructions for every activity.
The key to this project is in the kangaroo’s feet and tail, that’s why we started there.
My son made sure that the stick is centered, and that the suction cup, black rings, and clear bands are properly placed.
Once he assured that everything is properly placed, he then locked them out using the kangaroo’s body.
To test, place the kangaroo on the grassy launchpad, then press it down hard and evenly on both sides of the stick.
When the suction cup touches the launchpad, let it go and wait!
Our kangaroo really jumped so high!
Here are more fun facts about the kangaroos!
Activity No. 2: Make Your Own Coral Reef. For the second activity, the crate provided foam rocks, coral shapes, clear blue sheet, stickers, base, swabs, liquid watercolors, and cups.
A coral reef is the outer skeletons of zillions of tiny sea creatures called coral polyps.
The biggest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, lies just off the coast of Australia, in the shallows of the Coral Sea. It covers roughly 133,000 square miles — that’s about the size of Italy!
There are two primary procedures to get this project done. The first part is by coloring the corals and the second is the assembling of the reefs.
Using the swabs, color the reefs depending on your preference.
My daughter enjoyed the coloring part of the project, she even mixes some colors to the reefs.
Once done with the coloring part, she made the background using the clear blue sheet and stickers. She simply placed the stickers on the sheet, and it’s done!
The last step is to place the background sheet and all the colored coral reefs on the base and foam rocks.
Our coral reefs are looking great! My daughter did a good job with the colors!
Like the first project, we also got a card that contains fun facts about the coral reefs.
This month’s Atlas Crate introduced us to the wonders of Australia. My kids definitely loved everything about this crate, from the booklet to the activities! They’ve learned a lot of interesting things about Australia, most especially about kangaroos and coral reefs. As usual, the projects are so informative and challenging. I love how they help bring out the best in my kids. Having this box is really a great way for the kids to be introduced to other culture, traditions, places, and even food. We can’t wait for the next one!
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