Kiwi Crate is a kids’ craft and activity subscription that comes with everything you need to complete a great project or two, usually a pair of crafts that can be used as toys or playtime props. The box is geared for ages 5-8, and the projects are always age-appropriate, though some require more parental assistance than others.
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This month’s theme is POLARIZED LIGHT!
Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
Explore how polarized filters work using magnified models. Experiment with special sunglasses and discover the effects of polarized light. Then use what you learned to craft a couple of color-changing artworks that dazzle in the sun.
An issue of explore magazine is included in every Crate. It is full of fun content that brings the project to life. explore! has read, draw, learn, explore, eat, and make designated activities. There is really a lot to look at and read – a comic, puzzles, and games – and it really extends your young one’s engagement with the Crate. Each expands on the theme of the box, whether through factoids, drawing activities, or recipes, but the variation is helpful for engaging different learning styles and interests.
There is always a comic featuring Steve the Kiwi and his pals.
This magazine also includes a lot of scientific information relating to the current theme. They even have an article about the science behind polarized light.
We can see the difference between polarized and unpolarized light using sunglasses, tinted car window, and computer screen.
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The second booklet that comes in every crate is the actual instruction booklet for the crafts, and it often includes additional activities beyond the extension projects included in explore!
Every Kiwi Crate comes with a unique Steve sticker (like your merit badge for completing the box). The first box of an annual subscription includes a poster for displaying your earned stickers.
The booklet contains a list of all the supplies they provided for the crafts. It also has a rating of messiness and parental involvement for each activity.
Here are all the items we need for this month’s Polarized Activity!
For our first activity, we are tasked to make a Fish Suncatcher!
This booklet provides detailed instruction and some illustrations, to help you finish the project with ease!
To make this activity, we need a clear fish, clear square, double-sided sticky dots, wiggle eyes, box, frame, hanger, T-piece, snaps, suction cups, and large square filter.
My kids were so excited, they immediately started peeling off the double-sided dot stickers.
The first step is to place the double-sided sticky dots onto each gray circle inside the light blue box base, then carefully stick the paper screen on top that will work as the background.
Once you made sure that the grey background is properly attached on the frame, you can now place the completed fish panel inside the base face up.
Put the box cover back on, and double check if the logo is on the same side as the hanger tabs. Peel the film off both sides of the circle filter and place it on the top of the box.
Place the frame on top of the circle, and lock it on the box using the snap. Lastly, poke a suction cup through each hole in the hanger and make sure both cups point away from the box cover.
Here’s how the fish suncatcher looks like when done!
Place your fish suncatcher on your window! My kids had fun checking out the stunning effect as the sun’s rays pass through the suncatcher.
Once you rotate the circle film, you can easily see the changes in the background color, most especially the color of the fish.
As we rotated the film, the fish’s color turned to color blue from its initial color which is orange. So amazing!
The second activity is the Sunglasses Experiment!
For this activity, we used model filters, model light wave, polarized sunglasses, experiment cards, polarized circle, and small and large polarized square.
The activity is pretty simple, all you need to do is to grab the model light wave and slide it through the model filter. Then put on the polarized sunglasses and see how they block out some of the light around you.
This last activity is called Color-Changing Art!
For this project, we used the completed suncatcher, clear square, clear stickers, paper shapes, and double-sided sticky dots.
The first step is to put the clear stickers on the clear square. Afterward, choose your favorite paper shape and stick it onto the square.
Once done, open your completed fish suncatcher using the T-piece and replace the fish panel with the new piece of art stickers and repeat the process.
Aside from the three projects we also got two additional experiments, namely Two Polarized Filters and Finding Rainbows.
The back of each card features information you need to complete the experiment. They also have an observation table where you can make a hypothesis about each experiment.
Every Crate includes extension activities. This month it’s called True Color and it’s a color-changing experiment.
The booklet even introduced us to some of the super sea creatures who can see the difference between polarized and unpolarized lights. This includes octopus, cuttlefish, and lookdown fish.
The booklet even introduced a fun recipe for jellies! The other page also features a quiz, and they also encourage your kids to email a letter or picture to Steve, and if it is published, they’ll be sending you a plush kiwi
Kiwi Crate is definitely one of the best crates when it comes to fun learning activities for kids! This is an effective way to introduce your kids to scientific concepts by showing them how it actually works, making it much easier to understand. Among the activities this month, my kids enjoyed the fish suncatcher the most. They’re amazed by how it changes colors and they were also thrilled to know the science behind it. It’s really great to see how eager and determined they are to finish each activity. Aside from the main activities, they were also excited to try the extension activities. Overall, we’re happy and we think it’s perfect way to spend some quality time with the whole family!
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