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 is RAINFOREST! 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.
One of KiwiCo’s goals is to equip the next generation of innovators with the tools and confidence for creative exploration and problem-solving.
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.
It also introduces us to the layers of the rainforest!
The illustrations are animated and engaging. They relate their games to the theme which makes it very exciting for the kids.
Your kids will definitely learn a little bit about the top beyond the projects, as imagine! provides some background – at least enough to provide some context and tie the cartoon in with the projects.
The style of the magazine makes it very appealing for pre-readers, too.
My son definitely enjoyed the activities in the magazine!
It’s a fun read, plus it stimulates the children’s minds! It’s definitely one of the best items you can get inside the crate!
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.
Everything this month’s box!
Every activity tells you the required materials, engagement questions to ask your child, step by step instructions, and play ideas. Though most crafts are self-explanatory, they have helpful illustrations and clear instructions, so it’s hard to go wrong.
The first activity is making a butterfly puppet. For this activity, we’ll need the butterfly puppet, felt stickers, and wiggle eyes.
My son added more details on the caterpillar!
He added some alternating black and white stripes, and a pair of wiggle eyes.
He also decorated the butterfly’s wings.
The felt stickers were fun and easy to use!
The butterfly looks so adorable!
When it was done, my son had played with the puppet too. He was quite imaginative as he came up with a story for the butterfly.
The next activity is making a musical rainstick! For this activity, we’ll need a tube, tube insert, rainforest stickers, caps, and wood beads.
My son started by taking off some stickers from the sheet and adhering them to the tube.
The design looks great! Then, he filled the tube with wood beads and enclosed it with caps.
He’s ready to play beautiful music with his rainstick! It sounds awesome and kind of soothing when shaken lightly.
The last activity for this crate is the balancing tree game and we need the tree topper, pompoms, soft and scratchy dots, tweezers, pompom box, rainforest stickers, and the rainstick (some of the items are shared with the second activity).
My son is decorating the branches of his tree!
After arranging the branches on the rainstick/tube, he’s now ready to balance the pompoms on them! With the tweezers, he picked up the different sized pompoms and placed it on the branches.
Here are the pompoms, perfectly balanced on top of his tree!
This is a really fun activity! When not in use, the kids can keep the pompoms and tweezers inside the pompom box!
Koala Crate Extension Activities
Another suggested activity from the booklet is making our own Venus Flytrap! For this, you can use items from your home, such as a paper plate, scissors, markers, and pompoms. There are also book suggestions in the Koala Library, which includes The Umbrella, Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme, and Amazing Animals Rainforest Romp.
This month’s Koala Crate introduced the kids to the beauty of the rainforest! The projects are all fun to do and they also brought out my son’s creativity. Most materials are already included in the box so there are fewer worries in doing all the activities. The activities also required only a little help and supervision from adults. If you have preschoolers, or kids who love awesome and fun activities, get this box and have fun together!
Have you tried KiwiCo’s Koala Crate? What did you think of this month’s theme?