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.
Kiwi Crate is the most popular craft and activity subscription box for kids!
This month’s theme is MECHANICAL MINI GOLF!
Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
Build a miniature golf course with an elastic-powered putter. Harness the power of physics, energy transfer, and chain reactions to score a hole in one! Then up the ante by designing four different golf course obstacles — a chomper, a flag raiser, a windmill, and a set of clay bow
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.
Tinker, Create, Innovate
KiwiCo equips the next generation of innovators with the tools and confidence for creative exploration and problem solving.
There is always a comic featuring Steve the Kiwi and his pals.
This magazine also includes a lot of historical and scientific information relating to the current theme, Chain Reaction!
This month’s featured activity is the Chain Reaction Machine, where the kids will draw their own silly machine!
This article is about the Science of Energy Transfer, and the other page features how dominos work!
They also included an activity where the kids will build a marshmallow flinger.
Another activity to explore is playing the putt-putt puzzle!
Kiwi Crate Crafts
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 Mechanical Mini Golf!
For the first activity, we’re making a Golf Putter!
The booklet provides detailed instruction and some illustrations to help us finish the project easily.
For this activity, the crate provided the following: putter stand, crossbar, ball holder, golf club, rubber bands, elastic, round dowel, straws, rubber rings, clear marble, golf hole, and felt green.
To make the golf hole, we just need to attach it to the felt green.
It’s the easiest thing to do on this part, so my son already finished it.
Now, it’s time to make the putter! Before anything else, he thoroughly read the instructions.
He started to assemble the putter!
After making the putter, he placed the clear marble in front of it.
The simple mechanism of this putter will make this mini golf game fun and easy!
To try the putter, we put the felt green on a distance so we can see if the putter can putt the ball on it, or how strong it is to drive the ball to the hole.
The next activity is making Golf Obstacles! First, we made a chomper using brown sticky foam, crocodile head, chomper stand, long dowel holders, round dowel, rubber rings, completed golf putter, clear marble, and wiggle eyes.
The chomper is fun to build, thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions in the booklet. The next part would be building a flag raiser!
Here are the materials we need to build the croc chomper!
The last decoration to the croc’s head is the wiggle eyes!
Here’s the chomper ready for the game!
We just need to attach this cute guy on the completed golf putter, and we’re good to play a game of golf with a fun obstacle!
Next obstacle is a flag raiser! For this one, the crate provided base stands, brown sticky foam, rubber bands, black marble, square dowel, foam donut, crank, flag, short dowel holders, flag raiser body, completed golf putter, and clear marble.
Like the croc chomper, this is also easy to assemble.
Rubber bands and elastics are really useful for this crate activity. Most of the mechanisms work with them!
My son is tested out if the flag will raise once the ball was putt in the hole…
And there’s the flag! It displays WOW! once you are able to putt the ball in the hole.
This obstacle is really encouraging, right?
The front of the obstacle looks plain, but wait until you putt the ball in hole!
It’s like the obstacle is screaming GOAL! but instead, it says WOW!
For the third obstacle, we’re making a wind mill!
Here are the things provided by the crate to make the windmill: windmill body, wind up motor, propellers, base stands, double-sided sticky foam, brown sticky foam, rubber band, the completed golf putter, and clear marble.
We all think that this is the most exciting of all the obstacles. It even came with a motor!
The kids were really busy attaching this last obstacle.
We also tested the motor, if it’s able to make the windmill’s propeller move!
It’s time to see if the propellers work! We’re also excited to attach it to the golf putter!
The windmill is looking great! It actually looks like a small fan. We’re ready for all the obstacles we’ve made!
Aside from the golf putter, we’re also making clay bowls to serve as holes when we putt!
We got a pack of air dry clays which comes in the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow!
It time to form the bowls! My kids chose a color that they’ll make into bowls.
They also used clear marble to measure how big the bowls would be.
They formed different bowls and even shapes with the clay!
Here’s everything in our mini-golf course!
It’s really fun to make all of the parts of this month’s activity! And now, we’re excited to play, after all the hardwork in making and finishing all of these!
The booklet even introduced a fun recipe for drizzled om-nom-dominoes! 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 gives us so much fun, from building the project to playing with it! This month’s project is awesome, we all had fun in assembling all of the components of our mechanical mini-golf project, especially the obstacles and the putter. Now, we’re ready to set everything up and start playing! Aside from the complete set of materials needed to make all the activities, the box also included The Explore magazine which is a really impressive and special inclusion in the box. The instructions provided were all easy to follow! Fun and learning came hand in hand in this box, and we’re all so happy with it!
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