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 PLAYING WITH PUZZLES!
Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
Engineer a pair of linkage-powered critters that stick their tongues out when you pull a tab, then use them to play a felt fly-catching game. Paint your critters with thermochromic paint that changes color when heated. Finish off by crafting a set of color-changing coasters!.
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 including some colorful inventions!
First things first, the kid read the magazine and they really loved it!
Their favorite part of the magazine is the comic strip with Steve the Kiwi.
Here’s a cool feature on the map of our mind!
One of the suggested activities for the kids’ playtime is the brain teasers. They can choose from the easy shape-shifter game to the hard fish sticks game.
The magazine also encourages the kids to make their own jigsaw puzzles. There’s also a tangram activity on the other side of the page.
Kiwi Crate Crafts
The second booklet in the 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 puzzle activities!
For the Shape-Stacking puzzle, we need to build the dispenser. We used the following materials: side panels, front panel, back piece, top piece, sticky foam, foam ramp, slotted foam piece, combs, doors, rubber rings, game shapes, Kiwi Crate box, and some elastics.
Like any other building activity, the magazine also comes with troubleshooting, if ever you encountered some problems with what you are building or crafting.
The pieces are actually really easy to attach to each other. The panels have dedicated slots that go with the other parts.
The kids already attached the doors to the panel.
In every step that you accomplish, you can always stop and check to see if you’re on the right track!
The kids are looking at the instructions and seeing to it that every step is followed and done.
After finishing the shape dispenser and the game board, they can finally play the puzzle game! It’s like a manual game of Tetris!
They tried if the doors open and will dispense the puzzle pieces.
The game works almost like the computer/video game. They just have to pull out the lowest door and release the shape, then find a place on the puzzle board and make the puzzle pieces fit. The fewer the empty spaces left, the better they did at the puzzle!
They randomly placed the shapes on the doors of the dispenser!
Now, let’s see how they will pull this off, if they can complete the puzzle with less blank spaces!
The dispenser is a great way to keep the puzzle pieces organized, and make the game more exciting by dispensing out random shapes!
Here, a puzzle piece shaped like a letter C was released!
We can’t help but get excited whenever we get a new piece from the dispenser. This is so much fun!
It’s time to place the first few pieces on the bottom part of the board.
Continue putting the puzzle pieces until the board is filled with them.
You just need to count the blank spaces left on the board, those that are not occupied by the puzzle pieces. The fewer they are, the better you did with the puzzle, and if it’s a game, you won!
The next activity is making puzzle pictures, where the kids can arrange the game shapes to make images!
For this, we used the completed game board and some clips.
We also used the game shapes to create the pictures.
The box provided us with some pieces of paper, crayons, and an art mat.
The kids need to remove the game board from its stand and attach some clips on the frame.
Lay down the puzzle pieces on the art mat, and you can form any shape that you like. The instructions gave us some pictures that we can do like a robot, a cat, or a lizard!
The kids did the robot. They placed a paper on top of the shapes and traced the shape on to the paper using a crayon.
Playing with puzzles is really fun, and this month, the box provided us with enjoyable and interesting activities!
The booklet gave us a fun and yummy recipe to try, which is the Tangram Toast! The other page features the answers/solutions to the puzzles we encountered in the magazine. 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.
We wrapped up another fun and engaging activity from the awesome Kiwi Crate! The activities are always challenging, exciting, and interesting, and my kids definitely love them! This month’s puzzle activity is a winner. Aside from solving fun puzzles like the tangrams, they learned simple engineering in making the puzzle shapes dispenser! They even got to showcase their artistic side in making the puzzle pictures! As a parent, I am happy to get this box for the kids as they learn a lot of stuff while spending quality and fun time with the whole family!
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