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 RUSSIA!
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!
Privyet means hi in Russia!
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 also introduced to Anya the cricket and Milo the sandpiper.
One of the flaps has Atlas Quest, which you’ll need to fill out after exploring the country!
Each month, we get a sticker that represents the featured countrya. This month’s sticker features the famous Russian dolls called Matryoshka!
We placed all the sticker on the Adventure Book, along with the other countries that we have already explored!
The table of contents is on the edge of the page for easy reading, just like how a travel book works.
This booklet also comes with a cute illustration of the country’s map with some fun facts and drawings of Russia’s notable events, sports, places, or products from that particular location.
My kids are pointing out where Russia is on our world map. It’s pretty huge, they easily saw it!
These pages feature the beginning of the adventures of Anya and Milo in Russia.
One of their first stops is The Hermitage, which is considered to be Russia’s greatest museum. It consists of five outstanding buildings beside the Neva river and St. Petersburg.
Russia is also known for its cute but surely dangerous Siberian Tigers. These huge cuts are normally found in the birch forests and snowy mountain ranges of Eastern Russia. They are also considered to be the world’s largest, heaviest, and fluffiest tiger.
Featured on this part of the booklet are some reasons why Siberian Tigers survive in one of the coldest places in the world and how they acquire their unique hunting ability. Another page gives us a bit of information about ballet!
French ballet was first introduced in Russia in the 1700’s, and combining it with the Russian folk-dance tradition resulted in new heights!
Also included in the booklet is a recipe for Pryaniki, or Russian Honey Spice Cookies!
Aside from the booklet, we also got a promotional card about KiwiCo kits that make ideal gifts.
The back of the card says that there are gifts for all ages and all price points, and you’ll see them at the KiwiCo Store online!
For this month’s Atlas Crate projects, we’re making St. Basil’s Cathedral and Gorodki!
Activity #1: Gorodki. The crate has already provided everything we needed to complete each project. For this first activity, we used pins, bat, tape, and cards.
Featured at the back of the booklet are some fun facts about Gorodki.
The goal of playing this exciting game is knocking out all the pins out of the playing field in just one throw.
Gorodki is a very old Russian game. The basic idea is to knock out all the pins, like you do in bowling. But instead of rolling a ball to knock them out, you’re tossing a bat!
We started off by setting up the field using the purple tape to form a square shape with a measure of 20 cm on all sides.
Once the field is established, the player has to pick a card at random and set-up the five pins to match in the picture.
For this round, we got the kolodets which also means well in English.
Start the game by taking a step or two back from the table and throw the bat at the formation.
The winner of the game is the one who was able to knock off all the pins for a lesser number of times.
Activity #2: St. Basil’s Cathedral. For the next project, we’re making a replica of St. Basil’s Cathedral! It’s a multi-stage activity that needs you to build the towers, construct the dome, assemble, and build the box lid.
This one also features some interesting facts about St. Basil’s Cathedral.
For the first part, which is building the tower, we used the tower pieces roof piece and sticky foam rectangles.
For the second to the fourth part of the project, we used the dome pieces, markers, paper sticks, clear rings, box lid, circle stickers, side strip, box base, and the completed towers, domes, and box lid.
The instruction sheet is so helpful since it’s well-detailed. The addition of colorful pictures makes it a lot easier for us to figure out what it should look like when done.
My daughter grabbed the short towers, then folded in the two small tabs and stuck them together using the sticky foam rectangles.
The next step is to color and decorate the dome pieces using the markers. My son tried it out and he really enjoyed!
Here’s another sample work, and this time it’s made by my daughter. She used blue, purple, green, and a lining of yellow, red, white, for one of the domes.
They even made spiral designs and did some color blending and shading!
Once all the domes are designed, poke a paper stick through the hole in the center, hook the circles onto the paper stick one by one and lock it by sliding the clear rings over the top and bottom of the paper stick.
Press the domes into the towers, repeat for the rest of the towers, and put them together to build a castle of towers.
My daughter grabbed the box base with the red side facing up and poked the widest tab into the widest slot along the bottom of the side strip. Then, she wrapped it around the box base and then locked it using the square stickers on the inside and outside.
The last step is to connect the completed box lid and assemble it together with the lower part of the box by using the square stickers!
Check out our completed St. Basil’s Cathedral tower! It looks so cool!
The patterns created by my kids made this tower extra pretty and special.
It makes a great display item as well!
Once done, you can check the durability of the lid by opening and closing it to a good number of times. If the lid was not destroyed, or the dome doesn’t fall, then you’re all good!
The inside of the box features a huge space where you can put a number of accessories or toys for safekeeping.
Here’s all the projects we did for this month!
Russia has the largest land area in the world and a large and diverse people living there too, making it truly an interesting place to explore. This box even introduced us to The Hermitage, which is their best museum. We were also able to get to know more about the Siberian tigers, and some of their delicious snacks. We definitely enjoyed making this month’s crafts, especially the Basil’s Cathedral. We can’t wait for the next crate!
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