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 REACTION TIME GAMES!
We’re excited to see and start with this project!
Some contents of the box are packaged separately.
Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
Test your responses with a ball-drop game you built yourself. Weave a basket, and use it to catch flying pom-poms in the nick of time. Train your eyes, brain, and muscles — all while having fun!
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 kids read the magazine and they really loved it!
There are also some fast facts about reaction time!
Snap! There’s a suggested card game that you can play to practice your reaction time.
The booklet even introduced a fun recipe for Snack Jacks! Also, there’s a Kiwi quiz on the next page, and you can also send a letter to Steve!
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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 ball drop game!
For the ball-drop game, we need to build the gameboard. We used the following materials: backboard, brace, ball slot walls, ball stopper, foam board, short and long legs, gate, pegs, rubber rings, bumpers, dowel, ball box, balls, and elastic.
Like any other building activity, the magazine also comes with troubleshooting. It’s a great help if ever you encountere some problems with what you are building or crafting.
The booklet also shows how to play the game after completing the gameboard. The game tests our reaction time and the booklet also explained how it works: when we see the ball fall, our eyes tell our brain, which tells our hand to move the box. The quicker these messages get sent, the faster we can react and catch the ball.
Here’s everything that we need to make the gameboard!
The kids started by finding the bumpers and attaching them to the sides of the foam board.
They also attached the ball box to the foam board.
There goes the ball slot on top of the foam board!
They also started to place the pegs in their positions.
It’s time to try the gameboard!
They need to release a ball and see how fast they can react before the ball falls to the ball box at the bottom.
It’s a fun game and the kids take note of the time before their ball falls on the box.
The next game that we can try is the Pom-Pom Catch Game.
We need to do the basket, pompom balls, and the launcher!
For this project, we used the basket felt, sticky foam, and fabric strips.
For the launcher, we used air pump, foam connector, clear tube, and pompoms.
We made the basket first.
Also, assembling the pompom launcher is easy. After completing everything, it’s time to try this out and catch some pompom balls with the woven basket!
These activities definitely tested our reaction times! The kids enjoyed making each project as well, they didn’t have a hard time because the box provided all the materials as well as complete and illustrated instructions. There’s always science behind these activities, making them a fun way to learn about science! Both games are really awesome and my kids can’t choose a favorite. This box also introduced new ways to play catch, like the pom-pom catch game! If you’re looking for a great bonding activity for siblings or even the whole family, this one is worth looking into!
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