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, Panda Crate, Maker 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 EGYPT!
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.
I can see a lot of interesting items inside!
Everything in the crate!
First, we got this letter that says “Ahlan!” which means “Hi!” in Egyptian Arabic.
The letter opens up to show us an introduction to Egypt.
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.
One of the flaps has Atlas Quest, which you’ll need to fill out after exploring the country!
You can explore more online after you get your box with additional activities and book suggestions! Atlas Crate recommends Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Mythology for Kids and Hieroglyphs.
Atlas Crate Adventure Book
Each month, we also get a sticker that represents the featured country. This month’s sticker features a Pharaoh, which is the symbol of monarchs of ancient Egypt!
We placed our newest sticker on the Adventure Book, along with the other countries that we have already explored!
There you go! We’ve explored so many places already!
The table of contents is on the edge of each 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 Egypt’s notable events, sports, places, or products from that particular location.
Atlas Crate Activities
These pages feature the beginning of the adventures of Anya and Milo in Egypt.
One of their first stops is Egypt’s famous Nile River! It’s the longest river in Africa with a whopping 4,160 miles or 6,695 km distance that flows northward through northeastern Africa to drain into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile region makes up only 4% of Egypt, but it’s where 95% of Egyptians live.
This part of the booklet features an article that thoroughly discusses everything you want to know about the Nile river, including its history and wildlife. The other side of the booklet features the making of the mummies!
Ancient Egyptians believed that death was not the end – just the first step toward the afterlife. And in the afterlife, people would need their bodies. That’s why the dead were mummified – to stop their bodies from decaying as quickly, and keep them looking as much like themselves as possible!
Atlas Crate Recipe
This month’s featured recipe is Date Balls. This chewy, candy-like fruit has been adored since the time of the pharaohs. Today, dates are normally eaten for breakfast and everything in between snacks!
This part of the booklet features everything you need to know in making the Date Balls including the ingredients and detailed step-by-step procedure.
Atlas Crate Projects
For this month’s Atlas Crate projects, we made our own Water Clock and Royal Headdress!
Activity #1: Royal Headdress. For this project, we used felt piece, gold strips, pipe cleaner, scratchy fastener, sticky foam snake pieces, and foil sheets.
According to this part of the booklet, Nemes are special head cloths that were worn by the Egyptian royalties. These Nemes are designed to look like a lion’s mane.
Featured at the back of the booklet are some fun facts about Nemes!
This sheet contains detailed instructions on how to properly make our own royal headdress!
First, my son laid the felt piece flat and then stuck the gold strips on the upper part of the headdress. He also cut the excess piece of the strips. Next, he grabbed the rest of the gold-colored strips and then stuck it on both sides of the headdress and then trimmed the excess part.
The next step is to peel off one of the sticky foam snake pieces and lay the red foil sheet on top, with the shinier side up. After that, my son lifted the foil sheet off the foam. The part of the snake piece became shiny! He repeated the procedure until he got his desired design.
Once done, my son folded the pipe cleaner in half and poked one end of the pipe cleaner through the slits in the headdress. He also twisted the two sides of the pipe cleaner to hold it in place, then peeled and stuck the snake piece on the pipe cleaner and into the smaller snake piece.
For the finishing touch, he bent it into a curve to make it look more like a snake’s head!
The snake head consists of red, blue, and gold colors. The perfect color combination for a royalty!
Here is the completed royal headdress project!
My son looks so good with the headdress!
Activity #2: Water Clock. For our second project which is about making a water clock, we used the wooden pieces, sticky foam, clear rings, plastic cup with hole, plug, straw, mess mat, clay, paintbrush, and paint.
The back of this booklet also contains amazing facts about the water clock!
In an age before the wall clocks, watches, and smartphones, ancient Egyptians needed a way to keep time.
Priests had to perform ceremonies at certain times, employers had to keep track of their workers’ hours. So they invented water clocks, or clepsydras. Hour after hour, the water inside the vessels would drain out through a small hole – so you could tell time by how much water had gone.
This water clock project is divided into different parts: building the stand, building the vessel, and assembling the clock!
Each section came with detailed instructions on how to properly do it!
First, my son grabbed the cup with the hole and then pushed the plug into it until it’s halfway inside the cup. Then, he poked the straw into the hole in the plug.
Next, he grabbed a chunk of clay, and flattened it. He stuck the flattened clay to the outside part of the cup until it was fully covered. Using the handle of the paintbrush, he carved a hieroglyphic design on the water clock.
This time, using the paintbrush, he painted the carved hieroglyphs design with watercolor.
While waiting for the paint to dry out, my kids worked on building the stand. They used the wooden set, stuck a sticky foam U on the slots, and connected the stand together.
The last step is to add clear rings around each tab to keep the disk in place and then put over the finished vessel.
It’s time to test the water clock! We bent the straw in half, placed the clip onto the straw to hold it shut, and filled the vessel with water.
We then released the lock on the straw and let the water flow through the other cup!
There we have our completed water clock!
Here are all the projects we made this month!
This month’s Atlas Crate brought us to historical Egypt! As always, the box comes with fun and exciting projects which introduce kids to the culture of the featured country. My kids really enjoyed everything in this crate, from reading the informative booklet to making the headdress and water clock to playing with the finished projects. Exploring this box really feels like exploring the featured country itself. It’s truly an amazing way to encourage kids to become global citizens. It also makes a great bonding experience for the whole family!
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