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 PHYSICS CARNIVAL!
Everything was neatly packed in the box.
Kiwi Crate includes all necessary supplies for the featured activities, plus explore! magazine.
Make a set of rolling stamps and use them to decorate a carnival scene. Create an acrobat that balances on your finger, and explore the physics of balance. Harness the science of gravity to build a tumbler, then construct a ball-launching catapult and try to hit a tipping target.
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.
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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 the science of balance!
This part of the booklet features how carnival games like milk bottle toss, ladder climb, and knock-down clowns involve physics.
This part of the booklet features an activity where the kids can flex their balance know-how. Another activity teaches kids how to play the game dizzy dash!
Here’s another suggested activity, which is making a balancing sculpture. For this, you’ll need a plastic bottle, carrot, butter knife, wood skewers, 3 gumdrops, and soft objects for weights.
The booklet even introduced a veggie snack recipe, it’s called Veggie Skyscraper! Also, there’s a Kiwi quiz on the next page, and instructions on how to send a letter to Steve.
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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 for this month’s Physics Carnival project!
The first activity is to make a stamped carnival scene. It involves making our own stamps and using them to decorate a carnival illustration on a sheet!
We used the following materials from the crate: ink pad, stamp stick, foam stickers, roller sticks, stamp wheels, and carnival scene. From home, we only needed some scrap papers.
My son put the foam stickers on the stamp stick’s two ends and tried stamping them on a page.
One side has a circle, and on the other side is a star.
He stuck the other foam stickers on the stamp wheels.
He inserted the roller stick on one of the wheels with the foam stickers on and rolled it on the ink pad.
After making sure that all foam stickers have ink on them, my son rolled the stamp wheel on the carnival scene, starting with the red ink one, then followed by the one we rolled on the blue part of the ink pad.
Here’s the fun Carnival Scene that my son made using all the stamps!
The second activity is to create an acrobat that balances on the finger. The activity also lets kids explore the physics of balance in a hands-on approach.
For this activity, the box provided weights, acrobat base, acrobat, costumes, and foam connectors. We also used the finished stamps and ink pad from the previous activity.
The booklet provided easy to follow instructions coupled with illustrations. After each activity, the booklet also provided explanations about the science behind them.
During the first activity, my kids already used the stamps to decorate the acrobat costumes and now it’s time to stick those costumes to the acrobats. My son also stuck the foam connector around the notch on one side of the acrobat, and did the same thing on the other side.
He then lined up the notches on the acrobat and the base and pushed the pieces together to connect the two parts.
He tried to balance the acrobat on his index finger first, without adding anything on it. After he successfully balanced it, he added some weights on both ends of the acrobat base.
My son switched on the other side and did the same thing.
It was really fun!
My kids took turns in trying to balance the acrobats. They tried to balance them first without added weights and then tried again with just one end added with a balance, and lastly, balanced it with both ends having weights.
The acrobat base also serves as a stand if you want to use the adorable acrobats as decorations!
The next fun activity is to make a dancing tumbler!
For this, we need tumbler sides, tumbler body, tumbler stickers, metal board, and a tumbler board.
If you’re familiar with dancing capsules, I think it has the same concept. For this one, we’ll need to make the tumbler body first, then put the metal ball inside before adding another side. We’ll use the tumbler stickers on the sides.
To play with this one, just set the tumbler on one side of the board then tilt one end up and look at the tumbler flip and dance its way down.
The last activity is about making a carnival catapult! This activity is divided into two parts, first is to make the catapult.
Like any other building activity, the magazine also comes with troubleshooting. It’s a great help if ever you encounter some problems with what you are building or crafting.
The second part of this activity is to make the balancing target.
Like the first activities, it also comes with easy to follow instructions and illustrations, and an explanation about the science behind the activities.
To make the catapult, the crate provided a wood board, paper strip, tube, catapult base, tall posts, short posts, hinge, post covers, circle stickers, star stickers, rectangle stickers, launchpad, ball holder, and rainbow ball.
For the balancing target, we’ll need the target top, finished stamps, ink pad, target base, wood squares, and the finished catapult.
My son set up the catapult first. It’s like assembling a puzzle as the parts easily get into slots and we just have to secure them.
Here, he’s making the launcher. It’s the part that will let the ball fly and hit the target.
The catapult is ready! He just tested it with just the ball first, as he’s still going to make the balancing target.
He decorated the target top using the stamps and ink pad from the first activity.
The next step is to set up the base by folding the side flaps along the creases. He then inserted the top on the base by sliding it down on the slot. He also stuck the wood squares on the base, then tested if it stands back up after tipping it over.
Now, it’s time to launch the rainbow ball and hit the target! To play, place the target in front of the catapult, launch the ball, targeting the center of the balancing target.
As the ball hits the target, it tips down for a moment, then stands back up! We’re really impressed with this one. Everybody took turns in hitting the target!
My kids had so much fun with this month’s Physics Carnival! Both on-page and hands-on activities are effective to introduce them to physics lessons. As always, the instructions are easy to follow and the majority of the materials were already provided so we didn’t encounter any problems at all. Parents can stick around to ensure safety, but the activities generally require minimal supervision, thanks to the well-detailed booklet! Aside from the main activities, there are other suggested projects that the kids can make like the veggie skyscraper. My child was absolutely entranced with this box, and he’s been building carnival games and creating stories around it since he completed all the activities! If you’re looking for science crafts and activities for kids, Kiwi Crate is one of the best out there!
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