Koala Crate is a monthly subscription box from KiwiCo for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. It is educational and always hands-on. The activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate and enriching while also keeping it engaging, fun, and universally appealing.
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This month’s Koala Crate theme is PIRATES!
As always, the box comes with all the supplies needed to create a trio of fun, age-appropriate crafts — plus it has a magazine with extra games and activities!
All the contents are neatly packed and arranged inside the box.
There are two books that will come in your Koala Crate. imagine! magazine is “a play and learn magazine” made for you and your preschooler to explore together. My son loves it! I like that the instruction booklet is separate from the magazine, so you can preview the activity while your child works on the activities in the booklet.
Imagine! magazine contains information relevant to the theme so your child learns a bit about the topic while having fun with the craft and play activities. The information is provided in an age-appropriate format and always feels like a game, not schoolwork.
One of KiwiCo’s goals is to equip the next generation of innovators with the tools and confidence for creative exploration and problem-solving.
A fun story introduces your child to the theme of the box. The same group of friendly characters is featured each month, and the familiar faces encourage engagement.
Before they began with the activities, my kids checked out the magazine!
They really enjoyed reading the story!
On-page activities usually include tracing, matching, and finding the difference in photos. This month, it’s a treasure map maze!
Here, my son is pointing at the X mark, it’s the spot where the treasure is hidden!
This part of the booklet suggests an experiment to see which items float, sink, or float initially then slowly sink. On the other side, they included some pirate vocabulary!
Koala Crate Crafts
The instruction booklet is intended for the adult helper and gives detailed instructions for the activity.
The back of the booklet encourages you to visit their website for more pirate-themed activities.
This part of the booklet lists all the supplies, the 3 primary activities, the messiness level, and any grownup assistance needed. They also included some additional symbols denoting the developmental skills practiced in doing the activity, such as fine or gross motor skills.
Every activity states all the required materials, engagement questions to ask your child, step by step procedures, and play ideas. Though most crafts are self-explanatory, they have helpful illustrations and clear instructions, so it’s hard to go wrong.
Everything in this month’s box!
Activity #1: Pirate Dress-Up. For the first activity, my kids designed a pirate hat and made an eye patch. The crate provided all the needed materials, including the mess mat, pirate hat, stencils, eye patch, thin elastic, clear sticker, and markers.
First, fold the paper in half and find the side with the number one, then fold the paper along the blue line. Once done, find the side that says number two and fold the paper along the red line. Put the clear sticker over the gray dot to hold the folds together. Lastly, look for side number 3 and fold the paper up along the yellow line.
My younger son designed the hat using the stencil and marker from the box.
He definitely enjoyed picking the colors and the designs himself!
For the eye-patch, simply thread a thin elastic through the holes in the felt eye patch and tie!
Activity #2: Parrot Pal. The next activity is all about making a cute and colorful parrot. The materials used in this project includes a foam parrot, foam cutouts, thick elastic tie, and foam sticker.
My son put the elastic tie through the parrot’s tail and then poked it through the middle hole. Then, he fitted the blue foam cutout around the parrot’s wing.
The next step is to add the other foam cutout and stack them from biggest to smallest. Then, peel the backing off the foam sticker and place it on top so it covers the green wing.
Here’s my kids’ completed parrot pal! So cute!
Activity #3: Pirate Ships. The final project is about making a pirate ship. My kids used sails, boats, craft sticks, markers, mess mat, washers, and rudders from the box.
My older son used the blue marker for designing the red sail.
Here, my younger son is tracing a design on the purple sail. He’s even joined by his new parrot pal!
After designing the sail, the next step is to poke the craft stick on the boat’s slit and then slide the sail through. Then, put a rudder on the bottom end of the stick and a washer on the top end to hold the sail in place.
Lastly, spread the sail all over the craft stick!
My kids’ red Caribbean pirate ship is ready to set sail!
Captain Purple’s pirate ship is ready to go as well!
Here’s another look at all of this month’s projects!
Koala Crate’s age-appropriate projects are always enjoyable and they never fail to get my kids creative! This month, the box is all about pirates and my sons had so much fun designing a pirate hat and making pirate ships. They even made a parrot sidekick using the colorful foam pieces and it turned out great. As always, the detailed instruction booklet is a great help. The stories and activities in it also added fun to the experience. Even the materials are provided, making it a good grab-and-go activity box for pre-school kids!
Have you tried KiwiCo’s Koala Crate? What did you think of this month’s theme?