Kiwi Crate is an open-ended learning crate for ages 4-8. It comes with 2-3 creative & educational products, a magazine, and step-by-step instructions for the activities. We made a little video of Katrina unboxing the Kiwi Crate so that you could see what kinds of things come in each box:
Katrina LOVES art, so this crate was right up her alley. She had a great time designing her little snowman blocks and coming up with funny ways to mix & match the sides- she even made a dog head for one of her "snowmen". :) I was really happy that the box came with more than one activity too, because that meant that it wasn't just a one-time thing. This gave her enough to do on more than one occasion- and the snowman craft/game took longer than one sitting to complete, so all in all, this crate provided days of after-school fun for her!
Tinker Crate is a science and engineering themed box for ages 9-14+. It comes with a hands-on activity and experiment, a magazine, and instructions. We made a video of Talia unboxing the Tinker Crate so that you could see what kinds of things come in each box:
I knew that the Tinker Crate would be something Talia would be interested in- she is all about science and building things! When I explained the idea of the Tinker Crate to Ken, he knew that he wanted to be involved too (he's the scientist in this relationship ;)
The theme for the box we received was "Slime" and it came with a few materials and instructions to make several types of slime as well as information all about polymers and inspiration and ideas for projects she could try using common household items (such as making plastic with milk and vinegar!) not included in the kit. She made some glow-in-the-dark stuff and it glowed really well in the dark- it was so cool! In the photos below, Ken is helping her to make "magic mud" and Katrina is getting in on the fun too.
We wanted to show you how cool it is because it can be a solid or a liquid- how cool is that?! So we made a little video to give you an idea of what it's like:
I am really a big fan of this type of subscription box for kids- I love that:
- it gives my kids a couple of creative activities to do
- the activities are learning activities (or allow them to use their creativity)
- it comes with all of the required materials to do the activities
- I don't have to make the plans or gather the materials!
I love to do things like this with my kids, and I do things like this on my own a lot of times, but let's be honest- this makes things SO MUCH easier!!! I think this would be a fabulous non-toy gift! I would love for my kids to have a subscription to these boxes!
The kiwi crate brand has 4 different crates (the other two are the koala crate for ages 3-4 and the doodle crate for ages 9-16+) and you can find more details about them on their website.
You can purchase these crates individually for $19.95 plus shipping. Mini crates are also available for $14.95. They also make a mini version of the crates for use as party favours for $7.95. Of course the idea of the crates is for them to be a monthly subscription box, so you can purchase them in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. (With the multiple month subscriptions, you get free shipping within the U.S., too! If you're in Canada, you pay $6.95 per month for shipping.)
Disclosure: We were provided the products shown above for review purposes. All opinions shared are our own!