Kiwi Crate is a monthly craft and discovery box for children 3-12. They have recently expanded their options to boxes for specific ages or you can chose the regular one which is for all ages. Kiwi crate is $19.95 a month but goes down with longer subscriptions. I have seen plenty of deals out right now for them so I think you can even get lower pricing or free boxes if you search around. This month’s theme is Backyard Adventure.
Each box has the projects on the top sheet. On the back of this is a sticker for the chart you get in your first one and two characters you can cut out and use for extra playing.
The Explore! magazine in every box has cartoons, other projects and activities based on the theme. Bug like to read them and colour in the pages.
Project one is My Growth Chart. This one is listed as being low on the messiness scale, medium on grownup involvement and utilizes creating, discovering and fine moving skills. You get a tree chart, leaf stickers, a rubbing plate for the leaves, specially shaped crayons and a ribbon to hang it. Bug already has a growth chart on her wall but maybe I can convince her to give this one to Bear after she colours it all in. We have done rubbings once before so I think she’ll get the hang of it fairly quickly.
Project two is My Backyard Golf. This one is also low on the messiness scale. It has low grownup involvement and uses exploring, creating and gross moving skills. It’s more like croquet then golf but I guess golf is more common. You get two arches to shoot through, tubes and a leaf to make a club, and stickers and pipe cleaners to make bugs for your arches. They really push the whole golf idea by saying you are making a putter but the arches give it away. Bug will love this one because it’s close to hockey and her and Dad play all the time with mini sticks.
I’m not sure why but I always get this box really late. I had received an email with a satisfaction survey about the box a week before it even showed up. Bug enjoys doing these projects and I like that they have a bit of learning involved with them as well as fun. They get played with for more then just the few minutes after we build them and the parts that might break are easily replaced with things around the house.