Kiwi Crate May 2015

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 Interesting Insects.  I always get the months box in the first little while of the next month so that’s why my posts are a bit late on these ones.

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The theme this month is Science Of Color.  This is the first thing you see once you open the box and on the back is a sticker to mark your chart for which ones you’ve done and two figures to cut out and colour that are based on the theme.

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As always there is Explore! magazine in the box.  It has a comic, drawing and colouring pages, extra projects and learning information to expand upon the theme and science behind it.

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The first project of the month is My Color Separation Lab.  It rates medium on both the messiness scale and grownup involvement.  It uses discovering, creating, and exploring skills.  I don’t really understand this one.  You have to draw lines on paper with markers and then let them soak up water to find how they are on the color spectrum.  I’m hoping it makes more sense once we do it but for now even this adult is stumped.

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The other project of the month is My Color Spin Art.  This one is high on the messiness scale and medium on grownup involvement.  Yay this one I get!  You use the big box everything comes in to make a spinner and then drop dots of paint onto the spinning disks to make patterns.  I think this one will be a lot of fun and Bug will love it.  I expect huge mess though so maybe this will be one for when we are camping and can do it outside on a picnic table.

The good thing about these projects is that there is some learning with them, not just crafting.  I’m not sure that Bug gets to much about the science but maybe she’s just absorbing things and will know them later.  We only have a few more months on this one and then I’ll have to decide if we should keep it, get one of their newer more age apporiate ones, or switch to something different.

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