Kiwi Crate August 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 Day At The Lake.


This is your first view every time you open the box, obviously just with the newest theme.


On the back of that sheet is a couple of characters to colour and cutout. You also get a sticker to put on a flow chart showing what you’ve done.


Also in each box is Explore magazine.  This has other projects, comics, stories and explanations on the science that goes with each theme.


Project one this month is My Fish Lantern.  This one is high on the messiness scale, medium on grownup  involvement, and utilizes creating, exploring, and fine moving skills.  Included to make this you get a paper lantern, paper scales, glue, eyes, fins, and a light kit.  This one could be a whole day project for us.


The second project is My Paddle Boats.  This one is medium on both messiness and grownup involvement and uses fine moving, discovering, and exploring skills.  I’m so glad they sent enough to make two.  Anything there is one of means I have to endure yelling and children ripping things out of each others hands.  This is just easier.  You get the boat frames, paddles, markers, sails and rubber bands needed to decorate and make your boats go.

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. This was our last box from them and I decided not to renew just because Bug wants to do crafts and doesn’t give a hoot about any of the other stuff that makes this such a good learning box.  We’ll see if maybe in a few years we want to re-explore this one.



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