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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

Kiwi Crate July 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 month’s 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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This month the theme is Lemonade Stand and the projects are My Shop Sign and My Cash Register.

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I know I always talk about it but here is the back of the cover sheet with the cutouts and the sticker for your flow chart.

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The Explore! magazine has bonus crafts, comics, stories, and facts to help you learn about the theme.

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For My Shop Sign you get felt pieces, yarn, lemon handle, stencils, chalk, chalkboard, and an easel.  This one is low on the messiness scale, medium on the grownup involvement, and utilizes creating, exploring, and fine moving skills.  This one looks fun but I think that Bug will like just drawing on the chalkboard instead of making a sign.

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With the My Cash Register project you get cardboard cutouts to make the register, a calculator, foam buttons, play money, and a set of game instructions and cards.  I’m not sure how with all those pieces but it’s low on the messiness scale, low on grownup involvement, and uses fine moving, discovering, and communicating skills.  Bug will love this one for now other reason then getting a new calculator.  She always takes mine and then I am left scrambling.

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 appropriate ones, or switch to something different.

 

 

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.

Kiwi Crate June 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.20150710_182702

The theme this month is Spheres And Their Peers.  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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Project one this month is My Tangram Game.  It ranks high on the messiness scale and medium on grownup involvement.  It uses creating, discovering and fine moving skills.  With this one you have to make designs on wooden blocks with a crayon and then dye the blocks in the jar with the included colour tabs.  After that’s all dry you place your pieces on the included puzzle mats, trying to make them fit in the shaded areas.  Bug loves puzzles right now but this might be just a bit above her current skill or patience level.  She’ll enjoy the colour and dying parts though.

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Next up this month is My Bubble Shapes.  This one is only medium on the messiness scale but high in grownup involvement.  It uses fine moving, discovering and exploring skills.  This one requires you to use straw and pipe cleaners to create bubble wands in various shapes.  You then dip them in the bubble solution and see what kind of shapes you get.  Instructions are included for four different shapes so you don;t have to try to guess how to make something beyond a triangle.  Bubbles are huge in our house, including indoor bath time blowing so if we can get past the time needed to make the wands, I predict this to be a hit.

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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.

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.

Kiwi Crate April 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 first look gives you the projects and on the back of this  is a sticker to mark your progress on the chart you get in your first box and two characters to colour and cut out.

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Underneath that is all your items to make the projects.  The smaller pieces are bagged for each project so you can just grab what you need if you’re only going to do one at a time.

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First up this month is My Dragonflyers.  This craft is low on the messiness scale and low on the grownup involvement.  It uses exploring, creating and fine moving skills.  You create dragonflies that you launch with air and I think Bug will be thrilled with this one.  We’ve had air rocket launchers before and they went over really well.

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Next is My Bug Tic-Tac-Toe.  This one is medium on both the messiness and grownup scales. It uses fine moving, creating and exploring skills as well.  You get to make clay bugs and put wings on them to use as game pieces and there is also just paper pieces instead.  The box is a carrying case so you can keep it all together.

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. The theme this month is fun for us too since we are in a discovering stage where bugs are awesome.

Kiwi Crate March 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 Backyard Adventure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Kiwi Crate February 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 Play Sports.

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Each box gives the theme on the top sheet and on the back is a sticker so you can fill in a path on a sheet included in your first box showing you what you’ve done.

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Each box also includes Explore magazine which gives stories, activities and usually another quick craft.

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Project one is My Pom-Pom Soccer.  These types of crafts are my least favorite even though Bug likes them because they take up alot of space and we tend to have a few key parts go missing shortly after completion.

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Project two is My Basketball Game.  As you can see the paint pot leaked in transit and while it could have been worse it is all over the ball and the paint jar itself.  I let Kiwi Crate know and they are sending me out a replacement no problem.  This was the first time I’ve ever had any issues with supplies from them and I am really happy with how easily it was remedied.

As always our crates are a huge hit and I like that they have an educational bend to them.  Once we get the replacement I’m sure the basketball game will be the more used of the two but even soccer will get it’s time.

Kiwi Crate January 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 Let’s Bake.

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First look is always the same, beyond the changing projects.

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The magazine this month has the usual stories and fact but also included some cutouts to make your shipping box into an oven.  Very cool!

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Project one is My Frosted Cake.

You put together a cake from foam pieces with clay icing and stickers for decorations.  This one is listed as high on the messy scale, medium in grownup involvement and utilizes creating, exploring and fine moving skills.  Since we’ve just had Bear’s birthday the timing was good on this and Bug is excited to “bake”.

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Project two is My Chef Dress-up.  It includes a chef hat and apron to decorate.  This one is low on the messiness scale, low on grownup involvement, and provides exploring, creating, and gross moving skills.  Bug has her own apron already but one she gets to decorate and cover in glitter crayon will probably be a bigger hit.

This month I think will be another win for Bug with Kiwi Crate.  She really enjoys the crafts and in the true test of anything for kids, actually plays with the stuff after it’s made.  They offer some individual boxes on their site so we may have to pick up a couple of those to cover the time between boxes.  The quality of the products is better then thw crafts I can pick up at the dollar store too.

If you would like to sign up I’d appreciate it if you’d use my link: http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=JadaP

 

Kiwi Crate December 2014 & Advent Day 24

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 months theme is Frozen Fun, not like the movie but winter frozen.

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The box is always neatly packaged. I didn’t take a photo of the underside this time but all the pieces are individually wrapped and separated so you can find the pieces you need without any hassle when the kids are restless and in need of entertainment.

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Project one is My Snowman Toss. It requires low grownup ininvolvement and utilizes exploring, creating, and gross moving skills.

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Project two is My Winter Luminaries. It has medium grownup involvement and utilizes creating, discovering and fine moving skills.

All of the Kiwi Crates so far have been huge hits with Bug.  It gives her and I a chance to do something together while Bear naps.  The luminary one should be a bit challenging for Bug since she’s only 3 but she’ll have fun playing with the glue.

If you want to sign up I would love it if you use my link http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=JadaP

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In the final day of the Advent Calendar adventure I received the following two items,

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FakeUp and White Musk Perfume. Not the most exciting finish to them but they are okay.  My overall impressions are okay of the two but I know now for the future that I will not be getting the Benefit one again.  It had too many non cosmetic products for what they are asking for it and the sample sizes were super small.  The Body Shop one was better but I would have preferred that all the scents were not grouped in consecutive days.  Maybe I’m just being picky.

Here’s hoping Santa brings you everything you wished for!!

Kiwi Crate November 2014

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 months theme is Discovering Dinosaurs, and our projects are My Dinosaur Fossils and My Dinosaur Dress-up.

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Everything always comes packed really well and the pieces needed for each craft are individually bagged so you can find what you need easily.

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Apparently there was a bit of an issue with the clay for the fossil kit so an email had been sent out with solutions so that there would be no problems when you went to use it.  I have found their customer service is always on top of any problems and have delayed boxes or sent out emails to let customers know if things are not up to their standards.

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Dinosaur Dress-up has lots of sticky felt, so that should be interesting.

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Also in the box is Explore! magazine which has facts, stories, and other projects you can do.  Also included this month was a discount code for a gift subscription and a Zulily mini catalog to let you know what their about.

Bug is all about dinosaurs lately so this box is going to be a big hit!  I’m pretty sure once we get the dino costume all done it’s not coming off.  I still get requests to put her Halloween costume on.

If you want to sign up I would love it if you use my link http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=JadaP

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