Are you familiar with craft subscription boxes? If not, let me introduce you to the joy of receiving a box full of crafty-tinkering science-art goodness in the mail each month. This may seem like an odd post for me since, if you've been following the blog for a time, (which, by the way, makes you a very special person) you are aware that I am not the craftiest mom in the crowd.
I do consider myself a creative person, yet when it comes to crafts I am all sixes and sevens. I may be creative, but my strengths do not lie in inventing craft projects. With crafts, there are too many steps involved. For example:
- Finding said craft via Pinterest or book.
- Gathering materials for said craft, most of which I won't have because we live in a small apartment and I can't hoard items. (This is the step where everything falls apart for me!)
- Convincing my kids that crafting is a more worthwhile activity than Pokemon.
- Find time to do said craft.
- Convince the kids to see the craft all the way to the finish line.
- Find a place to store said craft until the kids forget about it (doesn't take long) and I can toss it.
Can you see why there is not much crafting going on around here?
However! We are now hooked --- hooked, I tell you! --- on a certain crafty subscription box for kids.
Before we go any further: I'd like you to know, I purchased the product myself! Kiwi Crate is not sponsoring this post, but the Kiwi Crate brand links in this post are affiliate links.
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For about a year I have been eyeing Kiwi Crate and after dragging my heels I finally ordered a subscription box to try out. I ordered the original Kiwi Crate for my almost 6 year old and the Tinker Crate for my almost 10 year old.
The first Kiwi Crate (ages 4-8) was a wild west theme. It included several crafts, plus an activity book. The best thing about the crafts was that they were active crafts! New Kid loved making his own hobby horse and then riding it around. After making bean bags, he played a toss game with his brother. I was so, so happy with how willing he was to put his fine motor skills to work sewing up the bean bags and even cutting out the stand-up puppets. Normally he hates using scissors, so I was ecstatic about that.
Kiddo received the Tinker Crate, a STEM themed subscription box for kids ages 9 and up, perfect for his interests right now. It was sort of amazing. Kiddo put together a motor! He was so excited when he got it going. UPDATE: We've made so many projects now, including this STEM toy gravity game, and this LED Luminary!
Here's why I am now totally in love with Kiwi Crate:
- Everything you need is in the box. Everything! No more stalling on step #2 (see above!)
- The instructions are easy to read and follow. Kiddo has a physics kit and the instructions are TERRIBLE. He never bothers with it because it is so poorly written.
- It comes in the mail, which means it has has automatic appeal. I do not need to convince them that the activity is worthwhile (see previous step #3)
- The craft and tinker box each come with an activity book for extension projects. I especially love the Tinker Crate book, with its explanations about how electro-magnetism works, and further experiments to try. In fact those extra experiments use the items already in the kit so I don't get stalled on step #2 yet again!
- Each month's box is different. This month our Kiwi Crate has a wild west theme, but last month it was all about castles and building a catapult. Our Tinker Crate got Kiddo to build a motor, last month kids built trebuchet.
- These are crafts I don't even want to toss away! We keep all parts tidily in the box to explore when ever the mood strikes.
Here's a list of all the crates they offer:
- Panda Crate, ages 0-36 months
- Koala Crate, ages 3-4
- Kiwi Crate, ages 5-8
- Atlas Crate, geography based activities ages 6-11
- Doodle Crate, art and craft activities ages 9-16+
- Tinker Crate, STEM activities ages 9-16+
- Eureka Crate, STEM activities ages 14-104
Do your kids have a subscription? How do they like it? Can you tell I absolutely love it?