Kiwi Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – December 2014
Kiwi Crate is a subscription box for children ages 3-8. It arrives every month with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts centered around a theme, plus additional materials to help educate young learners!
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The Subscription Box: Kiwi Crate
The Cost: Regular monthly subscription is $19.95 per month + free shipping
COUPON: Use coupon code MSA30 to save 30% off the first month of any Kiwi Crate subscription!
SHIPS TO: US for free, Canada for $6.95 per month
The Products: Crafts and DIY projects for kids, with supplemental learning kits, booklets, and activities. Crates are filled with materials and inspiration to encourage creativity and curiosity. Projects cover a number of developmental areas through art, science, and imaginative play.
This month’s theme is Frozen Fun! We could use some frozen fun here in the South!
Every month, Kiwi Crate includes a copy of explore! magazine. My son (age 6) loves this magazine! He always wants to try all of the activities in it, and it also has some cute comics and short articles that are perfect for his reading level.
Our first project is making a snowman toss game! This project is expected to be low messiness, low parental involvement, and good for exploring, creating, and gross motor skills. This is what the little indicators along the bottom of the instruction booklet lets me know.
This project has all materials included to complete it. We are to fold three boxes, one for the head, torso, and bottom of the snowman, and then create four different sides to each box with the markers and stickers included.
And here’s a little collage of our finished product! So cute! This is how we decorated each of the four sides, but you can have fun mixing them up, too!
Once the snowman parts are complete, you stack the boxes on each other, and then use the included foam “snowball” to try and knock them down. With boxes, it’s harder than it looks!
All the indicators on the instructions were correct for this project. There was practically no mess, and I appreciate that Kiwi Crate sent us a fresh set of markers and did not expect us to supply our own. Markers and caps have such a fleeting relationship in households with kids! My son also could have easily completed this project on his own, but we like to play together, so I assembled and decorated the bottom box for him and let him do the top and middle ones. We always have a good time being creative together!
Our second project is creating winter luminaries. This project is expected to be high messiness, medium parental involvement, and good for creating, exploring, and fine motor skills. Time to break out the newspaper!
This project also had complete supplies except for some newspaper or a paper bag to work over and control messiness. There are two platic sheets that we are to brush glaze onto and then decorate with tissue paper and stickers. Then we need to apply another layer of glaze and allow them to dry. Finally, we bend them into cylinders, tape close, and then light up fron the inside with little battery-operated tea lights.
This is the finished product – so pretty!
Here’s a close-up with the tea lights lit inside. I just love them! We put them up on a shelf and lit them immediately!
This project did require quite a bit of parental involvement, which I don’t mind a bit. I actually get these kits for my son and I to work on together, and I really consider it time well spent. Compared to other Kiwi Crate projects, this one was pretty messy, but the glaze was non-toxic and clear, so it didn’t make that much of a mess, and I expect the little bit he got on his clothes to wash right out. Both projects this month were high creativity, and that’s what my son thrives on! I do too!
On the back of the theme card every month, there are paper dolls that your child can color and cut out, and the inside of the box becomes a little play set that he or she can color and play with the paper dolls in. So fun, and I love that the box is re-used! There’s also a sticker that he or she can collect and put on the accomplishments chart that came with his or her first Kiwi Crate. Kids love earning badges!
Verdict: Another win for Kiwi Crate! It took us about an hour to complete the two projects, and then my son played the snowman game with his father and brother for a little while, too. I loved that this Kiwi Crate was high creativity! It’s a great outlet for creativity, but also shows the benefit of following instructions. As far as value goes, you just can’t beat $20 for an hour plus of bonding time with your special little one!
What did you think of this month’s Kiwi Crate?