Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – August 2015
Tinker Crate is a relatively new subscription for kids ages 9-14 from the makers of Kiwi Crate. Like Kiwi Crate, it comes with everything you need to complete multiple projects based around a central theme. Unlike Kiwi Crate, however, these projects are less craftsy and more based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and enrichment.
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The Subscription Box: Tinker Crate
The Cost: $19.95 per month (free shipping)
COUPON: 50% off your first month with coupon code SHARE10
The Products: STEM-based crafts and DIY projects for kids, with supplemental learning kits, booklets, and activities. Projects are designed to enhace children’s critical thinking and problem solving skills through activities that are exciting and fun!
Ships to: Anywhere in the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and APO addresses
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Every box comes with a copy of TinkerZine magazine, which includes articles about that month’s theme, as well as smaller projects and experiments. This month’s theme is Soda Science! That sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? I do this box with my nine-year-old son, and he loves Tinker Crate!
Here’s a peek at the table of contents from this month’s TinkerZine. In addition to the large project that Tinker Crate sends, the magazine has several articles plus smaller projects you and your child can undertake to gain a deeper knowledge of the scientific principles of that month’s topic.
This month’s big project is a bottle rocket! My son and I were completely stoked!
The instructions for Tinker Crate projects may look a little intimidating at first, but they are usually very complete and easy to follow. This month was no exception.
These were the materials for the project, and everything was included; we didn’t even need scissors. I didn’t know this when I took the picture, but some of the materials pictured (the little bag of balloons and string) are for one of the mini projects described in TinkerZine. I really appreciate that Tinker Crate has started including all these little extras! Another thing I’ve noticed lately is that when they include little items like screws or brads, they always include a few more than are needed. It’s so easy to lose those little things!
Here’s our completed rocket! The little plastic piece on the left is the funnel for adding the soda mixture (the fuel). Boy, it is hard to photograph clear objects! It is actually much cooler than it looks.
But did it fly? Yes, it flew! After putting these things together, which was a simple matter of punching out pieces and taping them together, we mixed up a batch of rocket fuel, poured it in the rocket, put the cork (attached to the launcher) in, and then set it upright, and away it went! Maybe 30 meters up in the sky!
The verdict: My 9-year old son and I both absolutely LOVE Tinker Crate! I really can’t say enough about how much fun they make learning about science. I am consistently impressed with the quality of the materials, too. I really can’t believe how much they deliver for just $20 a month. Tinker Crate still holds the title of favorite with my son!
What do you think of Tinker Crate?