Koala Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2016
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Koala Crate
The Cost: $19.95 per month
COUPON: 50% off your first month with coupon code MSA50
The Products: 2-3 fun DIY projects for you to do with your preschooler!
Ships to: US (free)
Koala Crate sends a magazine every month called “imagine!” This month’s theme is little artist! I don’t have any preschool aged children, so I had to get a little help from my two buddies, Jagger and Brooklyn, and their mom, Claudia. Thanks so much for helping, guys!
“imagine!” is full of stories and activities.
This is the instruction booklet for this month’s projects.
This is the inside of the booklet. There were three projects this month: Color Block Painting, Abstract Sculpture, and Art Smock. Fun! This also gives you some idea of what the instructions look like. The instructions are clear and easy-to follow, with pictures to go along with the words for our little pre-readers.
These are the supplies that were included. There was also a blank smock provided that didn’t make it into this picture. Nothing else was required from home this month!
Here’s Brooklyn, modeling the completed smock. They put stickers on the card that’s inserted in the smock window, and Claudia wrote their names, which they traced over with paint (and then I blocked out for privacy because it included their last name). This required some parental assistance, but they love their art smock! We have had several smocks and aprons sent to my kids thanks to subscription boxes, and I love the ones they get to decorate themselves!
This is the colorblock painting before any paint was applied. Claudia had to do much of the taping herself. Jagger is 5 and he could participate, but it was pretty advanced for Brooklyn (age 3).
Here’s Jagger painting away!
Here’s Brooklyn showing off the completed project. Magnifique!
The third project was the abstract sculpture, and this is Jagger and Brooklyn squirting paint on the beads and discs. Claudia said they giggled all through this part! They look pretty serious here, though.
This is the completed sculpture. It turned out great! Apparently the tying of the pipe cleaners was pretty advanced, so Mom had to save the project in the end.
Verdict: I love everything that Kiwi Crate makes, and these guys really love their Koala Crate! Like Kiwi Crate’s other offerrings, Koala Crate does require a good bit of adult involvement and supervision. This month’s projects were especially messy and required lots of help! There was also a good bit of lag time while things were drying.
If you want to just hand your child something to keep them busy for a while, I would not judge you! But this is not the activity for that. This is more about bonding with your child, crafting and learning together. It’s very well put together, and it’s a pretty amazing value at $20 a month!
What do you think of Koala Crate?