Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016
Tinker Crate is a subscription for kids ages 9-14 from the makers of Kiwi Crate. Like Kiwi Crate, it comes with everything you need to complete 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.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Tinker Crate
The Cost: $19.95 per month (free shipping)
COUPON: Save 30% off your first month with coupon code MSA30!
The Products: STEM-based crafts and DIY projects for kids, with supplemental learning kits, booklets, and activities. Projects are designed to enhance 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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
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 all magnets! I do this box with my ten-year-old son.
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 levitating pencil holder! How cool is that?
Here’s a peek inside the instructions this month. They may look a little intimidating, but they are always very clear, complete, and easy-to-follow.
These were the materials Tinker Crate supplied for the project. With Tinker Crate, sometimes you have to supply a few things, but they are always items you have at home, like scissors or water. This month they included everything we needed for the project. Sometimes Tinker Crate includes some supplies for the smaller projects in TinkerZine, too.
This is our completed pencil holder!
Can you see that the pencil is levitating? Both my sons and my husband were simply amazed. Behold the power of magnets! This took us about an hour to complete, and everything was very straightforward with this project. Sometimes we have a little hiccup here and there, but this project was completely smooth.
Verdict: We love Tinker Crate! This month’s project was so impressive! We have had “magnets” as a theme in many subscription boxes before, but this is the first one that showed us what magnets can really do. As always, I’m impressed with the quality of Tinker Crate’s supplies and printed materials. When you add in the educational value, you really get a lot for $20!
What do you think of Tinker Crate?