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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015

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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Box

Tinker Crate is a brand 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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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Inside

The Subscription Box: Tinker Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month (free shipping)

COUPON: 50% off 1st month subscription (plus FREE shipping) 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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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Magazine

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 Awesome Animation! My eight-year-old is already quite the thespian, so he was really excited about this month’s theme!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Magazine Inside

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. I really like how they included some information on how the brain “sees.” That is key knowledge when working with animation! My son wants to try every single one of these smaller projects this month!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 THeme

This month’s big project is building a zoetrope! Once again, I had no idea what that was when I saw the blueprint. Turns out, it’s something that was used before the advent of film to create animation. Several slides are loaded into the inside wall of a drum that’s on a base, and when the drum spins, the images blur together into animation. Incredibly cool!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Instructions

I think for the past two months I’ve mentioned that the instructions or the materials in Tinker Crate were incomplete. I have to say, for the record, that this month the instructions were complete and easy-to-follow, and all materials were included. It makes completing the project a lot easier!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Materials

These are the materials for the project. The only thing we had to supply was a pair of scissors.

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review – January 2015 Zoetrope

Here’s the finished product, a working zoetrope! Tinker crate included several different sets of slides we could choose from to make our movie, and my son chose this little stick figure bullfighter. They also had robots, planets, and several others. The most exciting part for my son, though, was that they included some blank ones so you can draw your own animation sequence! He is really excited to try it!

Verdict: I am seriously impressed by Tinker Crate. Their projects are challenging and unique without being too difficult. We absolutely loved this month’s theme! I can see my son playing with this for a long time. Although this month the instructions and materials were complete, they didn’t include any Tinker Tokens. It wasn’t a big heartbreak, but my son did notice. Have I mentioned how they love collecting emblems of achievement? Otherwise, I think this was our most successful Tinker Crate so far!

What do you think of Tinker Crate?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Would you recommend this for a 12 and a half year old boy who typically enjoys this type of thing? Our do you think he will get bored or find it too easy?

  2. That looks fun! I’ve been reading the reviews trying to figure out if my 6 year old can do them. He can put together Legos 8+ and also the Tinker Toys gears and wheels set. I’m stuck on ways to challenge him.

    • If he is a good reader he could probably do it with some supervision. Not sure how much he would value all the related science information included, but they are not super hard to put together.

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