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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015

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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 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 & Coupon – March 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

Check out all of our Tinker Crate reviews!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 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 Robot Art! My nine-year-old wanted to literally rip the box open as soon as he saw the theme! We had to do it right away!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Magazine Contents

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. There were fewer activities this month than usual, but the project this month more than made up for that…

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Project

This month’s big project is building a drawbot! Yes, a robot that makes art! This might be the coolest project we have ever done!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Instructions

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.

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Supplies

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

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Robot Art

It worked! I honestly cannot believe that my child, age 9, created a robot that created this artwork. This is his finished product!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Drawbot

Here’s a closer look at the drawbot. It’s basically three markers, a cardboard body, a motor, and some modeling clay. It took us about 30 minutes to complete.

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Drawbot Side

Here’s a view of the drawbot from the side. I took a bunch of pictures! Because this is too cool!

Verdict: Almost every month I think there’s no way Tinker Crate can possibly outdo themselves, and every month they prove me wrong! I am completely blown away by this month’s project! And I can’t believe they provide all this for $20 – it’s just incredible. I almost don’t know what to say, except this: If you want a subscription service that makes your tween run to the mailbox and back into the house so that he can DO SCIENCE WITH HIS MOM, then this is definitely the subscription for you.

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. Our first crate came with the artbot, and the motor doesn’t work. It looks really cool, but my son is majorly disappointed that he can’t finish the project.

  2. We got our first Tinker Crate on May 1. I’m guessing it was April’s crate. It was titled “Light It Up”. We used copper tape and LEDs to make circuits, which caused the LEDs to light up when we touched the copper tape “circuit” to a 9-volt battery. We made robots with glowing eyes and paper lanterns. Our crate was initially missing the foam tape needed to complete our paper lanterns, but I reached out to CS, and they mailed it to us very quickly. We were only on pause for a few days. The whole project was very cool!

    The real reason for my post, though, is to report that we received our second crate on Saturday. It’s the Robot Art crate! I had emailed them when I signed up to ask if there was any way to get it, but no one ever responded. I’m not sure if it was because of my request, or if we would’ve gotten it anyway, but my son and I are both super excited to have it! We had a really busy weekend, but we can’t wait to get started on this one soon.

  3. Hi Liz, do you have any plans to do reviews of the Doodle Crate or Koala Crate by this same company? Or do you or Anna know much about these boxes? Out of my 6 kids they fit into all 4 age groups of the boxes offered. I am trying to choose the top 2 and have them share. I’ve read Anna’s reviews on the Tinker Crate & the Kiwi Crate but can’t seem to find any on the other two I’ve mentioned. Thank you

  4. Could you compare this to groovy box and tell me which is better? Please.

  5. Okay, I’ve had enough of reading these reviews and having severe box envy. lol I just bought a one year subscription. My 9 year old son will love it. I really hope we get this box at some point.

    • LOL Ashley! I hope he does love it, and I’m willing to bet he will!

  6. I’m a 21 year old at one of the highest ranked science universities in the world and THIS BOX LOOKS AWESOME!

    • LOL! It is!!!

  7. Is there any way to get this particular crate? My son would love this combination of art and science.

    • Ditto.

    • Hi Kathy! I took a quick look on their website and didn’t see an obvious way to buy it outright. Also this was the March box, which I received in the last few days of March, so I think if you subscribed now you would get April’s box. Maybe reach out to customer service?

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