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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015

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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Box

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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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 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 & Coupon – April 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 Polymers! My nine-year-old son and I do this box together, and neither of us really knew what that meant. We do now!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 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. This month’s issue had an excellent article about the origin of Silly Putty! The only thing that makes science more fun is when they mix in a little history!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Project

This month’s big project is all about slime! Gross!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Instuctions

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 – April 2015 Supplies

These were the materials for the project. The only thing we had to supply this month was water!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Finished Project

This month was a little different from previous months. Usually, we have one big project to complete (aside from the optional activities described in TinkerZine). This month, there were four smaller projects, all about making polymers of different types. From leftto right, we made slime, putty, and a bug! They are all made of the same basic components – borax, water, glue, and/or cornstarch. And by the way, the slime and the bug both glow in the dark! Awesome!

Verdict: I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – Tinker Crate rules! The only thing that was kind of boring about this month is that the fourth mini-project was supposed to be making a bouncy ball, but the kids have made three or four bouncy balls in subscription boxes recently, so I didn’t make my son do it again this month. Of course, that’s not Tinker Crate’s fault. Otherwise, we had loads of fun with this stuff! As soon as I showed the kids how you could pretend to sneeze and then open your slimey hand, they were SOLD!

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. I signed my daughter up for Tinker Crate last month so July will be our first month. I am not sure if we start with the same month as you or not.

    • Hi Jennifer! This review is of the April box, so I’m guessing you won’t get this one. They send the boxes out late in the month, so I tend to not get it until near the end of the month. I got the May one while we were on vacation, but will be reviewing it soon. I think they send everyone the same box every month, so if you signed up before today, we should be getting the same box at the end of the month. Hope this helps! I’m sure y’all will love it!

      • I’m not sure they send everyone the same box each month. We’ve gotten two boxes so far, and they’ve both been different from yours. Our first box, received in April, was Light it Up (all about protons and electrical circuits). In May, we received the Robot Art box that you got in, I think, March. Our June box is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. I hope it’s this box! My son loooooves slime!

  2. This looks awesome. 🙂

    • It is So. Awesome. 🙂

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