Kith & Kin is a brand new subscription box for children and adults to create beautiful arts and crafts together! They bill this subscription as "Creativity-Focused D.I.T. Kits" where D.I.T. stands for Do It Together. I love this idea! I think sometimes the hope with children's subscription boxes is that they will contain something to keep children busy, which is fine, but I also love creating with my children.
This is Kith & Kin's inaugural box, and it was kindly sent to us for review purposes. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review products.)
The Subscription: Kith & Kin
The Cost: $29.99 with free shipping, discounts available for longer subscription commitments
The Products: All materials and instructions necessary to create unique, keepsake crafts
Ships to: US
This info card was included as an introduction to Kith & Kin. I like the added focus on creating a keepsake quality project. I often comment in reviews of children's crafts that a project was not just fun to do, but also fun or nice to have. I like that there is a children's crafting subscription that strives to that end!
This is the reverse of the info card, describing some of the benefits of their service. It is of additional note that they donate a kit to an Atlanta area child in crisis for every annual subscription purchased.
They are serious about doing these kits together!
Our project was making marbled clay bowls! How cool! These are the instructions that were included. They were very thorough and easy to follow, and I loved the step-by-step photographs.
I am including a close-up picture of the instructions, however, because I think some people might find this hard to read. I did not, but my seven-year-old did, and it's really important to both of us that he be able to read the instructions, too. I think the text should be on a lighter (or white) background, even if it means smaller photographs.
These are the supplies that were included to make our bowls. There was also a chunk of red clay (the same size as the pictured blue clay), but it was buried in the packing material, and I didn't find it until we were mid-project. I do have to say that one of the handles on the rolling pin came off when we were rolling out the clay, but it was still usable.
These are our completed bowls! They are so pretty, and I'm so pleased with them! They are small but sturdy. The last note of the instructions said to use some sandpaper to smooth the edges, so I think we will try that, and hopefully we can rub out the little fingerprint marks, too.
The Verdict: Kith & Kin definitely delivered on their promises! We had a fun time doing our project together, we both got to be creative, and our little bowls turned out to be lovely little keepsakes! I can really see gifting these to a relative and hearing him or her say, "(Child's Name) made these?! OMG, you're kidding! He MADE these? They're beautiful!" etc.
While nothing was extremely hazardous about this project, we did have to use the oven, and I did have to remind my son to wash his hands, so clearly this was a "Do-It-Together" project. I love making things with my children, but in this case, it also allowed him to create something that he wouldn't have been able to make without my help.
I love the packaging with it's multi-colored, festive "sizzle", the hot-air-balloon logo, the name / branding, and the lovely instructional photographs. All those things served to make the box feel homey yet magical somehow. And as with all crafting kits, I am always happy to be spared the pain of hunting down all the materials myself.
I think this was an amazing first box from Kith & Kin, and I look forward to seeing what they might have to offer in the future! I think if they just tweak their instructions a little to help make it easier to read, this will be an outstanding subscription for children and the creative adults who love them.