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Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon – October 2015

Anna Rodriguez
ByAnna RodriguezNov 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - box

Tinker Crate by KiwiCo
4.3 overall rating
12 Ratings | 3 Reviews

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 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.

Tinker Crate kindly sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - inside

The Subscription Box: Tinker Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month (free shipping)

COUPON: Get 50% off your 1st month! No coupon needed - just use this link.

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

Check out all of our Tinker Crate reviews!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - magazine

Usually, 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, however, our package came with a copy of Family Fun magazine. It is a special edition, filled with awesome ideas for how to decorate the home for Halloween!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - project

This month’s big project is a motion sensing spider! I have to hand it to Tinker Crate, they always know how to pick a project that will make my nine-year-old super excited!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - instructions

These are the instructions for this month’s project. They are pretty detailed, but they are very clear, complete, and easy-to-follow. I have to mention, though, this month’s project came with two extra (but small) pages of instructions. It was a doozy.

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - supplies

These were the materials Tinker Crate supplied for the project. We had to supply our own scissors and some tape.

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - spider

This is our completed motion-sensing spider! It doesn’t look like much yet, but you can clearly see that my son made a very creepy looking spider!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - action

This is the spider in action! It was awesome! Any time someone walked under the doorway here, the creepy spider would drop down and land on his shoulder, then spring back up!

Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review & Coupon October 2015 - mess

Unfortunately, the fun only lasted about 15 minutes. The picture above might give you some idea of why – everything got tangled up inside and all the pieces kind of imploded.

The verdict: My son and I both still LOVE Tinker Crate, but I have to admit that this month’s project was kind of a bummer. This was a seriously involved project, so we spent a long time (on Halloween, no less), putting this together and then we only got to enjoy it for about 15 minutes. It was partially our fault for using lame tape that didn’t hold everything together very well, but I guess you could also say that Tinker Crate could have included a little tape. They also gave clear instruction on how to tell if the rubber band was not wound tightly enough, but they didn’t mention anything about winding the rubber band too tightly, which I think we may have also done. Nonetheless, this was a really fun project and the results were amazing while they lasted! Here’s hoping we have better luck with our engineering next month!

What did you think of October’s Tinker Crate?

Tinker Crate inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology—and have fun doing it. Every month, a new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving skills. Suitable for children ages 9 and up.
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.

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.
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