Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016
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 projects based around a central theme. Unlike Kiwi Crate, however, these projects are less crafty and more based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and enrichment.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Tinker Crate
The Cost: $19.95 per month (free shipping)
Save 30% off your first box with code MSA30!
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
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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 all about 3D! I do this box with my ten-year-old son.
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 big project is a 3D viewer! Whoa! My son and I are almost always thrilled with Tinker Crate’s project selections!
Here’s a peek inside the instructions this month. They may look a little intimidating, but they are always very clear, complete, and easy-to-follow.
These were the materials Tinker Crate supplied for the project. With Tinker Crate, sometimes you have to supply a few things, but they are always items you have at home, like scissors or water. This month they included everything we needed for the project. Sometimes Tinker Crate includes some supplies for the smaller projects in TinkerZine, too.
This is our completed 3D viewer! I’m sorry I couldn’t actually get a photograph of how it looks inside – I don’t think it’s possible. I tried to give you an idea by showing the left and right images, though. In any case, it works great! To make this, my son just had to follow the instructions and assemble the pieces. It came with a series of card pairs, one for the left and one for the right, with all kinds of images on them. Inside are a couple of mirrors that direct the light toward the viewing lenses.
Verdict: We love Tinker Crate! This month’s project was really so awesome! My ten-year-old was once again proud of his creation, and my eight-year-old was really into looking at all the pictures when it was completed. Tinker Crate always picks out fun projects, sends quality materials, and provides loads of educational content. It’s a huge value for $20!
What do you think of Tinker Crate?