Kiwi Crate (from parent company KiwiCo) is a subscription box for children ages 3-8. It arrives every month with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts centered around a theme, plus additional materials to help educate young learners!
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: Kiwi Crate
The Cost: Regular monthly subscription is $19.95 per month + free shipping
The Products: Crafts and DIY projects for kids, with supplemental learning kits, booklets, and activities. Crates are filled with materials and inspiration to encourage creativity and curiosity. Projects cover a number of developmental areas through art, science, and imaginative play.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $6.95 per month
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Kiwi Crate sends a well-designed instructional booklet each month. The instructions are easy to follow, and what is needed for each section of the activity is clear. Most of the time, my seven-year-old can complete the activity alone. I didn’t have to help at all this month!
Kiwi Crate also includes a magazine that is focused on the subject of the month. This month it was “Peek into Ponds.” Cira enjoys reading this Kiwi Crate magazine - they’ve done a great job at making it both interesting and fun.
The magazine then has various sections for kids to explore:
- Read - Steve, the Kiwi, learns how fogs jump so far and so fast
- Discover – pond life
- Let’s Explore – incredible jumping frogs
- Make – dive into density
- Find – dragonfly field trip
First, Cira created the “colorful frogs” art by grating chalk then placing the grated color chalk over water in a small bowl. Next, she put the paper squares and the frogs on top of the water (and chalk) so they could absorb the color. They turned out so pretty.
The next step was to make the “leaping lily pad” by using the rubber bands to hold the lily pad together and then put the colorful art frogs on top of the lily pad. After it was all put together she just held it down on the table, then let it go and watched it pop! The rubber band snapping back into place works in a similar way as frogs legs do.
There was so much to do in the kit this month! Another craft Cira did was the “density aquarium”. She filled small cups up with salted water then colored paper with a marker and set each piece of paper into a cup where the marker bled and colored the water. Then she used a syringe to fill the small plastic bottles shaped like fish with the different-colored salt water. The varying amounts of air in each bottle allowed them to float at different levels – thus, creating the density aquarium. It was fun to discuss what was happening in this project with Cira.
Verdict: Kiwi Crate is really a great subscription! The instructions are fabulous and there is so much to learn from building the activity and the booklet that is included. My 7-year-old is able to complete most of the activities by herself, and it took about one hour. Plus, she's enjoying the magazine Kiwi Crate included, and she usually picks out additional activities/crafts she wants to make in the future.
I can’t believe what you get in this sub for 20 bucks! The magazine, the activity and then all the activities and information from the Kiwi Crate website which is fabulous. Plus, Kiwi Crate does a great job with their communication. I knew when the box was on its way and then received a follow-up email asking for feedback. I think this is a top notch subscription for kids.
What do you think of Kiwi Crate?