Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2017
Tinker Crate is a subscription box 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 craftsy 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)
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 and Canada, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and APO addresses. Free within the United States, $6.95 to Canada.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
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 ballistas! We didn’t know what that meant initially. I do this box with my eleven-year-old son.
Here’s a peek at the table of contents from this month’s TinkerZine, plus a look at some of the pages inside. 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 ballista! We found out that it is basically like a crossbow that shoots little plastic balls. 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.
My son’s first step was to build the body of the ballista by bolting the pieces together with plastic bolts.
The next step was to attach the arms with string and some dials and wind them tightly into place. When you press down on the arms, they spring back!
Finally, he added the launch string and stuck the window over the top. This is the completed ballista!
And here it is in action! So cool!
The Verdict: We love Tinker Crate! This month’s project was so fun! I have often mentioned that my younger son is usually the recipient of the older one’s efforts, and this month’s finished project was especially fun for the younger one to play with! There’s no faster way to a younger brother’s heart than to say, “Brother, I built you a crossbow!” It’s very cool that this box is getting both boys inspired to explore engineering. Tinker Crate always picks out fun projects, sends quality materials, and provides loads of educational content. It’s a huge value for $20!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign up now for the November box.
Coupon – Save 40% off your first month! No coupon required, just use this link
What do you think of Tinker Crate?