Tinker Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2017
Tinker Crate is a subscription box for kids ages 9-14 from the makers of KiwiCo. 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.)
About Tinker Crate
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 and Canada, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and APO addresses. Free within the United States, $6.95 to Canada.
Tinker Crate December 2017 Review
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 radical robotics! The kids are always super stoked to build robots. I do this box with my eleven-year-old son usually, but this time my nine-year-old wanted to give it a try!
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 walking robot! My son was completely thrilled!
Here’s a peek at 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 except scissors. Sometimes Tinker Crate includes some supplies for the smaller projects in TinkerZine, too.
My son’s first step was to wrap the cardboard body around the motor and attach it. He also put a dowel through the top and attached gears to either side. He also attached prongs through the bottom and connected them to the motor.
His next step was to assemble the battery pack and stick it to the back of the body with sticky foam. He also attached the wires from the battery pack to the motor.
His next step was to assemble the arms (with brads) and legs (with plastic tubes and screws).
He then attached the arms and legs to the body on the dowel and prongs with foam gears.
His final step was to stick the cardboard body panel and head to the body. This is his completed robot!
Here it is in action! So cool! We were on vacation with my family when he made this, and everyone was so impressed!
The Verdict: We love Tinker Crate! This month’s project was so fun! You really can’t imagine how impressed my nine-year-old was with himself and his ability to create something like this. So exciting! He was really proud to share this with his cousins and the rest of my extended family. I actually don’t know how Tinker Crate comes up with such great project ideas month after month. They also send quality materials and provide 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 January box.
Coupon – Save 40% off your first month! No coupon required, just use this link
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