Kiwi Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2018
Kiwi Crate (from parent company KiwiCo) is a subscription box for children ages 5-8. 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!
KiwiCo offers boxes for different age groups: Cricket Crate is for 24-36-month-olds, Koala Crate is for 3-4-year-olds, Kiwi Crate is for 5-8-year-olds, and Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate are for 9-16+-year-olds. There really is something for every age with this company.
This review is of the $19.95 a month Kiwi Crate box, for 5-8-year-olds.
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 Kiwi Crate
The Subscription Box: Kiwi Crate
The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping
COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA50 to save 50% off your first box!
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
Kiwi Crate April 2018 Review
The theme for this month was Solar System. This was the included booklet that showed us the various activities in our crate and provided instructions. The pictures are very clear- detailed and in color- and I like that they always provide a materials list for everything that should be in your crate.
On the back of the booklet was our sticker for this month’s project and their social media links.
This is the little sticker chart that we received in our first Kiwi Crate along with our welcome note. This time we got to add our Solar System sticker after we completed our projects.
Each month you get a Kiwi Explore! magazine that goes along with your crate’s theme. There is a letter from Steve the Kiwi and a little story to go along with the theme. This month’s story was about watching the sky for meteors and UFOs. The rest of the magazine is filled with additional activities and information.
The extra activities this month included lots of great information on the solar system including instructions on how to make scale model planets and even a scale model solar system.
There were also instructions for creating a crater and designing your own alien. They always have very creative extension activities that are relevant to the main theme. I consider these little bonus activities and I’m sure older kids would have a lot of fun completing these on their own.
The first activity in our box was to paint our planet stickers with watercolors. I loved that they provided some great techniques for painting and also a guide for making the planets look realistic.
The stickers came on a nice, thick sheet of paper which was ideal since we were working with watercolors. The paints and brush that came were actually a decent quality which allowed me to attempt the techniques they provided and achieve nice results.
These are our finished results. I just let my daughter go for it since they provided extra stickers anyway. Plus any paint that got outside of the lines wouldn’t affect our finished product since these were cut out stickers.
While our painted planets were drying, we were able to complete the next activity in the box which was to make a meteor launcher. This is just another example of how well thought out the box is! They provide an extra activity while you wait, which is so important and helpful when working with kids.
This was so simple to put together. You use the included elastic with cute little stars on one end of the tube and there is a little stopper to add onto the bottom of the other tube. No extra materials necessary and everything fits perfectly in place.
The launcher came with a few small Pom poms and a game board. The game board is shaped like a moon and has various crater circles that are each worth a different amount of points. It was very easy to use and my 3-year-old daughter had a lot of fun playing with it.
By the time we got our launcher built and had a few minutes to play around with it, our planet stickers were all dry and ready to go.
The first step in creating our solar system was to put our sun together. We used the pipe cleaner to attach the included light to the small yellow paper lantern. Then I attached the sun to the cord and strung it through the center of our solar system board.
Next, we took the stickers and folded them over the strings. This was a really easy way to create our planets and make them two-sided.
Then we strung the planet strings through the various holes in our board and tied them at the top at varying lengths. Our last step was to cut the excess cord at the top to finish it up.
The solar system that we created reminds me of a mobile. I love that the sun in the middle actually lights up.
Verdict: Once again, my daughter and I really enjoyed our Kiwi Crate! I think most kids have an interest in space and the solar system and this was a great way to explore them. I’m always amazed at how well thought out the projects are – they are so simple and they always make it so easy to put everything together. At $19.95 plus free shipping, I think it was a great value for a box of activities that were both creative and age appropriate.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It is possible you might get this crate, but it is not a guarantee. From KiwiCo:
Crates are assigned each month based on availability and your crate history – not all subscribers receive the same theme each month.
Coupon – Save 40% off your first month! No coupon required, just use this link!
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What do you think of Kiwi Crate?