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Cricket Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2018

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanOct 15, 2018 | 5 comments

Cricket Crate October 2018 - Box

Cricket Crate by KiwiCo
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Cricket Crate (from parent company KiwiCo) is a subscription box for children ages 0 to 36 months. It arrives every month with all the materials and instructions needed to complete an age-appropriate project, a board book, plus additional materials to help educate young learners!

Cricket Crate October 2018 - Box open

KiwiCo offers boxes for different age groups: Cricket Crate is for 0-36-month-olds, Koala Crate is for 3-4-year-olds, Kiwi Crate is for 5-8-year-olds, and Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate for 9-16+-year-olds, and Atlas Crate for 6-11-year-olds. There really is something for every age with this company.

This review is of the $19.95 a month Cricket Crate box, for 0 to 36 months of age.

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).

Cricket Crate October 2018 - Box contents

About Cricket Crate

The Subscription Box: Cricket Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: 15% off

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

Cricket Crate "Neighborhood Fun" October 2018 Review

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Each month you will receive a Wonder magazine. This goes over what the main theme of the month is and how that ties back to the project. This month is all about exploring your neighborhood, developing pencil grasping, and how to make connections with books. 

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Next, I received this little information card that goes over everything in the box and how each activity works.  

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Water Play Mat

Our first item of the month is this amazing water play mat! It came safely packaged together and when you open it you discover an entire neighborhood. I couldn't wait to show this to my son and get started on discovering all of the drawings. He has similar water play books with pictures that he loves playing with so I knew it was going to be a hit. 

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Paint Brush

The second item out of the box is this handy little paintbrush. This pairs with the water play mat, and is a great tool to use with helping your little one's pencil grasping skills.

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Water Bowl

They really thought of everything this month! The next item up is this water bowl that you can use to keep water safely to the side for your little one to dip the paintbrush into. I love that they included all items we would need to use the water play mat.

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Wooden Toys

These little wooden toys are meant to be used while exploring the neighborhood on the water play mat. The activity card even suggests using the water bowl and washcloth to give them a bath! Fox was obsessed with these characters and loved having them walk across the water mat.

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The final piece to our project this month is this little washcloth. It can be used to dry off our wooden characters if your little one decides to give them a bath or use them on the water mat. I found this helpful to have around to use during cleanup as well!

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Finally, it was time to play! Fox could not wait to use this new water mat, I mean look at that smile! He has played with this multiple times in the past few days already and loves identifying all of the pictures on the mat. Taking the wooden toys across the mat to see what adventures they could go on was Fox's favorite part, and I absolutely loved listening to him play make-believe as he made each character talk. I do wish though that there would have been colors on the page, we were a bit surprised that with every stroke there weren't new colors to discover. However, Fox loved it and didn't even notice so I call this one a win!

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Cricket's Great Wait - Listed Value $6.95

This month's theme continues through with the board book! Cricket gets lost in her neighborhood, where we learn an important lesson about what to do if you do find yourself lost. This is a great way to understand how to explore your neighborhood. 

Verdict: I loved this month's Cricket Crate and it was an even bigger hit with my son! Fox was so excited about his new water play mat, and I love that it is something we will be able to keep and use over again. They truly thought of everything that we would need to use our mat, I wouldn't have expected to receive a paint brush, wooden toys, and water bowl to complete a fun water play time! Plus, at $19.95, I am getting a full activity that is already planned for me, a book, and a monthly magazine that I usually end up keeping to read through again for new and fun ideas! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of publication, the October box is still available. From KiwiCo:

Crates are assigned each month based on availability and your crate history - not all subscribers receive the same theme each month.

CouponSave 40% off your first month! No coupon required, just use this link!

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Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

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The Neighborhood fun crate is great! My toddler still plays with the water mat several times a week and Cricket’s Great Wait was one of her favorite books for the longest time. I do wish I knew how to clean the water mat as it does get grungy over time with parts never returning to the white – but we’ve had it near a year now & it gets heavy use so I am not surprised.

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Taryn Lowman

That’s so wonderful you have been able to keep it that long!

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I am very pleased it lasted! My toddler also likes to ‘experiment’ now that she is almost three using things other than the paintbrush – her hand, blocks, toys, etc. to make different patterns. I have fun with it, too, as it’s basically a Buddha board in a mat! It’s my favorite thing in the Kiwi Crate line I’ve gotten so far because it’s so versatile and doesn’t turn into ‘clutter’ like some of the activities would. Plus it’s large enough adults can join her in ‘painting.’

I don’t have any Kiwi subs currently active (though I’ve gotten maybe 8 boxes across varying age ranges for my daughter and her cousins) but I’m probably going to grab the Newborn Cricket three box set for my baby on the way.


This looks great! This will be my first box, which will either be arriving today or tomorrow. I’m pretty impressed so far!

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Taryn Lowman

I hope you enjoy it! We really loved it, and are still loving it, so much!

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