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KiwiCo Panda Crate Review + Coupon – Count With Me

Haley Faye
ByHaley FayeDec 4, 2020 | 6 comments

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Panda Crate by KiwiCo
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Panda Crate is a bi-monthly subscription from KiwiCo for ages 0-24 months. They are curated based on the science of early development and are made practical, helpful, and convenient for parents. In fact, they actually consulted researchers at Seattle Children's hospital to make sure everything is well suited for each stage of your child's brain development.

In addition to this newborn subscription, KiwiCo offers other boxes for different age groups: 

This is a review of Panda Crate's "Count With Me" for ages 13-18 months which costs $39.90 + free shipping.

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About Panda Crate

The Subscription: Panda Crate by KiwiCo

The Cost: 1 crate every 2 months costs $19.95/month (with free shipping) which adds up to $39.90/crate. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: Up to six learning toys and books, specifically designed for your child’s age and stage. The line is split into five separate age bands: Birth-2 months, 3-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, & 19-24 months.

Ships to: The U.S. for free, Canada for $3.95 per month, worldwide from $4.95-$6.95.

Good to Know: You can switch to any of KiwiCo's other subscriptions at any time to suit your child's age and developmental interests.

Panda Crate "Count With Me" (13-18 months) November 2020 Review


Each box comes with a Wonder by Panda Crate magazine, with information about the stage of development your baby is in and lots of tips and FAQs for parents. This Panda Crate, for ages 13-18 months, is titled "CountWith Me." This issue emphasizes building number sense skills with things like counting, quantity, and volume.

Panda Crate Count With Me Box info card

The back of the theme page shows every item in the box with brief descriptions on the right.


Panda Crate sends informative cards with details about each product and ideas for how to use them to promote your baby's development.


Every crate will also include "beyond the crate" activity cards with details of your baby's brain development, activities you can do with them to promote growth, and the science behind them.


Poppy's Surprise Book

Poppy the Panda shows up all over the design aesthetic for Panda Crate! Every month has a Poppy Panda book. This one is about counting little turtles that show up for Poppy's birthday party. I love the art! It's so cute.


Stacking Cups

My first two babies both loved stacking cups so I think these are a good inclusion for this box! My 13-month-old daughter is young for counting but she has fun knocking them over and nesting them. These are great for dexterity development, too, and they'd be fun in the tub.


Cylinder Blocks 

This wood puzzle has four cylinder pieces that are all different widths and lengths. I like that it's a wood puzzle, and it's really simple so I think it's a smart design for a "baby's first puzzle."


Shape Puzzles

I like the ombre colors of these shape puzzles! And my daughter seemed to take to these faster than the other puzzle in this month's box. I wish these had little bases to set them on instead of just the floor so it would be easier to keep them together, but they still work just fine as puzzles. One day, pieces will get lost. But for now, they're fun.


Counting Cards 

These are cute counting cards. They go from 1 through 10; one side has a number and the other has cut out shapes of that number. The shapes have different textures so they are interesting to touch and you can sit and describe how they feel with your baby. I might hole punch these and put them on a ring so that she can flip through them alone.


Reversible Canvas Nesting Baskets

These little baskets are made with reversible canvas, so you can have them like this (white rims) or flip them so the body is white and the rim is colorful. They aren't terribly sturdy, so they need to be shaped a little bit, but they are good so far for sorting things and the massively entertaining game (for babies) of putting things in and taking things out.

Verdict: Panda Crate is one of my new favorite subscriptions! The goal of the box is to deliver scientifically-backed products to help promote my baby's development, which I'm obviously a big fan of. We always get a lot of play out of the toys in each Panda Crate box. I'm also crazy about the design aesthetic! The branding is so cute with Poppy, the little panda, on everything. Plus the colors are modern and stylish. It makes me excited to see more from future boxes. Overall, considering the practicality, the information cards and magazine, the science-backed curation, the quality, and the great design of the items, I'm happy with everything you get for the $39.90 per crate cost.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this is one of the two boxes they send during the 7-12 month age window. Panda Crate is more of a "line" of boxes from KiwiCo than a typical subscription model with different themes each month. When you sign up, you input your baby's age or your due date and they'll send you the appropriate box for your child's age and development at the right time. (Good to know: you can pick what month you want your first box to arrive. By default, it will arrive the month of your due date.)

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Panda Crate is a bimonthly subscription from KiwiCo for ages 0-24 months. These subscription boxes are curated based on the science of early development and are made practical, helpful, and convenient for parents. KiwiCo consulted researchers at Seattle Children’s hospital to make sure everything is... read more.
Haley Faye
Haley Faye
Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

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If I got the Chat with me box for December (7-12 months) and my baby turns 12mo, is the next month that I would get in February the Count with me box for 12-18 months?

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We got this crate in May and I was so sad to see that the canvas nesting baskets are no longer in it. They replaced it with a pouch for the shapes puzzle. The shapes puzzle is our favorite part of this crate. We talk about small, medium, and large. We group the pieces by size or shape. I can see these being a hit for a while longer. I love that they are “loose parts”.

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The panda cup is a favorite here, too!

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My daughter loved the Cricket themed books when she was little. It looks like the Panda ones are cute, too, and a little more colorful!

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My boys are 2.5 and got this last year. It was a big hit! They still play with the cups (numbers have worn off) and bags everyday. Poppy Panda books are still favorites, loved, and read. The number 10 card (“Purple Circle” in our house) is also a favorite of one of the boys. He will hold it and carry it around. If its not in the playroom, he’ll be dramatic until I find it and give it back. It’s held up despite daily use for a year…They don’t care at all for the other number cards, though I think the exposure helped them learn shapes.

That said, be careful with the wooden toys in this one. Our shapes snapped and broke, and the little nubbies on top of the circles in the circle puzzle came off. Thankfully, my boys are the type that immediately show and hand over anything really small, broken, or “trash”. Maybe its better quality now? I didn’t reach out to Kiwi Co about the defects. Maybe I should?

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Similar to Tiffany, my now 24-month-old got this box (with something else in place of the stacking baskets, I can’t remember what) a while ago and she loved it! She still plays with the wooden puzzles & shapes and stacking cups every day, and especially loves the panda cup on top. I’ve found the quality to be really good and so far nothing has broken, so I wonder, Tiffany, if the quality has changed, like you suggest, or if you just got a bad set :/

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