KiwiCo offers boxes for different age groups:
- Panda Crate for 0-24-month-olds,
- Koala Crate for 2-4-year-olds,
- Kiwi Crate for 5-8-year-olds,
- Atlas Crate for 6-11-year-olds,
- Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate for 9-16+-year-olds,
- Eureka Crate and Maker Crate for ages 14 and up. There really is something for every age with this company.
This review is of the $19.95 a month Koala Crate, for Pre-K kids ages 2-4.
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 Koala Crate from KiwiCo
The Subscription Box: KiwiCo Koala Crate
The Cost: $19.95 a month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 2-3 fun DIY projects for you to do with your preschooler!
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $3.95 per month, worldwide from $4.95-$6.95.
KiwiCo Koala Crate "Camping" Review
I am happy to report that we have been back in school for 4 full weeks without a case of COVID-19 in our building. That means home time = fun time, instead of work! I gave my shipping info a peek this month and was thrilled to see "camping" listed as the theme. My boys are all about camping, and this kit came at the perfect time as we have recently been researching areas to camp this summer. This particular subscription is geared towards kids aged 2-4, and while Charlie is a year older than that category, we find this box to be perfect for my two boys to complete all on their own. Check out how our camping day went below.
Like I said above, our family loves to camp. Last year we went multiple times, but this year we are bound and determined to go more. This camping box actually came the day we booked our first reservation for a campsite up North, so it really got the kids excited. Our month's kit included the pamphlet describing each activity with detailed illustrations, extra ideas, and social media info. Hank was able to read all of the instructions to Charlie, and we actually turned this into an entire day/night long theme to make it extra special.
Each month the Koala Crate "Imagine!" magazine is included. This month they included pictures of children camping, a story featuring Kellan, Peter, and Ella, a maze, a DIY chair tent project, and suggested books that fit into the camping theme. We were able to find "Boris Goes Camping" online as a read-a-loud, so even though we don't own that book, we got to enjoy it!
I love checking in on the boys while they do this box by themselves. They work so well together and have a genuinely good time.
For our first craft, we received a foam ring, a sticky "X", rock stickers, tissue paper, a tealight, and a dowel. All the supplies are high quality and the instructions are so easy to follow.
To create the campfire, the kids peeled off the sticker back and stuck tissue paper on throughout the "X" with the dowel. Once it was covered with tissue paper, we inserted the edges into the foam and added the pebble stickers. The tealight fits right inside and looks like a real fire. This was an easy craft for the kids and only took a few minutes to create but led to hours of fun. We actually slept in the tent in our living room with the fire burning through the night. Photos of that experience below!
The second project we received this month included felt food and a dowel. We were able to create a hot dog with condiments, and a S'more -- complete with pockets to insert the dowel into!
Who can resist a roasted marshmallow?!
The last project we received this month was this cute camping pack. We received a canvas bag and felt stickers for application.
Another easy craft, but super adorable. Charlie loved to wear this on his back and filled it with his headlamp, snacks, and book for the indoor camping extravaganza.
This month's theme was extra fun and turned into an all-nighter! We set up our pop-up tent in the living room and filled it with all of our pillows and blankets. We took turns roasting our hot dog and marshmallows over the fire and packed all of our goodies into the backpack. The kids were so fired up about the whole experience that we all piled in the tent and slept for the night.
Verdict: This Koala Crate took the cake. While the crafts were easy to make and a bit on the simple side, this month's theme was my boys' favorites. The fire, food, and backpack were all items that my kids have used every day since we have received them, and made for a perfect camping-themed day. Not only were the projects awesome, but we love reading the included magazine, and the book suggestions as read aloud's on YouTube. This is going to be hard to top, but we can't wait to see what next month's theme will be!
All of the included projects came with high-quality materials and were educational as well as fun. This month's camping theme kept us occupied for many hours and was a blast. The educational and fun aspects are worth the $19.95.
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