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KiwiCo Kiwi Crate Review + Coupon – Light Refraction

Brandi D.
ByBrandi D.Jun 23, 2021

2.9 overall rating
37 Ratings | 30 Reviews

Kiwi Crate is a subscription box for kids ages 5-8 from the parent company KiwiCo. It arrives every month with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts centered on a theme, plus additional materials to help educate young learners!

KiwiCo offers boxes for different age groups: 

There really is something for every age with this company!

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 by KiwiCo

The Subscription Box: Kiwi Crate

The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Save 30% off your first box! No coupon needed - just use this link.

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: The U.S. for free, Canada for $3.95, and worldwide from $4.95-$6.95

KiwiCo Kiwi Crate "Light Refraction" Review June 2021


Our theme for this month is Light Refraction and we received this booklet which contains the directions for our activities. This includes detailed, colored illustrations and clear instructions that are easy to follow. This month our booklet is divided into various activities. On the back of the booklet, they include their social media links and a sticker for this month’s project. 

This is the little sticker chart we received in our first Kiwi Crate along with our welcome note that we can add our sticker to.


Each month you also get a Kiwi Explore! magazine with a letter from Steve the Kiwi and a little comic to go along with the theme starring some cute characters. We learned about refraction and light and they included some extra activities along with a recipe for making a jiggly magnifier that we can eat!

After reading through our booklet, my daughter was eager to test out what a spoon looked like in a glass of water. You can see she was impressed!


Everything was well organized and some of the pieces were separated and labeled for us. They even provided battery instructions.

Part 1: Light Box


The first step was to make the lightbox for our project. They provided a base and a tap light for us.


This was as simple as just layering the pieces over the light.

Part 2: Glowing Firefly


Next, it was time to make a glowing firefly using a plastic base, air-dry clay, some googly eyes, and wings.


She added the base to the lightbox and then got to work making the firefly body out of the clay. She added the details like the wings, eyes, and mouth and it was complete!


Here is her cute firefly!

Activity 3: Refraction Fireworks


The last activity was our refraction fireworks. They provided some reusable cling stickers, a clear slide, and some firework plates.


The first step was to line up the stickers on the inside of the clear slide. The stickers were really easy to re-use and move around, although that also made them a little tricky to place, but overall, it was a fairly easy process! Then she put the slide on top of the lightbox and added the wooden piece on top of that.


Next, she added the firework plates, and then we turned out the lights and moved the slide to test it out.

It was really cool looking and my daughter had fun playing with the speed to change the look of the fireworks.


Then we opened the slide back up and added this black sticker and tried it again. This time the fireworks seemed to burst and change a bit more. She was really impressed and so excited that she was able to remove the stickers and try a new pattern for next time!

Verdict: My daughter loved this Kiwi Crate project! This month's actual project was really easy to put together and I loved that they made it a little creative, too by having her create a firefly first. Between the projects and the booklet, she learned a lot about light refraction and I love that it was both educational and fun. Everything was well organized and it was so easy for us to just open the box and get started with no prep work needed from me. Plus, this fireworks display is one that she can continue to play around with and try new patterns on since they provided extra stickers that are so easy to reuse. This project was another win for us!

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.

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Brandi D.
Brandi D.

I am a homeschooling mother of four; 3 boys and 1 girl. My youngest was just born in January 2022 and my oldest is 7. I am a former educator and have taught both elementary art and Special Education. I have been reviewing boxes for MSA since January 2018 and have reviewed everything from activity and clothing boxes for kids to clothing, beauty, and pampering boxes for women. I have also reviewed boxes focused on home goods and even some men's boxes with the help of my husband!