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KiwiCo Kiwi Crate “Playing with Hydraulics” Review + Coupon

Brandi D.
ByBrandi D.Dec 13, 2021

KiwiCo Kiwi Crate
4 overall rating
22 Ratings | 15 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!

This review is of KiwiCo's Kiwi Crate (for ages 5-8), which costs $19.95 per month.

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.)

First Impressions

My daughter always loves a project where water is involved, so I knew she would be excited to work on this one with me!

What's Inside This Box


This booklet highlights our theme for the month and it includes colorful, detailed illustrations to go along with our easy-to-follow instructions. On the back of the booklet, they include their social media links and a sticker for this month’s project. It looks like we have two different projects to work on this month!

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.


Our Kiwi Explore! magazine is always a nice bonus complete with a comic and some extra activities that really enhance our lessons each month! It's educational and full of fun and useful activities for us to try.

Activity 1: Robot Buddy

The first activity was to make some hydraulic systems using some syringes and tubing. They also provided some syringe holders for our next projects. We just needed to grab a cup of water from home to begin!


Making our hydraulic system was super easy. First, we tested our syringes by filling them with both water and air and pressing down on the plunger to see what would happen. Then we filled one syringe with water and attached the tubing before attaching the other syringe to the opposite end of the tubing.


She was amazed to see how it worked when we finished! She pressed the plunger down on the syringe filled with water and it filled up the syringe at the opposite end and pushed the plunger out. She tested it out a few times before we made our second system.

Activity 2: Water-Powered Worm


Next up, we were making a water-powered worm. They provided several rubber bands, pipe cleaners, foam pieces, elastic, and wooden parts for us.


First, she added the bead to the larger pipe cleaner to form her worm. She bent it in the center to make a bump on his back. Then she took one of the hydraulic systems we made and added the syringe holders to one of the syringes. We added some sticks and rubber bands and then our worm slid into place on top of the syringe.


Then she watched as her worm inched along when she pulled out the syringe and pushed it back in.


Next, she assembled the track for her worm using the wooden pieces, the elastic, and some rubber bands. She then placed her worm at the starting end of the track.


This time he inched along the track until he reached the finish line! She thought it was so fun and I thought it was a cute and creative way to explore hydraulics!

Activity 3: Mystery Color Machine


Our last activity was a bit different and they provided a fun set of erasable markers, some clear pictures, and pieces to create a frame and stand for them.


First, she chose a picture and colored it in using the erasable markers which she was amazed by (these are the kind with one white marker that erases the other colors). Then she added a clear picture over the top of it and secured it with two brad fasteners.


Then she placed her picture in the frame and attached our second hydraulic system to it using the foam adhesive and a syringe holder. Finally, she assembled the stand for it and placed the frame on top.


Then it was time to test it out! As she pushed and pulled the plunger of the syringe her picture would appear plain and then colored in. As you can see, she thought it was so cool!

She was eager to get started on her second picture and see how it would turn out!

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $19.95

My daughter loved the projects in this box and she is always fond of activities that involve water. I thought this was a great way to explore hydraulic systems and I think it was worth it due to the fact that not only was it educational, but it was also fun and engaging!

Key Takeaways

Each month Kiwi Crate sends fun projects that are well-organized and ready to go! We just open up the box and the learning and fun can begin! This box was another great example of the fun and engaging projects they provide with just the right mix of fun and learning!

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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 mom to 4 kids; 1 girl and 3 boys. While I have been reviewing boxes since 2018 and I love the luxury of trying new products, I'm also balancing it out by dabbling in a little bit of homesteading, too. We now have 4 chickens and a rabbit and my sourdough starter is going strong! I love learning about new brands and sharing the great things I find with others in hopes that they find something new to love or to fit their needs!