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KiwiCo Tinker Crate “Magnetic Light-Up Pendulum” Review + Coupon

Brandi D.
ByBrandi D.Sep 18, 2022 | 0 comments

Tinker Crate by KiwiCo
4.3 overall rating
12 Ratings | 3 Reviews

You probably know by now that KiwiCo has a subscription line for just about every age, but did you know they also offer fun one-time boxes in their shop? They have interactive toys, educational kits that are similar to their monthly boxes, and even some fun holiday-themed boxes. As a mom, I am always intrigued by these boxes, but before I buy, I like to know exactly what I'm getting. This series will provide you with a review of some of these unique one-time boxes and hopefully help you make an informed decision about your own purchases. If there's a box you'd like to see reviewed from their shop, drop a line in the comments and we'll see what we can do!

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This is a review of KiwiCo's Magnetic Light-Up Pendulum Tinker Crate. 

First Impressions

This sounded like an interesting project!

What's Inside this Crate?


Our Tinker Zine is full of educational information related to our project. This one was filled with facts about magnetism and some fun activities to go along with it!


The directions for our project come on a separate sheet with illustrated steps broken into different sections. They always include helpful troubleshooting information as well, and this one provided three different game ideas for our pendulum.


We received a mix of wooden parts, stickers, plastic screws, and hook and loop fasteners along with a battery pack and some wires. There were also three different sheets with game cards.

Part A: Assemble the Base


First, my son assembled the base by adding some stickers, magnets, and foam feet.


Then he added the clear cover.

Part B: Add the Arm


The next step was to wire it up, build the arm, and then add the base to the bottom of the arm with the wires connected.

Part C: String the Pendulum


We attached the battery pack to the side using the Velcro stickers, and then strung up the pendulum by attaching the alligator clip to the top of the conductive string.

Part D: Adjust the Pendulum

The final step was to add some of the little game cards to our base and then test it out!


We tested it out with the "Quirky Questions" cards. We gave the pendulum a push and each section would light up as the pendulum swung over to it. Wherever it stopped was our answer! This was pretty fun, but they were very eager to test out the "Nifty Numbers" game.


We got some art supplies and then used the pendulum and the number cards to help us draw a monster. We chose a body part and swung the pendulum and whichever number it landed on was how many body parts our monster had. I think we ended up with 2 heads, 6 arms, 6 eyes, and 3 noses, along with some other fun features. They loved it!

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $27.95 + free shipping

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This was a really fun box and I love how much the games sparked their creativity. I think this box was a fair value for the educational and fun experience we had!

Key Takeaways

We had a lot of fun with this simple build – the way that our pendulum operates was pretty cool!

To Wrap Up:

Is this box still available? 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.

Have you tried any of the boxes from the KiwiCo shop? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tinker Crate inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology—and have fun doing it. Every month, a new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving skills. Suitable for children ages 9 and up.
Brandi D.
Brandi D.

I am a homeschooling mother of four. 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! 

I love to discover new brands and try new things!

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