Review: Kiwi Crate

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I recently got a Kiwi Crate to review and I was so excited from the moment I picked up the box. If you are unfamiliar with Kiwi Crate, it is a subscription based service that will send you a box of themed activities for you to do with your child.  Each box will include directions and all the materials you need to create at least two projects and inspire your child's creativity.



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The box we received focused on the theme Colors and it had all the materials I needed to do three fun, hands-on projects with my kids.  When I opened the box, I was delighted to find a pair of scissors included.  I was so impressed with the entire presentation.  I mean how cute is this!



When I unpacked my Kiwi Crate I found all these goodies inside.


The first project we tried was top making.  The Kiwi Crate came with a large and small top and some paper covers that were blank and could fit over the top.  It also came with some markers to color the top covers. I talked to the girls about different colors and then gave them the markers and top covers.



"A" decorated these two top covers using red, blue and black.


Hubby wanted to see what all the excitement was about and helped the girls take them for a spin.



The kids were so excited to see how the colors they used appeared to mix and change as the top spun.  And let's face it, spinning a top is just fun!



These are B's top covers.  We spun them both at the same time.


Because the Kiwi Crate came with 3 activities, we were able to spread the fun out over a few days.  On this day we did the Color Frames.  The kit came with some frames, contact paper, film and tissue paper.  I opted to not use the tissue paper on this activity since I really like the look of the film.  


After I put the contact paper in the frame the kids started decorating.  They liked discovering how they could create different colors by layering the colored film.




When they were done with their designs, I put another piece of contact paper on top and we had a pretty picture.


The finished frames.  They are just gorgeous when the sun streams through the brightly colored film.  My girls were so proud!


"A" then had fun looking at their creations with the blue glasses that were also included in our crate.


The final project in our Kiwi Crate was an adorable tote bag that we got to decorate with color bleeding tissue paper.  We got a kid sized tote bag, tissue paper squares and a dropper (I added a second from my materials so the kids wouldn't fight).  The girls placed the tissue paper on the tote bag and added water with their droppers (look at them rocking their fine motor skills!).




Don't you just love our stylish bag?


As a former teacher, I was really impressed with the quality of materials found in the Kiwi Crate.  These kid tested activities were designed by a community of parents.  They are perfect for busy or working moms.  Some moms have told me that they want to do activities like I do on Mess For Less with their kids, but they just don't have to the time to go buy all the supplies and prepare them for the activity.  Kiwi Crate is the perfect solution.  

Subscription Options
Kiwi Crate offers a number of subscription options.  Monthly subscriptions are $19.95 per month, including shipping.  You can get an annual subscription for $220 and you get one free month.  A three  month subscription is $60, and a six month subscription is $110.  These make great gifts for the kid who has everything.  What's better than the gift of creativity and family fun?  Every month your Kiwi Crate will focus on a particular theme like Colors, Dinosaurs or Gardening.  You can check out some sample crates here.  Kiwi Crates offer a variety of projects ranging from crafts, imaginative play, science experiments and more.

Kiwi Crate is designed for boys and girls ages 3-6.  I used the kit with my three year olds and while we didn't delve as deeply into some of the color concepts, the girls did get a lot out of the activities.  I love that there are even more theme related ideas on the Kiwi Crate website.  

The Kiwi Crate was a big hit in our house.  If you are short on time or inspiration then they might be a hit with you too.  Thanks to Kiwi Crate for providing us with some fun, educational activities!  You can like Kiwi Crate on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Disclosure:  I was sent this product for review.  All opinions expressed are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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4 comments:

  1. This is so neat, I've never heard of a Kiwi Crate before. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I love how these have an educational and scince component mixed in with all the craft fun. These crates are so neat thanks for sharing.

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  3. G Inspires, Isn't it a great idea. I was happy to see the kids were so into it.

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  4. Christine, Yes, all their crates touch on a number of learning areas and they make it all fun!

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