Our dog is not impressed with Kiwi Crate, but the rest of the family is!
What Is Kiwi Crate?
Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box that includes crafts and activities. You set up a profile for your child and include his/her birthday and gender. I currently receive the Koala Crate box for my daughter, C, as this box is geared towards children ages 3-4. According to Kiwi Crate, “[e]very crate includes all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as colors, transportation or safari.” Each box comes with an instruction booklet “for the grownup assistant,” a coloring/activity book from Highlights, and the materials for three activities. The instruction booklet also provides information on the “messiness” and “grownup involvement” on a scale from low to high.
I subscribed to Kiwi Crate because I wanted to have something fun to do with my daughter on the weekends during my son’s naps. I’ve been receiving it for four months now, but this is my first time reviewing it.
How Do I Get It?
Subscription plans start at $19.95/month, although you can save money if you have a promo code or get a longer (6 month or 12 month) plan. If you are interested, you can sign up here and get $10 off your first month! (Full Disclosure: Although I do not receive compensation from Kiwi Crate to review their products, I will receive a $10 credit when people sign up through this link.)
Koala Crate May 2015 Review
I almost cancelled my subscription to Kiwi Crate last month. (I didn’t because they make you call them to cancel and I was too lazy to do it at the time.) I found that I wasn’t doing the crafts and so it was a waste of money. Because I was going to receive the box anyway, I decided I would blog about it. This forced me to actually do the crafts with my daughter. She loved it and I felt like a super Mom. It was a win-win situation.
This month’s theme was Cityscapes. I felt like it should have been something more summery, but I ended up loving the activities.
This is a picture of the Highlights book:
Here’s a picture from the instruction booklet that provides an overview of the three activities:
First Activity: City Building Blocks
The first activity we did was the city building blocks. This involved putting stickers on nine wooden blocks. The messiness was ranked low and the grownup involvement was medium. This was really easy to do, although I did have to readjust some stickers so that they weren’t hanging off the blocks. Some of the stickers were also difficult to peel off the sheet.
I loved that this craft is really a new toy. My son and daughter have already built towers with the blocks. We also use them to talk about what’s the same and different about the different patterns.
Mom’s Verdict: A
Love! Easy mess-free project that she could do on her own. Plus, now my kids have new toys!
Second Activity: Stencil Drawstring Bag
The second activity was to decorate a drawstring bag. After it is done, you can store the blocks in it. The messiness level was high, as it involved glitter paint and a “spouncer” (stencil brush). Grownup involvement was ranked as medium. It came with glitter paint. Because we didn’t use it all, we will save this for other projects.
Mom’s Verdict: B
This is such a cute idea, although it didn’t turn out great. But that’s because I let my daughter do this “all by my own.” She wasn’t a fan of painting only in the stencils. The paint also got under some of the stencils, so the pictures didn’t turn out perfectly.
C also got paint ALL over her, but luckily, it washed off very easily. (Both off of the table and off of her dress.)
Despite the fact that this is not the most beautiful bag ever, we will get a lot of use out of this. I am one of those moms who tries very hard to keep things organized, so I love putting toys in bins, boxes, and bags. The toys won’t stay that way, but I like that it’s an option.
Third Activity: Skyline Paintings
This was another stencil activity, but it involved putting stickers on paper, painting over them, and then peeling the stickers off to see the white space they left behind.
The box comes with three pieces of paper. We, of course, had to use both sides of each piece. (We did it over the course of two days.) Luckily, C only wanted to put three stickers on some of the pages, so we had enough for all of them. It was really easy for C to put the stickers on by herself, and it was also easy for her to paint the paper. Some of the stickers didn’t stick down all the way, so paint got under them. But, this is cute and she had fun doing it. Unlike the other activities, however, this one isn’t something we can use again. It’s therefore not my favorite.
This was her favorite. When I asked her why, she said: “Because I love it so much!” So there you have it.
This is probably my favorite Koala Crate box so far. I’m glad I kept my subscription and I’m looking forward to next month’s box!