What Is Kiwi Crate?
Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box that includes crafts and activities. 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! (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 June 2015 Review
It was another fun month of doing crafts with my daughter!
This month’s theme was Ocean Adventure. As someone who loves all things related to the ocean, this was perfect for me!
First Activity: Watercolor Fish
The first activity we did was the watercolor fish. I actually tried to persuade C to do the third activity first, as the first one was ranked “high” for both messiness and grownup involvement. But she really wanted to do this one, and I couldn’t say no just because I wanted to check my email while she played. So, instead we did this together and had a great time!
In theory, the activity involved coloring a cut-out of a fish with markers and then spraying it with water to blend the colors. The child can then add stickers and googly eyes to the fish.
Mom’s Verdict: B
C loved coloring the fish, but didn’t really feel like coloring the fish different colors. Instead, she chose one color for each fish, so it kinda defeated the “watercolor” aspect of the craft. Not that I’m saying that C did the activity incorrectly (a 3 year old can’t do art “wrong” – unless she’s drawing on the walls), but I think requiring a toddler to color a fish multiple different colors in order to perform the craft may be pushing it. That said, C loved it and I think the fish (especially the orange one!) came out well. I did, find it curious, however, as to why C chose to give two eyes to some fish and one eye to others. I wonder if she gets the concept that viewing a fish profile makes it so we would only see one eye?
Second Activity: Fishing Game
The second activity was to make a game with the fish that your child created in the first activity. You attach the fish to cards and then create a “fishing pole” so that you can “fish” for them. Grownup involvement and messiness were both ranked as medium.
Mom’s Verdict: B
Unfortunately, my iPhone got wet, so I no longer have access to the before, during, and after pictures for this activity. It’s a cute idea and teaches some fine motor skills, but the cards aren’t durable enough to withstand too much use (at least by my kids).
Third Activity: Sea Creatures Puzzle
This activity was actually three in one: First, a puzzle. The child can remove the foam pieces and then put them back. Second, a toy. The child can spray the foam pieces with water and stick them to the bath tub or a window. Finally, the pieces can be traced on special paper (included), cut out, decorated, and then blended with water.
The after picture is another victim of the water damages on my iPhone.
Mom’s Verdict: A
I loved that this was three activities in one! C didn’t want to do the puzzle, but was very interested in putting the pieces up on the glass door. She even refilled the spray bottle by herself and taught her brother to put the pieces up. Perhaps the best thing is that, after she was done putting the pieces up, she decided to “clean” the door using the spray bottle and a towel!
Another fun box! I didn’t love this one as much as last time, because the end results won’t be long-lasting toys. That said, C had fun doing all the activities.