Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
From time to time people ask me how I “do it all” with the kids – homeschooling, crafting, parenting, etc. I”ll let you in on a secret: I let other people do some of the work for me.
Whether it is using the monthly childcare guides from Little Acorn Learning, having part of our groceries delivered, or simply surfing the internet for ideas, I take help wherever I can get it.
Enter Kiwi Crate: a monthly subscription service with themed crafts for your kids that, get this, includes everything you need in the box. (All I had to add was water for paint rinsing and some newspapers to cover the table).
You just have to gather your children, open the box, and get started. Ta da! And I get to look like a crafty-mama genius!
For children ages 3 to 7, this service costs $19.95 per month.
The kids and I were given a Kiwi Crate to put to the test recently and I can tell you it got a family full of thumbs up!
Why I like Kiwi Crate
I mentioned that everything you need is included in the box, but parents of more than one child can add on extra materials for a sibling, too, which I thought was really smart.
The easy to follow instructions take away the excuses and allow you to say yes to jumping in and having some creative fun.
I appreciate the realistic “messy-factor” rating and warning. Some crafts are messier than others, and while that doesn”t stop me from sharing them with the kids, it is nice to know about that ahead of time so that I can pick the right craft for the moment.
There is an element of learning, too. The bug kit we were given to try came with some neat bug cards filled with fun facts. Even though we did the activities in this crate a few months back, my four year old and six year old will still randomly tell us a bug fact that they learned about insects. I don”t have to tell you how much I love that!
For what the kits come with, including the extended learning activities, I think the cost is reasonable, especially when you consider that each box has at least two crafts to try. They also have a contest going on right now where you can enter to win a FREE year of Kiwi Crate!
What the kids think
My kids love getting mail. And getting a package? Forget about it! Total excitement!
The fact that this package also means a little crafty fun for them makes Kiwi Crate a well anticipated part of our monthly rhythm, for all of us.
Kiwi Crate has 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions available. You can also sign up month to month and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
We loved the kit we were sent to try so much that we have signed up for a subscription ourselves, to keep the crafty fun going every month (and because I love being a crafty-mama genius).
I”ve recently learned that Kiwi Crate is offering some special crates for Halloween in their celebration shop. They are offering two themed packs, super hero and flying fairy, with 3 projects each.
From the site:
The Flying Fairy costume crate includes the materials and inspiration needed to create a fairy wand, skirt, and wings. Kids use colorful ribbon, sparkly tape, and glittery sticky foam shapes to design their own wand for casting spells and granting wishes. To make a fluttery fairy skirt, kids weave together bright strips of fabric with elastic ribbon – an activity that helps develop fine motor skills.
Kids can save the world this Halloween with their own specially-created Superhero costume. This crate comes with all the materials for children to decorate a satin cape with sticky bright felt and shapes. This clever cape, combined with a mask, will hide children’s’ real identities. Kids can even design and color their mask with cool metallic markers.
Sounds pretty cool to me and my crew.
If you”re looking for a gift for a child in your life that will keep on giving, and you”d like to be one of those crafty genius parents (or at least play one in real life), I”d recommend a subscription to Kiwi Crate.
I know there are some neat monthly subscription services out there for kids. Do you and your kids subscribe to any monthly box services? Do you have a favorite you would recommend?
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