As the summer juggling madness continues, I am constantly searching for activity kits and projects that my kids can do independently that don’t involve “leveling up” or remote controls. I feel like I’m in a funk this summer. Remember when I used to do Farm Fresh Fridays with the kids? We’ve done Farm Fresh Fridays every year until this year. I used to love coming up with fun new activities and creative projects on the fly, but as the kids get older and as work gets busier, I find myself more and more in those dumbfounded moments of “Huh. What should we do now?”
In light of my current lull in mom creativity, I was delighted to learn about Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate is a subscription-based company that creates fun, open-ended learning-based “crates” filled with different projects that arrive to your doorstep each month.
How Kiwi Crate Works
You can sign up for a monthly, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription. Each month, there is a new theme, and you get 2-3 activities within each crate. Crates can be focused on science, arts and crafts, games, sports, and more.
In each crate, you receive all of the materials needed to complete the projects/activities, along with directions.
Kiwi Crate was kind and generous enough to send my family some crates for review. On a particularly challenging “Mooom! I’m boooored!” morning, combined with a work deadline, my kids decided to tackle the Fun with Flight crate which featured two activities: My Rad Rockets and My Flying Kites.
My six-year-old daughter started to do the kite project on her own, but very quickly got frustrated, so I suggested that the two work on one project at a time, together. I went over the directions for the rocket activity with them, we laid out the materials, and after helping them through a couple of steps, they took it over and completed the project.
My nine-year-old son enjoyed coloring the rocket the way he wanted, making his own designs.
I’m a big believer in helping kids learn how to creatively problem solve and find their own solutions, and thing that I like best about Kiwi Crate is that they come with directions that leave some room for interpretation. At first, this was frustrating, but after a while the kids saw that they could do what they wanted, and they made it all work in their own way.
(note: the directions above are the ones we received as part of a sample; the directions you will receive are more thorough, and some have step-by-step illustrations too!)
The fun really blasted off when the art & design portion of the project was complete, and it was time to launch the rockets.
This kit came with two kinds of rockets, which allowed the kids to see how straight fins would make the rockets soar differently than curved fins.
It came with a cool measuring chart so the kids could keep track of how far their rockets launched. My son loved this!
Overall, we’d give Kiwi Crate a thumbs up. Some aspects we love:
- It takes some pressure off of parents to constantly be thinking of something new and gives us creativity delivered right to our doorstep each month.
- Every project is fun, colorful, and nicely designed.
- Each project promotes open-ended learning, and is full of imaginative possibilities.
- Each crate comes with all of the materials you need to complete each project.
- Depending on your kids’ ages (and your child), each project requires a different level of parent supervision. The level of parent supervision is actually listed on the cover of the direction sheet for each project, which helps with advanced planning.
My kids enjoyed the projects overall. They also completed the My Flying Kites projects, as well as the My Felt Flowers mini crate project, although they both claimed that the rocket activity kit was their favorite.
You can shop for individual crates on the Kiwi Crate site, or you can sign up for one of the monthly subscriptions and have them delivered monthly to your doorstep. It’s a fabulous, smart solution to filling those summertime creativity lulls!
Thanks to Kiwi Crate for sending my family two crates and one mini crate to test out for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own (and my kids’!).