My sister and her boyfriend gave Lovebug a Kiwi Crate subscription for Christmas a couple years ago and she absolutely LOVED it! In fact, she enjoyed it so much we purchased a subscription ourselves to continue receiving these lovely green boxes at our door.
Several months ago, I included Kiwi Crates in one of my So Into posts and said I would provide an in depth product review. So, I’m finally following through on that promise.
Just to be clear, I am not affiliated with Kiwi Crate and this is not a sponsored post. This is a product that we really enjoy and something I would recommend to friends and family. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts and experiences with you.
Here’s how it works:
Once a month a little green box addressed to Lovebug arrives at our door. She gets super excited that she has received a package addressed to her and even more excited that she has some “projects” to work on!
We open the box to find out the fun projects we have in store. The boxes are tailored for specific age groups and there are usually 2-3 projects in the box. This particular box was sent in September.
We pull out the neatly packaged materials and organize them by project.
Then we decide which project to start on. Lovebug wanted to work on the castle first.
We open the instructions to see what materials they’ve supplied and if we need to gather any materials from home. The materials from home are always things we have on hand, like scissors or water. They supply everything else, including glue, markers, pencils, cups, etc.
Then, we get started on the project by following the instructions. Kiwi Crate does a fantastic job of illustrating and writing the instructions so kids can follow along, whether they read or not.
The activities are really age appropriate as well, so Lovebug is able to do everything on her own, although she might ask for guidance every now and again. In this project, Lovebug had to pop pieces off of a sheet of cardboard.
Then, she assembled the castle. (Sorry for the blurry pictures below… Lovebug was excited to do her project and didn’t really have time for mommy to snap photos!)
She made some flags for her castle.
And assembled the castle the way she wanted.
Next, she got to dress up the characters (king, queen, jester and knight) and decorate her castle with stickers provided.
And her castle was done and ready to be played with!
What’s nice is that the instructions often give ideas and suggestions of what to do with the project and/or how to continue the project beyond the activity in the box.
The second activity in her box was to build a small catapult. We started by gathering our materials.
Then we reviewed what they sent us and checked if we needed any materials from home, which we didn’t.
Then she started assembling, based on the instructions.
In my experience, the projects take about 10-15 minutes to complete from start to finish. Plus, once the projects are complete, Lovebug generally spends at least another 15-30 minutes playing with the project immediately after it’s done and then picks it up from time to time beyond that. So, all in all, each Kiwi Crate project keeps Lovebug occupied for 20-45 minutes.
And a little while later, we had a catapult! The beauty of the Kiwi Crate is that it really encourages coordination and facilitates exploration. In this case, we were able to make minor adjustments to our catapult to see if it impacted the height and/or distance the balls would travel. Also, the crate included some soft pom pom balls as well as a small plastic ball so we could compare which would go farther and talk about why there might be differences. We love that the crates are educational and fun too!
We are big, big fans of Kiwi Crate…. Lovebug enjoys being able work on a project independently and is so proud when she completes a project all by herself. And I love them because it’s so nice to be able to pull out an age appropriate project with quality materials and know that Lovebug will be occupied for a good chunk of time with minimal supervision. Plus, the activities are always fun and educational while encouraging curiosity and exploration. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about Kiwi Crate.
They offer various subscription options and are, in my opinion, well worth the investment. Plus, they make fantastic gifts! I highly recommend Kiwi Crate so go check them out!
If you are interested in purchasing a subscription, you can get $10 off your first order by clicking here.
Let me know if you have any questions.
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