During the pandemic, I decided to order the kids something to do. I wasn’t paying for preschool/daycare, and I really enjoyed the monthly surprise of our LillyBox. I asked around, and got a referral to check out Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate creates a variety of science and art based projects delivered by mail to your door. They have boxes for all ages. I ordered a Koala Crate for my daughter, aged 3, and a Kiwi Crate for my son, aged 5.
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan. And I’ll go into that in a different post when I have some more time. But, I forgot to cancel my subscription, so I received my third set of subscription boxes in September from Kiwi Crate. If you want to try Kiwi Crate, I have referral code for you to save $10 and me to earn $10.
I save my crates for a rainy day when my husband is home from work.
Basically, I feel like the Crates are just extra stuff that ends up in the garbage.
September Koala Crate
This is the first Koala Crate that I really liked. I’ll give this crate an 8/10. It has caused some fighting in my house and with friends, but then activity was easy for my daughter to do and lasted a long time afterwards – aka she could play with it and she has fun with it. We don’t have any musical instruments so it was fun activity.
This month we made a xylophone, a ribbon, and a Tamborine. These were relatively easy activities, though I still managed to do most of it myself because she is only 3. That’s probably one of the hardest things is letting go as a parent and letting them do the activity instead of you forcing it the entire time.
Septembers Koala Crate didn’t feel like a waste of materials and felt like an activity my daughter actually enjoyed doing and could do.
Kiwi Crate Review
Walter gets a Kiwi Crate. He is only 5, but I know the Koala Crate is too simple for him. We struggle because the Kiwi Crate is often too advanced and he has a desire to do things his own way regardless of what the instructions say or we want. Walter is a bit of a destructive 5 year old and taking things apart and putting them back together is his thing. That’s mainly why we didn’t want to order the box again because the activity ends up in a pile of garbage before the end of the day.
This week in the Kiwi Crate, they made a little puck shooter. The puck shooter is actually still alive and still being used by both kids. We’ve lost a few of the pucks, but this weeks activity seemed a little less desctructable. For that I give this box a 7/10.
Overall, it’s Meh
Am I glad I tried Kiwi Crate? Yes. Is it a good fit for my kids, meh.
My son is not the right kid for this. It’s a lot of money for a 20 minute activity and desctruction. My daughter is much more a better fit for this project and activity kit. I would consider getting it for her again in the future, but in the meanwhile we’ll still keep subscribing to our monthly book box and maybe check out another kit.