We love Kiwi Co at our house. We’ve had a monthly subscription for a little over a year and love it more now than ever. (Want to know more about a Kiwi Co subscription? You can read my review about my initial skepticism here.)
Last year I bought the gingerbread house holiday crate. Gingerbread house’s are fun to make, but messy. This was a great alternative.
This year I had an opportunity to review a few other of Kiwi Co’s Christmas craft crates. And they didn’t disappoint. We’ve only gotten crates from the Kiwi line, so it was fun to peek inside the Koala Crate and Tinker Crate boxes.
We started with the Koala Crate, which fits the age range for Otto (5) and Olivia (3). The Swirly Ornaments were fun and quite simple. These were definitely crafts they could do on their own, though Olivia needed a bit of help.
It made me think of trying a Koala Crate for Olivia sometime.
I had actually bought supplies to make mason jar snow globes earlier in the week, but couldn’t find the right size jar for our tiny trees. These were a great alternative and the kids were excited to still make snow globes.
Tinker Crate, now this is the one I was excited to see. Joey is always trying to invent something. He’s said for a few years now that when he grows up he wants to be a spy or an inventor. I thought Tinker Crate might be fun for him to try, even if he’s a few years young for the suggested age (9-12). He recently built a tin can robot with dad mostly on his own, so why not try?
The Tinker Crate LED Holiday Luminary didn’t disappoint in what we’ve come to expect with Kiwi Co. However, it was definitely more challenging, but neat in that we were building a circuit. We didn’t get the luminary to light. We’d already used both reactors and I think I problem is we didn’t get the reactor wrapped tight enough around the LED wire. We’ll have to send an SOS email (more on that below).
Even though we didn’t get our luminary to light (or at least not yet), it was neat to see a project an older elementary child do on their own and actually build something real. It’s a great Montessori + STEM match up!
What I love about Kiwi Crate (Koala & Tinker too!):
- They’re high quality—from craft supplies to instructions, everything is top notch. And when you get a subscription box it comes with a magazine full of more activities, stories, recipes, and more. We’ve kept all of ours and my boys go through them every now and then for new ideas.
- Each crate comes with all materials you need. Even scissors or tape.
- There’s always materials left over. It’s also helpful when you make a mistake.
- Even though crates are meant for one child, there’s always enough for two (and we usually can make some stretch for three).
- If you run into a problem, they have an SOS email you can ask for help. (Gotta get on that one!)
The Kiwi Co Family Brands (Koala, Kiwi, Doodle, & Tinker) are great for crafts on those indoor winter days, Christmas or birthday gifts, supplements to homeschooling, or even stocking stuffers or party favors.