Sometimes I find something for my family that I really love. This page is dedicated to these items. I call them my “Family Favorites”. I hope you find something here for your family to enjoy!
What are your family favorites?
Put one in the comments! I’d love to hear from you – I’m always looking to add family favorites to my list.
Inspire Creativity in your Kids with Kiwi Crate
About Kiwi Crate
The goal of Kiwi Crate is to inspire kids to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators, and makers. The focus is around making STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) accessible to your child through fun, engaging activities.
How does it work?
Each month, a crate is delivered to your home with enough materials to complete 2-3 activities. There are different boxes for different age groups and interests:
- Koala Crate – for ages 3-4
- Kiwi Crate – for ages 5-8
- Doodle Crate – for ages 9-16+ (for kids interested in art & design)
- Tinker Crate – for ages 9-16+ (for kids interested in science & engineering)
In the crates for younger kids, there’s a parent guide or kid-friendly instructions to help steer activities. In the crates for older kids, there are detailed instructions or video tutorials available.
I’m basing this information on what we received in a Koala Crate, but all of the crates work pretty much the same way. The first thing you’ll unpack is a full-color instruction card chock-full of information including:
- the ‘theme’ for the box (ours was ‘Playground’).
- a list (with pictures) of everything you’ll find in the crate.
- a list of anything additional you may need. In your first crate, you’ll receive scissors. Keep those as they’ll come in handy for future crates.
- instructions for each of the activities along with a ‘grownup involvement’ indicator (low to high) and a ‘messiness’ indicator (low to high).
- information on the skills your child will use (for example, creating and discovering).
Next, you’ll unpack a magazine which reminds me of ‘Highlights’. It has comics, hidden pictures, stories and poems for you to explore with your child.
After that, you’ll unpack all of the items you’ll need to work on your activities. In our crate, the activities were a balancing seesaw, chalk games and a jigsaw puzzle. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the items are high-quality. Some of the items were:
- pre-cut wood to make the seesaw
- a set of really cool stackable crayons to color in the puzzle and to balance the seesaw
- a precut puzzle with a scene to color with the crayons
- chalk and wooden beads for chalk games like hopscotch.
The Bottom Line
My son LOVED his Koala Crate. Let’s face it: all of these goodies coming in a box is like opening a mini Christmas present! He was really intrigued about getting the seesaw to balance and he’s a big fan of playing outside with chalk so it was great to have some suggestions for games to play. We also enjoyed coloring the puzzle and putting it together.
Check out their website at Kiwicrate.com for information on crates for all ages. Your child will be glad you did!