When Kiwi Crate asked us if we’d like to try out a crate, it was pretty much a dream come true. I mean, Eliza’s two favorite things on the planet are art and science, so saying yes to an awesome service that combines the two into projects is a no-brainer! We had already been eyeballing Kiwi Crates as a probable Christmas gift for Eliza, so it was neat to get to try out a crate so we could test the waters first!
Kiwi Crate is a monthly kit subscription (you can check out sample crates to see what that’s all about), but they have Single Kiwi Crates too, which are awesome if you want to test it out, give a gift, (or if you want an extra kit our two for super crafty months). From the single crates, Eliza picked out Busy with Bugs to try, and here’s how that went:
First of all, getting mail with your name on it when you’re 7 is the most exciting thing. She wanted to dig in right away (she did take immediate inventory)! She asked about it every day until we found the perfect time to do a project (i.e. Jonas was sleeping). There were two projects in the kit, and both came with illustrated instructions. Because Eliza’s older, she could read and follow the instructions herself with minimal help from me, which was pretty cool to watch.
She did the zipline firefly all by herself, and it’s lovely. There are even glow sticks for the inside! I like that the project is neat enough that it looks cool on our bookshelf (it reminds me of stained glass). I have a feeling that there will be a lot of Kiwi in our decor.
Eliza finished the firefly while Jonas was napping, but they both had fun playing with it together after he woke up, passing it down the zipline. E also read the bug facts cards that came with the kit to Jonas, and they thought that was the coolest thing.
Afterwards, Eliza decided she wanted to share the second project, which was all about sponge painting bug shapes, with Jonas (because she’s the best big sister ever). Even though the crates are recommended for ages three and up, Jonas loved it and did really well with the project. Jonas joining in just takes a lot more mom involvement!
Eliza was focused on making bug shapes and a cool piece of art, Jonas liked talking about the colors and making a happy mess.
Kiwi has an option to add on extra supplies for a sibling as a less expensive option (instead of getting a whole second kit), and judging from our experience, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.
A few other things I liked about Kiwi Crate:
- I think it’s a super good deal. We do a lot of kid crafts on our own and don’t have trouble coming up with ideas, but buying individual supplies for kid projects can be really expensive because you can’t just buy a popsicle stick or two, you have to buy a lifetime supply (or it at least feels this way). By this I mean that I’d have spent twice as much as the kit’s price at a craft store buying the supplies for one of these projects, and I’d have no instructions and 1,000 left over googly eyes to store.
- There were two projects in the kit, but there were leftover supplies (she can still make another sponge painting). The kit also came with some supplies we can use forever, like a paint brush and the sponge shapes.
- They really do think of everything. All the stuff you need is in the kit, down to the glue. You pretty much only need some scissors (though they send you a free pair with your first kit!) and something to cover your work surface. Everything else is right in the box.
- Each box comes with a sticker kids can add to a fold-out poster that shows how many kits you’ve completed. Eliza is a collector, and I know she’ll be excited every time she adds a sticker to that poster.
- The box closes again. Yes! I hate it when kid stuff with lots of pieces come in boxes that are almost useless once opened (I’m looking at you, Lego).
- Eliza would so rather have this than allowance. So we’re thinking of setting up a system where she gets to do a project as a reward after we start our subscription up. I suspect her room may get magically cleaner soon.
So obviously, we liked the kit. But we actually liked it so much that I hurried and bought the limited edition Glowing Halloween kit as soon as we were done with the first bug project. We finished the first Halloween project last weekend (Eliza decided to go off the books on her assembly a bit) and now we have our first Halloween decor on our mantle! I also feel it’s important for you to know that the kit came with the tiniest and cutest bottle of Mod Podge you ever did see. Confession: I so would have bought this one to do myself, even if I didn’t have kids. I love cute Halloween stuff.
Visitors to the Nerd Nest, prepare to be bombarded with excited kids shouting, “Look what I made!” when you come over!