Have you heard of Kiwi Crate?
Subscribers to their service receive monthly kid-appropriate craft kits. They have options for kids ages 3-16+, so there really is something for all kids.
I recently had the opportunity to sample their products. Kiwi Crate shipped two boxes to my doorstep, and here I am to share my thoughts.
Box 1 – Felt Christmas Tree
The first box contained a felt Christmas tree craft.
This project was the easier of the two. It’s a pre-cut felt tree that hangs on the wall with included self-adhesive circles. There are pre-cut felt ornaments that the kids decorate and then hang on the tree.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the project needed no glue. The decorations provided for the ornaments were stickers. Even my 19-month old daughter was able to do this with ease.
I hung the tree on the wall and the kids added their decorated ornaments. I didn’t realize that felt naturally adheres to other felt, so the ornaments can be rearranged all season long, which makes it fun for the kids.
A couple hours later, this happened….
I don’t think I had the self-adhesive stickers pressed on very well. Once I fixed it, it stayed up all night and has been up ever since.
UPDATE: Two mornings later, the whole tree fell down. Better adhesives are needed.
What I really liked about this project was the simplicity and it was mess-free. Everything was pre-cut and all supplies were included, so all I had to do was sit down with the kids and we were immediately able to start.
Without the Kiwi Crate box, I would not have wanted to take the time to individually cut out all of the felt pieces. It’s nice that it was all done for me.
Box 2 – Cardboard Gingerbread House
This box was a little more challenging than the Christmas tree, and I waited until my youngest was napping before attempting this with my preschooler.
The kit contained everything needed to make a cardboard gingerbread house, including the glue.
The directions are straight-forward and are printed on high-quality paper.
I also liked that it included idea cards for making decorations for the house. The instructions for each idea are located on the back of the card.
Although, when I showed my son the idea cards, he said, “I just want to decorate it however I want!”
Yep, that’s fine too. 🙂
So we put the house together and spread out all of the decorating supplies.
I was honestly surprised at just how much came with the box.There were more craft supplies included than I expected. Aside from the house, Christmas tree, and gingerbread man figure, there were tissue paper squares, pipe cleaners, ribbon, glue, felt stickers, felt squares, felt shapes, and pom pom balls. It was more than enough needed to decorate a house. After the project was completed, we just added the rest of the supplies to our craft bin.
Because there were so many decorating options, my son wasn’t limited as to how he could decorate. We was able to be as creative as he wanted to be with the design.
He was engaged with this project for quite some time. He kept saying, “I love this thing. It is so fun. We are going to surprise dad!”
The next morning, our elf showed up in the completed house, which the kids got a kick out of.
What I liked about this crate was that once again, all the supplies are prepped and gathered. All we had to do was open the box and start. I probably wouldn’t spend the time myself prepping a craft like this, so it was nice that it was done for me.
I don’t know if I would have purchased a Kiwi Crate box prior to receiving these to try. They seem a little expensive at $19.95 a pop. (Of course it’s cheaper if you subscribe for a year). However, now that I’ve had the chance to try the crates, I realize that a lot of that cost covers the prep work required to orchestrate a craft with kids.
Will I become a subscriber? I think regularly subscribing would maybe take some of the novelty away for the kids (in my opinion). However, it might be fun to check out the other craft boxes available and order from time to time.
If you are interested in checking out Kiwi Crate, they sent me this code to share with you: SHARE10. With it, you will save $10 on your order. You can click HERE to check it out.
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