I’ll admit that I love to peruse the kids craft ideas on Pinterest, but after a while I want to throw my hands up, lay down and take a nap. I just don’t have what it takes to make elaborate Christmas tree ornaments, holiday wreaths and clay pots. Part of the problem is that I don’t have a craft room (unless my kitchen table counts), I don’t have the motivation to make weekly trips to Michaels and heck I don’t even have a glue gun. But that’s why my new obsession is Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate is a subscription service for kids that delivers cool art projects, science experiments or holiday themed craft activities to your door. There are a number of ways to shop Kiwi Crate. You can order a 1-12 month subscription where each month you’ll receive a box that includes all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 activities around a given theme. Or, if you don’t want to commit for any specific length of time, you can order single crates around a given theme or a mini version of their crates with the materials for a single project.
This past weekend, my kids tested a number of projects with resounding success. Middle was totally engaged in making a zipline firefly. This project appealed to his love of bugs and nature, and the included glow stick just added to the overall excitement. Also, part of his enjoyment was that he was able to complete the project from start to finish with no input from mom. All of the necessary materials were in the box, with easy to follow directions (notice I didn’t say “read”) and he could just get to work.
Little was equally pleased with making her cape. This project had even fewer steps than the firefly. The box came with all the materials for her to design a superhero cape. It was literally peel, and stick felt pieces. The only intervention that was needed (and certainly wasn’t mandatory) was they included two square pieces of adhesive felt that we could use to cut out any shapes. She wanted her initials which was easy enough, When you order you can select the cape color from red, blue or pink. This was such a hit, and I think it would make for a great activity and take home party favor for a birthday party.
The last project that we tested was the Thanksgiving Turkey box, which included all of the materials for us to make 6 cute Turkey place card holders (the added bonus in the crate was a color-me carnival-style ball toss game). This box definitely had the most complicated instructions but that wound up being a plus because it allowed Big (12) to get in on the action with his siblings. The place cards are super cute. And now, my kids can’t wait for Turkey day.
We all liked these projects so much that I know we’ll be ordering more. My kids loved how creative the projects were and how great the finished products looked (and frankly I loved that it took the onus off of me to come up with the vision for the project and to gather all of the materials). It was pure fun in a box. I also think it would make for a great holiday gift for nieces, nephews and cousins. I mean really, what’s better than a box under the tree — only a gift that kept a box coming for months afterwards. And if you celebrate Hannukkah, check out their cool menorah and dreidel box.