What if I told you that you could engage your kids for a couple of hours, you wouldn’t make a mess, and everything you needed for this heroic endeavor would fit into a shoe box? You’d be looking for a unicorn or a pig flapping it’s big ol’ wings, right? Oh no, people, oh no… this really exists: Kiwi Crate. I got an email a while back asking whether they could send me one, and I instantly typed, “Yep.” I’ve heard of the box-o-crafts thing and was curious whether it was really worth it or just a glorified way to organize crafts that I could otherwise do pretty easily on my own.
So back to the Kiwi Crate… we opened it one afternoon while Oliver was napping and immediately were greeted by stickers. Stickers are pretty much the window to a preschooler’s soul. They’re like Neil Lane for kids.
After the sticker euphoria died down, we kept unpacking, and next in line was an activity book. Well, turns out Eleanor has just discovered activity books and all their ‘homework’ pages so this was another winning discovery.
Finally we got to the actual activities. This box’s theme was Fun With Flight. Three activities clearly marked and color coded. (God, I love color coding.) Another fun detail was that the pamphlet for each activity lets you know what you’re in for.
Eleanor chose kites so we jumped right in. First step was to gather our supplies which she got a kick out of. Notice the mini-box of streamers! “So tute” to quote Oliver.
Lots of thoughts about where to tape the kite tails…
And definitely the happy face (not the scary face)…
Step by clear and simple step we moved through the activity until… ta da, a kite!
I think her face says it all… she loved it. So much that we had to move on to a second activity from the box: rockets.
We followed the same steps and gathered our supplies. One of the first directions was to color the rocket, and Eleanor was thrilled by the thin tips of the provided metallic markers.
This is her telling me how thiiiiiiiin the tip is:
Here’s finished product #2. How cool is this? (I couldn’t launch it, but Eleanor got it right away…)
Oliver woke up from his nap and wanted to try one so we quickly did the 3rd activity (not as exciting, but certainly easy and entertaining).
I was expecting this crate to be a predictable craft with predictable supplies (e.g. a glue stick, some shapes and a paper bag to make a puppet) but it far exceeded my expectations. Eleanor (a little older than 4) loved it, and Oliver (almost 3) seemed just as enthralled. It certainly required adult support but only to negotiate the directions and some of the trickier steps, but nothing was wildly complicated. In fact, the next day Eleanor wanted to get Mark involved!
The only thing not provided were scissors. A tape dispenser is included, although this would be my only complaint… it was pretty fussy to use, but nothing we couldn’t negotiate with scissors.
We got through all three projects in about an hour but there are 3 more kites to decorate, 1 more rocket, and 1 more flying kit. In other words, this little box can kill some time, yo! Poke around the Kiwi Crate website for more information and their prices… for anyone not inclined to spend 3 hours at a craft store each week, these little boxes are a great way to introduce arts and crafts into your world. (Heck, I’m embarrassed by how often I hit up a craft store, and I still loved the simplicity and engagement factor of our Fun With Flight projects!)
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