It’s no surprise that I appreciate creativity. I loved taking art lessons as a kid, and up until college always felt the urge to craft something with my hands. That creative instinct is something I feel all children have, and something I don’t want my own kids to lose as they grow older.
But let’s be real. I haven’t looked at my “kids’ crafts” Pinterest board in ages, and the thought of pulling together a craft project to please a 2, 6, and 9 year old makes me just want to crawl under the covers and hide. Besides, our place is littered with deserted pom pom balls, crumpled toilet paper rolls, and other casualties of abandoned projects that seemed like a good idea at the time.
So you better believe that I didn’t hesitate at the chance to review a Kiwi Crate box, a monthly subscription of craft projects that comes right to your door. In short: I love this thing. Kiwi Crate must pack some kind of magic with the crafts, because my kids dropped EVERYTHING and lunged for the box, and proceeded to sit quietly and work away. There were even “please” and “thank yous”. I tell you. Magic.
Here are your options:
- 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription options with auto-renewal (but you can cancel anytime)
- 2-3 seasonal crafts or activities in each box, some with multiples for two kids to do
- a “sibling add-on” option that packs in extra materials for an extra $9.95/month
- a la carte items to buy on the website for even more crafty fun
We got the Nature Explorer crate:
Be forewarned that my photos are not nicely staged and “aspirational”, because the kids would have none of that. I was lucky to get any pictures at all and heard a lot of “Hurry up mommmm”. I felt like a photojournalist stealing snapshots in a tightly controlled autocratic country.
My first impressions:
- Everything is high-quality, neatly packed, and adorable.
- Since this is my first experience with a subscription craft service, it could easily have been overwhelming. Where’s step 1? Where’s the picture of the guy using an allen wrench to put together his flat-packed furniture? However, kids have a kind of self-assuredness grown-ups don’t have. My six-year-old had no problem figuring it out. When in doubt, just walk away and leave the kids to their own devices. They’re better at doing things than we give them credit for.
When my little guy figured out that he could make a paper lantern with a tealight, his face lit up. And a star-shaped puncher? Icing on the cake. (And if you’re wondering, yes. I did immediately think I could use that punch on seaweed for bentos.)
The instructions are incredibly easy to follow, and my kindergartener needed very little help.
A messy work environment means you’re doing it right.
Now for the fun part: use code SUMMER25 to get 25% off a crate. The code is valid through June 30; order by June 17th, and you’ll get this Camping Trip crate (that adorable light-up fire! That clever sunprint bag!)
Sign up after June 17th and you can expect to get this Beach Day crate (soap bubble painting and two cute crabs, plus other goodies):
These would be perfect for those “I’m bored” moments, to take with you on a long road trip to do during a rest stop, or just any day this summer when it’s just too hot and humid to even think about stepping foot outside. Happy crafting!