Kiwi Crate Review – Woodland Creatures – October 2015

We were so excited to get October’s Kiwi Crate. This is our first official review of this kid’s activities subscription box. If you aren’t familiar with Kiwi Crate, every month they’ll send you a box full of materials to complete 2-3 themed projects a month. The projects are based on art, science, or engineering concepts. It’s a great box for 5-8 year olds and only costs $19.95/month including shipping! Plus, you can get your first month of Kiwi Crate for only $10 using this link!

We got a green “crate” addressed to Noah. Noah is almost 4 years old, so we wanted to see if this box would work for him.

When we opened the box, we saw a cute welcome letter with a free pair of kid-friendly scissors! I can never seem to find kid-friendly scissors when I need them, so these will come in handy! This month’s Kiwi Crate theme was Woodland Creatures.

Inside the box were materials for 2 craft projects:

  • My Forest Friends (left): Decorate and put together zipper pulls!
  • My Marble Run (right) Construct your own beaver dam marble run!

My Marble Run

Noah wanted to get started on the My Marble Run project first. Materials for this project included a board for the beaver scene, pre-printed cardboard chutes and boxes, green ribbon, velcro pieces, and a ball.

Noah attached the green ribbon for the hanger, assembled the cardboard boxes (chutes), and velcro’d them to the beaver scene board.

Noah really loved this project. Mainly because it was like a game to him and had a moving ball! This activity reminded me of the diagonal car ramps that we had when my kids were younger. The great thing about this was he could experiment with the placement of the chutes, since they were attached with velcro. I love that Kiwi Crate included some engineering and reasoning in this fun little marble run!

My Forest Friends

When Liam got home from school, he wanted to join in the Kiwi Crate fun! The My Forest Friends project included felt bodies for the forest animals, sticky felt pieces for the body parts, stuffing, googly eyes, ribbon, and lanyard hooks to hang the creatures once finished.

I don’t really love messy craft projects, so really enjoyed that this project had self-adhesive pieces. This is so much easier for little kids to handle too! The kids made a squirrel, fox, bear, and owl.

Liam wanted to attach his bear zipper pull to his backpack! He was so proud of his creation!

I would say this month’s Kiwi Crate was a hit with my boys! It also included an “Explore!” magazine that had comics, coloring, drawing, and another diy project to make your own binoculars using paper tubes, masks to cut out, and more! The Woodland Creatures box was a cute theme and provided hours of fun for my kids!

You can get your first month of Kiwi Crate for 50% off using this link and if you don’t love it, you can cancel at anytime.

What did you think of this month’s Kiwi Crate?

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Minions Perler Beads Bucket

My kids have recently gotten into Perler Beads lately – they have kind of been taking over our house lately.

We were at Barnes & Noble one day and this Minions Perler Beads Bucket caught my eye!  We have used the Perler Biggie Beads before, which are great for little hands, but this was our first time with the regular size Perler Beads.

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I thought Noah and Sage were going to fight over it – but, there were plenty of beads to go around. The bucket has over 6,000 beads in it. Yes, and we went through every last one of them!

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The bucket included 3 pegboards (round, square, and hexagon) instructions and patterns to create the Kevin, Bob, and Stuart characters!

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We found it easier to spread the beads out on a paper plate so the kids could each have their own set of beads to work with.

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Sage started on Stuart and found it quite easy to make this Minion character very easily.

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This is what he looked like before we ironed him.

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Ironing Perler Beads does require an adult! The bucket included ironing paper that you lay on top of your design so the iron can melt the beads indirectly. It only takes about a minute to warm up the iron and then you iron in a circular motion until the beads start to melt together – for 10 seconds on each side.  For my kids, this can seem like an eternity for me and them… but they are always happy with the finished result.

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Noah was so intent on making all of the Minion characters, we spent the next few evenings making more characters. Some were our own Minion designs and some (the ones below) were from the instructions that came with the bucket!

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This bucket was definitely a winner in my house and has spurred us on to buy more Perler beads – which I’ll post more about later!

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Mother’s Day Craft Kits Shipping Now!

We have a limited supply of our past Mother’s Day craft kits available below for $20 + free shipping!  We ship in 1-2 business days via USPS first class mail, so if you order now you should get your craft kit this week.


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Wooden Spring Wind Chimes
Tacky Glue Pen
Washable Markers

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Mom’s Memo Board Craft Kit
All About My Mom Giant Card
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Mini Markers
Tacky Glue Pen

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Fabulous Moms!


Little Passports 2015 Spring Coupon

I have been wanting to try the Little Passports subscription box for a while now. Little Passports sends your kids a monthly package of information, activities, and souvenirs about a new country. Sage (age 7), Liam (age 5), and Noah (age 3) are at a great age to start exploring the world without us having to get on a plane. :) I’ll be sure to write about our experience when we get our first box!

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Easy DIY Valentine Treat Bags and Toppers

Today we made Valentine treat bags and toppers for Sage’s and Liam’s classmates (2nd grade and preschool). Liam especially loved this, being the worker bee that he is. He was so happy to count out the bags, fill them with candy, and decorate them with stickers. I did consider using printable Valentine treat bag toppers, but using only cardstock and stickers made this easier for me and made it more fun for the kids!

To make these bags, you’ll need the following:

First, we counted out the number of bags we needed (29 in Sage’s class and 8 in Liam’s class). Liam helped me fill the bags with candy.

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Once that was done, I used my paper trimmer and cut 8.5″ x 11″ red cardstock into 4″ x 3.5″ rectangles.

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Once the rectangles were cut, I used my scoring board and bone folder to indent the paper to make it easier to fold the rectangles in half. I really love my Martha Stewart scoring board, it makes it so easy to get a perfect, even fold!

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I then took the 4×6 treat bag and fold it over at the top slightly, using the cardstock to sandwich the treat bag. We added two staples to the middle part of the cardstock. The staples were covered up later by our mailing labels and valentine stickers.

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The kids wrote their names on mailing labels and stuck them on the cardstock (over the staples).

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And then they put the foam stickers on the cardstock.

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And these are the completed Valentine treat bags! So easy peasy and so fun for the kids too!

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Happy Crafting!


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New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids

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Here are some fun New Year’s Eve ideas for kids who want to bring in the new year with a bang! Adults don’t have to have ALL of the fun on New Year’s Eve.


  1. Make a balloon countdown by blowing up colorful balloons and taping them to your mantel or a wall. Pop them as the hours go by!
  2. Create DIY noisemakers by adding dried beans or rice to an empty juice box and a Popsicle stick. Decorate with craft paper, buttons, and ribbons!
  3. Kids will love these fun confetti poppers using push up containers and confetti. Or make your own confetti by cutting up newspaper into small years ideas for kids 2 blog
  4. Make New Year’s brownie squares and use M&M’s to “write” out the new year!
  5. Have your kids put some of their favorite things (is this even possible?) into a time capsule. You can also add a list of interview questions to the capsule.
  6. Make New Year’s erupting volcanoes with baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, sequins or confetti, and plastic glasses. My kids would love this and I would enjoy the years eve ideas for kids
  7. When the sun goes down, activate some glow sticks and add them to a glass hurricane that can be used as a glow stick centerpiece and then handed out your kids for play!
  8. Make your own countdown goodie bags and fill them with small party favors. As each hour passes by, let your kids open a bag. This would be so fun – my kids loooove surprises.
  9. Let your kids make these DIY New Year’s pipe cleaner glasses. Love that these are so simple and fun!

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a dance party! This year I’m going to try to make a playlist on Spotify and let my kids dance to the year’s best songs.

Happy New Year! Wishing you health, love, and happiness to you and your families in the New Year!!!