Kiwi Crate Review – Treasure Chest


Every month when this little green box shows up at the front door, we know we're in for loads of fun. The January Kiwi Crate Treasure Chest box did not disappoint!

Right from the start the kids saw the “X” stickers and were ecstatic at the idea of a treasure hunt.

The Kiwi Crate Treasure Chest kit included:

  • a wooden treasure chest project
  • an assortment of different patterned paper to make our own treasure maps and imagination maps
  • stickers to decorate the maps
  • colored pencils
  • a regular pencil with an adorable Steve the Kiwi eraser top
  • a ruler; and the booklet full of activities
  • fun facts and even a DIY Jolly Roger!

Sage loves to read to her little brothers, so she enthusiastically read us the comic from the booklet.

They couldn't wait to create their own treasure maps! Liam spent time really studying the parts of a map to make sure his was just right.

Noah was all about building the treasure chest. He was able to assemble the chest with very minimal help. This chest has continued to be a source of joy long after we finished all the projects from this kit. Noah proudly displays his chest in his room, when it's not hidden away full of treasure waiting to be discovered again.

Liam insisted on pulling out his pirate costume from a past Halloween and dressing the part for these activities.

Noah is busy at work creating his own treasure map.

Here is Sage's map, which included her room as well as the Great Room where we began our quest.
I liked that this kit introduced different parts of a map, such as the legend and the compass rose. It gave us the opportunity to really discuss direction and location and how important it is to be able to read a map. In this day and age, where everyone has a cell phone or tablet equipped with GPS, it's still imperative we show children how to read and understand actual maps so it doesn't become a lost art. The booklet also talked about the other types of maps such as a weather map, star maps and topographical maps. The children were fascinated to learn about all the different types.

Captain Liam working hard on his own personal Jolly Roger, complete with an “X” to mark the spot where the treasure be buried. đŸ˜‰

Sage knows that all good Jolly Rogers come with the ever dreaded skull and crossbones. Shiver me timbers!

Pirate Noah opted for a more direct approach to identifying his ship by writing his name in large print across the front.

Pirate Sage shows us that the most important thing to a pirate is collecting dubloons (gold coins), which she prominently displayed on her Jolly Roger. ARRRRRGG!

The kids loved the pirate themed Treasure Chest projects. If you haven't tried Kiwi Crate yet, you can get 30% off your first month of Kiwi Crate using coupon code SHARE30.

What did you think of these Treasure Chest projects?

Kiwi Crate Review – Shadow and Light

We got the Kiwi Crate Shadow and Light box and it included some really cool science and craft-themed projects.

Kiwi Crate is a delivers all the materials you need to inspire your kids to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators, and makers. The box is geared towards kids ages 5-8, but Noah (age 4) loves it and can work on the projects with some help! Kiwi Crate is one of the few kids craft subscription boxes that includes enough materials so all 3 of my kids can work on each of the projects!

This box included materials for 2 projects:

  1. My Shadow Puppets
  2. My Kaleidoscope

Kiwi Crate always includes their “Explore!” magazine that includes information about your projects and other projects you can work on with materials around your house.

Project #1: My Shadow Puppets

The My Shadow Puppets craft project included punch-out cardstock shapes, colored popsicle sticks, brads, and illustrated instructions. Here, Noah is working on assembly the snail shadow puppet. This project did require help from an adult, because the kids had a hard time manipulating the brads.

The puppets were pretty easy to make, and each puppet was attached to 2 popsicle sticksto allow the puppets to “move” up and down. This snail and shark were a hit with Noah and Liam – they love animals and sea creatures specifically!

Noah also put together a cloud with a wheel with symbols for day and night and symbols for weather.

Project #2: My Kaleidoscope

To use the shadow puppets, we needed to assemble the My Kaleidoscope project. The kaleidoscope was created using the included flashlight (Noah keeps this in his room at night once all of the nights are turned off!). Here, you see him using a “slide” with a picture he drew using the markers that were included in the Kiwi Crate.

Sage got a chance to color in one of the pre-printed fish shapes on the transparent material.

The Finished Product: Shadow and Light!

Once the kids finished their shadow puppets, we went into a dark room and had a puppet show.

It took Noah a minute to realize that he had to get closer to the light source to make a shadow, and he loved it!

We are completely in love with Kiwi Crate. This Shadow and Light kit was perfect and included projects that the kids will be able to use and play with over and over again! I liked have materials that helped my explain how light and shadows work to my kids!

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