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!

You can get $10 off your first month using this link!

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?