Review of Kiwi Crates – Month 2

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Last month, I shared that my brother and sister-in-law’s gift to the boys for Christmas was a crate from KiwiCo. They had such a blast with their first crate, that they were STOKED when the second one arrived this week. Subscription boxes are really taking off in popularity, and now you can find one for just about every kind of product out there.

We were so excited about Kiwi Co’s boxes because getting to try something new every month is really fun, and kids absolutely love to get new things in the mail. The first box was such a hit. Would the second one live up to the hype?

If you have been looking for something fun and different to try with your kids at home, KiwiCo offers a STEM-Based subscription crate for every age group. If you use my link below, you can save 30% using the Promo Code: Share30.

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Kiwi Co offers 4 types of Boxes

The boys receive two boxes: the Kiwi Crate for Luke (ages 5+) and the Tinker Crate for Landry (ages 9+). They arrived during the week, but between activities and homework, we didn’t actually have time to work on them until Saturday. I’m glad we waited too, because it ended up being 22 degrees that day (which shuts down the entire state of Texas), so we really needed a good indoor activity to occupy us for the afternoon! We lit a fire in the fireplace, cozied up next to it and got to work!

The Kiwi Crate with Luke

Luke's Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Luke’s Kiwi Crate

We started with Luke’s Kiwi Crate first! He was so excited to open it up and see what was inside!

inside Feb 2019 Kiwi Crate
Inside the Crate

We opened it up to find, once agian, a fun little comic book to read, the directions for the activities and all of the pieces we needed, neatly organized in bags. We saw that his box contained two activities this month: one craft and one game! Luke decided he wanted to start with the craft.

Kiwi Box Craft Feb 2019
Starting the Craft

The craft was to make some cute little flowers in a frame to learn about Capillary Action. We started by setting up our surfacing, using a scratch piece of paper under the frame & plastic backing. The box even gives you extra supplies like sticky tape in case you mess up or decide to do a few more!

Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Setting Up Flowers to Show Capillary Action

We found a little envelope with green string for stems and white flowers. Luke chose these 3 shapes for his first round, and has extras to make some more later!

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Flowers all Set Up

Next, we found some binder clips and used them to hold the two sides of the plastic frame together and stand them up over the paint pots. We made sure each stem has enough room out of the bottom to dip into a paint pot!

Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Putting Paint into the Paint Pots

The box contained red and yellow paint drops. Luke decided to make one red, one yellow, and mix them in the middle for orange!

Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Capillary Action in Action!

He was shocked when he looked up from putting in the last of his drops to see that the yellow flower was already complete! How did it do that?!?!?

Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Completed Flowers

We learned that the paint travels up the flower stems through Capillary Action. Certain things, like liquid, can defy gravity and travel up if it has the right object to use! We also determined that the next time, we need to use more yellow and less red on our orange flower, haha!

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Tilting Tree Game

Next up, we started constructing the Tilting Tree Game. We started by assembling the tree’s trunk on the base with a little bit sticking out the bottom to make it wobbly.

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Assembling the Tilting Tree

We used a rubber band to hold the base and trunk together.

Kiwi Crate Feb 2019
Tilting Tree Game

Once the tree trunk was flipped over, we could start the Tilting Tree game! The object was to build your tree, using the dice to determine if you were adding leaves or roots or if you tree would fall victim to a natural disaster!

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Tilting Tree Game

Each roll was coded with a colored number. Inside the box directions, the numbers symbolized what section you added roots or leaves in, or what natural disaster your tree would have to live through.

Luke loved the natural disasters because you could either blow on the tree (Big Bad Wolf Style) for a hurricane or shake the table for an earthquake!

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<p>Luke had so much fun with the Tilting Tree Game that he played it all afternoon! </p>



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The Tinker Crate with Landry

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
Tinker Crate – Color Mixing LED Crystal

Landry’s box was up next. We were going to be making a Color Mixing LED Crystal. I am not going to lie, this one made me a little nervous. If anyone was going to manage to get electrocuted by a kids STEM kit, it would be me!

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
Tinker Crate

Luckily, once again, the instructions were so easy that even I could figure it out!

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
Assembling the Tinker Crate

The base came already put together with a really easy guide printed inside so Landry was able to figure out exactly where to put the sticky foam and string wires through without my help. He only really needed my help when it came to looping the wire ends through the brads because his little fingers just did not want to cooperate with that part.

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
So excited!

It took him no time to figure out which wires went to which section! I was still reading the directions when I looked over and saw this! Each of the red, green & blue wires hooked onto a brad that had a switch on the other side. What were those going to do???

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
Light up LED Crystal

The box even included batteries for the battery pack! He had everything plugged in and just needed to put the final yellow wire into the LED bulb right in the middle of the red and green wires!

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
It Works!!!

Once all the wires were in place, Landry flipped the crystal base over, and turned on the switch and was so excited to see that it worked!

Kiwi Co Tinker Crate Feb 2019
The switches changed the crystal’s colors!

Landry figured out really quickly that the three switches could be used to change the colors of the LED bulb inside the crystal! He was able to make it blue, green, red, purple, orange, or even white!

This was such a cool way for him to learn how lights actually work, and what the different wires do! He also now has a really cool light in his room that he can use as a night light that he made himself! That’s so much better than any that I could buy at the store!

Have you tried a subscription box for your kids yet? What have you tried? Let me know in the comments!

If you’d like to try any of Kiwi Co’s products for the special children in your life, be sure to follow the link below so you can try yours for 30% off! I promise, after one box, they’ll be hooked! Thanks to Kiwi Co, we were able to spend an entire afternoon off of the tablets & video games and learning about science! (Even I learned a thing or two).

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Edvin | 18th Nov 19

    Almost every shot has some form of a plastic zip bag. What do you do with these boxes once you guys have finished playing with them? Just curious and concerned about our planet.

    • Junell | 26th Nov 19

      We save a lot of the boxes because they come in handy for school projects. They have been just the right size for Valentine’s boxes, dioramas, etc. What we don’t save, we recycle.

  2. Laura | 9th May 19

    I’ve always wondered what’s in these subscription boxes. Looks fun.

  3. Dominique | 4th Mar 19

    This post is very thorough! Great idea for kids to explore 🙂

  4. Nicki | 21st Feb 19

    We have this subscription too. We love it!

  5. Amanda | 21st Feb 19

    I wish stuff like this would’ve been available when my kids were little. So much fun!!

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