Kid Impressions Each monthly box is centered around a theme. Our theme was bugs which delighted them of course. One of the projects was for making a colorful lightening bug (decorated with the colorful square stickers you see them using below) and included a glow stick to go inside. Both my two and five year old were occupied for about 40 minutes decorating and designing their bug. They both needed help with certain parts but most of the project was on their own.
During this project they both said they wanted to keep getting these surprise crates in the mail so this was certainly a hit.
After this project was over (and they played with their finished bugs for quite a while) they wanted to jump right into the next project which was a stamping project using sponges and paint. The paper was also provided, as was a brush and pencil and even little cups for the paint. The only thing I provided from our house was towels for clean up after.
The boys were thrilled with the flat little sponges that expanded instantly in water. This lead to a discussion on why that would happen and whether or not the sponges would flatten again once they were dry.
The projects also came with info cards that was educational about the bugs. I could definately see these craft boxes as being a fun jumping off point for learning.
Another thing I should mention is that they have a child "add-on" feature where you can get supplies for 2 kids. This is awesome, no fighting! My boys were both thrilled that they didn't have to share supplies.
The only downside I could see with this subscription service is that you can't pick your monthly theme and you don't know what it will be in advance. (However, you can pick a theme for giving a single month gift.) I'd love to know in advance because it would be fun to grab a couple books on the theme at the library or have other materials at the ready to really turn it into a unit study. My boys had some really great questions about bugs while they were crafting, and it would have been wonderful to have a bug book at the ready to explore with them while their interest was hot. On the other hand, it is a wonderful surprise each month!
So check out Kiwi Crate! This would make an excellent gift too. Tons of fun!
Full Disclosure - I do not receive payment for reviews & I'm not affiliated with Kiwi Crate. They kindly sent me a sample crate to review, but I wouldn't have reviewed it if I didn't truly love it so much.
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