I received free product for this review, but the opinions, photos and road tape all over the floors is all mine.
Ok, would you believe I had never heard of Kiwi Crate before I was given an opportunity to try one of their products? What hole was I in, right? But I’ve seen the light, and I have to say, these creative activity crates from Kiwi Crate are soooo fun for the kids to play with. Parents get a kick out of it too! They get to engage their kids in a fun and educational activity, and spend some quality time together working through the different activities. I got a chance to review the Kiwi Crate City Adventure crate, and J LOVED IT. I mean, seriously LOVED IT. Let’s see how our evening went, shall we?
Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together.
First, we had gone to Kiwi Crate’s Kids Lab at their headquarters and fun was had by all. I love that this company tests out their prototypes on real kids. I mean, ok, I’m not saying they’d test it out on fake kids, but how cool is it that they look for real life feedback. This isn’t just some “big people” sitting in a room deciding what’s good for our children and what may or may not work. They put their designs to the test with the pickiest consumers of all! Kids in a range of ages were invited to try out some product ideas. Is it boring? Is it fascinating? Can both boys and girls play with this one, or is it more gender specific? How much learning is being disguised as free play? (That’s like veggies disguised as candy…) We had a great time, but J was itching to get home and open his own Kiwi Crate box.
I couldn’t even get a decent shot of him opening the crate because he just tore into it like a starved animal. The first thing you see is a description of the activities included in the crate. We were going to get to build a car and a city. Woohoo! says the boy who takes a dozen cars to bed with him every night. Everything is packaged neatly and there’s a supplementary booklet with additional activities and talking points for further discussion. We didn’t quite get there as J zoomed right in to the car building activity. Pun intended.
The building process was pretty self-explanatory and the product design itself is ingenious. A flat pack car with wooden wheels and lollipop stick axles? Why yes, please! And there were plenty of stickers with which to adorn our vehicles. J chose flames for his car and matched his blue windshield to his blue doors.
Next up was building the town. Did I mention there was roadway tape? I almost stole it for my washi tape stash. Almost. This was probably J’s favorite part of the crate, although who knows, he was pretty excited the whole time. We worked together to create a network of roads for his little car and he was quite the civil engineer. “Mommy, you need a road HERE!” Yes sir. One road, coming right up.
Daddy put together the frame for his town, and he filled in a few of the “facades” that were included in the crate. There was an ice cream shop, a pizza shop, and a firehouse. And here’s another plug for great design – those storefront ideas are perfect for kids! Much better than say, a hair salon, a grocery and a coffee shop, right?
So, yeah, my little man hasn’t quite gotten the hang of illustration yet, although he did tell me what faces to put in the windows on the second floor. And in case this photo is deceiving, the roadway tape was not confined to the paper – that was there so he wouldn’t accidentally draw on the wood floors. There was roadway tape EVERYWHERE, into the suburbs, I guess you could say! And the markers were included too. Like I said, everything you needed for a great activity was in that crate!
We had some issues with a curious baby sister who wanted to take everything apart, so it made for a very lively evening of fun filled with “Don’t put that in your mouth!” and “Mommy, I want another road!” J refused to go to bed until I promised I’d keep his city safe from little miss Godzilla tearing through his town.
Here’s the skinny if you want this crate of awesomeness delivered to your door.
- Monthly crates include all the materials & inspiration for 2-3 hands-on projects, delivered to your door!
- Plus, a 16-page magazine with activities to extend the learning & fun.
- New subscribers receive a bonus welcome kit + FREE shipping
- Kiwicrate ships to the US & Canada
And just as a little something extra, Kiwicrate is offering my readers 25% of their first month subscription. Just use the promo code SE25 when checking out!
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My daughter LOVES Kiwi Crate! I’ve tried a few box subscriptions and it is by far my favorite! Looks like your son had fun!
Those boxes are so fun! LC loves them!
My daughter just got the farm one and loves it. Her seeds just sprouted, which she thinks is so cool!
Wow, this looks like such a fun activity box! My boys would have LOVED this when they were small!
I love Kiwi Crate! They are so much fun!!
I agree Kara!
The farm one looked awesome too, but I wasn’t sure if J would like it, since he wasn’t too interested in our garden back east. The seeds sprouting just wasn’t doing it for him 🙂 But I would love it!
I haven’t tried the other subscriptions, but yes, these are really well made and a lot of fun!
I think if J were a little older, he’d really like some of the other boxes too!
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