Today we found our first Kiwi Crate box in the mailbox!!! It was a complete surprise for my seven year old and he absolutely loved it. He’s thrilled to get a letter or magazine with his name on it, but a box with his name on it?! He was glowing from ear to ear!!
So, what is Kiwi Crate? It’s a subscription service that ships a box to your child every month filled with hands-on fun and learning. You pick the age of your child and the type of box you child will love. The kits are very educational—perfect for keeping their brains thinking during the summertime. This month the kiwi crate was called Fun with Flight.
Kiwi Crates make the perfect birthday and Christmas gifts for kids, that will keep receiving all year long. Let me give you a look inside our box so you can see for yourself!
What’s in the box?
Here’s a photo of everything that was included in our Kiwi Crate Fun with Flight box.
- three activities for the student to make (a rocket launcher, three rockets and a kite)
- instruction booklet for each activity
- extra ideas and activities booklet
- pack of crayons to go with activity booklet
- tracking sheet for the child to put a sticker on for each kit they receive throughout the year
Was it age appropriate?
My son is seven years old and could read everything in the instructions. It is written at a level at which they should be able to read most of it themselves, or at least understand it combined with the pictures. I will say though that he enjoyed it most when I was sitting with him and could read the steps for him while he did what I was reading.
There was one part of building the rocket launcher that was confusing for him to do by himself. He was asked to get the tube for the rocket launcher, but it was in the pack with all the other tubes of various sizes so he struggled with determining which one he was suppose to use. It might be nice of the were labeled a little better, but it was easy to solve once I started helping him.
I love that we can also choose to learn more by visiting the Kiwi Crate website and exploring their feature page for the Fun with Flight Crate. It is has tons of other ideas of projects we can do like parachutes, a balloon rocket, a mailing tube rocket and a rubber band powered cup launcher. I think we might be trying a few of those!
Was it fun?
Yes! I suppose this is a given from all of our fun photos, but yes, the Kiwi Crate Fun with Flight box was tons of fun for my son and his friend who was visiting. He loved shooting off the rockets and building the kites and trying to fly them.
And from a mom’s perspective, it was rewarding and beneficial because it literally engaged him for hours over a course of the entire week—and I’m assuming he’ll probably get back at it again next week.
Is it worth the cost?
In my opinion, a subscription to Kiwi Crate is pretty expensive. A Kiwi Crate subscription costs $19.95/month if you buy for three months at a time. You could probably do this using recycled items in your home with instructions on the internet to buy the supplies for less.
However, it was very engaging for him and gave me quite a bit of free time to get things done that I needed to do. I also didn’t need to take time getting everything together, searching for ideas on Pinterest and planning his activities. I also didn’t need to go to the store to buy the supplies. That’s worth quite a bit to me.
It’s also important to note that if you choose a yearly subscription, the cost per month does come down to $16.95/month. While that’s still pricey for a stay-at-home mom, some grandparents love to give gifts like this that last all year long, so I do think this could be an exciting option for some.
If your child loves to learn, invent, and try new things—whether in science or art—I recommend trying out a Kiwi Crate for just one month to see what you think. They have age based crates for younger kids and older kids too!
If you decide to try now, you’ll save $10 OFF your first box, making your first Krate just $9.95!
Now, that’s an affordable gift and a nice treat to keep your kid occupied this summer! It could also be something you save and give to them on their birthday or for Christmas.
While it is a subscription based company, you do have the option of pausing your shipments or even completely stopping them temporarily after you receive your first order. So you are under no obligation to continue your shipments after you receive your first box for just $9.95.
I would love to hear if you have tried a Kiwi Crate box. Did your child like it? Let me know in the comments below!