I seriously thought today was the National Day of Unplugging, and I even (finally) read Hands-Free Mama so I could tell you about it for the occasion.
But it turns out since this day for unplugging got rolling, it’s been moved: this year it was March 7-8, and I missed it.
(I’m rationalizing that I’m already consciously stepping away from my devices, and putting hard stops in my day, during Lent.)
I did read Hands-Free Mama–at least the first few chapters. I abandoned it. (I’m pretty sure this puts me solidly in the minority, and I’m ducking to avoid all the rotten tomatoes you’re flinging my way.)
If it’s not your style, read Manage Your Day-to-Day. Similar content, wildly different approach.
I may have missed the day, but I’d still like to tell you about one of my kids’ favorite forms of unplugged play, which (thankfully) doesn’t need a day of its own around here.
My Target had four “creativity kits:” pom pom pets, modern art, flying kites, and racing wind cars, all priced at $14.99. We chose the racing wind cars because we’d previously received the other projects in our subscription boxes.
Here’s what we found when we opened it up:
The box contained all the materials to make two wind-powered cars.
I just took the pictures while my kids dove into the project by themselves.
Kiwi Crate is aimed at kids ages 3-8. My girls have loved Kiwi Crate from the beginning, and have been able to tackle the projects mostly on their own. This is the first crate Silas–who turned 4 in January–has been interested in. He needed a little help from Sarah, but he could mostly make his car by himself. (He was quite proud of himself.)
It took the kids about half an hour to make their cars. We had plenty of materials left over.
The box also contained Kiwi Crate’s Explore magazine, which contained a few articles about wind power, fun ideas, and this bonus pinwheel project.
My kids enjoyed the Kiwi Crate box we picked up at Target, and I like knowing we could stop in and pick one up, say, if we needed a birthday gift fast, or had a string of rainy days in the forecast. I do think the regular subscription is a better value, as every box contains 2-3 projects, and the surprise-and-delight factor of the box arriving in the mail–addressed to them–is a big deal for my kids.
(Additionally, Kiwi Crate emails current subscribers offering big discounts on their subscription if they pay for several months in advance, which makes it an even better value.)
Target also has Kiwi Crate single boxes on their web site, which contain 2-3 projects each, although they’re not available in stores right now. Of the four available, my girls loved the making music and fairy fun crates. Each crate is $19.99, which is the same as it is if you order directly from Kiwi Crate.
Want to try Kiwi Crate? Check out your local Target, or head here to subscribe.
BONUS: Kiwi Crate is offering a special deal to MMD readers. Use the code DARCY25 to get 25% off your first month. (Excludes sibling add-on.) This is the same deal we used to get started over a year ago.
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