What Happened at My House After We Tried Out Kiwi Crate

What Happened at My House After We Tried Out Kiwi Crate

February hasn’t historically been a great month for my family. It’s cold and dreary. We tend to get sick, and we always get a little stir crazy. I thought it would be a good month to try out Kiwi Crate.

I also liked the idea of stashing away an unopened Kiwi Crate box so I’d have it on hand for unexpected situations–like if my sitter canceled at the last minute and I brought my kids to work with me (as I’ve done in the past). Or if it rains for 3 straight days and cabin fever sets in. Or if I got sick while the kids were fine.

When I placed my order, I didn’t know our first kit would arrive on Valentine’s Day. And I didn’t know I would be sick when it arrived.

But it did, and I was, and it kinda saved the day.

Our First Kit

Kiwi Crate sent us the Playful Pets kit, including the “sibling add-on.” Their website said each kit provides a “generous” amount of materials for one child, and that two kids can usually share the kit just fine. But since I have 4 kids, I paid the extra $7.95 (on top of the basic price of $19.95) to double my supplies.

My 10-year old was a little old for the projects, and my barely-3-year-old was a little young, so they teamed up. My oldest figured out the directions himself and very sweetly helped his little brother make a pom-pom pet. Since my oldest loves to be a helper, and my baby loves to play along with the big kids, they both enjoyed it.

My girls–ages 5 and 7–LOVED both projects. They’re right in the middle of the 3-7 target age range, and it showed. They finished up the projects and then used the leftover materials to keep making crafting. When they exhausted the supplies from the box, they raided our household stash. (I liked that.)

Lessons Learned

The Kiwi Crate was fun, but it wasn’t until a few days later that I realized just how much they liked the concept. Here’s what my 7-year-old made after the box was empty:

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I love how she’s setting up her projects, prepping her supplies, and dreaming up her crafts. (She told me she could get a job at Kiwi Crate one day. I don’t doubt it.)

I signed up for an ongoing subscription, so we’ll be getting another crate in the mail soon. I’ll stick with the $8 sibling add-on next time. Surprisingly, it wasn’t actually necessary–at least not for this kit. But if my sitter gets sick and my kids end up opening the next one in my office conference room, it’s an inexpensive insurance policy to make sure they’re all engaged and occupied.

Have you ever been surprised at the lingering effects of a project–for your kids or for yourself? Tell us about it in comments. 

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17 comments

  1. I love the concept of this, especially the box to pack it all back up after a crafting session. I wish we could handle $20 a month (hmm. Maybe I could hint at grandparents for a gift idea.) If nothing else, this post has inspired me to build a go-to craft box to keep hidden away for special days. My oldest loves making things, and I have a steady supply of art materials for him. A special box might be a good thing to have as a back up.

    • Mary says:

      I love the idea of asking for this as a gift from grandparents. I’m always looking for ideas to give that don’t add to the clutter or consumerism in our house.

  2. Lisa Hom says:

    Hi Anne – I run the product design team here at Kiwi Crate and all the product designers here who create the crafts and write the step-by-step instructions are AMAZED with your 7 year old’s work! Please tell Sarah that we would love to send her and her siblings a little something extra to spark more creativity. Please contact me at lisa@kiwicrate with your full name + address. Happy Friday, your daughter’s work has made our day!

  3. 'Becca says:

    I wish I could show my son your daughter’s project–he’d be so impressed and inspired!–but then I would have to let him know that Kiwi Crate exists. He already makes many crafts from supplies we already have, and then he doesn’t want to part with them!! So I can’t cope with a new source of craft materials.

    Here is an example of his recent work: Martinopoly.

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