A couple of weeks back, I received an email from the folks at Kiwi Crate, asking if I was interested in trying out one of their project crates with Mariam. I do occasionally get these sorts of queries, and no offense to anyone out there in marketing land, but I turn them down almost without exception. I just don't want to be on the hook to pretend to like something that I actually didn't like because someone sent it to me for free. I generally only accept a book or a product if it happens to be something that I have had my eye on for awhile anyway, or that I had actually considered purchasing. So, I said yes to the Kiwi Crate, because I really had been wanting to try one out for quite some time.
Our crate arrived just a few days after I said that I was all in, but because of things like having to go to Ikea in search of storage furniture far too often, it took us a little bit to dive in. Plus, if I want Mariam to do a project of some kind, she really has to think that it is her idea, or the experience tends to be less than stellar. So, I waited around for that to happen. And, when it eventually did, we were both really pleased with what we found inside the crate.
Our box was a "nature explorer" themed one, which is a pretty good match for the interests around here. There were two projects inside, and each one came with a great little step-by-step instruction booklet and absolutely everything needed to do the project. This included awesome little details like a star-shaped hole puncher and a battery-operated tealight, both intended for a lantern project in the box, but both also usuable again for future endeavors. I love that kind of thinking! Other than the lantern project, the other project in our crate was to create a little nature collection box. The box is outfitted with dividers to make labeled sections for storing different sorts of nature artifacts that a kid might collect. Mariam thought this idea was fantastic, her only complaint being that there should be an area in the box for feathers because obviously, collecting feathers is the best.
In all, we were pretty impressed with our little Kiwi Crate. Definitely enough that my curiousity has been satisfied and I am going to consider a subscription of some kind. I assumed that the crates would be fun, but I found myself impressed by how cleverly put together they really are, and by the fact that the crafts in our crate were things that Mariam could actually use once she finished them. The crates are designed for kids ages 3-7 with various levels of adult help anticipated, but at 9, Mariam was still interested in the crate and could do the projects without any help from me at all. Kind of great for keeping her busy (and quiet!) while I put Z. down for a nap.
Yep, I think that Kiwi Crate gets a big thumbs up from our house.