August 2014 Kiwi Crate Review + $10.00 Coupon + Fall Spoilers
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Kiwi Crate was our family's first subscription box and it remains our favorite. Kiwi Crate is $19.95 a month, and each month you get at least two big crafts along with Explore Magazine. Explore Magazine is a magazine that is included in every box. You can also add supplies for a sibling for only $9.95. The Explore Magazine is filled with cartoons, activities, and bonus crafts. My son L loves Kiwi Crate. He is always so excited to get this box and see what the theme is for the month.
Cost: Month to Month $19.95
3 Months: $59.85
6 Months: $111.00
12 Months: $203.40
Sibling Add On: Get extra materials for a sibling to share the crate. Customers call it the “no fight” crate. (available for $9.95/month with a monthly subscription, $28 extra for a 3-month, $56 extra for a 6-month, and $112 extra for a 12-month subscription). Only one sibling add-on can be added per subscription
What's in the box? Every month you'll receive all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as music, gardening, dinosaurs or colors. Projects may include arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more. We've hand selected and kid tested projects that are open ended and encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity!
What ages is Kiwi Crate for? Ages 3-8 but older children can enjoy it too.
When am I billed? You will be billed for your first crate immediately. After that, you will be billed up to 10 days before your ship date. This would be on or around the 5th of each month.
When does the box ship? The first crate will be shipped within 2 business days and subsequent crates will ship the next month around the middle of the month in the U.S. Crates to Canada will be shipped on or around the 15th of each month
Can I skip? Yes – if you do not want to receive a crate for a period of time, you can pause your subscription for 1, 2 or 3 months. To pause, log into My Account page, click “Manage Subscription” next to the subscription that you'd like to pause and then click Pause. You will not be charged while your subscription is paused. Your subscription will automatically resume after the pause period is complete. Pause by 7:00 PM EST on the 4th of the month to avoid being billed for the next crate.
How do I cancel? You can cancel right from you online account.
L always get excited when he see Kiwi Crate on our doorstep
First Look: The two main crafts this month is “My Silly Squirters” and “My Bumper Cars”
The back of the information card always features Steve the Kiwi Bird and a Friend. There is also a sticker to add to your poster. When you first subscribe to Kiwi Crate your child will get a poster that your child can add a sticker to each month.
Explore Magazine is a cute publication that packs, activities, games, and suggested crafts in a little cute book.
The first craft in the book was “Spinning Cup Trick” All you need is string, tape, a cup and a small toy. You put the toy in the cup and swing it around. This replicates what happens on a roller coaster.
The next activity was to make sock beanbags. All you need is dry beans, plastic bags, socks, cups and paper plates. You can assemble bean bags and play fun games.
The last project was strips of paper that you use to make your own roller coaster. L will love playing this.
Now onto the projects!
Each project comes with instructions. On the front, Kiwi Crate lets parents know how messy the craft is and how much parental involvement is needed.
This project rated medium on the messiness scale and medium on the parental involvement. You child will also learn gross motor skills, discovering and creating.
Inside, Kiwi Crate includes pictures of all the needed items and step by step instructions. Kiwi Crate always includes everything you need. In this project you do need to provide some water.
Everything was included for the project, even the water squirter.
Making the Targets. L had a bit of help from me on the tiger (at his request) but he did the second one all by himself.
Making the bases
He LOVED this project. Yes, I let L squirt water in the house. It was so much fun
The second project was “My Bumper Cars”. This project rated medium on the messiness scale and medium on the parental involvement. Your child will also learn gross motor skills, discovering and creating.
Once again, there are step by step instructions. I love how Kiwi Crate includes pictures. Even though L can't read, he completed this project without my help.
All the project materials.
Assembling the wheel
Adding the flags
The finished projects.
We set up some toys to have something to crash the bumper cars into. L loved watching the cars bounce back and spin.
The completed projects!
Final Thought: This was such a fun month! L has his bumper cars by his bed tonight, he really loved them. The water squirter activity was also a blast. L really enjoyed getting to squirt water in the house. I was impressed how good L was at it. L just adores his Kiwi Crate. I never have to ask him to do the projects, he is always begging to get started right away. Kiwi Crate has a special back to school special. Click HERE to sign up $10.00 on your first box when you use the code BACKTOSCHOOL10. You can also try Kiwi Crate for FREE, just pay $3.95 shipping. Go to www.kiwicrate.com/free-trial to sign up. You will get the My Starlight Lantern project (not a full crate).
Now, for the Fall Spoilers!
Just the Summer Series, there will be a fall series called “The Time Traveler Series”
September: “Castles & Catapults”: Construct a medievel castle and build a catapult to protect it. Test your aim by launching items at at target.
October “Wild West”: Make a stuffed hobby horse to ride and play a game of bean bag toss “cattle roundup”!
November “Discovering Dinosaurs”: Make fossils with “bones” and clay, then makes your own dinosaur dress-up costume- for a game of dino tag!
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