With the holidays fast approaching, finding gifts for kids that are not plastic, loud, and electronic can be difficult. I try hard to buy things that will encourage creativity and self play, but those blinking lights on the latest what-not can be hard to pass up. Recently, I was introduced to Kiwi Crate which is basically like winning the awesome mom toy lottery.
Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service where your child is sent a box including 2-3 crafts (all the materials to make the crafts + plus a magazine with additional projects, recipes, and coloring pages). It all comes nicely wrapped in a shoe box ready to be punched out, stickered on, and created. We got the Castle and Catapult projects and my kids were thoroughly engrossed for a solid couple of hours.
I was honestly a bit skeptical about the idea of the crates… And was completly blown away after trying it out. Most of the time when I read about crafts for our kids they are either way to difficult (read: really a craft for mom), or too simple and cheesy. These projects are legit and very engaging. The kids needed very little help from us in creating the projects, even the directions are both text based and pictoral for them to easily follow along.
Kiwi Crate has a different theme every month and different programs based on age groups. We tried the original Kiwi Crate subscription which was perfect for the twins who are almost 6. They also offer Koala Crates for preschool aged kids, Doodle Crates for the 9+ crowd, and Tinker Crates which is also for 9+ crowd but with a focus on science and math.
The projects can be a great way to engage with friends on an afternoon play date. You could even build an entire party around the theme and concept for the month. The crates basically give you that awesome crafty mom persona without all the creative, shopping, storing, stressful producing elements that sometimes come when crafting with kids. Just open the box and everyone is thrilled.
The time travel themed castle project was a huge success for us, my daughter loved making the castle flags and sticking the stickers in just the right spots. While the boys had a blast launching the catapults. They even started chatting about what else they could make with similar materials around the house. Seeing my kids happily playing, creating, and watching their minds begin to engage is honestly like winning the lottery for a parent. So help a mom you know (or yourself) win the non-plastic, non-blinking toy lottery and try it out.
Kiwi Crate is offering a special discount just for A Subtle Revelry readers this month, get a head start on your holiday shopping and use promo code asr5off to get $5 off your 1st crate with a new subscription purchase to Kiwi, Koala, Doodle or Tinker Crate.
This post is done in promotional partnership with Kiwi Crate. All opinions are honest and my own. Thanks so much for supporting our holiday blogging partners.
Posted October 27, 2014 1 Comment
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