Friday, August 10, 2012

Create with Kiwi Crate

Have you seen these Kiwi Crates before?  Curious what's inside of one?  Today I'm going to share what all the buzz is about for these green boxes.  I recently was sent one by Kiwi Crate to test out.

When it arrived at our doorstep, it was addressed to my children.   I thought this was a nice touch since most children love receiving mail.  Right away we opened it up to discover what was in the mysterious package.  Neatly packed in the box were craft supplies to make the projects printed on the inside of the box (pictured above).

The first thing we made was this princess hat.  The kit came with a white silk and a kool-aid packet to dye the silk.  This was by far my daughter's favorite part.  She couldn't stop talking the whole time we were making it.  I know this is going to sound canned but this is what she said, "I've never dyed anything before.  This is so awesome!  You're the best mom."  That last part made me chuckle.  I can't promise you'll get the same reaction, but I can say the project was right on target for her age, 6.

What I found interesting about the hat was that it could also be made into a knights mask instead of a princess hat.  The opposite side was silver with dotted lines where to cut (sorry no picture).  And instead of using the silk for the hat, it could also be used as a ribbon wand.  My son has been using it as a blindfold and a pirate head scarf.

The next project we made was a catapult.  You'll notice a little booklet in the photo, each project came with a cute illustrated booklet on how to make the craft.  I should also point out the quality of the supplies.  I was impressed with the components to make the catapult, wood box, wood spoon, and extra strong rubber band.  This is always important to me when I purchase a craft kit because for me it has to have supplies I might not be able to find on my own.  I don't want a kit that's popsicle sticks and glitter. Does that make sense? 

Here's the catapult in action.  The kit came with a ping pong ball and pom poms to launch.   There are a couple things that I really liked about this project.  First, my children spent about an hour decorating the boxes.  Second, if they get board of the catapult, they have a cute trinket box (box has a lid to store items).  There's little waste.  Sometimes you make a project, display it for a week or two then throw it away.  All the things we made have been put to use for the past couple months.

So what makes the Kiwi Crate different from other craft kits?

1.  It's mailed to you every month with a new set of projects ready to go.  You can order just one or get a subscription for 3, 6 or 9 months.

2. Kiwi Crate is founded and ran by a mom, Sandra Oh Lin. 


Deanna said...

Totally cute craft stuffs! I did a catapult craft wtih a bunch of kids this summer and they went nuts for it!! My littlest one would have just loved the princess stuff. :)

LimeRiot said...

What a wonderful and adorable package! It's fun that it's not just the final goods wrapped up but that you actually get to create them yourself. Neat!!

interior design said...

wonderful stuff.. I never thought of creating some cute stuff from a box.. You inspire me..

LIFE IS WHAT said...

Life is what you make of it,the positive things that can be accomplished through sincere work and duty.Don't take life for granted but embrace it and take it one step at a time and enjoy every moment of it even when things seem haywire or at a distance,just continue doing what is right because in the end it has its great rewards.

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