Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Homeworks: Kiwi Crate delivers fun crafts monthly

If you haven’t already seen it, and your children love crafts, Kiwi Crate is something you should check out. 

What you’ll find inside is everything you need to make a pair of stomping dinosaur feet or a fossil. “Our crates are designed around fun themes and filled with all of the material and inspiration for hands-on projects,” said a Kiwi Crate spokesperson. “Explore with arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more.” 

I’m not sure on the story behind the funny fruit name (maybe because the box is green?), but I’ve seen the crates and love the idea. Where was this when my children were little? 

It works like a magazine subscription. Subscribers can choose a monthly subscription for $19.95, which includes shipping; an annual subscription for $220, with one month free; and three- and six-month subscriptions for $60 and $110. Gift subscriptions are available to those looking for a unique gift for moms and dads, birthdays, grandparents and anyone who homeschools. “I loved the ability to open a box and have everything needed for an afternoon of fun and learning,” said one mom, who homeschools her four children. “The lessons and activities can be used for an afternoon (if you are like me and get too excited for your own good), or used throughout a week or with the lessons you are already teaching.” 

Kiwi Crate is designed to be simple for children ages 3-7. Once you subscribe, choose what crates to receive. Each one is designed by a creative team and guided by an advisory board that includes experts in science, art, education and child development. Kiwi Crate also staffs a crew of kids who put the projects to the test to ensure they are, most important, fun to do. 

“Kiwi Crate is totally great for overwhelmed and busy parents. New, fresh ideas come to me and my kids. Every month, we’re so excited to see the green box,” wrote a mother from New York in her testimonial to Kiwi Crate. 

Another mom who subscribes said the kits contain everything you need for the desired project and that the materials are of high quality. 

Besides all of this, the crate arrives in the mail. What child doesn’t get excited about a package delivered to their home with their name on it? 

To find out more about Kiwi Crate, visit www.KiwiCrate.com. If you do subscribe, let us know what you think, and include photos of your finished project: gina.joseph@macombdaily.com; @gljoseph

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