This week the kids and I had a lot of fun exploring a box from Kiwi Crate*. For those of you who may be asking "what is Kiwi Crate?" - it is a monthly subscription service for kids ages 3-7. Each month kids receive a themed (dinosaurs, gardens, superheroes, music, etc) box. Each box contains 2-3 carefully designed and kid-tested projects, which cover a range of developmental areas and subjects, including art, science, and imaginative play. The crate we received was the farmer's market crate. The kids loved the activities included - it's kept their attention for the past three days!
Our crate included everything we needed to complete the projects.
|all the fun stuff that was packed inside|
The first activity we did from our crate was make produce for the market. There were four different pieces of produce so it worked out perfectly for my crew. Little Lady, who is two. had a bit of trouble lacing up the fruit but the activity was at the perfect skill level for the other three.
|big buddy hard a work|
|mini man was a very zealous stuffer|
|using a stencil to trace leaf shapes on to felt|
I really appreciated the workout this project gave my children's fine motor skills. Everything was prepared so it was straightforward and uncomplicated while still being engaging and giving them a since of accomplishment. They were all extremely excited to show off their creations to Daddy when he got home.
|our finished produce|
The crate also included material (stencils, apron, fabric crayons) to design a custom apron for our farmer's market.
|using the stencils and fabric crayons to draw produce|
The crate came with only one apron but Kiwi Crate does offer a sibling add-on for those families who may want to avoid a sharing debate. We had a couple fabric bags on hand so in addition to the included apron we used the crayons to decorate a few "shopping" bags
|our finished apron|
The crate also included play money and a booklet full of ideas for setting up our own little market. Big Buddy currently has a bit of an obsession with the Middle Ages so he decided we should call our market King's Market. We made a sign which we taped to a little table, turned our crate into a money box, and added a few other items from around the house. The kid's have stayed very busy taking turns being cashier, shopper, and dinner host.
My favorite thing about our Kiwi Crate is that it was multi-faceted. Once we finished with the crafting there was still tons to do. The included booklets not only contained craft instructions but conversations starters and game ideas. They also included a link to a website were there were online games, book suggestions, additional craft ideas, recipes, and more. The crates are so well thought-out that it would be very easy to build unit studies around them. In addition to Kiwi Crate's monthly subscription plans they also sell individual crates for over a dozen different themes that you can read more about here.
Looking for more homeschool or craft ideas? Check out these link parties: Link and Learn, Made by Little Hands, Montessori Monday, Hip Homeschool Hop, Preschool Corner, For the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday.
*Total Transparency: we received this Kiwi Crate at no cost. I was not however monetarily compensated to review the product or to write this post. All opinions, as always, are my own and truthful.