Hi everyone! Do you have a tinkerer in your house? I do, his name is Turbo, and he loves to play around with anything that requires building stuff, tiny parts, electricity, robotics, remote controls, etc. So when we found Kiwi Crate, Inc. I was definitely interested!

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Disclosure: I received the Kiwi Crate for review purposes on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product received.

 

What is Kiwi Crate?

Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box that delivers all of the supplies and instructions you need to will allow your student to have fun creating and tinkering. Their goal is to make STEAM fun. What is STEAM?

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math

They have crates for a variety of ages as well which is cool. They also offer a variety of subscription lengths, and prices for the crates vary based on how long your subscription is. Here are the current crate levels they offer:

  • Cricket Crate – Ages 0-2
  • Koala Crate – Ages 3-4
  • Kiwi Crate – Ages 5-8
  • Doodle Crate (Art & Design) – Ages 9-16+
  • Tinker Crate (Science & Engineering) – Ages 9-16+

The contents of each crate include all of the materials needed to make a fun project. These are great for hands-on exploring and creativity!

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Kiwi Crate sent us the Tinker Crate Fiber Optic Stars box to review. My son was able to complete the project in two days. It took a couple of hours for the glue to dry, and we had hockey the night he started it. So he finished the next day.

The instructions were nice and clear and he was able to follow along with them without my help which was nice.kiwicrate6

 

First he hooked up the battery pack, resistor, and accompanying wires to create a light. Then he assembled the light box. He’s all about learning how things work, and so getting to put them together from scratch is right up his alley. Plus he’s learning electronic basics by hooking up the resisters and wiring himself.

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Next he chose a constellation to create, drew it on the black foam, then inserted the fiber optic strands and glued them in place. Once the glue was dry, he tied the fiber optic strands, and inserted them into the light box and we headed to a dark room.

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We turned off the lights, and turned on his light box and here is a picture of his final product. As you can see the fiber optic strands really show the constellation well. It’s difficult to tell from the photo, but the stars twinkle just a tad, and they also vary in brightness which makes them look even more realistic. All in all, this was a fun project to work on.

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The box also included a “Tinker Zine” which is basically a mini-magazine full of extra information on the box, more experiments and ideas to try, and fun facts.

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For more information or to get your own subscription check out Kiwi Crate, Inc!

My readers will get a special 30% off their first box, the discount will be applied at check out.

Click here to order your Kiwi Crate box!

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Disclosure: I received the Kiwi Crate for review purposes on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product received.

3 Comments

  1. Erica, thank you so much for this blog. I love your videos. I live in Colorado as well. Just getting into homeschooling. All your videos and posts were so helpful. Those projects for kids is lots of fun. I can’t wait to get it for my 8 year old son.

    Victoria

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