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L’s November Kiwi Crate arrived earlier this week and we spent yesterday afternoon working on a few craft related subscription boxes we hadn’t gotten to yet this month. Yesterday was the perfect day for it too. It was cold and windy outside, so we were in total need of indoor projects to keep us busy.
If you aren’t familiar, Kiwi Crates are designed around fun themes and filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects for kids ages 3-7. L is 5 and is getting to the point where he can be more in charge of the project and is able to follow along on the instructions better and better each month.
Kiwi Crate ships via FedEx Smart Post. It took the standard week to arrive to me from CA. L knows that this box is for him and as soon as he saw it he needed to know what the crafts were this month.
The November Kiwi Crate theme was “Storytelling” and included two projects “my story theater” and “my string puppet”. We opted to begin with “my string puppet”:
Project #1: My String Puppet
The first project was “my string puppet” and included all the materials you needed to build your own string puppet. It was low on the messiness scale, medium on the grownup involvement scale and involved communicating, creating and moving – gross.
I did not expect this one to go as well as it did. I just wasn’t sure it would all work, but it totally did. L did 90% of this one on his own and pretty much just needed me to tie the string to the stick and give him a little direction here and there. When WB gets a little older I am going to do the sibling add-on option for this box. It would have been fun to have two puppets so we could have played!
Project #2: “My Story Theater”
The second project was “my story theater” and included all the tools you needed to built a theatre for your stories and share them with family and friends. It was low on the messiness and grownup involvement scales and involved creating, communicating and caring.
L is getting better at coloring than he used to be, but I still don’t think he enjoys it. Now drawing, that’s a different story. He loves that. His story was all about the submarine bringing food for the fish in the ocean. Had you asked me to do something like this I would have just stared at the blank sheet and wondered what to do. Not L. He thinks for two seconds and boom, has an amazing story in his head. I love that about kids.
explore! is Kiwi Crate’s monthly magazine and includes fun games and puzzles and stories, as well as, additional project ideas which relate to the monthly theme. Our favorites from explore! this month were the “Where’s Steve” (think where’s Waldo but with Steve the Kiwi) and the make your own story page.
What’d you think of Kiwi Crate this month? If you are interested in subscribing, head to the Kiwi Crate website to order your crate. And don’t forget to use the coupon code “SAVE25” to get 25% off your first month!