Want to inspire a lifetime of learning in your kids? Learn about KiwiCo Crates, filled with fun hands-on STEAM activities for kids of all ages!
Best Gift Idea for Kids
With four kids, it’s sometimes hard figuring out what kind of gifts to give them. Every holiday it seems that I’m trying to determine gifts that will be fun yet useful, and things that won’t take up space after they’re used once or twice.
Some of our favorite gift ideas for kids include:
- Gift cards for their favorite restaurants
- Art supplies that can be used for more than one project
- Books from their favorite series
- Experiences or trips
- Ingredients to make their favorite meal or dessert
- STEAM activities that will teach them a skill
Since my kids are REALLY into science, technology, and art, STEAM activities are big hits with them!
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What are STEAM Activities for Kids?
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM activities usually involve a little bit of everything from each subject to teach kids skills in these subject areas.
Examples of STEAM activities would be building a catapult, making a rope coil basket, growing crystals, or even cooking or baking.
What Does STEAM Do for Kids?
STEAM activities are designed to encourage kids to discover and practice skills that may be a little out of their comfort zone, inspiring them to want to learn more and explore more.
Some of these skills include: problem-solving, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
And when the activities are hands-on and fun, kids will absorb these skills even more. That’s why KiwiCo Crates are awesome for kids!
KiwiCo Box Review
We have actually been BIG fans of KiwiCo Crates for a few years now. In fact, my MIL has been getting my kids subscriptions every Christmas, and it’s one of their favorite gifts!
There is quite a variety of crates for different ages. Each crate is designed to practice a different STEAM skill or even a few skills.
What I love is how exited the kids get when their crates come in the mail. It’s a fun time every month opening the box to see what projects are inside!
What Comes in the KiwiCo Box?
Each KiwiCo Crate contains:
- Instructional Booklet, with links to view videos of the instructions online
- Tools needed to create the hands-on projects
- Ingredients/Pieces/Parts needed to complete projects
- Extra Ingredients/Pieces/Parts
Personally, I love the instructional videos available online for each box. If the written directions in the booklets are unclear for some reason, the videos really help to clear everything up. They’re great for visual learners who would benefit from watching someone else complete the project.
I also love that there’s very few times that I need to get anything extra for the kids to complete their projects. Almost everything they need is in the box!
KiwiCo Eureka Crate
The Eureka Crate, for ages 14-104+, is designed to teach kids how to use the principles of science and math to come up with solutions and create awesome projects that they can use every day.
The Table Tennis Robot in this crate turned out to be TONS of fun! The kids learned about the history of table tennis, built a magnet powered motor, a ball launcher, and a net to play table tennis.
This kind of crate is great for older kids (or even kids at heart!) who love to learn and have fun at the same time. My 8 year old and 10 year old worked together on getting it together, and then had a blast playing table tennis with their new machine.
This little machine is sure strong! It took a few tries before we figured out the perfect distance between it and the kids and where I should take the picture so I didn’t continue to get hit with stray shots (LOL).
KiwiCo Doodle Crate
The Doodle Crate is a favorite with my artistic kids. These hands-on projects help kids to explore their creative side by allowing them to experiment with art and design techniques. It’s great for kids ages 9-13.
In crates past, the kids have made handmade soap, a little succulent garden, a leather journal pouch, and more!
In this crate, the kids used screen printing skills to create a graphic backpack. It took some practice to get it just right with the extra stencils, but while practicing we made a cool little canvas print!
My 13 year old used two stencils to make this design on the backpack.
NEW KiwiCo Yummy Crate
New to KiwiCo this year is the Yummy Crate! This crate helps kids ages 6-14 develop a love for science AND cooking.
This crate contains 3 delicious recipes, 2 STEAM activities, a Grown Up Guide, and a Yummy Zine magazine with fun facts and more.
It’s important to note that while you get all of those things, you don’t get the ingredients for the recipes. The Grown Up Guide includes a shopping list along with suggested ingredient substitutions.
This Yummy Crate is Tasty and Toasty. Kids get to learn about the Maillard Reaction while making hamburgers, smashed potatoes, and crispy chicken tenders. YUM!
Included in this crate is a burger press and the materials needed to create a menu.
My 10 year old wanted to make the chicken tenders and smashed potatoes for dinner one night.
We also made smashed brussel sprouts and mushrooms as sides.
Since someone (me…) forgot to get some breadcrumbs, we experimented with using crushed crackers as a breading for the chicken tenders. We were still able to see the Maillard Reaction take place, and they came out really yummy!
Christmas STEAM Activities
Along with the regular subscription crates, KiwiCo also has single holiday and seasonal crates.
My 8 year old really loves these kind of hands on projects where he gets to build using all of the different little pieces.
My 5 year old and 10 year old worked together on the Christmas Chemistry Tree.
We had to wait a day before we saw results, but it was awesome to see the crystals growing on the tree the next morning.
We added a bit more solution to it, and the next day, there were even more crystals. As long as we kept liquid in the bucket, it would grow crystals. It was amazing to see how many more grew overnight!
These holiday crates were so much fun!
Can You Buy a Single KiwiCo Crate?
Yes! Not ready for a subscription? You can buy a single KiwiCo Crate. There are many single crates to choose from that can be sorted by age and skills. See the single KiwiCo Crates here.
The Baking and Fractions is one of the single crates available. This crate allows for pretend play and a bit of math as kids make pretend recipes using fractions. There are even real recipes on the backs of the cards for adults to make with kids!
This kiddo kept on ‘baking’ cakes all day long for everyone in the house! It was too cute.
How Often Does KiwiCo Deliver?
KiwiCo Crate subscriptions are delivered monthly, and the first crate usually ships out 2 business days after you submit your order. You can pause or cancel at any time.
How Much are KiwiCo Crates per Month?
KiwiCo Crates are offered with flexible subscription options. Pricing for a KiwiCo subscription starts as low as $17.50 per month with the 1/3/6/12 month options. The monthly subscription is $22.95.
The single projects vary in price, but you can see them all here.
Is KiwiCo Worth It?
Yes, a subscription for KiwiCo Crates is definitely worth it! There is so much value in every crate.
My kids get so excited when they receive their crates in the mail. It’s fun being surprised by the project that is sent every month. They want to dive in and work on their projects right away.
What I love about these crates is that no matter what the project is, the kids get multiple uses out of what they create. They aren’t just one-and-done kind of projects.
For example, the Doodle Crate I mentioned above included a real, usable backpack for the kids to use. In past crates, my kids have made pillows, a desk lamp, a leather journal, and more!
Kiwi Crate Reviews
As you can see, there are so many options when it comes to ordering KiwiCo Crates! I highly suggest you check out all the different crates they offer!
Many thanks to KiwiCo for sending my kids these awesome KiwiCo Crates to try!