The holiday season is coming soon which means starting to think about fun things to do as a family to celebrate!
A neat company that can help your family do that is Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate is a creativity company I just learned about that develops fun, hands-on projects for kids ages 3-7. I checked out their website and found they offer arts, crafts and science projects year-round that you can either order individually or by month-to-month subscription.
I recently received a complimentary Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Turkey kids hands-on project crate to review with my 5-year-old daughter Heidi and my 3-year-old son Thor.
Note – I am NOT a crafty person. AT ALL. So I’ll admit here that I don’t do a lot of crafty projects with my kids, though I’d like to do more. Heidi and Thor do a lot of creative projects in school and preschool, but at home, I need some help to get them started, which is why I thought Kiwi Crate was a great idea that I was excited to try with my kids.
As we expected, the crate came in a box filled with everything we needed for two complete Thanksgiving Turkey-themed projects.
There were easy-to-follow visual instructions for each project (insert sighs of relief from parents here) and materials including pom poms, clay, crayons and place cards. The small items like googly eyes were stored together with larger items in sealed baggies, which made it easy to find them and safe around kids.
I liked that there was an extra insert with a cutout turkey activity and a sticker. Heidi loves stickers so she used that right away!
Project #1: Turkey Toss Game
We first created the Turkey Toss Game. Heidi colored the paper turkey and Thor helped with coloring the paper turkey feathers.
I helped both of them stick the turkey on the included boxes and Heidi attached most of the feathers herself. The game works by throwing the included green ball on the feathers on top of the turkey and trying to knock down the three boxes. The box didn’t stand up on its own so we had to tape it to the table or floor to make it work, but the kids still enjoyed playing with it and were VERY proud of all their work.
Project #2: Turkey Place Cards
The next night we worked on the other project together: Turkey Place Cards.
First we separated the clay into 6 sections to make 6 place cards. Then we put the pom-pom “turkey heads” on top, followed by the googly eyes. (Heidi first made them into cyclops turkey heads – silly girl! – so I had to remind her that they were going to be turkeys which have 2 eyes.` )
Next we cut out the beak and wattle using the felt paper, and Heidi wrote our family’s names on the place cards.
Each project probably took about 45 minutes to an hour. Heidi did more because she is a little older but both Heidi and Thor enjoyed the activities. They were great for inspiring creativity in both of them and I enjoyed that they gave us something creative to do together – no skills required!
Heidi said, “We made funny turkeys!”
Kiwi Crate’s monthly subscription service starts at $16.95 per month with free shipping. I like that Kiwi Crate also offers single crates available without a subscription for $19.95 each (great for just trying it out or as a Christmas gift); as well as party favors and activities, starting at $5 each at www.kiwicrate.com/shop.
PLUS, there’s FREE stuff – on the Kiwi Crate website you can find 1,500 FREE hands-on project ideas at www.kiwicrate.com/diy. There are many super easy ideas for arts projects and even science experiments, and I love the recipes on here. Great fun for frugal families!
Heidi now wants other crates including the Fairy Fun crate so we’ve already got ideas for Christmas gifts. Check out Kiwi Crate for gift ideas and more!
Disclosure: I received a free Kiwi Crate in exchange for writing this review. My opinions are 100% mine.