Kiwi Crate: A Review and Give Away!

I love to make things: yes
I love having my kids make things: yes
I love exploring creativity: yes
I hate mess: YES!!
So here is my paradox.  I WANT my kids to explore their creativity, and paint, and cut, and mold clay, and feel water, and play in a sensory table.  BUT, it is very hard for me to let them. Fabric, yarn and paper are easier. Paint, water and clay are harder. Ironically, even as a crazy maker, I have to force myself to give the kids opportunity to do these messier things.
So anything that makes the messy side of creativity easier is a wonderful thing.  And, anything that comes pre-cut, pre-purchased, pre-portioned and can be done without thinking, arriving right at your door in a big green box is even better.  I recently had the opportunity to experience Kiwi Crate, which is a subscription based service. For $19.95/month, Kiwi Crate will send a fun box to your doorstep bursting with themed creative goodies every month. You just supply the kiddo. Easy. If you’re smelling a giveaway, you’re right! keep reading.
At first, I was wary about doing a review and giveaway, as I have stupid high standards (ugh) and wouldn’t want to recommend anything I didn’t fall in love with. Jen, over at Kiwi Crate, had no worries about that, and I can see why. I was thrilled with Kiwi Crate, as were my kids. Here is what I loved . . . 
1. How much do kids ADORE getting something in the mail?
2.  It is brainless (sometimes this is nice). The ideas are beautifully designed and arrive with well described and clearly illustrated directions.
3. The crate comes with everything you need (except water and paper bag). No trip to the craft store necessary. As a working mom with tons of stuff on my plate, I REALLY appreciate this.
4. The quality of the materials was high. I’m not a big into plasticky and junky, and I loved the the look and feel of these materials – natural, solid, basic and fun stuff.  We reused the paint cups for beads and the brushes are nice enough to use again.
5. The projects are filled with learning possibilities.  We had a great time discussing the solar system in our house.  Plus, the materials are flexible enough to rif on to make something else. The second project was a rocket, but we had a blast making all sorts of things with the materials.
6.   The craft projects were scalable. Though designed for 3 to 7 year olds, my 9 year old loved the projects as much as my 6 year old, he just did everything much more carefully. ahh!

Truly, the Kiwi Crate was a blast. Thanks to everyone over there for letting us experience it.  I can’t recommend it to you and your family enough.

Now, for the give away!

Head on over to Kiwi Crate and discover which crate you would love to win. Come back and leave a comment telling me which one and why.

For extra entries, Tweet about this giveaway using #kiwicrate, or post about it on Facebook, using @kiwicrate in your post.

The winner will be announced May 31st.  Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS SO MUCH TO THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED. THE WINNER IS NIKKI T. CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT FLAXANDTWINE (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM.

Happy Mess Making to You and Yours!

  1. I love this concept. What a great idea for the children of busy parents!

  2. Siew

    How very clever. I am so with you on the mess side. I wish I could be that parent that lets their kids get all messy and experience it all but alas I’m not!

  3. I would love to win the garden crate for me and my daughter to do together. We will give the flower to my mom for her upcoming bday

  4. Denise

    would love the colors crate

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

  5. I would love the garden crate for my friend’s daughter’s birthday. She helped me with my garden last year and was so excited watching things grow. She can’t have a garden in her apartment, but she can definitely try a couple small plants with her mom!

  6. Super Hero because we could use one and encourage our children to use their imaginations more!

  7. I am totally with you on mess aspect. My kids love doing art projects, but I hate having to clean a mess up. My husband has to remind me daily that they are kids, let them get dirty.

    I would love to get the garden crate. With the weather getting to be so nice outside we have been doing a lot of gardening and my girls (ages 6 and almost 5) are really interested on how plants grow. Thanks!

    Lesliemarquezdesigns@gmail.com

  8. my boys are loving dinosaurs lately, so a dinosaur box would be fun. I share your love of creativity and disdain of the mess. lol

    Becca

  9. Lynn

    love this idea but it’s over budget for me, i’d love the chance to win one though. i’d go with the colors crate for my art lovin’ 4 year old! thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I love all three crates. But, if I had to choose one I think it would have to be the color crate. My kids would love the activities.

  11. My 4 year old daughter is just head over heals in love with dinosaurs – that would be a great kit for her!!!!

  12. The gardening crate would be a lot of fun. We do a lot of seasonal activities here.

    satsukirebel AT gmail DOT com

  13. I shared on facebook.

    satsukirebel AT gmail DOT com

  14. Would love the garden crate or the dinosaur crate. My kids are crazy into dinosaurs and are always helping my dad in his garden. lindsaynelder@Gmail.com

  15. Anonymous

    We would really enjoy the garden crate! My niece is really into flowers this summer! Julia….. Jueila@hotmail.com

  16. Loretta (alg789@yahoo{dot}com)

    I’d pick the garden crate b/c I want my daughter to know where food comes from!

  17. Anonymous

    I know it’s so hard to let them make a mess. We live in a small space which makes it especially tricky. But I do try. Though I feel like we do a lot of drawing and cutting too. The crates look amazing. I especially like the solar system your kids worked on. As homeschoolers it would work so nicely (and, for me, brainlessly) into our studies. Of the samples, I like the colors the best. It feels very open ended which is fun and would work equally for my younger and older daughter. Thanks! My email: LeslieBudnick@att.net

  18. Anonymous

    As always, your photography is gorgeous, and it is easy to see that your children really enjoyed this activity. What a fun idea! All of the crates look very exciting and would be fun to try out. I especially like the look of the colors crate. I like the opportunity it gives the children to explore and create new colours. It would be such a fun experiment that could lead to so much more experimentation. Hooray for science! Thanks for posting. ~Jess
    You can reach me at: dreamsweet(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Oh! My son adores dinosaurs, we would have so much fun with that crate!! This is a really fun idea.

    K dot hofferberth at gmail dot com

  20. Jody

    Oh, the colors crate looks so wonderful!!

  21. Glenys

    I would definitely likeee the space exploration. I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by what’s out of this world!

  22. Jaya

    Thanks for introducing this product, amazing idea esp for working crafty, mess-hating mom like me :)

    My kids would LOVE the space exploration kit. We lie out to stare at the stars and look for shapes in the sky, have our own names for constellations and this would definitely take them out of this world to touch and feel the things we only see :)

    jayab2@gmail.com

  23. Anonymous

    my 6 year old would love the space exploration kit, we are into learning planets and all about space!!!!!!!it would help a lot, i’m sure.
    my mail is teresacivi@gmail.com

  24. jess

    We’re on our 2nd crate! Did the garden one and just got the Medieval catapult (eek!) and dress up one today. Love them!!!

  25. I love the Dinsosaur crate. My two youngest love dinosaurs and trying to dig in the backyard looking for their bones

    mellanhead74 at hotmail.com

  26. Emily

    very cool. love the create colors crate!
    emily

  27. I would say it’s the color box for us. My boys would love it!

    Knittymama AT yahoo DOT com

  28. TinaW

    I’d like the Colors crate. The stained glass project looks so fun!

  29. PEMom

    I’d love either the Fairy Crate or the Garden Crate.

  30. Mrs. P

    The fairy and color crates look lovely. That is a great blog they have! THe party packs look like a great idea.

  31. Fossils fun = educational FUN!!! A trip to the dinosaur park and maybe a camping trip out west to look for some fossils and then follow up with the crate – a great thing to do this summer!

  32. We would love the space exploration crate!!! I think all three of my kids would love it, especially if we followed it with a trip to the planetarium!!!

  33. They all look more fun than the next… I think we would want to try either the dinosaur crate or the pirate adventure for some imagination summer fun!

  34. Bell

    This is such an amazing idea, I am so glad you shared!!! My little one love crafts and getting mail- she would be thrilled. She’s super into gardening since everything is starting to bloom and grow- i think she would flip over the gardening crate!

  35. Mel

    The gardening crate is so awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. RC

    the color box. totally. I babysit and the girls would LOVE this

  37. My daughter would just love the space exploration crate. She is extremely crafty by nature and loves everything to do with the planets, so this would be perfect for her!

  38. Alicia

    We’d love to try the garden crate this summer! Sounds so fun!
    Alicia
    mmahoney at gmail dot com

  39. I want the Discover Dinosaurs crate for my nephew! Such a great idea – all of my nieces and nephews will be getting Kiwi Crate for their birthdays.

  40. I think my boys would love the Dino crate.

  41. I wrote a tweet about it;)

  42. I posted on Facebook also

  43. I just found your blog! Yay, me! My daughter is so creative, and like you, I want her to explore it, but can’t stand the mess. I love the Kiwi crates! I had no idea they existed! I’d love to enter the drawing – I would choose the color crate for my little one!
    Thanks!
    Muzettew@yahoo.com

  44. Anonymous

    My son would love the dinosaur crate! I think this service sounds great — I would love to try it!
    Erin
    erinb1 at aol dot com

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