Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: February Kiwi Crate "Around the World," Part One

Remember those box subscriptions I told you about?

Well Bear's box for the month of February was Kiwi Crate (affiliate link). 

I had heard wonderful things about Kiwi Crate from my blogger friend, Daisy and June. The recommended ages are three to seven and since Bear is five, I thought it would be a perfect match. I was hesitant about all the different kinds of paper crafts because Bear's eyes sort of glaze over if there's not enough "action." Together, we googled other reviews of Kiwi Crate and Bear was getting revved up about the different kinds of activities in past crates. By the time the green box showed up at the door, he was stoked. I wish I had a picture of how bright his eyes lit up when I opened the crate.

How cute is that Kiwi? I love how the little green slider at the bottom of the instruction cards tells you how much parent involvement is needed. Bear wanted to start with the World Flags so we opened up that side of the box and left the World Map materials in the crate.

Another bonus surprise was the inclusion of a pair of kid friendly scissors to use with each subsequent project! Good on ya, Kiwi Crate.

Immediately, Bear began looking at the instructions. They have words as well as pictures so even though he can't yet read, he could follow the steps easily. I just sat back and watched him go to town. He had enough materials to create five flags. He decided to make the four flags shown in the instructions, Japan, France, China, and Brazil. For the fifth flag, he created his own design.

The only thing I helped him with was to make sure he had the flags in the right direction before adding the sticky felt. He did all of the cutting and threading himself

 (Oh hey look! In the picture above you can see the instruction card with the picture directions, isn't that perfect for little kiddos?)

He was very proud of his finished project. Little brother Mr. Sunshine even lent a hand. 

I will post the completion and review of the second half of the crate within the next week. So far, we are LOVING Kiwi Crate. If you want to make the plunge, you can sign up using my affiliate link here, you'll get $10 toward your first box! Kiwi Crate subscriptions start at $19.95/mo. 

If you already subscribe to Kiwi Crate, which box theme has been your favorite?

*note - we were not compensated for our review of Kiwi Crate. We're just a family exploring our crafting options


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