In a previous post, I lamented my “UnSciencyness” (I’m really making up words now). In that post, I described some ways I was alleviating my stress of planning science lessons and executing amazing experiments. Our favorite, by far, has been Tinker Crate, and it’s younger companion, Kiwi Crate. The girls genuinely love these crates and look forward to them month after month. Here’s our Tinker Crate and Kiwi Crate Subscription Box Review.
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Tinker Crate Review
Tinker Crate is designed for ages 9 and up. L- is almost 11. Each crate contains a detailed instruction sheet that requires little to no help from Mom. Each box also comes with a small book that includes information about the topic and additional experiments. This month L- was building a constellation box. She read all the instructions and put the box together entirely by herself. The finished product involved wiring a battery to LED lights to illuminate the constellation she had chosen.
Everything she needed was provided, including the glue. This is one of the reasons Mom loves Tinker Crate — no extra supplies to gather.
Kiwi Crate Review
A- worked on her Kiwi Crate with minimal supervision. Kiwi Crate is designed for ages 5-8. It also contains a detailed instruction sheet and additional book. The Kiwi Crate are generally pretty easy to follow but do require some adult help on occasion — especially for little hands. A-‘s finished product was a giant claw. She also made some cute little pom-pom creatures to practice her claw-grabbing technique.
Crate Days around our house are fun days. Usually L- spreads everything out on the floor and spends close to an hour building. A- is picking up a new sense of independence and enjoying doing something that is her own.
If you don’t want to commit to a subscription box at this time I suggest trying a crate out. We have purchased several single crates. They make great birthday presents.
Periscope of Kiwi Crate