I received a free kit for the purpose of giving my honest opinion; a positive review was not required. I was compensated for my time.
I first heard about Kiwi Crate craft boxes a couple of years ago. I am a
cheap frugal personal and was skeptical that the craft kits were worth the subscription price. Were they filled with the same supplies that I could find at Dollar Tree? I was excited for the opportunity to do a review because it would give me the chance to check it out.
Some background info on me:
I’ve mentioned before that I am not a super-crafty mom. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids, but the prep work, and the controlled chaos, can stress me out.
This is what my process usually looks like:
- Get on Pinterest to look for kid’s craft ideas.
- Spend wayyyyyy too much time PINNING ALL THE THINGS!
- Make a list of supplies needed.
- Search for digital 40% coupon for craft store.
- Get to the store and realize I left the list at home. Try to remember what it said.
- Get home to find I forgot that one absolutely necessary item.
- Go back to the store. On the bright side, I get to use another coupon!
- Get on Pinterest AGAIN because I didn’t print out the instructions the first time.
- Hunt down the vinyl tablecloth so we don’t ruin the table.
- Pre-cut anything the 5 yr old can’t do alone.
- Make strong coffee. Breathe into a paper bag, if needed.
I wasn’t sure what we would discover when we opened our box. My girls flipped the lid and were thrilled to find a Wonders of Water Kit. I’m not sure I can convey with just words how impressed I am with the contents. (Come on over. We’ll chat. I’ll use my hands.)
I assumed it would contain some adorable craft projects, but I wasn’t expecting all of the extras.
Things I Didn’t Expect Out of Our Kiwi Crate:
~ It contains Every Single Thing needed for the activities, except a penny and water. And I mean everything … scissors, markers, paint, spray bottle, clay, even a little plastic cup. There is also a big paper Mess Mat to protect the table.
~ These are high quality products. You know that cheap-o art set that goes on sale every Black Friday for $2.99? That’s not what is in this box. Even the spray bottle was nice & durable!
~A Kiwi Crate is not just for crafts. This part puts a smile on a homeschooling momma’s face. There were several water-themed science experiments that we did while we were waiting for the crafts to dry. Wasn’t expecting science experiments!
~ Every part of the kit is used. The inside of the box has a scene that can be colored. On the back of the green cardboard cover page are cute little characters to color, cut out, and stand up in front of the box scene.
My girls had a great time working on their crafts. We received a kit for two kids, but I think there is plenty in one kit to share if you need to. A single Wonders of Water kit has four sea creatures and three boat sails to decorate. The experiments can be done by a whole group of kids.
I went from wondering why anyone would pay for a craft kit TO telling everyone who can afford it to get a Kiwi Crate subscription. Sometimes frugal living means carefully choosing to use extra funds on a quality product that brings joy to your family instead of wasting money on cheap junk.
The Kiwi Crate Subscription Nitty-Gritty
A monthly subscription (meaning billed monthly) is $19.95 with free shipping. You can purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription at a discount. A sibling add-on is $9.95 a month.
A new themed box arrives on your doorstep each month. You can also purchase single crates without a subscription, but you will pay for shipping.
Are We There Yet? readers can use code BTS25 to save 25% off your 1st month subscription to Kiwi Crate. New subscribers also receive free shipping PLUS a bonus welcome kit.
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