Since Faye came along two months ago, our biggest fear was that Greta would struggle. We are happy to say, it has been the complete opposite. When I was pregnant, Greta wouldn’t even acknowledge that she was going to have a sister and now she only shows complete compassion toward Faye. Still, we have been taking extra care to pay special attention to her and were thrilled when we were asked to try out Kiwi Crate–an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the materials to inspire creative, educational fun for kids. It felt like something special her and I could do together. Plus, the girl loves getting mail and packages (who doesn’t?!).
Each “crate” includes 2-3 hands-on projects based around art, science, games, imaginative play, etc–along with Kiwi Crate’s explore! magazine filled with bonus activities, kid-friendly recipes and more surprises. There’s a new theme for the crates every month and last month it was farm-life.
Greta chose to make the finger puppets first. We often do art projects together, but this is so nice because everything is included and ready to go. I didn’t even have to worry about finding scissors or glue.
Each activity also includes a rating of how much parental involvement might be needed, as well as a messy-factor meter. The finger puppets she did all on her own, looking at a picture that was included–and they turned out so cute!
Kiwi Crate tested a crew of kids to make sure the projects are engaging, fun, and universally appealing. And this one did not disappoint. She spent a good amount of time, completely engaged, making the little animals and then the rest of the afternoon talking in a slew of different voices playing with them. I worried that some things might be too hard (I’d have to help her every step of the way with a baby in one arm!) or too easy (she’s bored and walks away) for Greta, but the activities were developmentally appropriate and enriching.
A couple days later, I broke out another activity that came in the subscription–a little garden! Greta got to do everything from watching the soil tablets grow and spread when she sprinkled water on them, to building a little fence out of popsicle sticks, to planting seeds and finally watching them grow.
This has kept her interest for days! She would check on her little garden we placed next to the window a couple times a day (haha!) and thankfully, the seeds sprouted fast, within 24 hours–I don’t think that was an accident. Her wheatgrass and radish grew this tall in just a week.
In between these larger activities, Greta spent her days coloring, making a weathervane and experimenting with all the other supplies that came in her crate. We’re hooked! Kiwi Crate subscriptions start at just $16.95/month, with the option to add a “no fight” crate for siblings with additional materials for $9.99/month and there’s free shipping on ALL subscriptions!
You can join Kiwi Crate’s Summer Adventure Series with projects to explore the great outdoors! Save 25% on your first month subscription with code CLJ25. (Promotional code excludes sibling add-ons.)
This post was sponsored by Kiwi Crate. All words and opinions are my own. Although Greta would add, “It’s totally, totally fun.”