Despite my best efforts, I just haven’t been able to get into the whole Pinterest scene. For one, it’s totally overwhelming – but to be totally honest, it makes me feel bad about myself! I am a good cook, a loving mom, a decent runner, and a pretty badass parallel parker. But I am not crafty. Not even a little bit.
I never used to really care about this until I had kids. Now I feel like not only should I be hand-crafting all sorts of amazing party decorations and valentines, but I should also be crafting with them. My own mother is enormously talented and creative, and actually owned a small craft business for many years of my childhood. I have wonderful memories of making things with her. I can still almost smell the hot glue.
My two-year old is really into typical two-year old stuff right now – sports, balls, trucks, animals, etc. But outside of his play-doh garbage truck, he hasn’t really shown much of an interest so far in arts and crafts. And I am sure that part of the reason is that I never really go beyond basic paper and crayons. I would love to do more creative and original projects with him, but I lack both the talent and the time to research and shop for supplies.
Enter – Kiwi Crate!
Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service that provides all the materials to inspire creative, educational fun for kids! Each crate includes 2-3 hands-on projects – art, science, games, imaginative play, and more. And each one includes supplies, instructions, and additional fun like sticker charts, and interactive kids’ magazine.
Each box has a different theme, and they start at $16.95/month (plus free shipping)! Our first box had an adorable camping theme (if only I was brave enough to take two kids camping!).
The packaging is absolutely beautiful, and each item is clearly and cleverly labeled for both helping parents and for older kids who can work independently. The boxes are designed for children ages 3-8 and tested to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate, fun and universally liked (by both boys and girls!).
Since Cullen is only two and a half, he needed a good amount of parent-involvement, but that just meant it was a fun project for us to do together! We don’t get as much one-on-one time these days, and it was a much more fun use of Graham’s morning nap time than building yet another tower of legos.
Our camping crate contained two main projects – a homemade “campfire” along with a little hand-painted backpack! The crate was clearly divided into the two projects, so picked one and got started.
We opted for the “glowing campfire” first, as I figured anything that involved paint should probably be saved for last. The instruction book had a cute legend at the bottom showing skill level, grownup involvement level, and types of skill sets that would be challenged.
Our first time using modeling clay!
I tried to do as little as possible, as I really wanted Cullen to feel empowered to create something himself.
And just like that – it was time to roast our marshmallows! He had a good time pretending to eat them, and later in the day his Sesame Street characters continued to gather around the fire to keep warm.
For the purpose of sharing Kiwi Crate with you guys, we went ahead and did both of our crafts in one day. But since the box contains several crafts and things like coloring books, etc. – I’d probably typically spread these over different days. I can see Kiwi Crate crafts being a breath of fresh air during the long rainy winter afternoons or when dad is traveling.
Our second craft involved painting, so while I grabbed things like paper towels and aprons, my little Monet channeled his inner artist.
He wasted no time slapping layers of blue and green onto his little backpack. It was nice that – other than his apron and the grocery bag I placed underneath – everything else was included (paint cups, paints, brush, bag, etc.).
The final step was placing some nature shapes on the bag and setting it out in the sun to dry. Such a cute and clever idea, and something I never, ever would have come up with on my own. He loved it!
Even after we had finished the crafts, Cullen continued to play with the remaining items in the crate. He colored pictures in the activity book, and discovered a page with his very favorite thing – hidden pictures! Anyone else’s kid love these? I remember doing them when I was little, and it is so fun to watch him get into it too.
And before I finish, can I just tell you my favorite feature? We don’t need this quite yet, but if the interaction between my two boys at their current ages is any indication of what is to come – well, I need a nap just thinking about it. There is a sibling add-on option called the “no fight crate” for just $9.99. You get all the materials to make two of everything – pure genius.
The creative minds at Kiwi Crate have offered a generous discount for Daily Garnish readers! Save 25% on your first month subscription with code [DG25]! Note: Promotional code excludes sibling add-ons.
Many thanks to Kiwi Crate for providing a fun and engaging experience for me and Cullen, and for helping me find my craftier side.
This post is sponsored by Kiwi Crate. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for your continued support of Daily Garnish!