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Friday, December 9, 2011

Kiwi Crate Inspires and Expands Creativity!

There's something I've been meaning to tell you. I have a huge crush on...well...a company. If you've seen my prior posts, you've probably noticed I'm friends with

I forged this friendship because I think Kiwi Crate is doing something very positive for young kids. Here's why:

We all know kids love to create things and use their imaginations. Kiwi Crate delivers a box full of high-quality, well-thought-out materials and activities to your door so kids can make their own toys and fun. (The activities are geared toward ages 3-6).

Kiwi Crate gives you an opportunity to focus on enjoying hands-on projects with your kids! This isn't about busy parent guilt. It's about making the process more easeful and enjoyable for everyone. Plus, I can simply run out of ideas from time to time. Kiwi Crate introduces me to new materials and activities.

There are already plenty of good parent reviews of Kiwi Crate (here, here and here, for example). My goal is to tell you something you may not know.

You probably already know that:
  • Each crate is centered around fun themes (like dinosaurs!), is designed by parents (like me and many other expert moms), and tested by kids. 
  • The activities often have educational aspects. For example, in the 'colors' crate there are tops kids can color different ways so they can learn how colors blend when the top spins. I thought this was cool (code for I colored and spun many tops myself!), and so did my son. He still loves to spin his tops!

  • The materials allow for many possibilities. Kids can either follow the directions or have open-ended fun!
But, you may not know:

The materials and inspiration in the crates have a marvelous and unpredictable way of expanding

Our crates live on and on in our household. My son repurposes materials to make new things entirely, or one item in the crate will spark a new activity. E.g., we blogged about how the pipette in the colors crate lead to our doing a color mixing and a celery circulation experiment.

I just talked to a mom at our preschool and she told me how the neighbor kids came to their house and started using Kiwi Crate materials to make dino stompy feet. When they needed more materials (sounds like there were more than 4 kids playing, some older than 6 years of age), they improvised using paper bags. 

Kiwi Crate also now offer a siblings option that includes an even more generous amount of materials.

Kiwi Crate provides further inspiration on the website. You and your kids can keep learning, creating and playing by using the ideas featured on the blog and Explore More pages.

Bonus aspect: The boxes that arrive at your door each month are sturdy and useful for storing craft materials, toys, etc. once you're done with them. Or you can make things out of them! (e.g. we're planning to make a dinorama out of our dino box.)

So, tell me how you really feel ;-) Why do you love Kiwi Crate?

Disclaimer: I'm a designer and blogger for Kiwi Crate because I'm passionate about what they're contributing to kids and us parents. These are my opinions. Though I don't yet have a financial stake in the company, I hope to change that soon!

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