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Because we’re a blended family, our grandchildren have multiple grandparents. Four of them are even blessed with very active and involved great-grandparents. And then there’s the doting great-aunts. Needless to say, there is a lot of love and a LOT of toys. You can never have too much love, but you can have too many toys. So when the oldest grandchild’s birthday rolled around, we wanted to do something different (and we were forbidden to buy more toys). If we couldn’t buy toys, we wanted to make sure we got something that was at least fun. It was by accident that I stumbled across Kiwi Crate STEM activities for preschoolers, but I’m so glad I did.
Play and learn
This was my first experience with a subscription type of product (except for my beloved Rodan and Fields). Unsure of what to expect I chose the 3-month package. Right from the beginning it was a hit. This is the first time he had gotten a package in the mail. I could have sent an empty box and he would have still squealed with delight. This may be a genetic quality that I passed on to him as I also get pretty excited when a box comes in the mail.
His first crate was the ocean crate, which was perfect because we spend a lot of time talking about octopuses (I have no idea why). The items are really quite simple, but they have been thoughtfully chosen to inspire learning through play. The box included creative materials for craft activities, a little magazine just for kids, and a parent guide. More related DIY resources are also available online which is a nice way for us to extend the fun until the next crate arrives.
STEM activities for preschoolers isn’t novel or new.
Science, Math and Engineering concepts may seem more suited for the big kids, but truthfully, preschoolers just naturally do STEM things. Building forts, playing with Legos, helping in the kitchen, etc. all are opportunities to connect those Science, Math, Engineering and Technology dots. This type of play helps them build critical thinking skills and goodness knows we all need more of that.
Unboxing the crate
We had almost as much fun opening the box as we did doing the activities. Not being a very crafty person, I really appreciated that everything we needed was already in the box.
I didn’t have to spend hours on Pinterest trying to find age appropriate crafts. Yes, hours because who can jump on Pinterest and jump right back off? Best of all, no trip to Michaels (the store where I would rather remove my eyelids, douse my head in honey then jump into a fire ant bed, rather than go).
I also like that it’s not a one trick pony. The crate contains mutliple activities that kept him engaged much longer than I anticipated.
There’s also the added bonus that “crate time” is a reprieve from playtime with the very realistic sounding fire trucks. Yeah, there’s that!
Yay or Nay?
We’re a Kiwi crate fan for sure!
- Just the excitement of getting a special package in the mail was worth seeing.
- The activities really inspired his creativity. You could almost see the ideas bouncing around in his head.
- The crate is our little thing. It’s bonding plus learning plus playing. Win. Win. Win.
Seeing it first hand inspired me to become one of their affiliate partners. This means I make a small commission every time someone orders through my links – but it doesn’t change the price for you. In fact, occasionally I’m able to offer special pricing through our partnership like this 40% discount on your first order. Just use the promo code BDAY17.
STEM/STEAM is so much more than just educational buzzwords. These Kiwi Crates have done a beautiful job of integrating little snippets of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in to everyday play and keeps their little STEM minds churning. It’s worth a visit to Kiwico.com to see all of the options. There is something for almost every age group, even newborns.