Are KiwiCo. crates worth the money?
I did a lot of research before purchasing a KiwiCo box because I don’t like random toy clutter–you know the kind that just sits and accumulates and never gets played with. But I ended up deciding to go for it.
This is an unpaid, honest review, and I purchased this box with my own money. KiwiCo has crates based on age. We went for the Koala Crate which is made for the Pre-K age, 3-4 year olds. I have actually almost purchased a box multiple other times, but assumed they weren’t worth it. So, check out my honest opinion below to see what we really thought!
My first reaction:
-Possibly a little young for my 4.5 year old
My son’s first reaction:
My son ended up loving this box. The first thing I noticed was the quality of the items. Everything felt really well made. I initially thought it might be too young for my son at first glance, but he loved creating his own bug costume and creating a little drawstring bug bag for his “loot”. The matching game and bug eye viewer were also a big hit.
This is a really nice option for rainy days or for places that have long winters. You can tell a lot of planning and effort went into creating the box. I looked at KiwiCo’s website and they said that they spend about 1,000 hours creating each box, which I found impressive.
We played with the kit initially for about an hour and then he kept going back to it over the course of the day.
I like the fact that these boxes have learning and building elements to them. They aren’t just toys or cheap crafts. For example, the bug eye viewer sparked a conversation about how bugs see differently than humans do (they give you info like this in the box). KiwiCo boxes are STEAM learning based, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Since we are currently doing a homeschool partnership type program for Pre-K, I wanted to find something that we could do during our days at home that would encourage learning, but still be fun.
Who I don’t think the Koala Crate would be good for:
-Anyone who wants an activity their child can do completely by themselves. You do need to be helping with this.
-Any kid who is super close to age 5 or isn’t into imaginative play. The next box up, which is actually just called a Kiwi Crate, would probably be better. We are cutting it close right now. I thought about switching the age, but the next age grouping is 5-8, so I think we will stick with the Koala Crate a while longer.
Verdict: I got a subscription for 3 months on black Friday, but may be tempted to keep going. They have an option for renewing and non-renewing months which is so nice. These are so fun and my son gave it a thumbs up.
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