kiwi crate, crafting + a giveaway


i confessed a few weeks back that i don’t do crafts with my kids very often.  it’s hard to type that out twice, but sometimes the the truth hurts, yes?  the thing is i’d like to do more more crafts, but i just seem to call it quits before i even start when i start thinking about things like the preparation and time it will take to shop for the best supplies, and so on (this is before i even get to thinking about things like cleaning up).  i know.  i know.  just being honest here.

however, in the midst of my mother guilt i was introducted to kiwi crate.  have you heard of them?  kiwi crate is an award winning monthly subscription service.  every month a box of wonder arrives at your doorstep.  and, inside each box of wonder is everything you need to complete a craft and several activities (along with other fun things like stickers and their explore magazine).

i was super excited about trying kiwi crate in our home.  and, i was hoping that my kids would be just as excited.  i have a range of ages and a boy (or two) that just isn’t into crafts (as in each year a new teacher tells me, “well, he really doesn’t like craft time.”).  so i wasn’t sure of the response i was going to get.  but, when i pulled out the boxes, they could hardly wait to tear into them.


my 11 year old loved the doodle crate.  she made the cute little canvas pouch, seen in the first picture.


and, the boys had fun working on the medieval castle kiwi crate.  they got to design their own castle and customize it with stickers, felt and little characters.  and, when i say the box includes everything you need . . . i mean everything – – like, even scissors.


the directions were super easy to follow.  which is great for kids and parents!


and, most of all i loved seeing their creativity.  it was fun to just let them go at it and not have to hover and make sure things turn out perfectly.  honestly, it was a perfectly imperfect saturday morning crafting in spiderman costumes and pajamas.



honestly, i loved it so much i’m thinking a subscription would make a great christmas present.  this totally took the stress factor away for me and made me just want to sit down and craft more!  and, my littles agreed too – from age 11 all the way down to 3.

i love that kiwi crate offers several age appropriate crates for ages 3 all the way to 16.  and, they just launched 3 new crates:

koala crate for 3-4 year olds.  it’s perfect for pre-school aged children and encourages hands-on learning and fun.

tinker crate for 9-14 year olds are designed to help kids build their problem solving skills and to gain the confidence and curious curiosity tackle problems where there’s no right answer.

doodle crate is designed for girls ages 9-16.  every crate inclues materials and inspiration for DIY projects.

would you like to do a little crafting with your kiddos?

kiwi crate is kindly offering one lucky reader a 3 month subscription to the winner’s choice of either kiwi, koala, tinker or doodle!

here is how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

good luck!






  • Rose Hansen
    Commented on October 30th, 2014 at 11:33am

    Doodle or tinker for sure.

  • Nancie Nelson Bartly
    Commented on October 30th, 2014 at 1:02pm

    The kiwi crate so I could gift my nieces and nephews!

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    Commented on October 30th, 2014 at 1:24pm

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  • Elizabeth Smillie
    Commented on October 30th, 2014 at 3:20pm

    either kiwi or koala – although it’s a really hard choice!

  • annaliese
    Commented on October 30th, 2014 at 10:06pm

    Kiwi crate would be so fun to do with my nieces!

  • heather
    Commented on October 31st, 2014 at 1:16pm

    these look great and i’m so glad they make them for older kids now! i think my daughters would love the doodle crate, but the tinker crates could be great for homeschool science projects! thanks for inspiring another look at kiwi crate!

  • Melissa
    Commented on October 31st, 2014 at 1:42pm

    With kids in each of the age catagories, I’d get one from each of them – koala, kiwi & doodle. Love the new crates!

  • Colleen
    Commented on October 31st, 2014 at 2:11pm

    We already get a kiwi crate, but I’m thinking of switching subscriptions. Do you think an 8 yr old could do the activities in the tinker crate? The age ranges say 9-14, but I wasn’t sure what it was about the tinker crates that made them not suggested for younger elementary kids. After playing with one, do you have any ideas on that?

  • kristine
    Commented on November 1st, 2014 at 9:18am

    I am so happy to read about these crafting crates!! Arts & Crafts make everyone’s life so much better! I would start with the kiwi crate…. and probably add the doodle and tinker crates too….. thanks for sharing!! (now I just need to get my husband to build us a huge art studio in the back yard!!)

  • Nicole in VT
    Commented on November 1st, 2014 at 7:43pm

    tinker crate would be perfect for my son who keeps asking for building project.

  • Justine
    Commented on November 1st, 2014 at 9:52pm

    Koala crate!

  • Karen O
    Commented on November 3rd, 2014 at 7:53pm

    If I won I would choose the KIWI Crate. I think my granddaughter would enjoy that one the most.

  • Wendy Fisher
    Commented on November 4th, 2014 at 9:08am

    Kiwi crate! I was just looking at these, so glad you enjoyed them.

  • manda
    Commented on November 4th, 2014 at 11:47am


  • Susanne
    Commented on November 4th, 2014 at 3:42pm

    My kiddos would love these! I’d choose the tinker.

  • Subh a
    Commented on November 5th, 2014 at 9:13am

    My son would love the Tinkercrate – I followed the tweets on the tinkercrate website, and that is how I found this blog giveaway

  • Chiska
    Commented on November 5th, 2014 at 9:34am

    I would choose the tinker crate.

  • Sally
    Commented on November 5th, 2014 at 7:34pm

    I’d choose the Doodle Crate for my niece. She’s so incredibly artsy for an 8 year old, and would just love these diys!

  • Isabel
    Commented on November 5th, 2014 at 9:25pm

    Kiwi crate! Thanks

  • Peggy
    Commented on November 6th, 2014 at 6:47pm

    I would choose the Doodle Crate for my granddaughter!

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