Monday, November 19, 2012

Kiwi Crate Review and Giveaway!

kiwicrate giveaway holiday winners choice

I was recently asked to review the December Antarctic Adventure Crate from Kiwi Crate and I jumped at the chance! I'm excited to share our opinion of this fantastic company, and I'm thrilled to give Childhood Beckons readers a chance to win a crate of their own!

The Review:

What is a Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service that delivers everything you need for several hands-on activities. They are designed by parents, reviewed by experts and tested by kids! The activities are fun and perfect for kids aged 3-7.

I love that each craft comes with it's own booklet. On the front of the booklet you will find a key that rates the messiness factor and parental involvement, as well as shares what skills will be practiced. The booklet also contains instructions for the craft, fun "things to think about" and another section called "material fun." The "things to think about" section shares some great little facts while the "material fun" gives you even more activity ideas. 

This crate also came with an "explore more" booklet that shares a wealth of other resources. The booklet illustrates three ice activities, but also provides a link for even more online resources. This is a fantastic little unit study and I love having so many ideas ready-made and at our fingertips! 

Fun with kiwi crate

R loves getting mail, so he was ecstatic when this crate arrived addressed to him! The packaging itself is such a special and thoughtful touch. A monthly Kiwi Crate subscription would be like receiving a monthly gift full of crafty goodness.

And that's just what R thought. I must apologize for the lack of pictures with perfectly laid out {unused} contents. I don't have any, because R tore through that package eager to look at everything and excited to get started. It was like Christmas morning! I'm being honest when I say that I cannot count the times he exclaimed over something and thanked me for the box. I remembered to snap the pic after many fun games of penguin bowling.

fun with penguin bowling

Oh, the penguins! This was such a fun activity. All of the materials were high quality and fun to work with. R had fun decorating his penguins with stickers and drawing on added details. He had a great time thinking of unique expressions for each of his penguins and giggled at his creations. After each one had a name and personality of its own, we assembled them into the bowling game. 

Penguin Fun with Kiwi Crate

The next activity was a painting activity to capture the southern lights. It came with oil pastels and water colors which are always a hit with R. Oil pastels are a favorite art material and R can never get enough watercolors! He ended up painting even more after he was finished with his postcards.

KiwiCrate fun

The Giveaway:

Do you want to win a crate of your own? Kiwi Crate has generously offered to give one Childhood Beckons reader a crate of their choice! If you win, you can pick either the Antarctic crate, featured here, or one of their special holiday themed crates

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Kiwi Crate website and decide which crate you'd pick if you win {One of the four mentioned}. Answer the question in the Rafflecopter box below. 

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{Disclosure- This is a sponsored post, but the views and opinions expressed are my own and were not swayed by monetary compensation or free product. I will only feature products and companies I can stand behind, and I truly love Kiwi Crate. I love that the subscription service is a gift that keeps giving!}

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