Review: How Kiwi Crate Saved My Summer… And Quite Possibly My Sanity

Introduction, by Kiwi Crate: This article is a guest post by Francesca Banducci of The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Francesca is a believer that this community is a movement, and not just a website. Francesca lives in beautiful Northern California with her family and is currently on a quest for unending free WiFi & stronger caffeine.


We are only a few weeks into summer, not even halfway, and my kids are following our tried and true script.

  • “I’m bored.”
  • “There is NOTHING to do.”
  • “Can I get on the computer and play a game?”

I could say that I sit up at night coming up with fabulous craft ideas for my kids to do so the boredom will end, but I don’t. There just are not enough hours in the day. I want them to have fun craft projects and a memorable summer, but I also work full time and have a laundry list of to do’s that every parent faces.

As a parent, your daily to-do list doesn’t stop just because your kids are out of school. It would be really great if fun activities would arrive like magic without me having to come up with an idea, go to the store to get supplies, and then come up with a new way to use those supplies when my original idea doesn’t work as beautifully as everything I see on Pinterest.

Enter Kiwi Crate.

Kiwi Crate offers subscriptions boxes that arrive at your door each month with everything (seriously, every single thing) you and your kids need for DIY fun. My kids were so excited to open up the box and see what projects were waiting inside.

We received a Doodle Crate and a Tinker Crate. These crates are created for tweens and teens up to 16 years old. This is a real life-saver for parents with older kids who want to be creative and build fun things, but don’t want to fail making yet another popsicle stick picture frame with stickers.

Our entire family was delighted with the detailed plans for building our own catapult, as well as the fun instructional video that we watched on the Kiwi Crate website. Catapult making is serious business and requires true dedication. Thankfully the Tinker Crate had everything we needed to complete this innovative and unique project.

This is a great subscription box for engineering-minded kids who are excited to build and learn. It’s also great for kids (or parents!) who like shooting things across the room. Summer should be fun – but there is no reason why you cannot add a little science and math in the mix too.

To further the fun factor, Kiwi Crate also sent along a Doodle Crate DIY project too. All three of my kids enjoyed getting in on the create-your-own stamp action.

Like Tinker Crate, Doodle Crate came with everything we needed to make our stamps, including a special cutting tool just right for kid-sized hands. Not only did we pass a whole afternoon without me hearing the dreaded “I’m bored,” all three of my kids sat at the table and worked on their projects together for hours. It was summer bliss.

Here’s to summer fun and creativity! Check out all the options Kiwi Crate has for kids of all ages and bring DIY fun to your doorstep this summer.

Use the coupon code THEKIWI30 to save 30% off of your first months crate + free shipping. This discount applies to all of Kiwi Crate brands: Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Tinker Crate, and Doodle Crate. This code is available for 1st time customers only.

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