5 Ways to Build Creative Confidence in Young Kids

When you are guiding a maker through a project, keep the following five tips in mind!

(1) Give specific praise. 

Although young makers sometimes can barely reach their caretaker’s hip, they are perceptive. They can read past a “good job” or “great work”; they know that while you may be looking at their creation, you aren’t really seeing it. When they are making their monthly crates or doodling on a Saturday morning, make sure to give them specific praise. Go beyond the good job or great work and find specific pieces you find unique or interesting!

A few examples:

  • I love how you made the connection between kiwi the animal and the fruit in your joke.
  • What a creative way to draw the cherry on top. It’s a kiwi cherry!
  • Steve will be so happy you drew the cone so big. He will have kiwi ice cream for weeks!

Koala-Crate-Toddler-Letter-to-Steve-Joke Drawing is by Kiwi Crate maker Avery.

(2) Ask why.

Take ownership of the classic toddler question and ask your little maker why! Develop your little maker’s creativity by asking them to explain a specific choice in a project or drawing. You may also find yourself with a surprising answer that can help you more deeply appreciate and understand their creative thinking, or make you giggle.

Examples:

  • I love the way you colored in the dock. Why did you choose green and pink?
  • You have a great orange smiley face in the drawing. Why did you add it in?
  • The sun is wonderfully bright and colorful. Why did you add those turquoise squares around the sun?

Koala-Crate-Letter-to-Steve-Toddler Drawing is by Kiwi Crate maker Kai.

(3) Color outside the lines.

As little makers experiment with their own creative abilities, it is important to knock your abilities down a few notches. When helping or leading your makers through their projects, you shouldn’t strive for perfection. Instead, strive for work that is closer to their level, like the example below. It can really discourage young makers’ creativity to find themselves comparing their work with yours, so keep it messy and color outside the lines. It’s actually quite fun as well!

(4) Encourage them to problem solve.

In these moments of creation, your little makers get the opportunity to explore their own creativity and voice. It may take them to a few dead ends or wrong turns, but it is incredible when they find a way through it themselves. It is very tempting to jump in and act as a creative GPS, but there is a lot of value in makers learning resilience and problem solving. Choose your moments of guidance wisely, and encourage them to find new solutions or practice strategic quitting!

(5) Make peace with the mess.

Exploration, experimentation and play are worth their weight in gold. That hands-on time with your little makers is precious and must be treated with care. Unfortunately, being a maker usually also means making a mess. It is crucial to gather yourself before and during making, so that little makers don’t become more concerned with your reaction to mess than the act of exploring.

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10 Upcycle DIYs for Extra Crates

Koala, Kiwi, Doodle and Tinker Crates aren’t just built to carry hands-on fun, they’re built to be a part of it!

You may have a few empty crates in the corner of your kitchen/playroom/garage/kid’s room that, like the “Mona Lisa,” stares you down as you move about the room. We’ve collected a few of our favorite ways to upcycle that stack of crates below. Soon you will walk around your kitchen without judgy crate stares. ✌🏾

Spectroscope STEM DIY

Study the science behind rainbows with a do-it-yourself spectroscope! You can see all the colors that make up white light from the sun, and the unique color patterns in light from light bulbs and other sources. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • cd or dvd
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • knife or scissors
  • opaque tape
  • pen or pencil

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Pretend Cash Register DIY

This cardboard cash register is a fun addition to pretend market play. Tally sales by pushing buttons and exchanging pretend money. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

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Ice Cream Balloons DIY

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Try out this simple DIY project for birthday party decor, or for fun ice cream parlor play. With a balloon and some paper, you can create any flavor of ice cream imaginable. Plus, it will never turn into a sticky, melted mess. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • balloons
  • construction paper
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • crepe paper
  • pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate

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Robot Automaton STEAM DIY

This is the DIY for kids fascinated by how things work! It’s a fun way to play with simple machines and also create really cool art pieces. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • wooden skewers
  • scissors
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • drinking straw
  • round object (such as a drinking glass)
  • masking tape
  • construction paper (optional)
  • markers (optional)
  • pipe cleaners (optional)
  • hot glue/hot glue gun (optional)
  • rubber bands (optional)

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Crate City DIY

Take a page out of our book and use your extra crates to build a city!

Plant Light Maze STEM DIY

Have you ever noticed how plants grow toward the light? Build this simple light maze, and watch the plant grow around the obstacles to reach the light! Try experimenting with different mazes and see how the plant reacts. Can your plant complete its maze? Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • seeds
  • soil
  • cup
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • paper
  • tape or glue
  • X-acto knife
  • pencil
  • ruler

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Diorama DIY

Maker Katherine Mcdonald and family inspired us with her set of intricate Kiwi Crate box dioramas. Using materials like felt, Katherine builds these sets to be played with for weeks after!

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Traps for Holiday Characters DIY

Turn your crate into a trap or hotel for holiday characters like leprechauns and tooth fairies. Thank you to Ashley Rose for this idea and photo!

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Golf Race Game DIY

Who’s ready for a race? Race to the hole with this Golf Race Game. Practice counting and taking turns along the way. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site.

What You’ll Need

  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • green paper or green paint
  • stickers
  • dice
  • bottle caps or cotton balls
  • scissors
  • glue or tape

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Beach Puppet Stage DIY

A great way to celebrate the upcoming summer season. Build a stage to put on a  puppet show set at the beach! Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site.

What You’ll Need

  • printable scenery
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • cardboard

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How to Recycle and Reuse Maker Space Materials

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In honor of Earth Day and Month, let’s take a quick look at ways to reuse, recycle, and/or donate your maker space tools and supplies.

Before we dive in, it is important to note that every city, county, and state has a different structure for recycling and disposal. Having your facility’s contact information on-hand is really helpful when you are cleaning out your maker space. If you don’t know where your local facility is, there are several directory sites online (like Recycle Nation) that can help you find one. They should also be able to point you to donation sites who take unrecyclable materials.

Paper

The degree to which paper can be recycled depends on the shape the fiber is in. While most paper is recyclable, any paper with grease, oil, or liquid on it needs to be thrown away or composted. This means that those lovely paintings will need to be trashed. Wax, plastic, or foil-coated paper also can’t be recycled, it will also need to be trashed. Since tissue paper is already a low fiber paper, it is not efficient to recycle. It’s best to reuse or donate any extra tissue paper. Some locations will compost tissue paper, but check with your local center to see if it is true for you. To reuse extra unrecyclable paper, try one of these activities: Tissue Paper Night-Lights, Plantable Paper, Solar Oven, and Paper Bowls Made from Recycled Paper.

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Copper Wire

To recycle copper you will have to bring it to the recycling center. You can also sell copper wire as scrap metal. Call your local recycling or scrap center for prices and more information. The value will depend on factors like if it still has insulation, fittings, or brass connectors. If you simply want to reuse your copper wire, try one of these projects: Heart-Shaped Popcorn BirdfeederBubble Wands, and Electromagnetic Train.

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Clay 

While ceramic clay dries out, it can be revived. Let clay scraps soak in water for a few days, stir the mixture once or twice a day. After a few days, drain the water, let the clay dry out a little, and then massage it to its former self. Once fired, the clay can’t be recycled. If you can safely break the fired item, you can reuse the pieces in a mosaic! To get hands-on with clay try these DIY projects: Heart-Shaped Clay BowlsHand-shaped Dish, and DIY Sundial. Clay is also used in these projects: Thermal Powered Flower, Cartesian Diver, and Bottle Cap Bots.

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Magnets

You can’t recycle magnets. So, if you have a stack of magnets in your maker supply stash, you should try to use or repurpose them. Magnetic Slime, Floating Magnetic Compass, Magnetic Experiment, and Magnetic Hearts are fun projects that use magnets.

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Pens and Permanent Markers

You cannot recycle most pens and permanent markers at local facilities, but you can donate your pens to the Pen Guy Art. He reuses them to build cool recycled sculptures! If you simply have too many of them, give them away to charity or use them in a DIY project. Check out our pen and permanent marker DIYs: Personalized SoftballsSharpie Pen Tie DyePaper Plate Math and Alphabet Game, and Starry Night Constellations.

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LED Lights

Many LED lights can be recycled, but be sure to check the packaging. How you recycle them depends greatly on your location. You may need to take them to the recycling center or it may be alright to add to a pick-up. If the LEDs are still working, you can use them in DIYs like Terrarium Ornaments, Ping Pong Glow Lights, Graphite Circuit, and Light-Up Cards.

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Wood

While untreated wood (like craft sticks) and twigs from the yard can be recycled, where and how depends on your local facility. Treated or painted wood can not be recycled. You should try to reuse it or donate to a nonprofit who needs art supplies! For DIY projects that use wood, check these out: Chalkboard Painted Block Puzzle, Egg Blocks, and Flower Press.

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Crayons

While you can’t recycle crayons, you can donate or reuse extra or broken ones. The Crayon Initiative revives unwanted crayons and donates them to hospital art programs. The program is usually run through schools and restaurants, so ask around to see if your local school is a part of their initiative! You can also reuse your bits and pieces of crayon in these DIYs: Melted Crayon Rocks, Porthole Scratch Art, Melted Crayon Sun Catchers, and Recycled Crayon Sun Catchers.

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Markers

ColorCycle is a bulk marker recycling program run by Crayola, ask your school if they have a collection station. The Prang Power program by Dixon Ticonderoga will recycle your markers for you, just fill up a box with markers and send it over. If you just have too many (un-dried out) markers, try to donate them to a local nonprofit or get crafting with these DIYs: Magic Marker Color Experiment, Stained Glass Mosaic Necklaces, Zipline Butterfly, and Paper Plate Fraction Puzzles.

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Scissors

If the plastic handle is broken, try to safely separate the plastic from the metal. The plastic will most likely need to be tossed, but the metal pieces can be given to a local scrap metal drive. If the blades are just dull, there are several ways to sharpen them. The simplest is to cut through layers of aluminum foil or sandpaper. Try to save aluminum foil you use throughout your week, so that you are reusing it! You can also purchase a sharpening stone. If you don’t need the scissors anymore or they are now too small for your kids, look for a local nonprofit to donate to like FreeArts!

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Share with us your maker space recycling habits and techniques in the comments below!

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Sculpture In The Round Versus Relief Sculptures

A sculpture in the round is a type of sculpture usually designed to stand alone. The sculptor must design and sculpt it with the notion that a viewer could be standing at any angle to view it. A relief sculpture is when 3D imagery is attached to a background, therefore only visible from certain angles. Relief imagery is usually further characterized by the depth between the sculpture and background.

You are all ready to take a photograph and someone says, “Oh wait! We need to switch sides, this is my bad side!” Since most photography is 2D, they have the opportunity to craft the angle from which their body is viewed. When you are creating a sculpture in the round, you don’t get to have a bad side. In relief sculptures, artists design the piece to be viewed optimally from a few angles – more than in photography, but fewer than sculptures in the round.

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April Fools’ Day Trivia

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True! No April Fools’ Day joke here!

The lightest material in the world is called graphene aerogel. Graphene aerogel was first created in China at the Zhejiang University. In the last month, it became available as an ink for 3D printing. With 3D printing, the possibilities for this material are endless.

At .16 milligrams per cubic centimeter, it’s lighter than helium. Scientists use a freeze-drying method to create the material, making it less complex to manufacture than other light-as-air materials.

While graphene aerogel is best recognized for its incredibly small density, scientists are also interested in its absorption power. It can absorb 900 times its own weight in oil and is being studied as a solution for oil spills.

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True! No April Fools’ Day joke here!

During a period of struggles with mental illness, Van Gogh’s mind accurately translated into art one of the most challenging concepts in physics – turbulence. After carefully examining “Starry Night” pixel by pixel, experts agree that hidden in the mesmerizing brush strokes and color is a realistic depiction of turbulent flow. It isn’t clear how he was able to depict a concept that physicists have been trying to explain for years, but it is remarkable!

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False! April Fools!

While samples of the earth’s crust have appeared from natural processes like volcanos, no research group to date has successfully dug a hole to the earth’s mantel. This means that while researchers can study the earth’s mantel from samples altered by natural processes, such as crashing tectonic plates, a clean sample has never been studied.

Over the last fifty years, numerous projects have launched to dig to the center, but the challenges always prove great and funding scarce. However, just like you never give up on your Kiwi Crate projects, researchers never give up on getting to the center! They keep trying!

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False! April Fools!

Purple was a very special color only royalty could afford because it came from sea snails! These special snails originated from what is now Lebanon. They were first farmed more than two thousand years ago, in the times of the ancient Phoenicians. It took 9,000 snails to make one gram of Tyrian purple dye. It was very expensive to buy and therefore, often only royalty could afford it. This ancient shade of purple is called Tyrian purple. It was later renamed after the French mallow flower and became known as mauve.

CreatureCast – Tyrian Purple from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.

10 Simple Ways to Raise Creative Kids

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda

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Would you like to raise your children to be their most creative selves, but could use a little help on getting from here to there? The path to creative thinking is twisty and murky, with few signposts and plentiful detours, but there are some landmarks that can help us find our way.

Here are 10 simple ways to raise creative children:

  1. Remember that mistakes are good.
    • Stanford researcher and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck, shares that children who are afraid of failure are less likely to think creatively. If your child acts disappointed at making a mistake, try saying something like, “what can we do to change this outcome?” or “how could you do this again?” I like how my friend and colleague Ben Grossman-Kahn of The Nordstrom Innovation Lab calls this Failing Forward, or looking at mistakes as opportunities for growth rather than failures.
  2. Embrace a good mess.
    • Most of us like a clean space and feel overwhelmed when messes get out-of-hand. However, when kids are in their creative element, messes can quickly develop. The next time your child asks to paint or wants to get everything out of a supply bin, make room for it (and/or take it outside). You might have to contend with a mess, but the creative benefits will surpass this temporary inconvenience.
  3. Be mindful when you praise.
    • We’ve all heard a lot about how praise can hinder a child’s independent thinking. In Alfie Kohn’s book, Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes, he talks about how rewards succeed at motivating people to….earn more rewards. The problem with praise is that it can strip a child from searching for his own internal motivations. This isn’t to say that all praise is bad, but next time you’re tempted to praise, try saying something objective such as, “I see that you used a lot of different colors in that painting,” or “You’re working really hard on that math problem.”
  4. Be open-minded.
    • Offer your child choices as a way to encourage independent thinking. You may not be in the habit of eating dinner for breakfast, but if your child says she wants to eat pasta before heading off to school, make room for that. If she wants to help in the kitchen, try turning your kitchen into a science lab and give her open access to a handful of ingredients and kitchen tools.
  5. Model creativity.
    • What’s your creative outlet? Where do you enjoy putting your creative energy? Cooking, singing, gardening, drawing, dancing? Children who watch their parents engage in creative activities are more likely to embrace these activities themselves. If it’s been a while since you’ve done something creative, think about what made you happy in your own childhood and spend half an hour doing that activity with your child. How did it feel? Could you try it again tomorrow? And the next day?
  6. Step back.
    • This may seem to contradict #5 a bit, but it’s important to remember that this is all about striking a balance. If a child feels like she’s constantly under surveillance, she may be less likely to take risks, which would diminish her creativity. If you encourage autonomy, you’ll see your child’s imagination bloom. The next time your child is engaged in quiet play, drawing, tinkering, or writing, refrain from jumping in with a comment like “what are you drawing?” This will only pull him out of the zone. Instead, make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy a moment to yourself!
  7. Set aside creativity time.
    • This can be hard, especially for working parents, but children need unstructured time to imagine, build, experiment, and explore. It could be half an hour after dinner, time in bed before reading a book, or an hour of simply unstructured time. Look at your schedule and make sure that there’s time set aside for this.
  8. Get back to the basics.
    • Toys and social networking are fun, and definitely have their place, but they don’t build creative thinkers the way sticks, tubes, office supplies, sand, circuits, magnets, and water do. Take a quick inventory of where your kids spend their free time. What do they use the most? Can you swap a close-ended object or activity with an open-ended one?
  9. Reduce screen time.
    • It can be hard for some families to remove screen time altogether, but we can all make an effort to spend less time in front of the screen. Time spent watching videos or cartoons could be spent drawing, making a robot, or setting up an obstacle course. What could you do to reduce screen time?
  10. What other ideas do you have for raising creative kids?
    • There are so many ways to encourage a child’s creativity, and I’d love to hear what works for YOU! What would you add as the #10 way to raise creative kids?

Rachelle Doorley is a KiwiCo advisor and the publisher of Tinkerlab, a site designed to inspire parents and teachers to raise creative children.

Brainstorming: 3 Easy Ways to Engage Kids

This perspective on brainstorming is written by guest blogger Amanda Boyarshinov, author of the blog The Educators’ Spin On It.

Are your kids creators? Mine are!

They have their hands in the pompoms with fingers covered in glue almost every afternoon.  I’ve got tables smeared with paint and paper tubes in a box marked – do not throw.   Creating is fun, but also a very important part of brain development and learning for our children. They need to use all kinds of thinking throughout the day.

As a busy parent, I’m trying to make the most of our creating time and have really focused on all aspects of the process: brainstorming, making a plan, following step by step instructions, and testing our designs.  Today, we will take a closer look at the brainstorming aspect of creating.

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Parents and teachers often use the word brainstorming when asking children to come up with ideas in writing, designing, and creating.  When we ask children to brainstorm, we are asking them to spontaneously generate ideas related to the given topic.  These ideas can be shared orally or in written format. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines brainstorming as “the mulling over of ideas by one or more individuals in an attempt to devise or find a solution to a problem.”  That’s really what we are trying to do when we create – get ideas to solve the challenge or task.

Brainstorming activates prior knowledge the child may have about the given topic. It is a very important part of the design process. As brainstorming occurs most often in the beginning, these exercises provide the adults with an immediate sense of how much the child knows.  

The reality is, in the brainstorming phase, there is really no wrong answer.  As long as ideas are flowing and being shared, then it is a success. Three of my favorite ways to teach children how to brainstorm effectively are using a concept map, making a list, and sketching it out.

Concept Map

A concept map is a graphic organizer that shows relationships between words. We write words that link to the selected word in ovals and connect them to their circle with a line.

For younger children, encourage them to brainstorm out loud and write the words they say in the ovals.  All related answers are good answers when in the brainstorming phase.

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Make a List

We use Make a List most often in our brainstorming phase. It’s a quick and easy method to get children thinking about our topic. All the kids can shout out answers and I can add them to the next line on our list.  You may notice that the list is similar to the concept map in that we are asking children to come up with related words and ideas, it doesn’t identify relationships.

Sketch It Out

Some creative challenges lend well to sketching out ideas during the brainstorming phase.  A child may choose to draw one, or a few sketches with ideas.  If you are making planets, a sun sketch may show triangle rays of orange around a circle. Another sketch may have the sun blue with pink swirls to show the heat of the sun.  In the brainstorming phase, our goal is to get kids thinking more in depth and breadth about a subject.  Sketching out a variety of ideas also gives children a chance to formulate the vocabulary. When using the sketch it out, I always ask children to “tell me about your sketch.”

Now it’s time to put your brainstorming skills to use with a fun project: Glowing Planets.

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About Amanda :

Blue and Yello Head Shots Square Crop-8 Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading for grades K-12. You will often find her in her backyard exploring nature with her kids or doing a hands-on science project at the kitchen table. She loves to walk her dog and snuggle up with a good book when she isn’t elbow deep baking blueberry muffins in the kitchen. She shares educational activities for children ages 0-7 at The Educators’ Spin On It

About Kiwi Crate:

Kiwi Crate Inc. develops award-winning, hands-on projects and activities designed to spark your child’s curiosity and creativity. Our mission is to encourage the next generation of tinkerers, creators and innovators and help them build creative problem solving skills. Check all of our products covering hands-on learning, STEM, art & design and for kids 3-16+ at kiwicrate.com.

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Happy 4th Birthday Kiwi Crate!

We can hardly believe it’s been four years since Kiwi Crate launched! We’ve had so many wonderful milestones over the past four years – launching single crates and party favors for sale in our Store, developing new seasonal crates for Holiday celebrations, and perhaps biggest of all, creating three new lines – Koala Crate, Tinker Crate and Doodle Crate – to expand our age range for kids from 3 to 16+ years.

One of our favorite ways to see what our community is creating is by following what you have shared with us across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  We created this fun video to celebrate our 4th birthday! Check out this sample of some of YOUR creations on YouTube in this fun compilation — and keep on sharing with us! #kiwicrate ~ #koalacrate ~ #tinkercrate ~ #doodlecrate

Our team has loved watching your kids build their creative confidence by tackling challenges and exploring new concepts in their crates.  We’ve also been so grateful for your feedback, which always inspires us to strive to improve our product. And most of all, we’ve truly enjoyed thinking up and developing projects and hearing about the time your family shares learning and discovering together.

We’re excited to see what the next year brings!

Doodle Crate Halloween: Reviews are In!

Learning how to make candles is perfect for the artsy kid (and adult). Don’t just take our word for it, here is a snapshot of a recent review from Cami at Tidbits:

“This month’s theme is candle making and they’ve rounded up all the materials you will need, as well as detailed instructions.  At the price of $16.95 – I guarantee it would have cost you more than that to go and buy all these supplies.”

“I particularly enjoyed making it with my daughter – and I’m pretty sure she enjoyed making it with me.”

“And I’d be lying through my teeth if I told you I didn’t enjoy it every bit as much.  She even let me choose my own colors and make my own candle.”

Read the full blog post here.

Check out our full assortment of Limited Edition Holiday Crates as well as other Fan Favorite Doodle Crates for sale individually in our Shop.

5 Ways to Get Organized for Back to School

Whether you’ve been back a few weeks or are getting ready to head back soon,  Back to School can be exciting, challenging and a bit chaotic. Start this school year off right by getting organized early on with these ideas and printables!

1) Plan your day!

Planning out a routine for each day is helpful in getting kids on board and organized early. Have them track the days with their very own mini desk calendar.


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2) Plan your week!

Having a peek at the week is a great way to get yourself organized week after week. We love showcasing this on our refrigerator!

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3) Save your School Supplies!

Help your kids become organized at school by using printable name labels for their notebooks.

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4) Have a Recipe for Lunchtime Success!

Enjoy this 5-day school lunch plan that you can print easily! It includes a menu, recipes, and a shopping list. Surprise your kids with lunch notes on a banana, a napkin, a photo or a printable card.

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5) Make Way for Masterpieces!

With the start of school comes lots of art, math and science creations. Make way for these masterpieces in your house so you can feature your kids’ work and have it organized before the school work starts trickling home.

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