Castles, Dragons and Knights Galore

You should be receiving your Castle + Catapult crates this week or next and we wanted to share even more medieval DIYs, projects and crafts. These are some of favorites that will really emerge your children in time period! There’s something for everyone from knights, jousting, lacy crown and castle/fort building.

DIY Shield and Coat of Arms

DIY Shield and Coat of Arms
Did you know that during Medieval times, knights used special designs and pictures on their shields — called a coat of arms — to identify themselves? This fun & easy DIY project will allow your kids to come up with a design for their own shield.

DIY Knight's Helmet

Knight’s Helmet
Make your very own knights helmet using silver cardstock! Have fun with your kids looking up different famous historical knights and their helmets and try to replicate them! Will your kids be Sir Lancelot or King Arthur?

Kiwi Crate Felt Castle Play Mat

Felt Play Mat
What better way to let the kids get creative than to let them design their own towns? The sky is the limit to what they can create for this fun play mat that is easily folded up and stored anywhere. Both of my kids were in heaven designing their dream towns–no shortage of water and sea creatures for them!

Painted Cardboard Castle

Painted Castle Made from Cardboard
Try this quick and fun project to keep your kids occupied and their create juices flowing. What kind of castle will they create? Are they more of the fairytale princess castle type would they prefer a gothic-style castle?

DIY Jousting Lance

DIY Pool Noodle Jousting Lance
These jousting lances are the perfect way to enjoy some medieval play! They’re made from pool noodles so your little knights won’t come to any harm. A great way to enjoy some outdoor time and get their cooped up energy out!

DIY Paper Jester Cap

DIY Paper Jester’s Hat
Let your children learn more about the “sillier” side of the Middle Ages. Create this court jester cap out of paper and it will be none stop entertainment. Your kids will love getting their sillies out and goofing around in the jester role!

Q-Tip Bow and Arrows

Q-Tip Bow and Arrows
Your children will be fascinated with mini set of bows and arrows. Assembly is quick and very soon you’ll have little knights on the loose. Time for target practice!

DIY Paper Medieval Torches

DIY Medieval Paper Torches
This is a super easy project using only paper, staples and glue. Before you know it, your kids can have fun pretending with these fiery torches to light the way!

DIY Crown Made from Lace

DIY Crown Made of Lace
This delicate crown makes a perfect accessory for a romantic princess or prince, king or queen. Using only a few items, you can make this unique head piece that will make dress-up much more special!

DIY Paper Roll and Foil Swords

DIY Paper Roll and Foil Swords
What’s a knight without their sword? This is the perfect craft for a play date! Your mini-knights will enjoy making their very own sword. Make these great play swords from an empty paper roll, some cardboard for a handle and foil for the blade!

Medieval Paper Crown

Medieval Paper Crown
These crowns are such famous symbols of the medieval era. This project is a little more in-depth, but the results are spectacular. Your child will have fun creating their own crown to suit their personality.

Paper Cup Fire Breathing Dragons

Paper Cup Fire Breathing Dragons
Would your child rather be a fire breathing dragon than a knight or princess? They’ll love this interactive craft. They can make their very own dragon out of paper cups and then when they blow through the cup, the crepe paper will mimic fire!

Making Lunchtime More Interactive

10 Kid-Friendly Lunchtime Recipes

We’ve collected a few great lunchtime recipes and activities for your kids to enjoy this Fall. There are tasty recipes where they can jump in and help out if not make entirely on their own as well as some great ideas for their school lunches. What do your kids love to find in their lunchbox?

Crescent Roll Pizzas

Crescent Roll Pizzas
If your kids are pizza lovers, then they will love this quick and easy pizza roll, for a snack or lunch, and they can make it themselves which always helps when it comes to getting them to eat it!

Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips
Getting kids to eat healthy starts with getting their hands to help in the kitchen. Kale chips are such a great healthy alternative to potato chips and are so delicious!

Jammin' Pinwheel Sandwiches

Jammin’ Pinwheel Sandwiches
This jammin’ pinwheel sandwich is a hit at any table and such a simple snack for your child to make with minimal assistance. This healthy snack allows your child to work on their fine motor skills while they slice, spread, and roll!

Fall Bento Box Lunch

Fall-Themed Bento Box Lunch
Fall is filled with not only wonderful seasonal changes to leaves on trees, but with the advent of Fall we see wonderful Fall fruits and veggies. This themed lunch features both fall shapes and favorite fall fruits!

Ants on a Log

An Updated Take on Ants on a Log
Here’s a fun new take of a snack classic: ants on a log. This is a great treat for your kids to make on their own and you can enjoy together!

Salad in a Jar

Salad in a Jar
Teach your children to make healthy food choices every day by offering them fun yet healthy lunchtime options. Kids will love creating this portable meal in a jar by adding all of their favorite veggies and fruits.

Tie Dye Napkins

Tie-Dye Napkins
Create these colorful tie-dyed napkins with your kids and then use them in their lunch box. Reusable napkins are the green way to go and your child will be less likely to throw it away if it was their own hard work that created it!

Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers

Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers
Make this popular snack at home using healthier ingredients and use different cookie cutter shapes to customize it to your child’s liking! That’s way more fun than squares! And you won’t believe how simple and easy it is.

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Under the Sea Lunch
Every once in a while, it’s fun to go that extra-mile when packing your child’s lunch. We’ve included a fun and free printable to help you with that!

Date and Walnut Balls

Date and Walnut Balls
Here’s another easy recipe for your kids to do on their own, plus, no cooking is required! And there’s no added sugar. This is definitely a treat that you can feel good about feeding to your kids!

Introducing Three New Members of the Kiwi Crate Family

We are so excited to announce the launch of three new additions to the Kiwi Crate family!  These lines are all concepts we’ve been thinking about for a long time and extend our vision of supporting kids’ creativity, innovation and self-expression.  The new brands will nearly triple the age of young makers whom we serve from 4-8 years to 3-16+.

  • Tinker Crate (www.tinkercrate.com) – For kids 9-14+. Tinker Crate is designed to help kids explore a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)-based topic each month. In addition to all the materials needed to construct & experiment with a project, kids will also receive a Tinker ‘Zine, chock-full of at-home experiments and amazing science stories to extend the learning opportunities.
  • Doodle Crate (www.doodlecrate.com) For girls 9-16+. Each monthly Doodle Crate brings fun materials and interesting techniques to young makers. Our detailed instructions- including video! – will help Doodle Crate girls learn a new crafting technique each month, and the ample materials and inspiration included will allow them to explore their self-expression however they choose.
  • Koala Crate (www.koalacrate.com) – For kids ages 3-4. Created in partnership with Highlights for Children, Koala Crate delivers all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 enriching projects to explore with your preschooler. Each month’s crate also includes a 16-page Imagine! magazine for kids, plus a parent guide full of ideas for extending the play and learning with other at-home activities.

And of course, we are still delivering a fresh new crate every month to our Kiwi Crate subscribers!  As you may already know, Kiwi Crate delivers award-winning hands-on projects and activities designed to spark your child’s curiosity and creativity, for kids ages 4-8.

With the launch of these brands, we now have a solution for every child in your life – from preschool to elementary to grade school, and beyond.  We’re looking forward to continuing to create with you!

Kiwi Crate is a commerce and content platform centered on creativity.  We deliver fresh hands-on projects and quality content to young makers.  Check out all of our brands here.

Ten Popular Apple Activities for Fall

Ten Favorite Fall Theme Apple Activities for the Whole Family

Ten Favorite Fall Theme Apple Activities for the Whole Family

We love Fall because it’s the perfect time to take advantage of delicious, organic apples. Here are some of our favorite apple-themed recipes, activities, games and crafts for you and your family to enjoy this Fall season!

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce
Children will have so much fun seeing exactly what steps go into making one of their favorite snacks!

Apple Treats

Healthy Apple Treats
Apple slices are much more exciting when they’re shaped into fun shapes. Kids love this tasty yogurt dip too!

Apple Sandwiches

Apple Sandwiches
Boring sandwiches be gone! Try this yummy and toddler approved twist on the regular sandwich. Image c/o Whole Foods.

Paper Plate Apples

Paper Plate Apples
Try making different apple shapes from paper plates, You can make red apples, green apples, apple cores…the possibilities are endless.

Apple Themed Sensory Bin

Apple-Themed Sensory Bin
This is one of the most detailed and fun sensory bins we’ve seen. It’s a toddler favorite!

Apple PIllow Craft

Apple Pillows
Make these apple pillows out of paper grocery bags for a fruity fall decoration or even use in an apple toss game.

Apple Bean Bag Toss Game Board

Apple Toss Board
Make an easy corn hole board from a presentation board from any office supply store.

Apple Seed Star Counting Game

Apple Seed Stars
Use paper apples and real apple seeds to replicate the star pattern found inside of apples. Create fall decor or even practice your child’s counting skills.

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips
The perfect Fall treat! No added sugar, great apple flavor and fun ring shapes, what more could you ask for?

Spiral Apple Bread with Carmel Apple Glaze

Spiral Apple Bread with Carmel Apple Glaze
On the opposite side of the spectrum, this decadent treat makes a great Fall dessert that the whole family will enjoy.

Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfasts

Are you finding it hard to make your kids a healthy breakfast in the morning? With the getting ready for school rush, somethings get bumped back on the priority scale. Grabbing a breakfast bar to eat in the car on the way to school, just isn’t going to cut it! So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite quick, easy and healthy breakfast recipes to help you stay on schedule on hectic school-day mornings!

Kiwi Crate Egg Funny Faces
Egg Funny Faces
A great way to involve your children in the kitchen. Making healthy food choices and learning about food will benefit them in so many ways. This egg dish is such a great one to do on a Sunday and have an easy healthy breakfast ready to go all week.

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No-Cook Oatmeal
My children love to help me cook, so no-cook recipes are wonderful when I can find a good one that they love too. This oatmeal is so easy to prepare and to have ready to go all week for those hectic mornings. A bonus is that they have fun preparing it and eating it; healthy choices start now!

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Breakfast Banana Pops
Bananas, oats and yogurt make this a healthy and FUN way to eat your oatmeal in the mornings. Kids will love making and eating these banana pops!

Kiwi-Crate-Fruit-Yogurt-ParfaitFruit and Yogurt Parfait
Parfaits aren’t just for dessert anymore! Picky eaters will enjoy the option of adding their favorite fruits to their morning meal.
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Egg in Clouds
This easy egg recipe looks like the sun sitting in a bed of clouds. Kids will have fun using their imagination with this creative way to eat your eggs in the morning!

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Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Forgot about your old, tired bowl of oatmeal! Quinoa, a super grain has so many good nutrients for your growing little ones.

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Apple Cider Pancakes
The name says it all! This is a great recipe for fall. You and your kids will love the taste of apple cider in your breakfast.

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Wholesome Breakfast Crepes
Sometimes you just need something fabulous for breakfast. Crepes with favorite trimmings–cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, favorite jam, berries (and maybe even some from the garden!)–They’ll become a family favorite!

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Egg In the Hole
Use differently shaped cookie cutters to kick your typical egg and toast breakfast up a notch!

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Breakfast Burritos
Anything wrapped up like a burrito is more fun and appeal to kids, wouldn’t you agree? Have them choose their ingredients and they can help you wrap up these easy-to-transport healthy handfuls.

 

 

Sneak Peek: Introducing September’s Theme!

September is the first month in our new Time Traveler series! The theme this month is Castles + Catapults. We hope these historical themed projects will inspire children to learn more about the exciting medieval age and the renaissance era! Your child will learn all about family crests and what life was like for people living in medieval castles and villages. They’ll even experiment making their own colorful paints from fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi Crate Castles and Catapults

The first project you’ll design and construct your own castle. Then customize it with felt and stickers. You can even decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

In the second project you can build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Feel free to experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

Extend the fun with the explore! magazine, where you can learn all about the Middle Ages, the time of castles, kings and brave knights. Follow along with Steve while he defends a castle and learn how to draw your own castle. You’ll find directions on how to make your own royal crown, stained glass and your customized family crest, just to name a few.

 

Kiwi Crate Library
Read even more about the dragons, castles, knights and kings these popular books:

The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola
Ages 4+
A funny book that follows the problems with, and eventual alternatives
to, a fight between a shy dragon and an unprepared knight.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson
by Kenneth Kraegel

Ages 4+
Well-crafted and engaging, this tales uses detailed illustrations
and enjoyable storytelling to share a young boy’s search for adventure.

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

Jane and the Dragon
by Martin BayntonAges 4+
A courageous story about a young girl who wants to be
a brave knight, despite mockery from her family and friends.

Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton

Sneak Peek: Introducing September’s Theme!

September is the first month in our new Time Traveler series! The theme this month is Castles + Catapults. We hope these historical themed projects will inspire children to learn more about the exciting medieval age and the renaissance era! Your child will learn all about family crests and what life was like for people living in medieval castles and villages. They’ll even experiment making their own colorful paints from fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi Crate Castles and Catapults

The first project you’ll design and construct your own castle. Then customize it with felt and stickers. You can even decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

In the second project you can build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Feel free to experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

Extend the fun with the explore! magazine, where you can learn all about the Middle Ages, the time of castles, kings and brave knights. Follow along with Steve while he defends a castle and learn how to draw your own castle. You’ll find directions on how to make your own royal crown, stained glass and your customized family crest, just to name a few.

 

Kiwi Crate Library
Read even more about the dragons, castles, knights and kings these popular books:

The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola
Ages 4+
A funny book that follows the problems with, and eventual alternatives
to, a fight between a shy dragon and an unprepared knight.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson
by Kenneth Kraegel

Ages 4+
Well-crafted and engaging, this tales uses detailed illustrations
and enjoyable storytelling to share a young boy’s search for adventure.

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

Jane and the Dragon
by Martin BayntonAges 4+
A courageous story about a young girl who wants to be
a brave knight, despite mockery from her family and friends.

Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Dinosaurs

My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Dinosaurs

My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Dinosaurs

My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.