Felt Cuffs at Maker Faire

This cuff was our booth activity at this year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. It was two days of non-stop cuff-making madness, and it was so much fun. We were excited to receive the Educator Award for our activity, and we wanted to share the project that engaged 400 kids.

Here’s what we used:

  • Felt
  • Sticky-back felt sheets (or felt and glue)
  • Sticky-back Velcro dots (or snaps)
  • Scissors

First, cut a 3-inch wide strip of the plain felt. (We found that 3 inches is a good width for optimal decorating space and style, but feel free to make it larger or smaller.) We helped children measure the cuff around their wrist and cut so there’s an inch overlap. Stick on the Velcro dots – one on each side/end as the closure, and ta-da – a cuff!

From there, the kids decorated them by cutting the sticky-back felt sheets into various shapes and sticking them onto the cuff.  If you’d like, you can add sticky jewels or beads on a safety pin or marker.  A word of warning: we found that washable marker tends to smear.

What I loved so much about working on this project is how intense the kids got about these little strips of felt. Each cuff was unique.  My favorite moment of the day was when a 3-year-old who declared that his cuff was a wrist communicator and walked out of our booth telling his wrist, “Batman! Batman! Hello Batman!”

Here are just a few more of the amazing cuffs from our Maker Faire activity.

Hey – that’s our kiwi, on cuffs!

This is now my go-to activity for kids’ birthday parties. I love that it’s low-mess, accessible to all ages, and you can create a design that works for any theme from fairies to robots to pirates.

Why the name “Kiwi Crate?”

One of my kids’ favorite push toys is a stuffed kiwi that my husband and I had picked up from New Zealand years ago.  As we were running through potential names, it struck me that Kiwi (as he’s called) would make the perfect mascot for our company.

As my son and daughter envision him, Kiwi is friendly, curious, and a willing companion on all their adventures – just the sort of qualities we hope to convey ourselves.  Since my kids were the inspiration for the company to begin with, I love having them tied into the process at so many levels, from branding and design critics to Chief Product Testers.  In fact, they picked out our logo when presented with a few different kiwi options.

As additional background, the kiwi is a bird found only in New Zealand.  It has no tail and tiny 2 inch wings on its chicken-sized body.  It doesn’t fly.  When Yael and I had separately visited New Zealand years ago to experience the country, our travels included an opportunity to see the kiwi.  We really appreciate the fun adventurous spirit, the innovation, and the natural beauty of the country.  The kiwi, which is known to be super alert, stands for the “ability to give birth to large ideas.”   Again, all of those qualities are ones that Kiwi Crate aspires to and embraces in children.  And yes – we love kiwi fruit too.

These are photos of Sandra and Yael and the kiwis taken in New Zealand years ago… little did we know!

Sandra with Kiwi
Yael with Kiwi

Welcome to the Kiwi Crate blog!

As busy moms, we know how hard it is to come up with fun hands-on activities to do with your kids, let alone get the materials! Kiwi Crate is designed to spark kids’ natural creativity and curiosity with hand-selected and kid-tested projects and materials. We created KiwiCrate because we want to make it fun and easy to spend “healthy,” delightful time building, exploring and creating together.

We’ll post fun activities for your kids and update you on news about Kiwi Crate. If you have activities you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!