Exploring Stars

Ages 5-8

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Learn about the constellations in the night sky and then imagine and design your own! Play with gears and use them to engineer a model system of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Everything needed, from materials to illustrated directions, is included, along with explore!, a bonus play & learn magazine with extra projects and activities!


  • Design your own constellations
  • Make a light-up lantern
  • Build a mechanical model of the Sun/Earth/Moon
  • Learn about the solar spinner


  • Astronomy
  • Mechanics & Building
  • Patterns

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    Amanda, Jul 2, 2020

    It was fun

    My son and I had a lot of fun building the latern and making the outdoor oven (we are still using it)! We lost earth, the moon and the sun within the first 2 hours of building the solar system.

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    Ariel, May 28, 2020

    The coolest

    This was an incredibly well composed crate. My daughter enjoyed making her own constellations for the latern. Making the orbiting sun, moon and Earth was very easy for her to do.

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    Chloe, May 8, 2020

    I wish it was more accurate

    We enjoyed making the lantern, 5 stars, but the spinning earth required me to have to explain that the earth would rotate too, which went over her head, and the light in the “sun” died quickly and wouldn’t stand up - 2 stars.

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    Angela, Apr 27, 2020

    Awesome project

    Great idea - my daughter and i had a great time putting it together

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    Axel, Mar 8, 2020

    Building skills in my son!

    Creative and Technical skills being built with this crate. Being able to make your own constellations, building the lantern and creating the solar spinner was so cool. He loved it.

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    Joanna, Feb 24, 2020

    Lesson about the solar system

    Literally so cool! Building a diorama of the sun, moon, and earth rotation was a great hands on learning experience and a simple way to explain the solar sytem.

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    Claire, Jan 12, 2020

    Exciting to see her learn

    I enjoyed seeing my daughter build all of the different projects and learn so much about the solar system.

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    Claudia, Dec 2, 2019

    Kids loved it

    Brought 2, and kids liked both projects. The lantern was simpler for my 4 yr old to do with little direction. The other one she had help from her 8 yr old brother. They really were happy with the result of their creations. I like the informational magazine.

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    Madison, Nov 14, 2019

    Great activities every month

    Shh.. don't tell him that he is learning! We have been a customer of KiwiCo for a long time, and just love all of the cool projects that come in. He loved learning about astronomy and the fun facts in the magazine.

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    Jackson, Nov 1, 2019

    Cool space theme

    Highly recommend this crate because of the awesome projects, cool space theme, and educational aspects that it includes.

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    Troy, Oct 30, 2019

    Challenging yet easy to follow prjoects

    My daughter loved the fact that she could make her own working lantern! It was nice to see her be so proud of herself at the end of the project.

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    Macie, Oct 20, 2019

    Learning more every month

    Kiwi Crate has been such a great resource for learning about different subjects and exploring new interests. This exploring Stars Crate was an excellent introduction into Astronomy!

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    Garrett, Sep 14, 2019

    More than just a crate

    This crate extends farther than the materials it comes with. It gives you more activities to do at home that involve the sun, moon, and space.

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    Grace, Aug 30, 2019

    Stars are awesome

    Astronomy is so cool! We had a blast exploring the stars and learning more about space. My daughter is now fascinated with the solar system.

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    Rachel, Aug 20, 2019

    My daughter is now full of knowledge

    We had some time to spare at home and decided to do this crate this weekend. She felt so proud of herself when she completed all of the projects. Plus, she was full of information that she learned and wanted to share.

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    Marsha, Jul 12, 2019

    Fun, engaging, and educational

    This crate was an excellent combination of engineering and the wonder of science! The instructions were clear and broken down so my son could easily build the orbiting system on his own. He loved making his own constellations, and still uses the lantern in his room as a night light!

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    Sarah, May 20, 2019

    Visual explanation of science concepts

    Excellent, age appropriate explanations of how the moon travels in relationship to the sun. Great learning experience for my daughter to physically see the earth an moon rotating, and moving the gears herself to create the orbits.

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    Valerie, Jan 3, 2019

    Learning about orbits

    My son really enjoyed controlling the sun and exploring how the moon moves around the Earth. He also loved making his own constellations with the stickers for the lantern. Having everything light up just added to the excitement!

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