Make this holiday season extra special with handmade gifts from the kids. Thank you to Kiwi Crate for sending my kids the Snow Globe, Doodle Felting, and LED Luminary crate for review. All opinions are 100% my own.
We love crafting and exploring with different art mediums after school. It is a great way to unwind after a busy day, explore new art techniques, and use our creative side of our brain!
I truly believe that our Kids Need Experiences, Not STUFF this holiday season.
When it comes o gifts our kids really need experiences with people who care about them, not stuff. Kiwi Crate makes a great gift for kids and encourages parents and other caregivers to work together to create something unique.
Using Kiwi Crate’s holiday crates not only as a project to keep kids engaged and learning, but as a gift for family and friends as well. These age appropriate holiday activities make fabulous kid-made gifts for
- little brother
- and cousins.
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I love that Kiwi Crates are:
- science, engineering, and creativity delivered to my doorstep
- include all materials
- have detailed, easy to follow instructions
- challenging enough that my child need to THINK
- things that I would not normally assemble and do with my child.
- are designed for a variety of ages.
- did I mention everything delivered in one box? Yes, the #1 perk!
Kid Made Gifts: LED Holiday Luminary
My 9 year old was immediately drawn to the LED Holiday Luminary. She wanted to make one to give to her little brother.
“It would look nice on his dresser.” she said.
“PLUS, it has circuits and I really like to build circuits!” she added.
This holiday crate comes with all the supplies needed to create a LED light up a hand-etched acrylic disk.
The Tinker Crates are recommended for kids 9 and up, so the directions are a little more complicated. The projects require a little more fine motor ability and patience. If you are looking for a holiday crate designed for a younger child – keep scrolling down for information on the classic Kiwi Crate Holiday Crate.
Building the circuit is one of my daughter’s favorite things to do. She was so excited to flip the switch and when the light did not turn on, her face fell.
I watched as she checked her connections and re-flipped the on the switch. Still nothing.
Then I got the giggles.
“WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING AT?” She steamed.
“Aren’t you forgetting something?” I questioned.
“No. The circuit is all there. I checked the connections and even re-taped the other side.” she explained.
“What about the battery?” I pointed.
She giggled too! Because your circuit needs an energy source!
She built the base and reinforced it with tape so it wouldn’t wobble.
Then, she invited her brother (she has 2) to make a design. He’s 6 so, this part of the activity was perfect for him to jump in and do.
They etched a snowman and a Christmas tree, so that the little guy will have two different choices for a holiday decoration on his dresser.
They wrapped it and gave it to him right away. There was no way they could wait until Christmas Day!
Kid Made Gifts: GLOWING SNOW GLOBE
Let it snow!
Let it snow!
Let it snow!
With this holiday crate, kids can make and give two globes. Each globe swirls with snow-like glittor and can be decorated with removable holiday-themed stickers. All the supplies are included in the crate!
My son has had an obsession with snow globes ever since I brought him home one after traveling with work.
His eyes light up when he sees them in the stores, so we knew exactly what crate to order him!
He wanted to make these for his sister!
We thought since there were two globes, then my littlest (he just turned 3) could help make one too.
The glitter was by far a hit.
I’m really NOT a glitter fan, so we took this project outside to do. If your weather doesn’t permit this, set out a drop cloth or newspaper under your work station to help contain the glitter.
I read the directions and the boys made the snow globes all on their own.
Swirling the glitter over and over was by far their favorite thing to do.
I appreciated that the stickers provided were removable As a parent, I really had to smile and talk about the scenes they were creating on their snow globes. It makes me ga ga when the penguins are upside down, trees are sideways and 10 stickers are stacked on top of each other. If the recipient wanted to move them around they could.It also makes for another little activity on another day.
Bonus – if your child makes the globe upside down and you don’t realize it until you are setting up the LED light, you can easily help them flip the snowman over so he isn’t standing on his head!
More about the Year Subscription Crates:
Doodle Crate brings a new project to your doorstep every month – complete with all the supplies needed to complete the activity (no need to search around for extra materials – if you need it, it’s in the box.) Created by popular demand, this subscription box is one of the latest additions to the Kiwi Crate family. Each kid is geared toward children ages 9+, and is designed to inspire young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence.
Tinker Crate is STEM in a box, delivered to your door each month. SWOON. Yes, no more trying to pretend I’m really good at building, creating, and finding ways to get my daughter engaged in math, science, and engineering, Kiwi Crate has me covered!
Read more details about the new Tinker Crate.
Koala Crate is especially designed for preschool learning and crafting (ages 3-4). It’s preschool learning activities delivered to your door. Great for parents, nannies, grandparents, and care-givers. I LOVE that one of my favorite magazines, HIGHLIGHTS, also helped create it!
Read more details about the new Koala Crate
Kiwi Crate is the classic box that everyone raves about! It has everything you need in a box to complete 2-3 activities with your child each month. There is a new theme each month. This box is geared for ages 4-8.
Read more details about the Kiwi Crate Here
Find out more about the holiday crates here