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When the boys were smaller, I was a member of KiwiCrate. They would send us a box of craft supplies and directions, with art and science activities. At least 4-5 different ideas. I think our favorite box was an arctic animal themed one, with a penguin shaped ice cube tray for some icy science lessons, some shadow puppets, and watercolors to create postcards which we were able to send out. There were little science lessons - bite sized and perfect for my 4 and 5 year old, at the time. Maybe a little much for the four year old, but he tried hard. They are intended for ages 5-8, after all.
Pictured above is a new crate called Glowing Animals. You can see the materials, and the finished jellyfish and glow worm projects - maybe a great one to go along with Night of the Moonjellies as a read aloud! Don't you just love when things can tie in like that!
These boxes are nice, because they come with everything you need to complete every activity, all the directions, and all the lessons. No running to the craft store to grab more stuff! Prices start at $16.95 per box, and you can pause the subscription if you're going to be busy.
Once we get moved, I'm going to renew my subscription, because they were so much fun. If you have a four day school week, this is a great rainy day five activity box! By clicking the link below, you'll save 30% on your first box.
And this is new to me - they now have boxes for every kid from babies (The Cricket Crate! So cute!) a preschooler crate for 3-4 year olds called Koala Crate, which looks crazy fun, and two options for bigger kids aged 9-16+ - the Tinker Crate, which is more engineer-type STEM projects, and the Doodle Crate, which is still STEMy, but more artsy. That's really awesome, because the artsy personality is usually way overlooked when it comes to STEM.
So check it out, these are definitely one of the most fun things we've ever tried, and my boys (who use the empty boxes from these crates as storage for art supplies) keep asking me when we're starting them up again, despite being told. Just too excited I guess!