I was so thrilled when Kiwi Crate announced that they are offering three new crates including Koala Crate (for children age 2-4). This just arrived today, so we haven’t had a chance to do any of the activities, but I know people are anxious to see what’s in the box, so I wanted to post right away.
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The first look didn’t show too much. All I could see was imagine! magazine which is a collaboration between Koala Crate and Highlights. I loved Highlights as a kid, so I’m excited to have the girls experience some of their materials.
Once I moved the imagine! magazine, the second look showed me a lot more. I had seen the preview of the box on the Koala Crate site, but didn’t remember too much of what was going to be in it. Ava spotted the Color Cube right away and took off with it.
Each box comes with a grownup guide for the “grownup assistant” 🙂 It details each product, how much grownup involvement is needed and how messy the products are.
I love the details that they’ve included so you can easily plan out which projects you have enough time for. Unlike the other boxes from Kiwi Crate, this one will need the most grownup involvement because of the age of the kids that it’s geared for.
Activity 1: Color Scavenger Hunt
The color scavenger hunt involves rolling the color cube (which is adorable) and finding an item around the house that matches the color. I’m not sure how often we will play the game, but the color cube will really help with Ava learning her colors.
Activity 2: Watercolor Banner
I’m hoping to tackle this with the girls this weekend. Ava (2) is a little young for doing the whole project herself, but with her big sister (5) by her side, I’m sure she will do great. They included watercolor paints for learning how colors mix. All the materials are included except something to cover your workspace and the water for the paints.
Activity 2: Color Explorations
This activity also uses the watercolor paints. I’m sure Ava will mix all the colors together to make brown pretty quickly, so we may do the banner with just the crayons.
The box included color squares that you can overlap to make new colors, or use as is to learn the names of the colors. I think Ella (5) will have a lot of fun combining the colors together.
Color explorations also included a coloring pad. I love that the pictures are in color so you could leave as is to teach the colors and older kids can match their crayon color to the printed color. I thought it was just going to cover the basic colors, but I really like that they expanded the activity by directing kids to mix certain colors to see what they make when combined.
We have been loving explore! magazine from Kiwi Crate so I had high expectations for imagine! magazine. I am pleased to say my expectations were definitely met. There are stories and different types of activities (like the search for crayons below). No Goofus and Gallant though 😦
Koala Crate is $19.90 per month (less if you prepay for multiple months at a time). I was VERY impressed with this first box. There are three activities included and they could easily take a few hours to work on with a grownup. But, each activity is structured so that you can do a little and put it away to do more later. Toddlers can have varying attention spans so you can work this around your child’s mood and interest for that day.
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