Is KiwiCo worth the money? Are the KiwiCo creates good quality? Do kids really enjoy these boxes? Let’s talk about all this and more in my totally honest KiwiCo review!
When I tell people we use KiwiCo as a big part of our science this year, they immediately follow with the previous questions. They want to know about the money aspect, the quality, if kids actually like them, and what to do with all the projects when you’re done with them!
I had some doubts myself before I ordered it, so I thought I would do a KiwiCo. review for the fellow doubters and let you know how we use it as a big part of our science curriculum in our homeschool.
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My ‘mom-view’ KiwiCo. review
Because we’re moms and we want the best stuff for our kids, but we also want to spend our money wisely, I’ve broken this down into small, bite-sized bits of info for you for easy reading.
This is just something that I wanted to share (because spoiler alert: I think KiwiCo. is awesome! BUT I do have some thoughts to make it really worth your while, and might not be for everyone).
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KiwiCo. Review: What Box Should You Get?
When we started getting KiwiCo boxes, there were just a few options. They have since expanded to offer lots of boxes for lots of ages and interests. Here’s a quick list of what they offer, what boxes we’ve tried and what we are currently subscribed to.
KiwiCo Crates for the Younger Years
- Panda Crate: Ages 0-24 months for Exploring + Discovering
- Koala Crate: Ages 2-4 for Playing + Learning
- Kiwi Crate: Ages 5-8 for Science, Art and More! Vera received this one for a long time. The projects included are adorable and so fun. She’s made her own games, learned about animals, and more.
- Atlas Crate: Ages 6-11 for Geography + Culture We tried this one out and it’s perfect to add to your geography studies!
KiwiCo. Crates for your Older Kids
- Doodle Crate: Ages 9-16+ for Art + Creativity. I hate to pick favorites, but this one is my favorite!! I am SO impressed by the projects in this crate and would love to get it at some point too. There are art mediums and techniques included that I would’ve been too intimidated to go out and buy all the supplies and teach on my own. HIGHLY Recommend this one!
- Tinker Crate: Ages 9-16+ for science + engineering. This one has been our longtime family favorite. First I ordered it for my boys several years ago for about a year. They sort of lost interest as they got older, but Sophia (then about 8) would always be really interested in it too. So, last year for Christmas I ordered her a subscription and have not stopped. She LOVES Tinker Crate! I would love to save them for rainy days, but in actuality, she normally completes them the day they arrive.
- Maker Crate: Ages 16-104. This is a newer crate and is designed for creatives wanting to make things at a more difficult level. These crates look amazing!!
- Eureka Crate: Ages 16-104. We subscribed to this one for a while and it was awesome! But to be honest, my 14-year-old was more interested in reading about the projects than actually doing them. We switched his subscription to the Kiwi Crate for Vera and everyone was happy.
What are the details of the Crates? What’s included? Can you use it with multiple kids?
- First things first, what comes in the boxes? Every single thing you’ll need to create something pretty cool. Everything from the glue to a random pushpin to a package of fiber optic strands. It’s all in there. There’s also a large sheet with the instructions and a “magazine”, which is a booklet with a ton of info and other ideas about the month’s topic. Typically there are more projects in the magazine so the box includes way more than just one project.
- How Flexible are the Ages? That depends. I have found the recommended ages are very accurate. The crates for older kids are pretty involved. You can certainly buy it for younger kids and make it a group project with older and younger and yourself.
- Is it flexible if I want to cancel or just get a few crates? Yes, totally! That’s the only reason I did it. If I would have had to sign up for a whole year, I wouldn’t have done it. I wanted to pay for a period of time in full and I wanted to try it out for a short time, to see if we liked it. The first time, I did the three-month subscription over the summer. You can do a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription and the cost includes shipping.
Or you can search through the shop and grab just one crate that stands out to you. It cost a little more this way though.
It’s really easy to cancel too. On the website under ‘My Account’ you can manage all that easily. I had to update my debit card number and it was super easy to navigate.
Also, when my son wasn’t loving the Eureka Crate, I was able to switch to another line of Crates really easily.
A few other things I like about KiwiCo:
- The directions are so clear and perfect for kids who might not be the most thorough of instruction-readers.
- The project will sometimes require them to use even the box it came in. I really like this.
- There are always a few extra pieces included in the kits.
- Getting happy mail each month is so much fun!
- I get an email when it’s shipped, so I know it’s coming. I also get a heads-up on what kind of project is coming, which helps us get all excited.
- These are projects I would probably never do otherwise. I am not great at teaching science. There’s a lot of pieces involved, sometimes pieces that would be hard to find. I like the convenience. It’s SO nice.
- It’s quality stuff. It really is. We’ve signed up for other monthly subscriptions and what we’ve got does not fit the bill. But this? This is so worth your $20 or so a month. I had doubts about what we’d get, but this was the biggest surprise for me. Great quality!
The Money Aspect
My biggest tip with the cost part of Kiwi Co is this: NEVER buy without a coupon! There are a ton of deals out there all the time. I try to share them occasionally on my Instagram page.
Current Deal: Use code: BRIGHT for 40% off the first month!
They also offer holiday crates, which is so much fun! Love these!
Final Thoughts on my KiwiCo. Review
So, to summarize, we really like KiwiCo Crates. A whole lot. Initially, I signed up for the 3-month subscription for the summer months. But I just signed up for another 3-month subscription. And I have since been getting two creates for almost a year straight.
The only hard thing I’ve found is what to do with the projects–they really pile up! For us, we love to play with the projects for a while–about a month or two. The kids will keep their very favorites on their dresser or a shelf for a while. After the thrill has worn off, we will pass them on to someone else or toss them if they’ve started to wear out.
I hope you found this KiwiCo. review helpful. I was really looking for something like this–short, sweet, and honest–before I signed up and I couldn’t find anything.
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