|A sample crate from Kiwi Crate.|
Growing up with a first grade teacher for a mom meant a lot of things for me - weekends spent helping put up bulletin boards, monthly trips to the educational supply stores in downtown L.A., a great personal collection of scratch n'sniff stickers, an A+ in first grade handwriting and an endless supply of number 2 pencils. But my favorite thing about having an educator for a mom was definitely the crafts - clay dinosaur dioramas, kiln-fired pottery, origami mobiles, homemade Christmas ornaments, construction paper costumes, mop-head horses, laminated story-books..should I keep going? Whether it was materials left over from a class project or the summers we spent as guinea pigs for her newest DIY craft ideas, my childhood was filled with painting, pasting, molding and glue gunning something almost every week. It wasn't a coincidence that the first two businesses I ever started were Jen's Jewelry (6th grade) and Jen's Friendship Bracelets (7th grade)(both of which were marginally successful thanks to several of my great-aunts and a few good friends).
|Window gardening materials from the Gardening crate.|
Although I plan on continuing the tradition of crafting with my daughter, squeezing in Internet research for new craft ideas with trips to Michael's or the art supply store has proved really tough for me lately. So when I happened upon Kiwi Crate over the weekend, it was an idea that really appealed to me. Based in Mountain View, CA, this start-up has a simple mission statement: to develop creative, hands-on activities that busy parents can do with their young children (ages 3-7). Subscribers receive a crate each month filled with materials and inspiration centered around a theme, like space, wind, gardening, colors, and safari. The crate contains everything you need to make several different projects with your child as well as access to additional projects and games with the same theme on their website.
All the projects are designed by a creative Design Team, reviewed by an impressive expert advisory board (including several Stanford professors!), and tested by a great test-crew of kids. The cost: only $19.99 a month (includes shipping and you can cancel at any time)! So whether you have children at home or are looking for a great gift idea for the little one in your life, think about a subscription to Kiwicrate. It just might be the best $20 you've spent in awhile. Here's to the start of another great week!
|Make-your-own dinosaur feet from the Dinosaur Crate.|