Winter, eh? We’ve been hit hard on Vancouver Island for the past week or so and yes, I know it is NOTHING compared to the Polar Vortex many of you are suffering through. With closed schools due to ridiculously low temperatures, or closures because of crazy amount of snow, you have kids in the house and I’m going to bet by day 3, you’re all going a little squirrelly.
I’m right, aren’t I?
I wanted to share with you a subscription box I received over Christmas from KiwiCo. KiwiCo is a subscription box for your kids filled with hands-on science and art projects. No electronics! Just super cool doing, learning and having fun.
I received the “Atlas” crate for my daughter who is 8 (going on 21) and the “Tinker” crate for my son who is 10. My daughter opened her crate right away and got to work building a globe and learning about where we live in relationship to the rest of the world.
My son? He looked at the box and wanted to go play his video game but opened it once he saw his sister working away on her globe. Much to both of our surprise…his crate involved building a catapult. So yeah…he was in it now and was busy, busy, busy for the next 4 hours building and playing the catapult game he put together and figuring out the best angles to win.
Once they had gone through the entire box of goodies, science and fun, they worked with one another to explain what each had done and what was included in each crate. It was really fun to watch them teach one another.
THEN…our neighbour friends came over and the discovery, teaching and learning continued as they worked through the workbooks included and playing with their “new toys they made”.
During a time when it is so simple to plug your kids into electronics on cold and blustery days, it was incredible to give the kids something to do that they were not only super excited to get to work on, but even more excited to show their friends what they did.
In total, my kids were busy for 5 hours the day they opened their crates and have been playing with the catapult and globe ever since.
With the cold weather and our kids being a little house-bound, this was an incredible “trick up my sleeve” to keep them learning, engaged and off electronics! They’re looking forward to next month when they receive their next crate! Honestly…they check the mail every day!
If you’d like to get a Kiwi Crate, you can get one for FREE if you click this link. You just pay for shipping! Pretty great, eh?
Hours and hours of fun, learning…and QUIET?! YES PLEASE!