Kiwi Crate: children’s art kit by mail

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KiwiCrate_JV_04This little green crate holds so much art fun inside, and I have to admit I would never have guessed it. I've always been a total do-it-yourselfer and if I saw an art kit in one aisle, I'd go down the next and seek out all the individual items that I might need for whatever art project is on our list. So when a PR company offered to send me a Kiwi Crate kit, I was skeptical but curious. I am skeptical no more. Seriously good fun was had (and is still being had) by both kids.

Take a look at all that was packed into this box:


This particular Kiwi Crate was all about exploring colors (there are different themes and you can subscribe to receive them in the mail once a month). It included all the materials needed to create contact paper stained glass windows, design-your-own spinning tops, and a bleeding tissue paper dyed canvas bag.

Contact paper stained glass is an oldie but a goodie in the world of art activities. But they made it even better by supplying sturdy frames (of the probably hundreds of suncatchers we've made, I don't think any have ever been framed quite so nicely) and by sending colored film in addition to tissue paper. Why haven't I explored film before? A complete oversight on my part! It is on my list for next time I shop for art supplies…


Also included in the crate were two spinning tops, several papers to fit over them, a set of little markers, and instructions for "spinning colors." The girls colored and scribbled on the paper covers, added them to the tops, and spun them to watch how their designs looked in motion. This was a completely new project for us and so interesting!


This bag was apparently a "bonus" project (each crate is supposed to hold two main activities). Maia used the provided bleeding tissue paper squares and dropper to dye the plain canvas bag. The right-hand image shows the bag with the wet tissue squares still on it; the colors aren't quite as dark once you pull off the squares. And, as we learned the hard way, the colors won't last once the bag is washed. But since it's a bag and not a t-shirt, perhaps it won't be washed, at least not for a while.

Another fun bonus was this set of blue film glasses for viewing the stained glass and the world.

I may be a convert to art kits. Or at least to the Kiwi Crate. There was so much fun packed into the box and their choice of projects, easy-to-understand instructions, and ready-to-use art materials made it so easy for my kids to create and enjoy these activities. This would make an awesome gift to receive under the tree or in the mail. The website says these kits are for ages 3-6. My 2 year old got as much out of it as my 6 year old, though (and I can easily see a 7 or 8 year old enjoying this particular kit, although I can't speak for their other kits).

If you want to order one kit or a monthly subscription, you can do so on the Kiwi Crate website.

Disclosure: The Kiwi Crate was sent to me for free by a PR company, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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  1. says

    Very very cool. Looks just like something you would do without the kit. I think you found a great company. I will have to look over their stuff. Would make great birthday gifts for the little ones in my life. Glad you tried it.

  2. Sabrina says

    We have been enjoying them, the next crates are good too. I also recommend selecting non-gender – you have a choice of girl or boy (not sure if they will or have really used different themes for sex)- but if you are like me, you and your child(s) may prefer not to have the activities limited to only “boy” or “girl” subjects.

  3. kate says

    in thinking about trying this for my two boys, do you think one kit would be enough for them both to share, or do you think it would be wise to pay $8 for additional materials in each kit?

  4. says

    Maia and Daphne shared our box just fine. There were multiples of most things, although no duplicates of the canvas bag, dropper, scissors, or blue film glasses. Also only one set of markers, although that was easy to share. I don’t know how easily it would be to share the other themed boxes. I guess it depends on how much you want them to share and also your budget.

  5. says

    Yep, we could (and have) done most of the projects without the kit. But I was very impressed with this kit. And a think that for a parent who is intimidated by art and art supplies (or just super busy!) that a kit like this might be very appealing.

  6. [email protected] says

    Thanks for the link! I don’t know this person, but she has great kits also- and put together by hand too!

  7. jwg says

    Next time, try soakng the bag in cold salty water and letting it dry before you wash it. It works for madras cloth. There are also all sorts of spray fixatives.

  8. Amanda O. says

    Ooo. A kit like this is perfect for a parent like me. I am less inventive, but love art projects and exploration. My son is learning colors right now would probably learn more than this than something I organized. Great company.

  9. Steven Rogers says

    Awesome! This looks like fun even for me! And I am not a kid anymore. Growing up I loved playing with kids art kits and being creative! My kids would love these!

  10. Rach says

    Does anyone know of other websites or companies that do crates/ kits like this? I was skeptical until I tried it also, and I am totally sold now!
    It is so much better than the cheap foam sticker type kits in the crafts stores!