The finished mobile!

A typical day in our house usually involves rushing from one job, school, play date, dance class or errand to the next and our opportunities for sitting still are few and far between.  With two full-time working parents, we rarely have the time to sit down together as a family and if we do, we usually just play with our good old standby toys – blocks, dinosaurs, princesses, etc.  When our first Kiwi Crate arrived at our door, in all of its green glory and personally addressed to my daughter, it was more to us than just a box of art supplies.  It was the chance to create.  It was an opportunity to get a little bit messy because it is all part of the fun.  And it was the perfect excuse to spend time together as a family, be inspired, discover, and connect.

Love the neatly organized contents of the KIWI Crate!

Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription activity box for children ages 3-7.  Each crate has a theme with related projects and contains all of the necessary (and fun!) materials for your little explorer to create their masterpiece.  Our crate’s theme was ‘Space Exploration’ and our projects were ‘My Space Mobile’ and ‘My Rocket.’  My daughter, Shelby, was supplied with a bevy of awesome crafting items, including planet shapes, paint & brush (her favorite), colored paper, mini colored tape and dispenser, and her own little pair of safety scissors, just to name a few.  I especially liked the fact that they supplied items like scissors and tape for them to keep and reuse again in the future.

Shelby quickly went to work on her space mobile and little bro (only age 2 so not quite ready for his own extensive projects) played with whatever we weren’t using at the moment – except the scissors!  This project was rated a high on the Kiwi Crate messiness scale and after a few painting/drying sessions, we now have a lovely little tie-dye galaxy hanging in our kitchen.  Even after creating a bunch of fun, easy rocket ships for the 2nd project, we had plenty of supplies leftover.  I loved that there were enough craft materials to allow the children an equal mix of guided project and creative freedom.  After both projects were completed, Shelby & Cash were thrilled to have full reign of the goods.  They made mustaches, airplanes, dragonflies, flags, and more.

Shleby the artist hard at work on Kiwi Crate's Space Exploration Package!

Whether you subscribe your own child to Kiwi Crate or give one as a gift, the fun they will have with their crate is well worth the monthly fee of $19.95.  And now every Hollywood mom can take a moment to be inspired with their little superstars – Kiwi Crate is offering our readers 25% off their 1st month! 

Use the following code at checkout:  HOLLYWOOD25

Or check out their site here!

HMB Writer/Reviewer Michele Dahl is mom of pint-sized models Shelby and Cash Dahl.

You can follow her on Twitter @Elle_Renee