|CC gets her Kiwi Crate in the mail. Excitement ensues.|
That's why I was instantly onboard to try out Kiwi Crate, a subscription service for kids ages 3-8 that sends a neatly packaged box full of themed activities each month. (Subscriptions start at $19.95.) Not only are there a few hands-on activities for kids to try (that focus on everything from storytelling to modern art), Kiwi Crate also packs in tools such as markers, scissors and crayons to make sure kids have everything they need.
|CC checks out the storytelling activities.|
For the stage, CC drew on long sheets of paper that she would then pull through openings on the side. She even let me in on the drawing action. She would tell me what her story would be about (animals were key, just fyi), and we'd color and add stickers to make it come alive.
|CC loved sharing her story about animals that go to school.|
Immediately after she was done, CC asked to dive into another Kiwi Crate. She just loved creating, and I was happy that the service gave her all the tools. But it also let her use her imagination and gave her options for decorating.
And because even almost-7-year-olds still need a little help, CC and I got some nice mother-daughter time in the process—something that's hard with iPhones and iPads. But that's another story.