DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Kiwi Crate. All opinions are my own.
Do any of you hate the electronics as much as I do?
I mean…I get it…I am a blogger…I literally cry when the internet is on the fritz and don’t get me started on why every restaurant needs wi-fi….but for my kids it is a totally different story. I hate (and I mean HATE with a capital middle finger) the way my kids are just naturally drawn to movies and tv and video games. It makes me wanna throw heavy objects at my electronics. Or better yet…heavy electronics at my electronics. And there are no “good” outcomes.
Like for instance…the kids are having less than desirable behavior….so if I pop on a Curious George movie…it’s not like their gonna chill out and behave better afterwards. No. In twenty minutes, it’s full on code-red crisis mode after the theme song ends. Sure, I had a tiny break and sometimes desperation calls for it….but in general, it never works in my favor when it’s all said and done. So generally I avoid it. I force the kids outside a ton, we do lots of little trips and Jer and I attempt to get the kids involved in whatever they can be involved with…especially if it burns energy or keeps their little fingers busy.
Which is why I absolutely need to tell you about this awesome thing I got to do with the boys and my mom….it’s called Kiwi Crate and it’s a box of pure magic.
So we got these boxes in the mail and inside are all the materials to make little hands on projects. It’s a monthly thing so you subscribe and each month they send a different crate with a different theme (think gardening, dinosaurs, space, etc.).
We got our boxes this month and they were “farm fun” and ADORABLE. The boxes had two projects – one was finger puppets and the other was make-your-own-garden…complete with dirt and seeds.
It is definitely more geared toward Will’s age (and older) than Weston’s age but both boys were REALLY into it. In fact, the entire thing took the boys, me and my mom about an hour to do ONE activity. Granted that includes breastfeeding breaks and a diaper-changing break….but over all, an hour of creative and educational fun without them even mentioning electronics? yes please!
Both boys sat for the entire first project…making a garden. I should have guessed….it involved dirt so of course they loved it.
We modified the level of the adult involvement according to what each kid could do. Will had a hard time with peeling the backs off the stickers so we did that for him but for the most part, he did everything else. We could tell that he was missing the activities that he did in school and this was something he would have done there.
I loved seeing both boys when they focused hard…trying to get their little fingers moving and then when they finally accomplished their goal. It basically brought tears to my eyes. I loved how they celebrated the simplest of things…even if it was just picking up a mini popsicle stick and getting the radish seeds in the right container.
I honestly felt like it was a perfect activity idea for people that are grandparents or busy moms and dads…since each box has all the supplies needed and ideas for the activities PLUS Kiwi Crate’s explore! magazine filled with bonus activities, kid-friendly recipes and more surprises!
I liked it for us because I just don’t have the ability to get to the craft store these days. That’s a thirty minute drive…plus the screaming and crying that will ensue once we get out of the car and shop. Two hours of driving and shopping? No, thank you. And money wise – it’s a draw. These little activity packages at the craft store cost about five bucks a pop. There are 2-3 of them in the Kiwi Crate. Add that to the gas I would spend getting to the store and the time it would take me to shop and I am already at a wash. Plus…my brain doesn’t function these days. Seriously. It called a strike and is in talks with the union. Planning all these little details out would be inconceivable.
By the time we got to the second activity, Weston was ready for more running. So Will carried the torch during the second craft.
My mom is great at these kind of things. She is a music teacher and has that natural ability to teach kids while making it fun. Plus, she likes to keep her hands busy and this activity did just that.
Will loved it. He actually told me that we were gonna do it all over again tomorrow too. I told him that tomorrow we get to write down our seeds growth in the ‘tracker’ page and that maybe we could put on a finger puppet show for Daddy. That put a huge smile on his face. We are already practicing our animal noises.
So here are a few more details if you are interested in the Kiwi Crate:
- all the activities are developmentally appropriate and enriching.
- A test crew of kids make sure the projects are engaging, fun, and universally appealing.
- You can also shop for individual arts & crafts and party favors on the website
- Plans start at just $16.95/month (sibling add-on: transform your subscription to a “no fight” crate by adding materials for just $9.99/month)
- Free shipping on ALL subscriptions!
- See some of the most popular past crates.
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So that’s what we have been doing lately to beat those electronics at their own game. What do you do with your little ones to keep them busy? Any one creating little crafting addicts? Or throwing things at their tvs lately? Spill it!