KiwiCo, Atlas Crate – review

You may remember my post recently where I was looking for a subscription box suitable for older Children. I have received a few boxes to review but we were excited to start with one of the Kiwico Crates.

KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate that comes filled with age appropriate STEM projects for kids, from toddlers to teenagers. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Every crate explores a different theme designed to spark creativity, thinking, and learning.

We had two boxes to try the Atlas Crate, which is Geography and Culture and aimed at ages 6-11. And the Tinker Crate, which is Science and Technology and aimed at 9-16 + years.

Everything needed to complete the projects is provided in the crates.

Atlas Crate

The Little Man, aged 8 years, was thrilled with the Atlas Crate. The box contained three activities; Great Big World Map Challenge, Adventure Book and make your own Spinning Globe.

The Little Man was keen to get started on the Spinning Globe as soon as he opened a box. We made a little video of the box opening and him making the globe. Overall it took about half hour, but I sped the video up a little.

What was in the Box?

contents of box laid out on the table, list of items in text.
  • A folder with an introduction and instructions
  • two halves of a plastic ball
  • some wooden pieces to make a stand for the globe
  • an instruction book for making the globe
  • a pack of felt sticky back pieces to stick on the globe
  • a kit for making a booklet
  • a large world map
  • a sheet which tells you how maps work and a challenge to find things
a sheet from the box that tells all the things you can do

The Spinning Globe

The Little Man was keen to start the globe straight away. He pushed the two halves of the ball together and followed the instructions to stick on the continents. Then he had to build the stand for the globe.

The trickiest part was putting the dowling stick through the middle of the globe so it would fit on the stand. Otherwise the Little Man did it all by himself. (with me recording him!) He had lots of fun.

the spinning globe when finished
The Spinning Globe

While having fun making this globe, the Little Man also learned about the continents and where they are in the world.

The Atlas Adventure Book

The Atlas Adventure Book is a little book that can be put together and then taken apart again to add further pages from future crates.

The pack included a fact page on each of the seven continents, a page with a short story featuring Anya the cricket and Milo the Sandpiper and their travels, a front and back cover, string and bead book binders and a pack of stickers.

The Little Man set to decorating the covers with the stickers which he enjoyed. Then he placed the pages inside the covers and we fastened them together with the binders. The pages are card so the book will survive being taken apart and new pages added.

cover of the Adventure book, showing a blue page with a map of the world decorated with stickers
Pages from the book showing facts about Asia and the Antartica

The Great Big World Map Challenge

When the Little Man first opened the box he was very excited about the world map and I think we will put it on his bedroom wall.

a folded world map and a booklet explaining the challenge

The accompanying leaflet has lots of useful information about maps. It explains latitude and longitude and how a compass works. Then there is a challenge to find things on the map using the given map key and compass rose. The Global Scavenger Hunt sends you on an adventure around the world to find things like The Seven Wonders and the Seven Summits. You can also search for the homes of amazing animals and even famous shipwrecks. It’s a great, educational and fun activity.

Our Verdict

Overall, this crate has given the Little Man at least an hour and half of activities. He can return to them again and again, finding places on his globe and map and reading his book which he can add pages to.

The Little Man gives this crate a big thumbs up for age related activities that were both fun, interesting and educational.

If you would like to try a Kiwi Crate you can use my special landing page to get one for free, you just have to pay shipping ($4.95 in US $9.95 Internationally.)

Mix It Up Linky

What’s in the Box

Hello and welcome to What’s in the Box, the linky where I ask you to link up all  posts and vlogs about subscription boxes, or any box openings you wish. More about that in a minute, first I’d like to tell you about some subscription boxes that I have found.

This week I’m getting crafty! I’m always receiving craft boxes for my kids, but these ones are for adults. So, if you fancy getting crafty then take a look at these.

Crafty Creatives – A fabulous selection of boxes for those who want to start crafting but, like me, get totally baffled at what to buy, or what to make, especially in shops like Hobby Craft. The boxes come in three sets:
Crafty Creatives  – The surprise craft box with a great craft to make each month. Look at the past boxes, they are lovely! The box costs £15 per month and P&P (UK just £2.95)
Paper Haul – love stationary? then this box contains some delightful pieces each month, from washi tape to gift cards and notebooks. The box costs £10 per month plus P&P (Uk just £2)
Bead Haul – want to make some lovely jewellery? This box contains everything you need to make lovely jewellery with tutorials included. The box costs £12.50 every two months plus P&P (£2.50 in the UK)

scrawlr box – Maybe art is more your thing? Then the Scrawlr box is the box for you. For just £15 per month you can get a box full of delightful art materials. Pens, pencils, paints, paper, it can all be found in a Scrawlr box.

I’ve decided to set up this linky so that subscription box lovers can link up and find out what everyone else is getting.

It might give you some ideas of the best ones to sign up too!

In the future I hope to feature some of the best posts that have linked up, so please do join in. I’ll also tweet your posts and share them on my Facebook page. I’ll also comment on all submissions.

Now for the Rules, don’t worry they are easy.

  • link up your subscription box post or video, it can be any kind of box
  • take a look and comment on a couple of other posts in the linky, it’s only fair and you may find something exciting to subscribe to.
  • include my badge so that others may find the linky and join in.
There you have it, simple!

I’ll put the linky up every Tuesday and you can add to it until he following Monday. Do tell your friends, this is a new linky and we’d love everyone to join in.

I really can’t wait to see what you’ve had in your boxes!

Here’s my badge, the copy code is underneath.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.