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My Completely Honest Review of Our Experience With KiwiCo (plus get 30% off your first box!)

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Interested in trying KiwiCo for your kids? This completely honest review is SO helpful!

A few weeks ago, I posted about a sample box that KiwiCo was offering. I’d heard a lot about KiwiCo before, but I’d never signed up for it.

KiwiCo is a monthly subscription service that offers kid’s educational projects, crafts, and activities on different themes. You can get a subscription for as low as $16.95 per month for the box — including shipping. This box will include 2-3 projects, all the materials to complete those projects, plus hands-on learning activities and more.

They offer monthly crate subscriptions for various ages: Cricket Crate is for ages 0-3Koala Crate is for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate is for ages 4-8, Tinker Crate is for ages 9-16+, and Doodle Crate is for ages 14+.

Since the KiwiCo sample box was only $3.95 and a friend had highly recommended it, I went ahead and posted about it and signed up for a box. {Please note: The Glowworm Sample Box offer is currently not available.}

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

We got the box within two weeks and I was very, very impressed with what we got for $3.95 (that price included shipping, too!)

The kit came with:

  • All the materials to build your very own glowworm
  • Set of fabric markers to decorate your snuggly friend
  • One-of-a-kind glow in the dark sock
  • Bonus firefly foldout project with set of glow sticks
  • 16 page explore! magazine filled with puzzles, DIY activities and kid-friendly recipes

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

The instructions to complete the craft were very detailed and organized. For a non-crafter like me, this was especially helpful!

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

Silas has an absolute blast working with me to create his glowworm.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

I loved seeing his focus and determination!

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

He decided to name his glowworm “Billy Butler”, after one of his favorite Royal’s baseball players. 🙂

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

While he worked on his glowworm, I read to him from the accompanying book.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

I thought there was a lot of value in this booklet. Not only were there short stories, a poem, a number of activity pages, but there were also some fun additional related projects.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

They gave you instructions on how to make your own FireFly Paint Jar — which looked cool.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

There were also pages you could cut out to make a Glow-in-the-Dark FireFly using the patterns and the glow sticks they gave you in the kit.

My Completely Honest Review of Kiwi Crate

Silas got to practice his cutting skills on this project!

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After he finished his FireFly, he went back to decorating “Billy Butler.” 🙂

He was so proud of his finished product — and especially excited that it actually glowed in the dark when he took it into a dark room. He asked if he could sleep with it tonight before he went to bed.

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Note: Since a subscription is rather expensive, this also might be a great gift idea to pass along to Grandma & Grandpa for Christmas this year. I love that it’s mostly consummable, very educational, hands-on, and a gift that would keep giving all year long!

Have you tried KiwiCo before? If so, what was your experience?


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154 Comments

  • Christina says:

    All right, so, I’ve read all of these negative comments. I’ve never gotten anything from this company before. I have 2 kids, ages 11 and 12, that I homeschool. These things would be a great asset to our learning activities — IF it all works properly without any major issues. Here’s what I’ve decided to do:: I’ve signed up for a “Monthly” subscription, and checked the “Gift” box. It is October now, so I will not TRY to renew or get anything next month (November). I will wait and see if the “Gift” renews automatically, and I will let you all know if I get charged again or get an additional box. (I’ve seen that a lot of people comment but most don’t tend to come back and let anyone know what has happened.) I’m going to bookmark this page so that I can let you all know how it goes.

    • Christina says:

      Okay, so we just got the Kiwi Crate (the tinker one that we ordered). On the box is a big red sticker that reads “This is your Last Crate.” My kids are working on putting it together. I’ll keep you posted as to whether or not we get one next month. The total for the one box came to about $26.00. I don’t know if it’s worth it to do it this way just based on the cost…

    • Amber says:

      Any update? I am curious.

      • Christina Lanier says:

        I’ve still not been charged for another box. I thin we ordered the first on the 18th, so I’ll post again after the 18th of this month to keep you updated. So far it looks like:: I ordered the monthly gift option and that’s all we’ve gotten and been charged for. One box, one month.

  • Emily says:

    We’ve been getting these crates monthly since June. I have three kids, 11, 9, and 7; so I get three boxes each month. LOVE them!!!! Materials are all prepped, instructions are clearly written, and my kids get VERY excited about each project. My oldest son’s last project had a light that didn’t work properly, so we emailed the company and we were immediately sent a replacement box free of charge. These projects have stirred creativity, problem solving, curiosity, and a love of learning in my kids; worth every penny.

  • John R says:

    I had a 12-month Koala Crate subscription for my 4 (now 5) year old daughter.

    PROS:
    The crates were a fun activity for us to put together. Good for quality time. However, because of the hassle and SO MUCH wasted time on hold and talking with incompetent customer service agents, I cannot recommend these projects. You are better off making something on your own from scratch or finding another company that is reliable.

    CONS:
    The material in the crates is cheap and most of the projects fall apart after a few weeks of use. This caused a lot of disappointment with my daughter, especially since we had built them together.

    5 of the 12 crates never showed up. Another thing that she was excited about each month that led to disappointment. I had to call and ask them to send replacements. One of the five replacements never showed up and I had to have a replacement sent for the replacement.

    I suspect that part of the problem is the handoff between Fed Ex and the US Post Office. The company is trying to save money, but ends up providing a hugely sub-par experience for customers. They know this is a problem because they actually have a voice-jail # option to press for shipping issues.

    Each time you call, expect to spend 30 minutes up to an hour waiting on hold for a rep to help you.

    I learned to NEVER select the option for them to call you back (which is offered after about 15 minutes on hold) because it will disconnect you.

    Do not send an email, because the people replying do not have basic reading comprehension skills. When the last crate didn’t show up, I sent an email requesting that a replacement be sent. I provided the shipping ID number, and the tracking number, my name and all info.

    Their reply? Your subscription has ended, and you will receive no more crates.

    I would give them 1-star.

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