It is just too much.
Enough to make you go crazy.
Nope, not homeschooling itself – it’s the resources available to homeschool that could drive you over the edge.
Is this the best curriculum?
If I buy that math game, will my kid jump a grade level?
Will that grammar program get my kid into college someday?
If I buy these homeschool room things, will my kid finally start to like school?
Been there, been there, been there.
In the past there were so few resources for homeschoolers, but now the industry has exploded.
The pressure on moms can be intense to weigh her budget and what her kids really need to be successful.
I make a pretty strong effort to keep my eyes forward during the homeschool year and avoid chasing every curriculum and homeschool resource butterfly I come across.
I like to keep things simple for my homeschool (and budget) and not overload us with too much stuff.
It is one of the very few thing (besides curriculum and a co op) that I would recommend investing in for your homeschool.
We have been using Kiwi crate for about 6 years – and they cannot be beat for cost, what you get, and what your kid will learn.
Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription box for ages 0-16+.
The boxes focus on everything from educational play, amazing art creations, unreal STEM activities, and crazy engineering projects.
They have even added a new box option called, Atlas, with a geography focus.
Here is a breakdown of the ages and what Kiwi Crate offers:
Everything you need!
Seriously, the only thing we have every had to provide while doing a Kiwi Crate project is a trash bag to lay down if there is going to be any art mess.
I love, love, love that I can do these awesome projects with my kids and I don’t need to go to a single store to find all the things.
Even if you have to color something – they provide the crayons or markers.
My kids are not at the age yet for the higher level engineering boxes, but I can speak to the younger levels.
The Kiwi boxes have always come with an easy to read instruction booklet with pictures.
Just last night, my 5 year old opened her box and was already doing a project without us because she was following along with the pictures.
My 8 year old now enjoys reading her project booklet and doing just about everything herself.
Here is a printing press she assembled and started using all by herself:
They are currently $19.95 per month.
For what you get in the box – I have no idea how they make money.
They don’t even charge for shipping.
If the price bothers you, I think of it as less than it would cost me to take my family to McDonalds for lunch.
For what you’re getting – that’s a pretty great deal.
***See promo code below for discount!
The website says you can cancel anytime – no commitment.
If your kid suddenly decides the Atlas Crate isn’t a good fit, or the Eureka Crate is a little too complicated, or the Kiwi Crate is too easy – you can switch at any time.
You would think, I’ve listed all there is to love about Kiwi Crate, but wait -there’s more!
It is so fun to see their eyes light up every month when they see the box on our doorstep!
Unlike some other homeschooling activities we’ve done, I don’t have have to talk up Kiwi Crates.
My kids love them!
In fact, I usually try to hide the box when it arrives. If not, my kids will want to tear it open and do all the projects right away!
I’m not strong in the way of arts and crafts and these boxes help to relieve a lot of the guilt I feel about that.
They always blow my mediocre craft efforts out of the water!
One less thing for this homeschool mom to worry about!
In the above picture, you’ll see my 5 year old proudly holding up her rainbow art – a real pillow and stained “glass” art!
As I said, I am not gifted with crafting. A lot of the projects I have made with my kids usually end up in a trash can.
These Kiwi crates provide such high quality art and fun, that my kids often want to keep everything.
Below you’ll see my 5 year old got a box that had a focus on cityscapes. She made some impressive art – she wants to hang it in her room!
She made a canvas bag using city stencils that she is now carrying around everywhere with her treasures inside.
And she assembled a little city herself. She can take apart and reassemble her city many different ways. Good quality!
My oldest daughter especially, makes such cool projects that we are running out of room to keep them all! She gets upset about throwing any of them away, so we are trying to come up with a storage solution.
As you probably know, STEM is a HUGE trend in education right now.
As homeschoolers, it can be a bit intimidating to consistently come up with projects (and the supplies) to teach our kids in this area.
Kiwi Crate makes it almost too easy now for me to teach STEM to my 3rd grader.
In the above picture my kid is freaking out over the real windmill she just put together for her mini putt putt golf course. It came with a putter powered by rubber bands, an alligator’s mouth, a pop up flag, and the super cool windmill.
In 100 years I would never have been able to put together a project like this for her – and definitely not one every month.
Here is a video of her finally shooting through the alligator’s mouth – it’s harder than it looks!
As I said, the instructions are simple to understand and follow – and they produce amazing results.
I love to see my kids light up when they realize what an amazing thing they just made!
Here is my 3 year old after just making a xylophone and now stamping out a song to play on it – she is so proud!
Whoever the creators are at Kiwi crate – they know how to have fun!
I continue to be amazed that after 6 years of getting their boxes, they are still pumping out such creative, engaging projects.
Here is my 3 year old who just did a bug themed box. She made a bug costume and is playing a bug matching game – with delight!
My middle child got a box with a medieval theme. She put together a cardboard castle, a “fire breathing” dragon wagon, and a catapult. You can also see the little cardboard characters that the catapult is supposed to knock down – so fun!
Lastly, here is my oldest daughter. She received a box with a gravity theme. She built a car completely powered by gravity – watch this awesome video:
Besides the science and engineering of putting together the car and understanding what makes it go, she also did some drip art to demonstrate gravity:
***Messy art tip: We have a couple of my husband’s short sleeve button down shirts that we made into smocks. Put the shirt backwards on your child and button the top bottom – ta da!
The above pictures are a lot of fun, but I don’t miss the areas where they are learning.
The are all learning the value of reading and following specific directions in order to make something great! That’s a big deal for my younger kids!
They are learning art techniques I would never think to teach.
They are being exposed to areas of STEM that make my kid excited about learning, building things, and how things work.
What more could a homeschool mom want?!
If you are thinking about getting a Kiwi Crate, I hope this answered any and all questions you may have from a mom who has opened quite a few of them!
If you are still teetering on the edge of deciding, I have great news!
When you use Promo Code –Share30 – you can get your first Kiwi Crate for 30% off!
Click here –Kiwi Website – to head over and pick your homeschool up a box of awesome!