Raising children is not without its challenges. With so many toys, tablets, and passing fads vying for their attention, it can feel like an uphill battle to provide your kids with enriching, educational activities that they actually enjoy. It can also be daunting to spend money on expensive arts and craft supplies that just end up gathering dust in the closet. That’s where KiwiCo comes in, providing fun and educational material for children through monthly children’s activity boxes, available in Australia.
KiwiCo’s mission is to provide fun learning for children of all ages, inspire excitement, curiosity and moments of discovery, and inspire a lifelong interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
What is KiwiCo?
KiwiCo specializes in monthly and bi-monthly subscription-based educational products for children of all ages and interests. They offer a range of handy activity kits designed to stimulate children’s learning through fun and creative projects. Each box is tailored for different age groups and focuses on different themes including science, technology, art, math, cooking and more.
The goal of KiwiCo is to give children the opportunity to explore and learn about different topics while encouraging creativity, problem-solving skills and critical thinking. The company’s subscription model typically includes regular delivery of new kits, allowing children to experience new activities and challenges over time.
What’s in a KiwiCo box?
There are nine types of KiwiCo crates, offering a wide variety of options for kids of all ages, even newborns (and the young at heart). So the answer to this question depends on your choice. In each box you’ll find project materials, detailed instructions, and learning content (with an option for additional reading materials, see KiwCo Deluxe below).
Three examples of Eureka boxes with projects that focus on engineering and design
Photo credit: KiwiCo
One of the most popular crates for teens is the Eureka crate, which can cost as little as A$40.93 per month and contains projects that involve teaching engineering and design principles. Because KiwiCo offers a recurring service, you’ll receive a new set of puzzles, games, and more each month depending on the crate you choose. An exception is the Panda Crate for Babies and Toddlers, which comes every two months with two months’ worth of products.
Click on one of the links below for a breakdown of the nine KiwiCo crates to choose from:
Photo credit: KiwiCo
How much does KiwiCo cost?
The KiwiCo boxes are delivered monthly. Depending on your level of commitment, there are different pricing options, from monthly payments to an annual subscription (which saves you a significant amount over the course of the year). The nine different options all vary in price, but the numbers below are representative of one of KiwiCo’s most popular project boxes: The Tinker box, built for older children, ages 9 to 14, with a focus on science and technology.
Monthly – A$66.67/Month (Save $6.07/month)
3 months – A$33.33/Month (Save $27.33/month)
6 months – A$30.30/Month (Save $72.89/month)
12 months – A$28.09/Month (Save $172.21/month)
Another example is the panda crate, designed for newborns aged 0-36 months to celebrate toddlers’ natural creativity and curiosity. Unlike the standard boxes, these are delivered every two months:
1 box – A$66.67/every 2 months
3 boxes – A$190.89/every 6 months (Save $9.11)
6 boxes – A$337.13/every 12 months (Save $62.87)
12 boxes – A$28.09/every 24 months (Save $182.23)
Prices may vary (as of August 2023). Savings are shown in comparison to a one-month gift box.
What is KiwiCo Deluxe?
For avid readers (or those in need of a little nudge), KiwiCo also offers KiwiCo Deluxe Packs, which are an add-on to the standard KiwiCo Crates. KiwiCo Deluxe adds a handpicked book each month, specifically chosen to complement the project included in your base box. This is a great way to increase fun and learning while also building your child’s library and doubling down on the lessons each project tries to teach. KiwiCo Deluxe Subscriptions are an additional A$16.63/month and are available for all KiwiCo lines except Yummy Crate, Maker Crate and Eureka Crate.
KiwiCo Crates is an exciting, recurring, fun-filled crate that caters to children of all ages and interests. Above we’ve mainly focused on the boxes for tweens and older people, with activities focused on enriching a young scientific mind. A major advantage of KiwiCo’s product lines, however, is the variety of topics and the level of complexity for children of different ages, abilities and interests. The Yummy Crate is a particularly impressive option that can be used to teach important cooking and food science lessons to growing children. Additionally, the panda crate is a fantastic starting point for newborns and toddlers, which can take a lot of pressure off new parents when they’re struggling to find fun, colorful activities that don’t spoil their heads.
For more information on KiwiCo Crates, the nine product lines, KiwiCo Deluxe and more, visit the website here.