S.T.E.M. in a Box

S.T.E.M. in abox

Our 10-year-old daughter loves to tinker. She has always been a builder, loves to discover how things are made, and is happy as can be with a set of instructions, engaging materials, and interesting tools. In fact, she gets giddy every time her Kiwi Crate arrives in the mail. We’ve been subscribers for years… She grabs the package, ventures off to our atelier and comes out an hour later with multiple projects she has completed. So when Kiwi Crate reached out to tell me about their newest products for older kids, I was happy to help spread the word!

They have expanded their offerings to include:

  • Koala Crate for 3 to 4 year olds
  • Doodle Crate for 9 to 16 year olds, which is full of fun DIY projects (I think this will be perfect for my oldest daughter)
  • Tinker Crate for 9 to 14 year olds, which offers hands-on S.T.E.M. experiments

I decided to try the Tinker Crate first, as I thought that it would be the perfect way to nurture my youngest daughter’s inner engineer.



Tinker Crate helps kids gain crucial S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills through hands-on activities that are also seriously fun. Every crate includes all the materials and inspiration for a super-cool project related to a theme such as motors, trebuchets, or slime. Crates are designed to help kids build their problem solving skills and to gain the confidence and curiosity to tackle problems where there’s no one right answer.

As soon as the package arrived, Ella got busy and worked independently for approximately 45 minutes… After coming up against a minor set-back, the 45 minutes turned into 90 minutes of building, experimenting, re-building, and problem solving. An hour and a half of time that this Mom felt great about! Priceless…


I know it sounds odd, but I loved that Ella couldn’t make the motor work on her first try. She stuck with it, re-read the directions, and discovered that they had a great video she could watch to help her trouble shoot. What a great lesson in perseverance!



Tinker Crates really do offer S.T.E.M. in a box—and I don’t have to search all over the hardware store for parts that I’ve never heard of. NICE! Needless to say, it will make the perfect gift for her. She’s ready and eager to take her Kiwi Crate experience to the next level!

Don’t you think this book is the perfect complement?

Things Come Apart


Good news! Kiwi Crate is offering Playful Learning readers $5 off your first crate with a new subscription to Kiwi, Koala, Doodle or Tinker Crate. Use Code: PL5off

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