Thursday, July 20, 2017

Exploring the Science of Creativity with Kiwi Crates

Today we tried our first Kiwi Crate and we had so much fun!

So I know this is a craft blog, but I love how crafting and and science both give you the opportunity to create and learn. Earlier this year, as I was looking for things to do for the summer with Lil Monkey, I once again wandered over to the Kiwi Crate website and ordered a 3-month subscription so we could try it out this month (since June was filled with 5 weekly summer camps.)

This morning, Lil Monkey decided that he wanted to do the Arcade Pack. In it, there was instructions and materials to make a Crane and 2 yarn creatures. In the 30 minutes I used to clean up the table after breakfast, I heard a lot of the Toy Story "The Claw" references!! 

The kit included a set of instructions as well as a cartoon to related the project. Lil Monkey is 7-years-old, for reference, and he really had fun with the project. The instructions were easy to read and easy to follow. 

There supplies were organized and colored making them easy-to-find as my 7-year-old followed the directions.

He had such a sense of accomplishment when it was finally finished, despite his trying to negotiate for ME to do the project for him. It was a great opportunity to teach him that he has to do the work to get the benefits at the end. 

Once he had it finished, he ran around the house picking stuff up with his newly made claw. We had to have a talk about being too rough with it, but he loved it. Disclaimer *** it did not encourage my child to pick up any of his toys. We still have to work on that.

It's important to me that my son learn to explore science. He doesn't have to love it, but I don't want him to fear it. Science is all around us and I want my son to love exploring and trying new things.

We have two more projects, so I'll make sure to post those when we do them. If you have a curious child or just want to encourage them to experience hands-on projects, you should look into these kits. They have them for various age groups as well as both Science and Art packages.

Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!

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