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Charlotte opened her newest KiwiCo crate today and once again, it was a win!
As a quick recap, KiwiCo crates are age-appropriate boxes of activities curated to help parents and kids have fun learning at home. KiwiCo crates come in eight age ranges, from 0 all the way up to 104. Depending on the age, crates ship every month or every other month.
KiwiCo Panda Crate: Play With Me
Charlotte gets the KiwiCo Panda crate every other month for educational and fun early learning at home. This month’s theme worked on:
- fine motor skills
- early math concepts
- independent play
I love that the boxes are sensory experiences. Charlotte always looks everything over on her own and starts to experiment with how they work. She turns the pieces over, tries to fit them together, and often takes a bite or two as well.
The Play With Me crate comes with everything you see here. I love the parent resources on the right, which always includes ideas to extend play for additional learning.
Peg Board with Beads and Bars
Charlotte was initially drawn to this peg board. She immediately recognized that the beads went into the pegs. It took her a little longer to realize the bars could also stack on top. Because she’s still putting things in her mouth, I appreciate that these are made of beechwood with nontoxic paint and varnish. They also came with a little storage bag and handle. Charlotte looooves purses right now, so she wasted no time carrying it around. So cute!
From a learning standpoint, there’s a ton to explore here. Matching shapes, counting, stacking, problem solving, etc. She’s working on spatial awareness and lots of early math skills, but she just thinks it’s fun.
It took Charlotte a little longer to catch on to this one, but after I dropped the ball inside a few times she was intrigued. There’s a little seesaw piece inside that toggles left or right to determine which way the ball will roll out. Then the ball really rolls on our wood floors, so she has to chase it down and start all over. She also experimented with dropping the ball in the OUT holes to see if it would still work. It doesn’t, so it was fun to watch her figure that out too. Hello, independent play!!
Carter, her 4.5 year old brother, also really enjoyed puzzling over this one.
Charlotte is still really into taking things in and out. She’ll empty the tissue box in two seconds flat, enjoys repeatedly moving pots and pans in and out of her kitchen sink, and girlfriend can dump a toy box like a pro too. For this reason, I was curious what she’d think of the ribbon pulls because they don’t actually come all the way out of the cube.
This cube is great for left/right coordination and color matching. She has to figure out to hold the cube steady with one hand and pull with the other. It’s also great to encourage her to do this with BOTH her left and right hands. You can see that she bent down in an attempt to get a better angle on it.
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