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    Default Kiwi Crates - experience with?

    Hi!

    I am looking at the Kiwi Crates, specifically the Tinker Crates for 9+ yr olds.
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    Does anyone have any experience with this? I am trying to figure out what you get if you get a subscription. They give an example, but it doesn't list what projects are included in a subscription. (I'm contacting the directly and I'll report what I hear from them.)

    If you have used it, are you happy with the results? Quality supplies, good instructions?
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    We have had about 6 of the Tinker Crates. My son really enjoys them, although value for money...I'm still not sure. I like that something shows up every month that he's excited about and does something I probably wouldn't have put together. Last month was hydraulics. He made various little machines and we read about them (which was something we hadn't done before). The best one was slime at the end of last year, which was something I could easily have done, but he spent the whole of Thanksgiving making a slime lab and trying to make different kinds of slime.

    Usually you get one main project, and then a little book with other ideas of things to do and the theory behind the topic. The quality is mostly good (apart from the first one, which didn't work) and the instructions are clear and step by step. My son is only 7 so can't quite do them by himself, but a slightly older kid should have no trouble.
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    Im interested in them, too, but dubious about what they contain, why there isnt a listing of which projects one will get, etc.
    Also, the *automatic renewal* worries me. They dont make it easy to try one out, see if you like it.

    Im interersted in what they tell Mariam and in other people whove bought these, too!
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    We used to get Kiwi Crate. I held it a few times and to cancel I just called and left a message and it was sorted within a working day. OK, I'd prefer to be able to cancel online, but it wasn't difficult to do, no-one called me to try and talk me back into it or anything.

    I think they go more or less month to month on the content - is there nothing on the older crates that you can buy? (Although the crates other than Kiwi crate are new over the last 6 months so there might not be standalone boxes that you can buy). I thought you could buy one Kiwi Crate

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    My issue with this subscription service is the difficulty in canceling one's subscription. I've heard horror stories about it and that's something I'm not interested in.

    Personally, I'd be more inclined (and excited!) to put together my own kits monthly or get my engineer husband to do it.
    S - '06 and G - '05 - always homeschooled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misha View Post
    Personally, I'd be more inclined (and excited!) to put together my own kits monthly or get my engineer husband to do it.
    I looked at these boxes last year when we started HS'ing. But like Misha, I figured my husband could put together something just as good, or better. Also, my children like the idea of planning the box and gathering the supplies. However, we don't do it regularly. They don't put together a 'learning project' but they work on practical necessary projects with their dad. e.g. They built a pulley system to get bulky heavy things like patio furniture into the attic.

    So, I am glad to see this thread because I am once again considering the monthly Tinker Crates. I am not sure it is worth the cost, especially for two boxes. Maybe the projects they do with their dad, and the various physics kits, snap circuits, etc. we have are enough.
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    Do you think though that they would be worthwhile for a family that just wouldn't get around to creating those projects themselves ? Its one of those websites I keep coming across and I look through, think how cool they would be ( but I have 3 kids that would need differing levels) but then because of the cost I put it back into my reading list until I see another referral somewhere and look again and get excited and think" yes I am definitely going to try those....... maybe next month"

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    I have been thinking about this because I want to put together a physics curriculum for DS. I am waiting to hear back from kiwi.

    I think I might consider purchasing some books and putting together some things myself. I was hoping that Pandia Press would have their physics curriculum out by now, but it is taking too long for us.

    While the Legos simple machines is expensive, I think in the long run it will be a better deal.
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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    Check out science kits on Amazon....might be more bang for your buck and less commitment?

    Amazon.com: physics kit for kids
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    We've gotten 2 out of 3 and I won't be renewing. Eh. Dh and I are both engineers, but neither of us has bandwidth to put together something on a regular basis. I did part of a project with my 6yo, my 10yos haven't shown much interest. When I pay for something like that I want them EXCITED when it shows up. The kits are nice, and your ds might respond more enthusiastically to a monthly package addressed to him. Our kits come addressed to everyone (for fairness, right?) and I think that detracts a bit. Who knows.

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