KiwiCo Doodle Crate Textured Clay Luminaries
This year’s first Kiwi crate for my daughter came right in time for the days that she had virtual learning. She loves arts and crafts and is always happy with her Doodle crate, which fits her personality perfectly. This love is especially heightened on those boring days when she is not going to school.
Kiwi crates, in my opinion, are the best things that could’ve happen to us during this seemingly never ending pandemic. Kids stay home not only because there are no playdates, but also because it’s cold outside and end up faithfully spending their time on devices of all sorts. This is so very sadly true about my kids. And there is not much I can do, unless I turn into a home police and patrol their rooms non-stop, which I have no desire to do.
Long story short – I love our $19.99 monthly Kiwi crates for both of my kids. Each crate means a few hours of activities that all involve some elements of STEAM. That also means that I have nothing to do, but take pictures of my engaged kids doing what they love best – having fun. Besides just having fun, they also learn something useful in the process and that to me is priceless.
My son gets Tinker crate and loves it not any less than my daughter does her Doodle crate. We started with just a 3 month subscription, but have been extending it because kids don’t want to hear about stopping the crates.
Everything their projects need is provided – high quality paper supplies, building materials, batteries, glue, and water colors. The only things they ever needed from home were scissors, plastic wrap, zip bag, and sticky tape. This is why KiwiCo has 100% approval rate from me and will continue to do so in the future.
This month’s project was making textured clay luminaries out of air-dry resin clay, so no heat treatment or anything like that was needed. This project also spans over a few days, because drying time is needed, so she is busy for a while. To tell the truth, the project is still not fully finished, but I was anxious to share the experience so far.
The project itself is rather simple and even kids younger than my 10 year old would be able to do it all by themselves. The clay that is provided has to be split into two parts, so two luminaries can be made.
The separated clay then has to be rolled out and decorated with wavy or pointy edge and textured surface. The clay is very soft and is pleasure to work with.
Once the pattern is finished, it takes 1-2 days to get the clay to harden. After that it’s time to paint it with included water colors. This is where the imagination can really blossom! There are patterns and ornaments that can be painted or entire landscapes created on the sides of the luminaries.
At the end of the project, when the luminaire is dry, it’s time to pull away the protective plastic wrap and place the provided tea light inside of it. We like tea candles and have plenty of them at home, so we will be using them instead to light up and warm up our February evenings at our round dinner table.
One of the best things about KiwiCo projects is that they all are long-lasting and not wasteful. These luminaries will serve us for a while unlike some crafts that kids might enjoy doing, but then have no further use for them.
Thank you, KiwiCo, and continue as you are for us and thousands of other kids, who still have to survive these years of 2020 and 2021!