KiwiCo koala crates review (2021) – Best subscription for toddler’s toys

by Holly
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Kiwico Koala Crate Summary

kiwico koala crate

Our Verdict

koala crate for me is an easy and convenient way to build, explore, and create projects together with my toddler.

This is why I put this review together. To show you how to inpire your toddler's creativity and curisoty through fun hands-on activities.

In the world of flashing toys and overstimulating gadgets, doing fun and educational activities with your toddler is more difficult than ever.

Thanks to Kiwico, hand-on fun projects delivered to the doorstep have sparked learning and fostered creativity for toddlers around the world.

But what’s included in these crates? Will my toddler like it? It it worth subscribing to?

In this honest review, you’ll learn all about Kiwico koala crates, and how they can benefit your toddler.

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure.

What are KiwiCo crates?

KiwiCo crate is a monthly subscription that delivers hands-on projects to kids from 0 – 14+ years old. These are enriching STEAM projects that are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning.

Every crate you receive has different themes. For our koala crates, we have received rainbow, insects, music, transportation, bioluminescence, rainforest, reptiles, and more.

All projects, inspiration, and activities are created by a team of product designers in-house in Mountain View, CA and rigorously tested by kids. 

KiwiCo offers eight different product lines spanning a variety of interests and age ranges. Here is a breakdown:

Panda Crate

 0 - 24

months old

helps babies learn by doing what they do best — playing, exploring, and interacting with the adults in their lives

Koala Crate

 2 - 4

years old

fun hands-on activities to engage the natural curiosity and creativity of toddlers in play-based learning

Kiwi Crate

 5 - 8

years old

fun hands-on projects that explore art, science, and engineering

Atlas Crate

6 - 11

years old

sparks kids’ sense of adventure and curiosity, inspiring them to see themselves as citizens of the world

Tinker Crate

9 - 16+

years old

allows young innovators to discover and learn about science, engineering, technology, and math through hands-on activities

Doodle Crate

9 - 16+

years old

invites young designers to build creative confidence by experimenting with art & design techniques 

Eureka Crate

14+

years old

apply principles of science and math to engineer solutions

Maker Crate

14+

years old

experiment with a new technique, draw inspiration from real designs, and take pride in a finished project

What comes in a Koala crate? The magic inside the box

The activities that come in the crates monthly have different themes.

The materials for the crafts, an instructions guide and a bonus magazine are all perfectly packed in each crate.

Materials needed for 3 activities

what comes in a koala crate
craft materials within the glowing creatures crate

Materials that come inside the crate will be used to make 3 different activities within the same theme. For example, the crate we received on glowing creatures will have materials that will make a jellyfish, a glowing mushroom, and a firefly.

What’s so clever about KiwiCo is that some of the materials will be shared between the activities. The glowing stickers will be used on the jellyfish and a glowing mushroom in this example.

Everything is very kid-friendly in that there’s nothing rough, sharp, or toxic. Each piece is big enough for the little hands to maneuver but small enough for some fine motor practicing.

Illustrated instructions guide

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illustrated step-by-step instructions guide

The step-by-step instructions guide is extremely easy to follow. The illustrated steps are very detailed and cute. My toddler can follow most of the instructions just by looking at the illustrations.

Each step also has a detailed explanation for us adults to follow. The instructions guide also tells you creative ways on how to play with the finished toys.

What I love about the instructions guide is that it provides a summary of how messy each project is and how much grownup involvement is needed. I can choose which activity to work on depending on how much time we have and if I’m up for cleaning up later.

koala crate toys instructions
a little summary on what the projects are

Imagine! magazine

Imagine! is a mini educational magazine that is filled with engaging stories and games.

kiwico koala crate review

This little booklet expands upon the theme by including photos, games, stories, and more projects.

We’ve learned so much about the rainforest, for example, by reading the stories and facts from the magazine. These magazines we’ve accrued over the months have become part of our book collection now!

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more fun activities and crafts ideas inside the imagine! magazine

Koala crate pros and cons


All of the projects are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. It is evident that lots of research and thoughts have been put into designing these crates by KiwiCo.

Throughout the process of creating, my toddler is exposed to new materials, tools and concepts.

Since the materials are very high-quality, he still plays with the toys he created months after months.

Koala Crates Pros and Cons

✅  Age appropriate

✅  Sparks creativity, tinkering, and learning

✅  Perfect for parent-child bonding time

✅  High quality material. Toys are reusable

⛔  Price

As for drawbacks, I honestly can’t think of anything I don’t like about these koalas crates.

If I were to name one thing, I would say it’s the price.

Sure, these materials probably don’t cost $20 if you were to curate at your craft supply store.

But for a busy mama like myself, it is worth it for me to spend that extra dollar to have everything delivered to my doorstep.

Koala crate examples

The Rainbow-themed crate is the very first crate we received. My toddler immediately picked up the colorful felt rainbow stickers and started making his own rainbow cloud pillow. He was able to complete this activity with very little guidance from me.

All I did was to help him stuff the fibers and perfectly lined up the velcro closure at the bottom of the pillow.

This activity is really good for fine motor development as my toddler places the rainbow stickers on top of each other.

kolala crate rainbow examples

The second thing we made was the rainbow tote bag.

This is such a creative activity that exposed my toddler to color-mixing by designing and dyeing a rainbow tote bag. Colorful papers are placed on the white tote bag. And with dabs of water, the colors are transferred to the tote bag creating a tide-dyed effect!

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Within this crate, we also created a stained glass landscape using colorful squares and cut-out shapes of mountains and trees. Through creating toys from this crate and reading the accompanying magazine, we discovered how rainbows are formed and learned all the colors in the rainbow.

In this bioluminescence crate, we made a firefly, glowing mushroom and jelly fish.

All of these creatures light up after dark!

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In this insects crate, we’ve made a bug dress-up, a ladybug pouch with a mini kaleidoscope, and an insects matching game.

My toddler loves to dress up in his bug costume and we’ve received so many complements playing in the park with it!

kiwico koala crates bug

Our latest crate – reptiles!

This is the snake we made. Included in the this month’s crate is a plushy snake, turtle treasure box, and a chameleon.

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How much do KiwiCo Koala crates cost per month?

Koala crates is a monthly subscription. I usually get charged a couple of days before the crates are shipped out. And I receive them within a week after it’s shipped.

If you choose to be billed month by month, it’ll be $19.95 per month. You get to save more the longer you subscribe to their crates. You can cancel your subscription anytime.

Below is the current cost for Koala crates.

kiwico koala crates pricing
Source: KiwiCo. Price as of May 2021.

Are Koala crates worth it?

If you are looking for an easy and convenient way to build, explore, and create projects together with your child, Koala crates are for you.

My toddler was never into arts and crafts but he loves every single activities that comes in these crates.

And that’s not it.

The finished toys are high quality and interactive. To this day, he still plays with the toys he made from our very first crate!

Whether you are a busy mama looking for more ways to bond with your toddler, or a parent seeking toys that stimulate thinking and enthusiasm for learning, KiwiCo Koala cates will live up to your standards.

Where to buy

Kiwico only sells its products directly on its website. All subscriptions include free shipping and they have discounts all the time. Just use the promo code provided by their website.

I hope you’ll find this review helpful.

If you have additional questions about our experience with koala crates, leave a comment below!

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