We have a winner of a pandemic stay at home gift for our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter!
I bought a 3 month subscription for the 2-4 year old Koala Crate from Kiwi Co and she got the first one just in time to play with her slightly older cousin. They can visit because their grandmother is helping babysit at both homes on alternating weeks as all the parents are working full time from home. Same germ pool.
Turns out he has been getting the crates for a long time although he gets one for older kids now. So he got to show her how it all worked and they did 2 projects together. I got a photo of them beaming after finishing the first one! Her Mom said they were so happy. Win!
We FaceTimed them yesterday testing out my new iPad in the process. She showed us what she had made and what was left do do in the crate. Then we got a tour of the vegetable garden she is helping put in in their back yard. It has taken a while but they have found their stride to having her home full time in addition to working.
Koala Crates are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) projects aimed at the targeted age group. Including a book is an add on which I did as she loves books.
Her first kit was themed about rainbows. So the whole thing is like what a good pre-school would do to teach with multiple activities around a theme.
The first project they did was make a rainbow pillow where you had to put the rainbow decoration on in the right order. Then there was an easy dyeing project that taught color transfer using tissue paper and a small tote bag. There is a third one but I don't know what it is yet.
I only did 3 months to see how it goes and also to see if there is time for something like this once her pre-school is back in session. I expect we will be continuing it though and just segue into the next age group as needed.