Each Atlas Crate provides immersive, hands-on experiences that connect kids creatively and intellectually with unfamiliar lands and people. You’ll receive globally inspired projects and activities that explore world cultures and help your child to develop an appreciation for other cultures. Every crate will include high quality materials and kid-friendly step-by-step illustrated instructions, along with collectible cards and stickers to create a special keepsake book. Atlas Crates are designed for children ages 6 through 11.
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Subscriptions are $19.95/month, or less with multi-month commitments. — For a limited time, you can save 50% on your first month’s box with coupon code “SPOOKY“!
Let’s check out KiwiCo’s October 2018 Atlas Crate!
Everything was shipped in a purple cardboard “crate” with the Atlas Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
A fold-out envelope — held together with a neat string closure — contained materials to get your child started on their journey of the world.
The first Atlas Crate you’ll receive is the “World Crate”, which has your child exploring the seven continents. They’ll get to take a world map challenge, make trail mix, build their own spinning globe, start their Atlas Adventure Book, and receive an official Atlas button.
Your child will also be introduced to Anya the Cricket and Milo the Sandpiper as they journey from country to country exploring local cultures, foods, traditions, and more.
World Map Challenge
The first activity was the World Map Challenge, which was a great introduction to maps and learning about basic navigational skills. Children will learn how to use a map key & compass rose, practice latitude & longitude, go on a global scavenger hunt, and more. A large map of the world was included, as well as a quiz to apply what your child learned.
My girls are at the youngest target age for Atlas Crate (6), so they weren’t quite ready to embrace latitude and longitude. They did, however, enjoy exploring the map and trying to find where we live.
Build Your Own Spinning Globe
The main “craft”/project for this box was building a little spinning globe, complete with self-adhesive felt continents. A full-color booklet included detailed step-by-step instructions along with relevant facts about the equator, hemispheres, latitude & longitude, and more.
The first step was to snap the two halves of the globe together.
Next, we needed to match the felt continent shapes to the drawings in the info booklet and apply them to the appropriate spots on the globe.
A tiny felt heart was provided to mark where we live. Cute!
The completed globe!
Did I mention that it spins? 😉
Atlas Adventure Book
Each Atlas Crate features seven Atlas Cards highlighting each country’s geography, customs, landmarks, history, and foods. This first box (the World Crate) includes cards for each of the seven continents, highlighting interesting facts about each one. Metal rings were also provided to keep all of the cards together for this and future boxes.
Checking out the completed book. The girls loved learning about some of the interesting creatures that live on each continent. — Especially New Zealand’s giant meat-eating snail that’s the size of a fist. Ew!
Milo’s Marvelous Trail Mix
Also included in the Adventure Book was a recipe card for making “Milo’s Marvelous Trail Mix”. The kid-friendly recipe called for banana chips, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, pepitas, and sunflower seeds. While it sounds incredibly easy to make, my super picky kids would likely end up just picking out the chocolate chips and leaving everything else for me. 😉
Once all of the activities have been completed, your child can then earn an official Atlas Crate button as a souvenir.
Atlas Crate is a great subscription box for introducing children to geography and different cultures around the world. My daughters enjoyed constructing the globe and learning about the seven continents. The presentation was great and all of the instructions were easy to follow. A great way to get kids interested in learning about other places/cultures while having fun at the same time. 🙂 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 50% on your first month’s box with coupon code “SPOOKY“!
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome