I don’t think this is actually May’s Koala Crate , but that’s when I received it for review so I’ll just go with it. 😉 The theme was “Rainforest” and my girls thought it was awesome!
If you’re new to them, Koala Crate is a children’s subscription box from the same company who runs Kiwi Crate. While Kiwi Crate is for kids ages 4 through 8, Koala Crate is geared towards younger tots ages 3 to 4.
Every month, Koala Crate sends your little one a box packed full of fun and education activities. Each crate will be based around a different theme and include a variety of art supplies, crafts, learning materials, and more. You’ll also receive a parent’s guide to help them complete each project. Every crate comes with a copy of “Imagine!” magazine (created in partnership with Highlights for Children) full of stories, games, and other engaging content for your preschooler.
Koala Crate subscriptions are $19.95/month (shipping included), or less with 6- and 12-month commitments. — For a limited time, you can save 30% on your first box with coupon code “SUMMERTIME“.
Let’s see what’s in the May 2016 Koala Crate!
The little yellow “crate”!
A peek inside.
A detailed instruction booklet lists all of the projects, the materials needed for each one, directions, and more. There were 3 different activities for this month with additional play ideas. The main activities were “Butterfly Puppet”, “Musical Rainstick”, and “Balancing Tree Game”. Each activity is rated in terms of grownup involvement and overall messiness.
Butterfly Puppet included all of the materials needed to decorate your own butterfly puppet friend (and a caterpillar too!). Provided were a super soft felt “body”, various felt sticker shapes, and google eyes.
The girls took turns carefully placing each felt sticker onto the butterfly’s wings.
The puppet was designed so that you could tuck in the wings and turn the butterfly into a caterpillar. — Of course, he needed to be decorated as well. I was a little leery about the eyes staying put as you flipped him back into a butterfly, but so far so good.
The girls loved their new butterfly friend!
Musical Rainstick was a fun little project that involved creating a rainstick using a cardboard tube, plastic lids, and some wooden beads. A tabbed insert card allowed the “rain” to fall inside the tube, while the rainforest stickers added a colorful touch.
Decorating the rainstick.
There’s no “finished” photo of the rainstick because it’s also used in the next project…
Balancing Tree Game:
Balancing Tree Game utilized the completed rainstick, along with a cardboard tree topper, green pom poms, tweezers, and a plastic lid. A felt leaf pouch was provided to hold all of the game materials when not in use.
The cardboard topper needed to be affixed to the top of the rainstick to form the tree. Once assembled, you were to place one pom pom on the tree at a time using the plastic tweezers. The goal was to get as many up in the tree as you could without having it fall over.
The girls absolutely loved the game and it was great for honing their fine motor skills.
Imagine! Magazine – Koala Crate partners with Highlights every month to create little activity books for each box based on that month’s theme. It has stories, games, riddles, coloring pages, and more.
We had SO much fun with this Koala Crate box! The girls love their new butterfly/caterpillar friend and they’ve even played the balancing tree game again in the days after making it. Success! 🙂
Remember — For a limited time, you can save 30% on your first box with coupon code “SUMMERTIME“. (Includes Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate, & Tinker Crate too!)
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.