Wednesday, March 14, 2012

God Love You, "Crafty Moms"

Confession, folks: I am absolutely, 100% NOT a "crafty" mom like so many of my friends. You know who I'm talking about...we all know them---those Moms who look like they have it all together every second of every hour. Those Moms who post adorable pics of their kids sitting quietly, doing their craft for the day. Well, KUDOS to you fine ladies! Seriously. I applaud you and only WISH I was more like you.

I just don't have the time, energy (or patience) to:
1) search the internet/books/Pinterest for craft ideas
2) go out and gather the necessary supplies (which can be very expensive!)
3) get all items organized & ready for the craft
4) sit 4 wild & crazy 4.5 yr old quadruplets down for "craft time"

Yah feel me?

But then something amazing like Kiwi Crate comes along to help obliterate my daily, guilty, "failure-as-a-Mom" feelings. It does all the work FOR you! SCORE!

Kiwi Crate is a fantastic monthly subscription service for kids~ dedicated to sparking children’s natural creativity and curiosity. Each month, an adorable box filled with plenty of materials and inspiration for 2-3 hands-on activities in art, science, crafts, or imaginative play will arrive on your doorstep.

Previous crate themes include: Dinosaurs, Gardening, Space and more. We received the SPACE crate! It was SOOOO cool. I mean, just look at all of this stuff!

Kiwi Crate projects are age-appropriate for boys and girls ages 3 to 7 and are designed to encourage discovery, exploration and expression. Each project is designed by moms, reviewed by child development experts, and, of course, tested by kids.

What does it cost? $19.95/mo (FREE SHIPPING!)
Types of subscriptions: month-to-month, annual, or gifted to others at (MONTH-TO-MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS CAN BE CANCELLED AT ANY TIME!)
Can I purchase additional materials for siblings? YES! Each single crate provides a generous amount of materials for one child - many of the projects, but not all, can accommodate two children. For an extra $7.95/mo the crate will include extra materials.
How often are Kiwi Crates delivered? monthly by mail~ addressed to the child/children (the Steece kiddos LOVED this!)

Here are our pictures from the first ever, "Steece Family Pajama & Craft Day!"~ perfect for our cold & rainy weekend.

The kids were SUPERexcited to open their special delivery!

The directions are ridiculously easy to follow

Going over the project details with the kiddos... they eagerly wait for the fun to begin!

First up, ROCKETS! The kids were THRILLED to find their very own rocket launchers (jumbo straws) in their favorite colors! (Drew-blue, Ethan- green, Savannah- pink, Ben- yellow)

It was so much fun to sit around the table as a family (yes, even Dad!) and work on these projects together! Something out of the ordinary, ya know?

Ben helping Mom cut the ribbon~ yep, the crate was complete with small scissors for the kids!

Mission completed!

Perfection! The kids were SO proud of their very own rockets!

Andrew, Ethan, Benjamin & Savannah

Benny trying to launch his red rocket

Sav blowing with all her might!

It was kinda funny, but the kids weren't able to blow hard enough to send their rockets into the air. They were pretty bummed...

But Daddy and Mama didn't have a problem with their rockets!

The kids kept trying and were finally able to get them flying.

Okay, so I have to admit that I'm not the most patient of Mommys. (I know, I know~ big surprise) I'm working on it. Craft time is STRESSFUL when you are working with FOUR, 4 year olds. (Side note: Teachers, you rock my world! I have the upmost appreciation for you). That is where my husband jumps right in for some much needed comedic relief while I regroup for the second activity.

Cookie break!

And now, on to our Space Mobiles!

I KNOW?!?!! RIGHT?!!! (sugar rush)

For this next part, I divided the kids up~ 2 by 2...mostly to maintain what little I have left of my sanity. Ben methodically painting away on his perfect planet

Sweet Savi and her colorful moon

I was beyond impressed with these two and their crafty abilities! Very cool to watch them in action.

God bless these two tweedles (my identicals)

They were more interested in playing with their Mama just HAD to jump in and finish their stars (twist my arm...I loved it!)

Letting it dry overnight...pretty cool looking solar system, eh? Very neat.

And voila! The boys' awesome mobile:

Sweet Savi's beautiful creation:

Aren't they cute?!! (The projects are purdy cute too)

The kids wanted their masterpieces to be showcased in their individual rooms.

My proud boys and their hanging artwork

The Kiwi Crate directions are complete with talking points about space, planets, etc. When we ate dinner, we talked in depth about the solar system and rockets. Online, there are even more "space" activities and an area where you can submit your very own project pictures!

Kiwi Crate makes it super easy and fun for you and your kids to start exploring, building, and creating. Together, you'll have a blast with the engaging projects that promote hands-on learning. Plus, your kids will love getting mail every month!

I was completely impressed with this product and highly suggest you trying it out! ($19.95/mo, and you can cancel at any time) The Steece Fam had such a fun experience together~ doing something out of the norm~ that we will most definitely subscribe for our monthly Kiwi Crate!

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Kelly said...

That's so awesome! I'm going to have to check them out... in a few years! Mad props - I have a hard time with my patients and I only have twins - you guys look like you have a lot of fun!!

Pam said...

Great Idea....especially for hard to buy for kids because they already have everything! Like my God Daughter! She's 4 I think I'll be sure she gets one of these every now and then.....and your children are just so are one of those who has it all together! Thank you for sharing! Your friend in East Texas, Pam.

The Murray Crew said...

Oh the joys of getting mail! Fun idea and I love educational value too!

Laughing that 3 of our boys have the same footie pjs. ;)

JKLMomof3 said...

VERY COOL, so wish they delivered to Canada. Hopefully they'll grow :)

Krista said...

I just found your blog yesterday and have so enjoyed reading it. I have read from the time you found out that you were carrying quads up until Oct 2007. I want to thank you for your honesty, humor and total love for your babies because I am currently 9.5 weeks with quads and still in the complete shock mode and haven't yet reached excitment because of being so scared. I have four year old twins and a 20 month old so I am not a first time mom and have done multiples but not this many!! I am also a nurse and work in the nicu. Thank you for allowing me to get a view of what the pregnancy and bedrest will look like.

You children are absolutely beautiful.


Jessica said...

What a cute idea! I need to look into this for my girls. Thanks for the heads up!

Anonymous said...

Very Cool... I have never heard of this... Will definitely be looking into subscribing!! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Honey said...

I just ordered a box, thanks to you! I only wish you could get credit somehow?

I've been wanting something like this for a long time and the price seems reasonable.

TamaraL said...

Very cool! Wish my kids were young enough to enjoy this. Your kids, as always, are adorable! I especially love that picture of them all being bummed...priceless!!!

Amy said...

Those look like so much fun! Everything in one kit is so nice with little ones running around.

BTW, you won my Swag Bag giveaway so email me your address to sometimescreative (at) yahoo (dot) com and I'll mail you off your goodies! Congrats!

Busana Muslim said...

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Lauren said...

Oh my freaking gosh. Are you an angel? I was JUST looking on my token "craft-a-day" Super Mom friend's blog feeling like the crappiest mother alive. I am SO not crafty. I would love this and am totally signing up for it! THANK YOU!!!

GonzoDeluxe said...

Whoever thought of this is BRILLIANT!

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