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Thursday, July 05 2012 12:30

Review: KIWI CRATE and their Space Exploration Kit...

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A few weeks back, you might recall that I mentioned KIWI CRATE as being a cool idea for busy parents. The basic overview is that for $20 a month (available monthly or by 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions), Kiwi Crate will send you and your child a selection of crafts to do - each carefully prepared and packaged with all the materials that you need to do them. You get to spend time doing crafts and cut out running around the store looking for all the different components, which could easily add up to $20 or more anyway. Each project is chosen by a group of parents, then kid-tested before they go on-sale. Well, Kiwi Crate was kind enough to send us a "Space Exploration" crate, and here's The Rock Father experience.

Unboxing the crate, everything is neatly packed and wrapped in tissue:
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A quality pair of children's scissors by Fiskars were right on top:
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The two projects included were a "My Rocket" and "My Space Mobile." We opted for the rocket first. This was the simpler of the two projects, with materials included to make several little "blow-gun" style rockets. Addie really enjoyed making them fly across the room.
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The big project was the mobile, and we did this in three spurts. Since we were making a complete "galaxy" with a Sun, Moon, Earth, and Stars, each required paint on at least two sides. We worked for awhile, then let a side dry. Then we came back a few hours later and did the other side. Later that night, Mom joined the fun and helped assemble the final project - which could be done with included string, or with colorful pipe cleaners. Nothing trumps sparkly pipe cleaners. See a full gallery below:


Overall, Kiwi Crate is a fun, affordable way to spend an afternoon, and comes highly recommended.

Get yours at http://www.kiwicrate.com

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The Rock Father Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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