Tinker Crate is a subscription kit for kids ages 9-16+ from the makers of Kiwi Crate that, like Kiwi Crate, comes with everything you and your child need to complete multiple projects based around a new theme each month. However, unlike Kiwi Crate, Tinker Crate projects focus less on crafts and more on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning and enrichment.
This month's theme for Tinker Crate is Paper Circuits, involving experiments with basic circuits that give your child a glimpse into the amazing world of electricity! The experiments teach them how to make their own paper circuit lanterns, try their skills at circuit-building challenges, and explore fascinating facts about how our world works!
While unpacking, my grandson and I took inventory of everything included: a role of conductive copper tape (9ft), three vellum lantern designs, fifteen LEDs in assorted colors, 9V battery, resistors, acrylic base set, glue stick, two robot circuit cards, battery connector, illustrated step-by-step blueprint, and an awesome science and engineering magazine - which was my grandson's favorite part of the whole kit!
After we explored the contents of the Paper Circuits kit, we discussed which experiment we would like to try first. He decided he would like to make a lamp for his mom so we agreed that would be the best place to start. Following the illustrated instructions, we started by folding the lantern and gluing it as needed. Next, we assembled a power base for the LED lamp to sit on using the battery, a transistor, the acrylic base, and some copper tape. Finally, he chose an LED color and affixed it another acrylic plate. With all the pieces assembled, he stuck the LED inside the lantern, set it on the power base and voila! We had light!
Kiwi Crate offers 4 types of crates: Tinker Crates (ages 9-16+), Doodle Crates (9-16+), Kiwi Crates (5-8), and Koala Crates (3-4). The kits are available as a monthly subscription with options for purchasing one box at a time, or in concurrent 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month increments. For more information about Kiwi Crates, please visit their website. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
This post is sponsored by Kiwi Crates as a part of the Insiders Program on Bloggy Moms. All opinions are my own.