Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kiwi Crate is Great

A couple of weeks ago my sister Lucy came over and made salty, pinkish playdough with my children while I did my dishes. When the last pot was scrubbed and wiped thoroughly for drying I turned around to see my Chief at the dinner table intensely rolling out warm dough, flattening it out back and forth, readying it for the imprint of his beloved dinosaur cookie cutter.

It surprised me.

I don't do much crafts with my kids. We have an industrial-size roll of butcher paper for the kids to roll out and scribble on, paint over, glue to death, and sometimes we make sugar cookies for our own creative and gestational pleasures, but crafts? Not so much.

Seeing The Chief so enamored with this project, using his hands and head simultaneously made me think I was missing opportunities to create with my children. And Ever is our inhouse artist, always calling for colors and paper, colors and paper, colors and if paper won't do then the gold walls in the living room will.


[Cue Ever: eating salty, pinkish playdough.]

Last week BlogHer asked if I'd like to check out Kiwi Crate, children's craft company with a really big idea: every month your children receive a box in the mail with two to three craft projects inside. Together, you sit down and make something. Something  pretty, or scientific, or imaginative.

I was intrigued, and coupled with my latest findings on The Chief's interest in handiwork, I said I'd check it out.
On my birthday I told The Chief and Ever they had a present to open. We're trying to wipe the term "holy crap!" from my son's vocabulary so instead he said, "holy gosh!" seven times on the way to the table. The boy was beyond excited.

Then this happened:


I want to add that this is an excellent way to build a cache of craft material. After we made the rocket and the space mobile we had MORE THAN enough tape, paper, planets to make more pieces of art. It's cheaper too. Brilliant.

Check out Kiwi Crate here!

24 comments:

Darla said...

My oldest is a boy and then I had two girls. We never did ANY crafts! We were always focusing on my oldest and his need to expend energy-OUTSIDE. I was the best boy mom (I thought). And then the girls came and the need to stay inside more..read, cut, color, paint, CREATE. It's been fun.., but I'm still not where my two girls (ages 6 and 4) would like me to be in the creative department. Good luck!

Leslie Jam said...

Okay I love the Chief's little voice. Dolls I tell you DOLLS!

alanna said...

ooooohhhh...brilliant. I just made a commitment to do more crafts with my kids. I announced it on my blog for extra accountability. But after finger-painting, jello jigglers, and sidewalk chalk I'm already out of ideas. :)

Natasha said...

This crate is so awesome my son watched the video of your kids doing it THREE times. Sadly they don't seem to ship to Canada :( Boo.

Cynthia said...

Courney, this is SUCH a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion! Plus...that little man of yours is such a sweetheart. His little responses just melted my heart ;)

Melinda said...

The Chief melts my heart! Such a sweet boy! I love when he's painting and says "I'm doing it!" and then when he's talking about the sparkly paint, so cute! Apparently I need to see if my boys would like playdoh huh?

mamagale said...

I love that Ever was painting herself! Too cute! Homemade play-doh was a favorite at our house with my eight yahoos. Even the teenagers couldn't resist joining in when they were older. This "craft by mail" is a great idea--I'm going to look into it for my grandkids.

WASHINGTON SOUTHWORTHS said...

My son was fascinated watching the video and asked, "are they a family in our ward?" He was a little disappointed when I said that you lived in Utah, but close to Christine (my sister, his auntie) - he then asked, "well, can we go to their house next time and see their rockets and planets??" :) He's always up for meeting new friends.

Also, don't think I've ever commented, but I have been enjoying your blog for about a year now.

Amelia said...

I love that you call him "goose" and "goosey." That's what I call my kids too. They are lovely children: Nice work you two! They will always be your greatest craft project.

ClarkCanoodles said...

My baby boy is turning 11 today..... watching this video made me all weepy because I remember those sweet moments when he had the same expressions and questions as your little Chief. Life moves so quickly and I'm so grateful for the times we crafted, created, cooked and cuddled. Just in case no one has told you today--you are an inspiration Courtney. Thank you for sharing so much of who you are.

Domestic Diva said...

So adorable and I loved hearing the Chief's little voice (okay, so I have no idea what his actual name is!). Wish they shipped to Canada - we are a house of crafter's with an uncreative mommy who could use the help!

Kathleen Jackson said...

On a day I was feeling like less than a steller mom, this comes to me. So what I needed, and your kids are adorable. Thanks for cheering me up. Fun to watch

Kathleen Jackson
in texas

Delightful Domestic Science said...

I didn't want that video to be done!

Becca said...

LOVE THIS! I just signed my boy up.

Creole Wisdom said...

I think that kit is awesome! I would of loved something like that as a kid, go figure, I like to craft as an adult now.

The Chief's voice is so sweet. I love how he asked if he could rip the tissue paper.

Lee-Ann said...

Wow, that is really cool. My kids would love that!

Amy said...

You guys are ALL too cute :)

caplansinbotswana said...

I love that we were able to experience this craft with your kids! Super precious. Thank you.
One little piece of advice from a long time teacher: instead of praising with "good job" (we all do it) try to offer your children specific praise e.g. "you are painting the ball with nice brush strokes" or "the colors you chose look really good together!" Just a thought.

theresa said...

I just cried a little. My son had the same sweet voice, quizzical manner and innocence. I used to play Thomas the Tank and do crafts with him (and his five sibs) He is now 18, graduates in a few short weeks. Sigh.... Cliche, I know , but it goes so fast.

Martha said...

this is pretty much the only way i will ever craft with my kids. thank you! they may have a chance at becoming creative humans afterall! (ever in the last shot made me LOL. LOL!!)

Bethany said...

Was Ever painting HERSELF there at the end? She any my second-born would get along smashingly. :)

If we lived in the country, I would love to sign up for this. It might actually get me to do crafts with my girls instead of crying each time they ask to make something.

Tehmi said...

I showed Kevin the video and he immediately signed the girls up! Thanks for the recommendation!

Pat Stika said...

One time, a guy was looking at photographs my hubby had taken and remarked, "WOW, you must have a really good camera!". We laugh about that 'cuz we know the tool is just one part of the end result, it's the eye behind the camera that brings it all together.
This video, along with the other C.Jane vlogs, to be sure, shows what a great job Chup does with his "really good camera"!.
The fact that he has such a beautiful and lovely family to document doesn't hurt, of course.
Thanks for helping make this world a better place, and love this Kiwi product. I will definitely recommend.

Reenie said...

How adorable.