KiwiCo July 2020: Kiwi Crate’s marvellous marble timer

The team at KiwiCo believe that creative confidence helps kids think BIG. Created to celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity, the KiwiCo team want to make it fun, easy, and delightful for families to spend time together. We chose the Kiwi Crate for 5-8 year olds, which includes a ‘Maker Project’ and features additional online DIY ideas.

What was in the box?

  • Make your own marble timer kit, including marbles
  • Wood dye kit, including cups, dye and wooden charms
  • explore! activity magazine.

Marble timing

This was so much fun! We really loved the fact you could change it and see how that affected the timings. Ours measured 16 seconds for all the marbles to fall, but when we moved some of the paddles, it took 11 seconds. The instructions were easy to follow and we especially liked that you could use this as part of the second activity.

Dip dye wood art

It was lovely to have one slightly more science-based activity and one more creative and artistic. We really enjoyed using the timer to time how long each piece was dipped in the dye for. The final pieces came out so well and we’ve been looking for other ways we can dip dye wood as we really liked the effects.

explore! magazine

The magazine that comes with this box is also brilliant. A mix of fun and learning with ideas to inspire, we loved looking through this together. It also featured additional themed make ideas which we look forward to exploring later.


Our score: 10.0/ 10

At around £15 a month, these are slightly more expensive than most subscription boxes aimed at under 8's, but the quality of the materials more than makes up for this. My son has come back to the marble timer several times since we made it and even did a video about it for his YouTube channel. Its wonderful to see him so engaged in the activities and we definitely recommend KiwiCo.

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money10
  • Selection of products10

How would you rate KiwiCo ?

Rating: 3.2/5. From 312 votes.
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