Kiwi Crate - Doodle Crate #review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I love products that inspire creativity in children of all ages. Kiwi Crate provides hours of fun hands-on learning and experience-based play through their Koala Crate for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate for ages 5-8, and Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate for ages 9-16+. The Doodle Crate, which I received, focuses on art and design, and this one in particular provided all materials and instructions to create a beautiful Stained Glass Suncatcher.
This Doodle Crate included a detailed instruction booklet, traceable patterns, a paint pen, translucent paints, three plastic circles of different sizes, chains and loops to connect the completed circles, a hanger, a paint spreader, and a suction cup to attach the suncatcher to a window. There was even a tack provided for popping bubbles that might appear in the paint during application. Kiwi Crate really thought of everything when designing this art kit.
The suncatcher patterns included in this Doodle Crate offered three different themes, as well as a blank pattern for those who wish to design their own. Since I live in Kansas, I decided to create a Kansas themed suncatcher and printed pictures from the internet for our state flower, state animal, and state bird. I printed the state bird in color to make sure I got authentic colors when I painted that circle.
I placed the plastic circles over each picture, taped it in placed, the traced them with the black paint pen. Once the paint dried, I went over some of the lines again to make them bolder. The paint pen is really easy to work with and I actually surprised myself with how well each one turned out. I traced a sunflower in the large circle, an Eastern Meadowlark in the medium circle, and a bison in the smallest circle, then filled the background with pattern so I could fill the entire circle with the translucent paint.
The translucent painting step takes time, spreading each color of paint between the lines. The translucent paint has a consistency like a cross between a waterpaint and a thin glue. The spreader that is included in this Doodle Crate is an excellent tool for applying the paint. I was even able to mix the purple and orange paint colors to make brown for my bird's wings. Once everything was dry, it took only minutes to assemble the suncatcher loops and chains, and hang it in my front window.
Kiwi Crate offers outstanding materials and truly interesting experiences for children. I am extremely impressed and absolutely recommend their products!
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1 comment:

  1. This is really cute. My niece loves doing stuff like this. I think she'd like Kiwi Crate.


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