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Gadget Friday: Kiwi Crates



    (Published Friday, July 19, 2013)

    Kiwi Crates are wine-of-the-month club for the elementary school set.  Each month a new crate (really a cardboard box) shows up at the child’s doorstep with a new craft inside.   Projects range from “stompy dinosaur feet” to seeds ready to plant in a handmade vase.

    The crates are the brainchild of Silicon Valley businesswoman Sandra Oh Lin.   The former eBay and Proctor and Gamble exec came up with the idea while trying to find good craft projects for her own children.   “I was collecting items for crafts and thought I might as well invite my friends and their kids to do it with me and one of the moms said ‘hey, you should start a business.’”
    Crates cost $19.95 a month for a cancel-anytime subscription, or $220 a year if paid up front.   Each crate contains several projects with all the materials needed.  The company offers a “sibiling add on” for an extra $7.95 a month to prevent jealousy and fights.
    There’s nothing in the box a creative parent couldn’t find at Michael’s Arts & Crafts of course, but the boxes’ unexpected arrival in the mail are an extra fun factor.