This past Christmas my in-laws gifted my children with subscriptions to Kiwi Crate products. My 8-year-old son received the Atlas Crate.
Here are my thoughts about it.
Please note: These subscriptions are on our own/family’s dime. The opinions are my own. The links are affiliate links.
What is the Atlas Crate subscription?
The Atlas Crate part of the Kiwi Crate company of subscription boxes. Atlas Crate is a geography subscription box geared towards kids between the ages of 6 and 11 who are interested in learning about the world.
Each box includes at least information about the month’s focus country and a craft about that country.
Our Atlas Crate story
I actually decided to try out the Atlas Crate back in November. I planned to have my kids, ages 6 and 8, share one subscription. We received our first box, which was the perfect introduction box. It included a world map, information about each of the continents, a Barefoot Books World Atlas, and a fun crafty globe project.
My kids were immediately smitten.
A month later my in-laws gifted us a three-month subscription. Their subscription was for both the Atlas Crate and the Kiwi Crate. So each kid received one.
Suddenly we were receiving a lot of subscription boxes. I had some concerns.
What happens when you receive multiple subscriptions for the same subscription box?
TL;DR – KiwiCo fixed it.
My first area of concern was that we were going to receive the same box again. However, the first box we received from my in-laws gift was not the world edition, but the Japan box. Perfect.
The second area of concern was receiving two monthly Atlas Crate boxes with one Kiwi box. While we do really love the boxes, I thought it would be confusing to have two of one and one of the other. I needed to cancel my subscription.
I emailed Kiwi Crate right away with my dilemma. On top of everything else, I had used the wrong email when I signed up for my own account and couldn’t access anything to cancel my subscription.
If this is at all confusing to you, know this, it was confusing. I sent a rather long email to the company. Within a short amount of time they responded. They decoded what I was trying to say, helped me locate my actual account, cancelled my subscription, kept my in-laws subscription, and let me know they had a system in place to help ensure subscribers don’t get the same boxes twice even when purchased as gifts from different people.
Not only are their boxes awesome, but their customer service is one of the best I’ve experienced.
My First Impression of the Atlas Crate Box
Since our first box was the shared world box, my kids got to share it. They immediately went to the things that interested them most. For my daughter it was the globe craft, for my son it was everything else.
The craft was easy for both of them to understand and do. On top of that, they were very proud of the work they did. We have it displayed in our living room.
Our second and third boxes were the Japan and Italy boxes. These happen to be my son’s favorite countries, so he was immediately excited to do both. At this point, my daughter had her Kiwi Crate subscription to work with so they were no longer sharing boxes. (Side note: She loves her box, too!)
What I love with these two (Italy and Japan) boxes is that they are easy enough crafts for the kids to do without too much help. My son is 8 years old and could read the directions and follow along pretty easily. I did help him with some of it, but he did most of it himself.
For Japan, he built a fish and for Italy
Even better, he immediately took those crafts and put them on display. I love having these kid-made, geography crafts decorating our home.
My in-laws originally signed them up for a three month subscription with the plan to renew it if they liked it. She emailed me today and I let her know, yes they like it.
Final thoughts on Atlas Crate
Like other subscription boxes that use travel and culture themes, they make great jumping points for learning about a new country.
This particular subscription is perfect for kids who like to get hands-on knowledge. The activities are high-quality, fun, varied, and unique while also being relevant in both topic and age range. The instructions are easy enough for the kids to do with little intervention, but the topics are fun enough that you’ll want to join in.
Click here to purchase Atlas Crate.
How does it compare to other culture and country subscription boxes?
That’s a great question. I have been subscribing to a variety of boxes over the past year and hope to do a full summary of the pros and cons for each of them. But, for now, you can read my review of Little Passports World Explorers to get a feel for how I felt about that box.