At-home resources for kids and parents during Covid-19

To our KiwiCo community:

As parents, we share the same concerns about the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, and the impact it will have on our families. Here at KiwiCo, we asked our team to work from home. Many of us have children who will be home with us for the foreseeable future due to school closures.

We know a lot of you are also trying to find a new normal, including keeping your kids busy at home. So today, we’re launching a resource hub for parents to help support learning at home, with loads of stay-at-home educational activities for every age, tips from teachers on effective remote learning, and kid-friendly content that connects science with their daily lives. To start with, we’re bringing you an explanation of the science of handwashing, to help kids understand why it’s so important. We’re going to be adding new content and resources to the hub regularly. We’ll also be switching up our newsletter to bring you helpful resources more frequently, and you can follow us on Instagram for daily updates.

Please take care of yourself, and reach out if we can help. We’re here to support you and your family during this time. We’re in this together.

Founder & Mom of 3


Awesome Outdoor Science Activities

Spark a sense of wonder and adventure through outdoor science!

Looking for ways to keep your kids learning while exploring the world around them? Inspire your kids with these hands-on outdoor science projects! They’ll have serious fun while enjoying nature!

Science Activities and Experiments

Create a Water Volcano in a Bottle

Try out this two-part water experiment! First–why can’t you blow up a balloon in a bottle? And, second–what happens when you do…and then fill it with water? Play with water pressure and create a water volcano that is seriously fun!

Learn more: Water Volcano in a Bottle

Blow Giant Bubbles

Make your bubbles bigger than ever before with a giant bubble wand. To explore the science of engineering while playing with bubbles, create a Bubble Machine!

Learn more: Giant Bubble Wand

Blast off with Rocket Science!

Use the power of chemical reactions to launch Pop-Top Rockets!  These mini rockets are so easy to make and so fun to set off, you’ll want to launch them again and again.  Explore Rocket Science on Day 5 of Tinker Camp. Or if you want to experience more fun in the sun, we recommend our Fun with Flight crate. 

Learn more:  Pop-Top Rockets

Discover Birds & Nature 

Discover the wonderful world of birds on day 3 of Koala Camp!  Explore what makes these feathery friends so unique, create egg-inspired art, and craft a pair of toy binoculars to take with you on nature walks.

Learn more:  Discover Birds & Nature 

Use Science to Build a Better Sandcastle

Use science to build a better sandcastle!  Surface tension is what gives wet sand its strength for great sandcastle building. Too little water, and surface tension can’t hold the sand grains together. Too much water, and your sand collapses! Learn the science behind building a perfect construction.

Learn more: The Science Behind: Sandcastles

Experiment with Sand Slime!

Bring the beach to your backyard and use science to make sand slime! All you need is some clear glue and starch to transform simple sand into slime-like consistency! You’ll learn about polymer science in the process! 

Learn more: Sand Slime

Experiment with Campfire Chemistry

Campfire Chemistry

Watch a marshmallow grow to three times its original size with a quick and easy experiment using everyone’s favorite summer treat! The marshmallow grows when it burns because of chemistry happening deep within it. Marshmallows are made almost entirely out of sugar, and when sugar burns, one of the chemical compounds it makes is water vapor (like the hot steam from a kettle!). The water vapor is what makes the marshmallow grow.

Learn more: Campfire Chemistry 

Join us at Camp KiwiCo!

We invite you and your kids to join us for a fun-filled enriching summer time experience filled with discovery and delight! Camp KiwiCo offers four different sessions – Koala Camp, Kiwi Camp, Atlas Camp, and Tinker Camp – geared for a different age group. Each session is made up of five days that are jam-packed with free content. Each day of camp comes with a science theme that is explored through videos, printables, experiments, hands-on projects, and creative challenges. Camp KiwiCo is designed so that you can choose your own adventure and timeline. You can follow the schedule we created and do all five days back-to-back or you can spread the fun throughout the summer! 






How to Make Awesome Bubbles at Home | 5 Bubble Activities for Kids

“I yuvvvv bubbles!” – Hugo, 4 

We agree with you, Hugo! Bubbles are the best. In fact, at KiwiCo, we love bubbles so much we created a Bubble Machine that you can build with your kids at home! We think bubbles are awesome because they’re a super fun way to play with science. 

A bubble is a pocket of gas (like air) that is trapped in a layer of liquid. To make a good bubble the outer shell needs to be able to stretch without breaking. And the secret ingredient for stretchiness is soap! Adding soap to water stops the water from sticking together so tightly. Soap has a love-hate relationship with water–literally. One end of a soap molecule loves water and the other hates water. The soap molecules in a bubble want to have their water-hating ends far away from the water, and the water-loving sides close to it. This creates a soap-and-water sandwich, with the soap on the outside and the water on the inside. With just a little soap and water, you can create bubbles anywhere!

At-Home Bubble Activities & Experiments 

Unpoppable Bubbles 

Make stronger bubbles by adding corn syrup to your solution! Experiment with surface tension and see how bubbles stretch! Try dipping a coin or a paperclip into some soapy water, and see what happens when you drop it through a bubble!

Learn more: Unpoppable Bubbles 

Splitting Water

Use electricity to break the water molecules apart into its parts — hydrogen and oxygen! The bubbles you see on the tips of the pencils are the hydrogen and oxygen gas created by this reaction. In fact, hydrogen gas is created at one of the pencils, and oxygen gas is created at the other. This process is called water electrolysis.

Learn more: Splitting Water

Bubble Bottle

Create this one one-of-a-kind bubble bottle, have a blast blowing bubble suds!

Learn more: Bubble Bottle

Bubble Lamp in a Bag

Oil and water famously don’t mix well. No matter how much you stir them together, they’ll always separate as oil rises to the top. But oil and water don’t avoid mixing because they don’t like each other; it’s because of their chemistry! In this project, you’ll learn more about the chemistry of oil and water and create a bubbly chemical reaction —both essential to making your Bubble Lamp bag groovy and fun.

Learn more: Bubble Lamp in a Bag

Giant Bubble Wand

Using some household items, it was easy to make a giant bubble wand and a bubble solution for giant bubbles. The kids loved taking turns trying to see who could make the biggest bubbles.

Learn more: Giant Bubble Wand

For more bubble-mania, check out our Bubble Machine at kiwico.com! Share your biggest bubbles with us by tagging us on Instagram @kiwico_inc. 


Blast off into Space with KiwiCo’s Awesome Astronaut Starter Kit

What do your kids want to do when they grow up?

When we interviewed kids to find out what they dreamed of becoming when they grew up, being an astronaut was high on nearly everyone’s list. (Honestly, a lot of us want to be astronauts too!) To help give kids a jumpstart on this dream we created the Astronaut Starter Kit (part of our new Professions series in the KiwiCo Store, which also include a Vet Starter Kit,for all the animal lovers out there.) The Astronaut Starter Kit is complete with hands-on projects and fun facts designed to spark wonder and “whoa, awesome!” reactions.

Did you know that astronauts orbiting the Earth can see the sun rise every 45 minutes? Or that because there is no wind or water on the moon, the footprints astronauts left there will last for millions of years? These are just a few of the out-of-this world facts your child will find in theAstronaut’s Guide included in the kit!

Becoming an astronaut requires a love of learning and commitment to curiosity. With KiwiCo’s Astronaut Starter Kit, your child can start their journey to the stars without leaving your home! 

Have we mentioned we love space?! If your kids want more out of this world activities, make sure to check out all the cool space content at Camp KiwiCo

Kiwi Camp: Fun with Flight (ages 5-8)

Explore the phenomenon of space travel and learn how rockets use thrust to fly to space! Check out other hands-on activities on day two of Kiwi Camp

 Tinker Camp: All About Stars (ages 9-12)

Experience science that’s out of this world! Discover what stars are made of, explore the brilliant stories behind constellations, and learn how to find the North Star on day five of Tinker Camp

We’d love to see your kids’ “whoa, awesome!” moments! Share photos and videos on Instagram and tag us at @kiwico_inc. Don’t forget to include #kiwico


Behind the Design: How We Deliver “Whoa, Awesome!” Moments

We want every child who opens a KiwiCo crate to light up with excitement for the new adventures and activities ahead. That’s why each of our products undergoes a unique design journey and are tested by kid experts before they’re delivered to your door. We know we’ve created something really exciting when we hear the words, “whoa, awesome!” echo across our office. This reaction has become a litmus test for everything we do, and it’s our goal to spark the same excitement in your home. The KiwiCo community plays a huge role in the success of our products, so we want to give you an inside look at how each crate is designed to deliver “whoa, awesome!” moments.

Brainstorming: Searching for Eureka!

Eureka is not only the name of one of our crate lines (you can check it out here), but it’s also the phrase that really sums up the first goal in our design process. Before we start building, our product designers meet to come up with concepts during the brainstorming phase. They play with ideas until they have a eureka moment (aka the triumph of discovery). But not every “good idea” goes beyond the brainstorming phase. In order for it to be built, an idea has to inspire awe in a way that is uniquely KiwiCo.

When brainstorming ideas for a biology-focused product, the designers dove into the nostalgia of frog dissection. This is an educational milestone that is both incredibly enriching… and gross (and stinky! Will you ever forget the smell of formaldehyde??) In a very creative eureka moment, one of the product designers pitched the idea to reimagine this interactive learning experience by making it more approachable (i.e. “cuter”). And thus, Froggie Lab Dissection was born!

Prototyping: Trying & Trying Again

Our product designers are experts when it comes to learning from failure especially during the prototyping phase. This is when the product designers build the products. Most of the time, original concepts don’t look or work as planned. And that’s a good thing because, oftentimes, the small changes product designers make along the way lead to big innovation!

Froggie went through a lot of iterations before it evolved into a dissectable plush. The product designer originally thought to make the frog flat, but after a few attempts, she amped up the fluff! Different materials and colors were also tested for the organs to make sure they were anatomically correct but also cute!

Testing: Making “Whoa, Awesome!” Moments

Kids are at the core of our testing phase. We invite kids of all ages to test out all our products before they launch. Kids make great product testers because, as parents know all too well, they are always brutally honest. Our tiny testers tell us what they think of a product at a few different stages. They help the product designers decide what materials to use and how best to approach the building part of the crate projects. They share feedback with the KiwiCo Editorial and Graphic Design Teams which create exciting and enriching content to pair with products! Once all the crate elements are combined, we do a final kid test, and that’s when the “whoa, awesome!” moments are made!

Our kid testers helped us understand how to make Froggie more huggable by using softer materials. We also switched from velcro to buttons to unveil and close its belly. To make the crate a more enriching learning experience, the editorial team helped come up with a game to explain the anatomy of a frog! 

We’d love to see your kids’ “whoa, awesome!” moments! Share photos and videos on Instagram and tag us at @kiwico_inc.
Don’t forget to include #kiwico!

Spark “Whoa, Awesome!” Reactions with these Science Activities

From radical robots to astounding animation and colorful chemistry, the wonder of science is all around us! 

At KiwiCo, we want to inspire kids to find “whoa, awesome!” moments in their everyday lives. We collected activities, videos, and KiwiCo crates that help make popular science subjects more relatable and exciting for your kids!

Fun with Flight

There’s a lot to learn about massive metal machines that seemingly fly through the air with ease. Help your kids understand the foundations of flight with these awesome videos, projects, and activities! 

Learn About Rocket Science

Explore the phenomenon of space travel and learn how rockets use thrust to fly to space! Check out other hands-on activities on day two of Kiwi Campduring Camp KiwiCo!

Get an Astronaut Starter Kit

Build and launch a pair of model orbiter spaceships using the power of pumps. Paint a set of model planets, then construct a miniature solar system that really spins. Explore the ins-and-outs of space travel — from the history of space exploration, to the challenges of astronaut training, to amazing facts about life on the International Space Station!

Build a Thermal Powered Flower 

This project sails into the sensation of rising hot air. The air currents you’ll create with the Thermal Powered Flower are similar to the ones that paragliders and hang gliders use to take flight! 

Awesome Animation

Lights! Camera! Science! Movie makers and entertainers use the science of light to make movie magic. Discover how animation combines still images to create the illusion of movement!

Learn about Incredible Illusions

On day three of Tinker Campduring Camp KiwiCo, your budding maker will learn how to make optical illusions! Then they’ll take what theylearned and make a flipbook, a stop-motion movie, and more!

Make a Stop-Motion Movie

Stop motion animation is animation that is  captured one frame at time, with objects that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement.  Learn how to use this technique to make a fun stop action movie!

Play with Tricky Thaumatropes  

Make an optical toy that will fool your eyes and boggle your mind! When you spin a thaumatrope, the pictures on either side seem to combine into one image. Check out this early form of animation!

Create Colorful Chemical Reactions

Turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab and experiment with exciting chemical reactions. These hands-on activities and projects will help your kids learn by doing. 

 Explore Experiments

On day four of Koala Camp, your little one will learn the ins and out of scientific method and why measuring is good science. Then together you can try some hands-on experiments with ingredients from home.

Create Color Changing Slime

Explore the science of thermochromism — with squishy slime that shifts color when it changes temperature!

Skittles Science Fair Project

If you have more candy than you know what to do with, try this experiment with your kids. Sometimes playing with food is inevitable, but with sweet science comes knowledge!

Seeing Stars

There are hundreds of millions of stars in our galaxy. Explore how much space is actually between them and how far away they are from our planet!

Learn about Stars

Experience science that’s out of this world! Discover what stars are made of, explore the brilliant stories behind constellations, and learn how to find the North Star on day five of Tinker Camp during Camp KiwiCo!

Design your Own Constellations & More

Learn about the constellations in the night sky and then imagine and design your own! Play with planetary gears and use them to engineer a model system of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Create a Spinning Space Orrery

An orrery is a mechanical model of the motion of the planets in our solar system. Astronomers used orreries to study them! Try making your own orrery and learn about the motion of the stars!

Science in Motion!

What makes things move? How do sound and light travel? How do our muscles work? Explore the amazing science of motion with these kinetic projects.

Learn about Sports Science

Give your body (and your brain!) a workout with the science of sports! On day 5 of Kiwi Camp during Camp KiwiCo, kids will learn how muscles help them move and build a model arm (complete with rubber-band muscles)! 

Build a Disc Launcher


Build a disk launcher and explore physics by sending disks zooming across the room! After you make your flying toys, design your own game pieces using different clay techniques, and play and create games using your disk launcher!

Make a Wave Machine

We’re surrounded by waves! Sound and light travel as waves to our ears and eyes. Ocean waves crash onto the beach. Radio waves broadcast music to our cars. We even use waves to cook our food – in microwaves! Try making this wave machine to see how all different kinds of waves move! 

We’d love to see your kids’ “woah, awesome!” moments! Share photos and videos on Instagram and tag us at @kiwico_inc. Don’t forget to include #kiwico


The Wonder of “Whoa, Awesome!”

You may have seen the phrase “Whoa, awesome!” in our emails or on the KiwiCo website, and that’s because “Whoa, awesome!” is at the heart of everything we do!

At KiwiCo, we know we’re on the right track when we hear the words “Whoa, awesome!” shouted from the product testing room in our Northern California office—usually followed by the sound of scurrying little feet as kid testers run to check out the excitement. The wide-eyed magic of “Whoa, awesome!” is essential to the KiwiCo story, so we wanted to share its meaning with you.

“It’s that moment—when the robot walks, the rocket launches, the heart beats in the stethoscope. It’s the wonder in each crate that inspires a lifetime of curiosity.”
—Sandra Oh Lin, KiwiCo Founder & CEO

Kids are pint-sized philosophers. They’re constantly searching for answers to questions that might stump even the brightest of minds: “Why is the sky blue?”; “Can I think myself happy?”; “Why do humans have foreheads?”. (Scientists are still searching for the answer to that last one.) Every child is born with a sense of wonder, but inspiration is required to ignite curiosity, comprehension, and finally, wisdom and knowledge.

We believe that small creative experiences today help prepare kids to face bigger challenges in the future and that those special “Whoa, awesome!” moments can inspire them to better understand the world around them. As the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates said, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” We couldn’t agree more—and that’s exactly why all the products we create at KiwiCo are designed with wonder in mind.

A window garden can blossom into discoveries about how plants grow.

A dissectable plush frog can inspire understanding of human biology.

A light-chasing robot can spark experiments with electronics.

We deliver a dose of “Whoa, awesome!” with every crate we ship in the hope of providing the next generation of innovators with the skills and confidence to become creative problem-solvers. And since KiwiCo grows with your child, we can continue to help build their sense of wonder into a lifetime of curiosity.


We’d love to see your kids’ “Whoa, awesome!” moments!
Share photos and videos on Instagram and tag us at @kiwico_inc.
Don’t forget to include #kiwico! 

Awesome Activities & Adventures for Your 2020 Summer Bucket List

This summer is all about sparking a sense of wonder and adventure at home!

‘Tis the season for active imaginations and adventure! Just because this summer is shaping up to be a little different doesn’t mean you can’t create ‘whoa, awesome’ moments for your family. At KiwiCo, we believe that these small moments of wonder unlock lifelong curiosity and learning. And that’s why we’re always searching for activities that inspire both excitement and innovation! 

To keep your kids saying, “whoa, awesome!” all summer long, we recommend making a bucket list! We collected some of our favorite activities, adventures, and DIYs for kids of all ages to help you get started. Take a look at these activities and create your family’s 2020 Summer Bucket List.

At-Home Adventures & Experiments 

Take your family on an imagination vacation with these creative activities and adventures!

Explore Space

Learn what it’s like to lift off with the Astronaut Starter Kit, build a Spinning Space Orrery or take a crash course in astronomy with Tinker Camp during Camp KiwiCo!

Discover Dinosaurs

Challenge your kids to become at-home archaeologists with an Ice Excavation, mix up materials to create Dino Eggs, or build a Chomping Mechanical Dinosaur Costume!

Travel the World

Explore the Seven Continents,Create a Travel Journal, and cook global meals with Atlas Campduring Camp KiwiCo. Get theAtlas Crate Classics (5-Pack) here!

Go on a Treasure Hunt

Search for hidden treasure with Tea-Stained Treasure Maps and build a vessel to store your treasure with this Kiwi Crate or a Mechanical Lock Box with the Eureka Crate Fun and Functional (3-Pack).

Outdoor Activities & Experiments

Soak up the sunshine and inspire innovation in your backyard or at a nearby park!

Have a Family Campout

Experiment with Campfire Chemistry with this DIY and make your own lantern with this Kiwi Crate. Or set up atent in your backyard and play with printables with Koala Camp during Camp KiwiCo!

Trigger Eruptions

Erupt all kinds of excitement with an explosive Water Volcano in a Bottle and Fizzy Candy Balloon, or mix together chemical solutions to make Volcano Slime!

Blow a Bunch of Bubbles 

Make your bubbles bigger than ever before with a Giant Bubble Wand or get creative with chemistry by making Unpoppable Bubbles

Discover Nature 

Take a walk around your neighborhood or go on a nearby hike to gather materials to create Nature Hunt Treasure Sticks or Discover Birds & Nature with Koala Camp!

Get Silly with Sand

Bring the beach to your backyard and use science to build a sandcastle, experiment with Sand Slime, and get creative with Sand Art!

Read More Books

When it is too hot to go outside or you want to escape for a little while to an alternate reality – a good book can deliver on all those things. Great reading requires great books! This Summer Reading List compiled by the editors at KiwiCo includes great books for all ages. Our editors review hundreds of books to which we send as part of our Deluxe subscription. (PSA: you can upgrade your subscription – for any line except Maker and Eureka – and get a book delivered every month selected to complement that month’s crate theme!).

Join us at Camp KiwiCo!

We invite you and your kids to join us for a fun-filled enriching summertime experience filled with discovery and delight! Camp KiwiCo offers four different sessions – Koala Camp, Kiwi Camp, Atlas Camp, and Tinker Camp – geared for different age groups. Each session is made up of five days that are jam-packed with free content. Each day of camp comes with a science theme that is explored through videos, printables, experiments, hands-on projects, and creative challenges. Camp KiwiCo is designed so that you can choose your own adventure and timeline. You can follow the schedule we created and do all five days back-to-back or you can spread the fun throughout the summer!

For more ideas for your Whoa Awesome summer or to subscribe to our crates, visit us at KiwiCo.com.

Peek Inside Camp KiwiCo!

As we know, summer is shaping up to be quite a bit different than we all imagined. When the team at KiwiCo realized that many of the summer plans we had made to fill our kids’ days were cancelled, the team rallied to put together an in-depth at-home summer camp–filled with awesome activities and projects to spark innovation, creativity, and joy. 

Welcome to Camp KiwiCo! We invite you and your kids to join us for a fun-filled enriching summer time experience filled with discovery and delight! Camp KiwiCo offers four different sessions – Koala Camp, Kiwi Camp, Atlas Camp, and Tinker Camp – geared for a different age group. Each session is made up of five days that are jam-packed with free content. Each day of camp comes with a science theme that is explored through videos, printables, experiments, hands-on projects, and creative challenges. Camp KiwiCo is designed so that you can choose your own adventure and timeline. You can follow the schedule we created and do all five days back-to-back or you can spread the fun throughout the summer! 

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5 Amazing DIY Arcade Games


When you think of an arcade, your first thought is probably of a room with glowing video game screens. But arcades didn’t start out as high-tech amusements. There’s an amazing amount of inventiveness and fun you can create…no computers or even electricity required.

Try your hand at building these DIY arcade games from materials around your house!

1. Whack-A-Groundhog

Based on the classic arcade game Whac-A-Mole, this Whack-A-Groundhog game involves quickly and repeatedly hitting the heads of groundhogs with a mallet as they pop up from holes. The quarters serve as weights to keep your groundhogs popping up even after you whack ‘em down!

2. Craft Stick Catapult

Launching things is endless entertainment. This craftstick catapult is powered by rubberbands. We tried Pom Poms too, and they worked just as well.

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