What is Kiwi Crate

Development Areas

Our projects have been designed to encourage children's healthy development and learning. Developmental appropriateness is important in ensuring that the activities are kid-led and driven, with grownup assistance - not the other way around. We've worked with our advisory board of developmental experts to outline the areas of development that our projects address for kids ages 3-7.

Low: With projects that are low on the messiness meter, you probably don’t even need to wash your hands. Examples: pencil drawings, cutting fabric shapes.

Medium: Be ready to wash your hands. If liquid is involved, we mark the project at least medium. Examples: stamping with paint, blowing bubbles.

High: Watch out for your workspace and/or clothing. Protect or be prepared. Examples: paper mache, some chemistry in action.

Prep Together: Get the project and your materials ready with a grownup.

Create Together: Work on the project with a grownup.

Explore Together: With what you’ve created, play and discover with a grownup or friend.


Children explore and learn about the world through creative exploration and imaginative play. Projects with this icon were developed to spark this creativity and imagination. The expression could be through art, music, dance, and imaginative play. Examples include painting with sponges and acting like an animal.


Discovering activities pique kids’ natural curiosity about the world and promote problem solving: they invent and test to learn. Projects with this icon include investigation and learning about science, nature, and mathematics. They encourage questions like why is the moon a circle tonight and a crescent another and recognizing the pattern of stripes on a bumble bee.

Moving - Gross

Encouraging physical development and health tees up ongoing fitness and well-being. Projects with this icon involve big or little motions. Gross motor skills control the large muscles and movement – like galloping like a horse and playing hopscotch.


Kids develop an appreciation of the world around them, as well as their role in their community. Through projects with the Exploring icon, kids learn about cultures, community, and diversity. These might include understanding what a policeman does, how children overseas celebrate different holidays, or who is in their extended family.


Language development includes the ability to both understand and use language – by reading, listening, speaking, writing. The Communicating icon identifies projects that are focused on these literary skills. Examples include: recounting their vacation, following directions for a project, and reading traffic signs.


Developing self-awareness, expressing feelings, and respecting others build confidence and positive interactions and are important skills for kids. These projects focus on interactions with others. Examples would include taking turns playing a game and asking politely for help with a project.

Moving - Fine

Many tasks - from writing and eating to dressing and cutting - involve the fingers and hands. Projects with the Moving - Fine icon involve the little motions to encourage this development. Fine motor skills generally refer to these small movements of the hand which enable actions like twisting a cap and picking up pebbles.