October's Color and Light Kiwi Crate in Review

Our second Kiwi Crate proved almost as much fun as the first. I say almost because the first crate had such "playtime" value, while the second was very much scientific exploration and experimentation. Great value, of course, but let's be realistic, nothing is quite as fun as making a real working stethoscope. 

October's theme was Rainbows or light and color. A bit beyond where Penny is right now, but it proved a great introduction that we can build on later through conversations like, "Remember that light you made? Well this is why the colors changed!" 

So much excitement! Good thing the glasses were no-prep so Penny could have something to do the second she opened the box.

So much excitement! Good thing the glasses were no-prep so Penny could have something to do the second she opened the box.

In the box along with the instruction guide and a book of learning activities were supplies for three crafts. One was merely a pair of rainbow-making glasses (think 3-D glasses except turn l light into rainbows). I haven't seen these since the first couple of days so didn't get a photo of them in use. But I did get to try them! Everyone in the house did, in fact, and all enjoyed them so much I picked up something similar as stocking stuffers for Christmas! But shhhh, don't tell!

The second activity involved building a little light. The whole thing was rather mysterious - what will this do? But once built, it was definitely a delight. The light changes color as it's turned, sort of like the lights in our essential oil diffusers (I wondered how that happened!). 

The final activity involved lights and Velcro and a screen and ... so much stuff! What we ended up making was a fascinating little projection screen that split Penny's drawing into three different colored outlines based on the colors and positions of the lights.

Kiwi Crate Rainbow Color and Light Kit
Penny's drawing (of her friend Riley!) projected in a sort of cool shadow-image way.

Penny's drawing (of her friend Riley!) projected in a sort of cool shadow-image way.

Was our second crate as fun and exciting as our first that gave us days of activities and hours of fun? Not really. But it was still educational and we're definitely looking forward to our next crate in a few weeks!