Last month, we signed up for Tinker Crate, which is a spin off of Kiwi crate. It is aimed at older children and letting them build little projects to understand how big things in the world work.
We built the hydraulic claw first and both kids loved it. This month we have the fiber optic stars to do and both kids keep asking when we will start that project. I am just looking for a day when we have time to sit down and enjoy it. The box each month comes with everything you need to build the project and an additional booklet of things to learn about the project and how it works in the real world.
The project didn’t take long. We started to work on it after dinner one night and were up and running within 45 minutes. If you are looking to add something just a little different to your homeschool, give this a shot. Even if you have kids in regular school, this could be a great way to take up those rainy days in the summer.
Here are some examples of the Fiber Optics project:
The Finished product. All told this project took us about an hour and a half, we stopped midway to let glue dry. Both kids enjoyed it a lot and we liked explaining to them what was going on and letting them figure some parts out. This set came with an extra black piece of foam so they can make their own creation and we will be doing that tomorrow. There is a lot of left over fiber optic material to make an entire other board of lights.
We had to have the lights on for you to be able to see how these turned out but they illuminated the room pretty well on their own.
I am going to post an affiliate link in this blog post but there is always one on my side bar that you can use. We will be signing up for another 3 months in the fall. I don’t like to have too many things to do in the summer but as soon as the kids say they are bored, we are on it.
Tinker Crate is for older kids. My daughter is in 4th grade and my son is in 8th. They both enjoyed the project even if it was in slightly different ways. If you have younger children, be sure to check out Kiwi crate. They also have Doodle Crate which we may try in the fall for part of our art class.
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