28 March 2017, wee hours...
My great nephew has a birthday coming up in May -- his 12th. He's a great kid but he struggles in school with some learning disabilities. In addition, never having been a 12-year-old boy, I struggle with knowing what is an appropriate gift.
I've heard about KiwiCrate before. It's another of those subscription surprise box services, but for kids. And they focus on learning activities -- art, science, engineering -- creative stuff!
So, when a FaceBook ad popped up, I thought, that's for my great nephew. Although they all looked great and finding an age-appropriate something for him is tricky, given his learning disabilities, I settled on the science and engineering one. My hope is that he will enlist Mom or Dad to complete the projects and that I will get a report.
I decided on the 3-month subscription but you can buy a single box or up to a 12-month subscription. Pick an age range but not a gender (yeah!). Boxes will appear in the mail. I know I always loved getting a surprise in the mail when I was a kid....
If this is successful, his younger sister might be getting an art box subscription for her birthday in December. (She's easier to buy for as I was once a young girl, believe it or not.)
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.