I received a 3-month subscription to Creation Crate for my 12-year-old son to try out. He fell in love! All thoughts and opinions are our own.
My youngest son is what you’d call a Maker Kid. He was always more interested in taking apart the old VCR to see how it worked than he was interested in typical toys. Instead of coloring, he would create complex, working tools and games with paper. He started learning computer programing (and doing it for fun) while he was still in elementary school.
So when I was introduced to Creation Crate at the beginning of this Fall, I knew that it was the perfect product for him.
What is Creation Crate?
Creation Crate is a educational technology-based subscription box for kids 12 and up. The teacher-designed curriculum uses raw electronic components to give kids hands-on programming experience. Each monthly project builds on the concepts taught in the previous month’s box, and each project increases in difficulty, so that by the end of the 12- or 24-month curriculum, students are “fluent in the language of technology.”
After completing a year’s worth of projects, participants will have more hands on programming experience than 99% of current college level computer science students.
And the best part? They’ll have fun while learning computer programming! I haven’t found other interactive, educational subscription boxes geared towards kids in middle and high school; Creation Crate definitely fills a void, and is perfect for older kids!
Check out AJ’s first impression of Creation Crate as he opened his very first box:
I let AJ go to town and see what he could figure out on his own, and found that the instructions provided with the kits was sufficient for him to get everything set up. I loved that they weren’t 5 minute projects, but that he really did need to think. He also needed to go back and fix things a few times (which is the best way to learn!).
The other great sign for me was that he was eagerly excited to open the second and third month’s boxes and get started on them right away!
Creation Crate Curriculum
Here’s what you’ll get in your Creation Crate box each month. There are new projects every month, and each projects builds on the last:
Month 1: Mood Lamp
Month 2: Memory Game
Month 3: Distance Detector
Month 4: LED Dice Game
Month 5: Optical Theremin
Month 6: 2-Player Reflex Game
Check out what else you can expect from your Creation Crate subscription here.
Do you have a Maker in your like that would love a Creation Crate subscription for the holidays? AJ and I highly recommend trying Creation Crate – and what better time of year to get started?!
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Looks like a great way to get my kids more interested in Science.
elizabeth tierce-miller says
thanks for the idea. I was looking for something like this for my daughter.
Diane Sallans says
I’m going to have to keep this in mind – I love gifts that teach with fun!
Sara Zielinski says
This sounds like a great subscription box.
I can see my boys loving this subscription box! I love that it shows them how to use technology for more than just gaming!
Melissa Storms says
This is a great idea for a gift. It is so hard to buy for teen boys, my son is 13 and I love the idea of Creation Crate and think he would enjoy a subscription.
Janet W. says
I love that this subscription box contains things that really get your kids to think and use those minds! How neat!
shelly peterson says
I have never done a subscription box before but this looks like a great one for my son.
Julie Wood says
This is a very good box to get and help my son learn things that will really help him in school.