Tinker Crate — February 2017 Review

Fun with geometry and engineering . . . a geometric drawing machine!

Tinker Crate
$19.95 Per Month – Save $9.00 on a 6-month subscription and $36.00 on a 12-month subscription

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Tinker Crate is my ten-year-old’s favorite subscription. Every month, they send all of the materials needed to make a STEM project plus a fun and educational magazine revolving around the theme.

This month, she got to construct a geometric drawing machine.

All of my kids like the Tinker Zine, and we usually read it all together. It is full of fun facts, stories and additional experiments.

The blueprint-style directions are easy to read, but lately, we’ve been watching the well-produced you-tube videos, because they make the projects a cinch.

This project was really easy to put together. Adding gears with double-sided tape, screws and washers was no problem for Delilah.

Here’s the finished product! Let’s see if it works . . .

Hmmmm. Not so well! We re-positioned all of the gears and tried again.

Looky there! We did it.

We tried this with very mixed results. Our apparatus isn’t too reliable. Sometimes, that’s a legit scientific lesson, though.

Even though this wasn’t our most successful Tinker Crate endeavor, we still had a lot of fun and learned a lot. We’ve already got our next box: Slime! Review forthcoming.  You can learn more about this and the other Kiwi Crate subscriptions HERE. Sign up for their newsletter to save 30%.

Purchased. Referral link. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.


I live in Utah with my carnivorous husband, three swell daughters, and two semi-trained dogs at the base of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Sometimes I write for money, but usually I just play Candy Crush.

I am a vegan, homeschooling mom who might be a tad obsessed with subscription boxes. My infatuation is evidenced by my uncanny ability to recognize the sound of my mail carrier’s truck engine. I’d like to say don’t judge me, but if I were you, I’d judge me. I love vegan/eco-friendly, literary and thoughtfully curated boxes.
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