Isn’t getting mail the best? (bills don’t count as mail!) I mean, who doesn’t like the excitement of having a package or letter waiting for them? One of my favorite gifts in recent years, whether for my own family or for extended family and friends, has been subscription boxes. I especially like giving them as gifts because it gets the receiver of the box more actively involved rather than just giving them a gift from the toy aisle that’ll become yesterday’s news within a week. In a way, subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. There are SO many great subscription boxes to choose from ! After sending away for some myself or talking with family and friends who use others, here’s a list of the best subscription boxes for families.
1. Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crate is learning-in-a-box at its best. While most other subscription boxes have a specific focus topic, Kiwi Crate offers a range of learning activities from science to art to engineering and nutrition. It’s perfect for kids from 5-9 and will get them exposed to subjects they may otherwise resist. If you’d prefer a more topic-centered kit, Kiwi Crate is now offering the Doodle, Tinker, and Koala crates (see the next slides). Get information on Kiwi Crate here.
2. Doodle Crate
Powered by the Kiwi Crate company, Doodle Crate is an art kit geared for Young Picassos aged 9-16. Each month, kids will be get to try their hands at a different type and style of art including sculpture, painting, and wood blocking. Read more here.
3. Tinker Crate
Tinker Crate is a seriously fun way to expose children to the world of engineering and science! Designed with 9 to 16-year-olds in mind, Tinker Crate will have kids building robots, simple machines, and much, much more! Blueprints, video tutorials, and reading materials are also provided. Get your tink on here.
4. Little Passports
The explorer in me would have absolutely LOVED having a Little Passports subscription box as a child! It was so appealing to me, in fact, that I subscribed to it for my boys and we’ve looked forward to it every month ever since. You’ll travel to a new country each month, learning about it’s unique culture, geography, history, and language. Kits by age level are available and the company has also started making Science Expedition boxes as well. Get all the information here.
5. Groovy Lab in a Box
Groovy Box is just absolutely, well, GROOVY! The teacher in me loves how Groovy Box focuses on getting kids excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)! Not only does each themed box come with an investigation, but Young Einsteins will also get to brainstorm, plan, test, and redesign their own unique creations. The “Beyond… in a Box” takes the activities one step further by providing learning materials to help kids better understand the science behind what they create. Groovy Box is a great way to get your child to enjoy what was once the most hated subject in school.
Get your Little Chefs cooking up a storm with the KidStir box. Each box is themed around a different menu such as appetizers, lunch, salads, or breakfast. Games, activities, and kid-sized tools are also included in each kit. More info here.
LitJoy is an exciting way to get your kids pumped about reading (Yes, you read that correctly!). Each box centers around a theme and includes related books, treats, toys, and activities. Literature a joy?… You bet!
The idea behind FoodStirs is to make the joys of cooking together easy and accessible for your entire family. Each month you’ll receive a themed baking kit with organic ingredients and all required supplies. FoodStirs is a fun way to remember that family baking projects don’t only have to be enjoyed during the holiday season. Get your taste buds curious and tummy grumbling right here.
There’s no doubt that we live in a digitally dominated world. Most of the jobs of the future will require that employees have technical skills of one kind or another. Although I don’t support saturating children with technology, I do think it’s wise to get them familiar with these tools and to start building skills that will help them in the future. BitsBox is a great way to introduce your children to digital languages and skills such as coding and programming. Learn more here.
10. Surprise Ride
On the opposite end of BitsBox and technology skills is Surprise Ride. The mission of this engaging box is to get kids disconnected from technology and connected with books and hands-on learning. Each kit comes with a project (art, engineering, etc), a book, a special keepsake, a collector card, a snack, and a parent guide. Kits are all themed and teach concepts from the science behind volcanoes to deep sea learning, sculpting, and magic tricks. It’s a great way to expose your child to a wide range of new and fun interests!