You all know my absolute favorite gift for kids is a book, and we do quite like to give games as well, but I have recently been converted to the absolute awesomeness of subscription boxes. Last year we began a Kiwi Crate and a Tinker Crate monthly subscription and they have brought a lot of joy into our life, primarily because it is fun way for me to spend one on one time with the boys.
I do admit, that one of the things I like best about subscription boxes is that they include everything you need!!! No more hunting around for materials and trying to figure out what project to do with the kids. They are absolutely perfect for parents like me who want to spend time with their kids on tinker-y type projects but are just a wee bit lazy. (No shame it that!) If that sounds like you then one of these boxes might just become your favorite gift for kids, too.
There’s something to suit kids of all ages and interests! Click on the links and images below to learn more about each subscription box service. (Note: links and images are affiliate links.)
KiwiCo. Family Brands:
I wrote a post last year showing our first set of boxes. The best part of the crates is that they contain active projects, not just “make it and put it on a shelf” projects. You can find a detailed review in that post. There are boxes for different ages, including:
Koala Crate, which is perfect for preschoolers and contains an arts and crafts project.
Kiwi Crate, which is what I bought for my 6 year old. It’s recommended for ages 5-8. This year we put together projects like a marble run, miniature golf, luminaries and more. The crates contain art, craft and science projects.
Tinker Crate, a science and engineering crate that is geared towards kids ages 9 and up. This is the crate I purchased for my 10 year old. He put together a rocket, a glider, a catapult, an hydraulic arm, an irrigation system and more. I do think kids ages 7 and up will enjoy this crate, but will require more parental involvement.
Doodle Crate, an art and craft based box for kids ages 9 and up. Can I let you in on a secret? I am seriously thinking of ordering this for myself!
Cricket Crate, for kids ages 0-2
Academics in a Box Inc makes a science kit, “Groovy Lab in a Box”. I ordered the “Moon Dance” box, and we made our own telescope — not something I even realized we could do! What I loved was that the kit came with a lab notebook, lots and lots of information and other ideas for further scientific exploration. One really nice thing about this subscription box, is you can order single boxes. So if you are studying, for example, electricity, you could order the “It’s Electric!” box.
Green Kid Crafts markets their Discovery Boxes as “S.T.E.A.M. learning” and each box does contain a mix of science and art projects. Each kit contains 5-8 projects and is aimed at ages 3-10. I ordered the “Kitchen Science” box, and we made volcanoes, blew up a balloon, made fizzy bath bombs, made milk dance, grew soap clouds and made homemade soap. Each box included links to online extras and also some tips for parents. Green Kid Crafts uses sustainable design, limits packaging, and gives back 1% of their profits to environmental causes. You can also buy single boxes.
Little Passports is good for kids who want something different that crafty science. Their focus, as you might guess, is on geography. I also think Little Passports would be great for homeschoolers. They has subscription boxes for three different age levels: