If you want to give a child a gift that keeps on giving all year long, an educational subscription box is the perfect thing. Kids love getting mail, so there's no doubt that they'll absolutely love receiving a monthly box jam-packed with fun and educational games and activities. You don't need to tell them about the educational part.
We rounded up five of the best subscription boxes for kids who love hands-on exploration and learning about new things.
1. Little Passports - $19.95+/month
Little Passports delivers an adorable mini suitcase full of creative and fun ways to explore the world. The various boxes are designed to help kids learn about geography, different cultures, science, and more.
Early Explorers (ages 3 to 5) give littles the chance to explore world themes like music, oceans, and dinosaurs; Science Junior (ages 5 to 8) is all about STEM activities; World Edition (ages 6 to 10) gives kids souvenirs and hands-on activities to help them discover new countries.; USA Edition (ages 7 to 12) provides learning materials about two new states each month; and Science Expeditions (ages 9+) reveals the mysteries of the world through science experiments and activities.
2. KiwiCo - $16/month
Ages: 0-14 +
KiwiCo's subscription crates are packed full of age-appropriate educational materials, activities, and imaginative projects that encourage engaging exploration and hands-on play. They are designed specifically for your child's age and stage of development. Most notably, they offer old school fun—you know, the kind that existed before screens. Choose from the company's seven different lines based on your child's age and interests. They even have a Science of Cooking: Bread & Butter box that comes with measuring cups, cooking tools, a cookbook, and a whole lot of kitchen fun.
3. Bitsbox - $24.95+/month
Bitsbox is a learning system that teaches real coding. It's designed for kids who have the desire to build apps—they don't need to have any prior coding experience to get started. Each month, a new project arrives that introduces a new computer science concept. Kids just need a tablet and internet connection, and Bitsbox helps with the rest. And the grownups don't need to know anything about coding to help their kids learn—although, they'll probably learn some cool things along the way too.
4. Green Kid Crafts - $24.95+/month
Ages: 2 to 10+
Green Kid Crafts gives kids the chance to work on hands-on, educator-designed STEAM projects every month. Each box comes with four to six small projects, along with step-by-step instructions, that focus on a different theme, including rocket science, electricity, and backyard science. Choose from the Junior Discovery Box (ages 2 to 4), the Discovery Box (ages 5 to 10+), and the Sibling Box (ages 5 to 10+) with enough materials for two children). Something extra special about Green Kid Craft boxes is that each box is made from recycled materials. The carbon neutral company also plants one tree for every box ordered.
5. We Craft Box - $25+/month
Ages: 3 to 9
We Craft Box is all about crafting and exploring creativity, but without the stress of planning and buying supplies. Each box comes with the art supplies needed to work on two to three crafts that tie into an included story (and enough supplies for two kids). The instructions are very kid-friendly and are designed to encourage open-ended play while also learning new techniques. The younger kids might need some help, but the projects are fun for grownups too.