Monthly Activity and Craft Subscription Boxes for Kids

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Subscription Boxes for Kids

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If you’d like to sit down with your child each month, have some fun and learn something new without shopping for materials or spending hours scouring the web for ideas, then a monthly subscription box may be the way to go. The model is simple: Everything you need for a multitude of learning activities is placed in a box and mailed to you each month. But not all subscription boxes for kids are created equal (in price or quality). Here are some that really hit the mark when it comes to creating good learning experiences for children. 

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Little Passports

Little Passports
Little Passports

Target Age: 3 to 9+ years

The Little Passports exploration kit is different than any other monthly subscription box for kids that I've seen. The box itself is even unique. It’s a miniature suitcase in which your child can store all of the items he discovers as he takes virtual trips around the world (or through the United States).

In addition, Little Passports teaches kids about geography and different cultures. In focusing specifically on travel, this monthly exploration kit allows kids to see social studies in a new, exciting light.

Each month your child will receive information about a new country or state, stickers to add to his passport and a boarding pass allowing him to enter the virtual Boarding Zone online to play games and explore trivia about the month’s destination.

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Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crates
Kiwi Crates

Target Age: 2 to 16+ years

Every month, Kiwi Crate will send your child a box of three to four thematic activities that help her develop creativity, better her problem-solving, work on her gross and fine motor skills, increase her communication skills and gain confidence in her social abilities.

That may sound like a tall order, but Kiwi Crate steps up to the plate by delivering high-quality materials and well-researched project ideas to your doorstep. Your child will be encouraged to learn how to do things for herself by the open-ended directions and "Explore More" cards.

Parents will love the Messiness Meter and Parental Involvement indexes included with each activity—it’s a great way to know how much help to give and how much cleanup you should expect.

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Green Kid Crafts

Green Kid Crafts
Green Kid Crafts

Target Age: 3 to 8 years old

Green Kid Crafts’ monthly subscription box for kids is not only great for what it contains, but also for what it doesn't. Each box not only explores a theme with its varied crafts but also teaches kids benefits of eco-friendly play.

That's because all of the craft and packaging materials are made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials. On top of that, the box contains open-ended directions and a few pictures of finished projects, providing kids the opportunity to explore for themselves and really take ownership of what they create.

Parents will appreciate the enclosed "Discover More" guide. It's a booklet with suggestions of ways you can learn more about the month’s theme, a list of thematic books to read with your children, and ideas for more projects using items you probably have around the house