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20 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids (Learning Kits)

I still get a feeling of excitement when a package is dropped at my door. But when I was a kid, I remember being thrilled when the postman dropped a package with my name into our postbox.

Now our kids can get excited all year round with monthly subscription boxes for kids.

Monthly subscription boxes for kids are something special that your child can look forward to. How it works is by signing up online to a subscription service for a box to be delivered to your door. These boxes for kids can have anything from books to bits. Some boxes get posted out every fortnight, month or quarter, but you can also purchase boxes individually. There are so many types of subscription boxes that you will easily find a theme that best fits your child’s personality and interests. There are STEM kits for kids who enjoy learning, exploring kits for the little adventurer, cooking boxes for little chefs, and book club subscriptions for kids who love to read.

Most services will offer an incentive bonus for choosing a twelve month subscription. However, if you decide to pay monthly then you are able to cancel at any time. The monthly kits are also a great gift idea, because it turns into a gift that keeps on giving every month for a year.

Here is a list of the best monthly subscription boxes in 2017.

Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids 2017

1. Electric Motors Catalyst

Electric Motors CatalystFrom Tinkering Labs, the Electric Motors Catalyst is an invention kit in a mailable box for kids. This kit comes with the parts you need to build a machine that draws curvy lines, one that can scramble an egg, create a vehicle suspension system and many more projects. Included is a set of challenge cards to keep kid’s learning.

2. BitsBox

Give your kids the monthly gift of coding with the BitsBox. These monthly subscription boxes for kids put exciting new coding toys, games and puzzles into your kids hands. Each monthly project is made to be able to build onto each other, so that kids can continue to learn and create with the same toys.

3. Tinker Crate

Tinker crateIf you are looking for a monthly subscription box for older kids, then the Tinker Crate is a great option. They offer a fun monthly kit for kids ages 9-16+ that allows them to build neat projects. Included in the box are the materials needed, a blue print, video tutorials and a Tinker Zone additional experiments and activities.

4. Kiwi Crate

Geared towards kids from ages 5-8, the Kiwi Crate monthly subscription box gives younger kids a chance to build and invent neat working toys. Included in the box are the materials, a creative learning project, online tutorials and a fun magazine loaded with comics, experiments and games. Each box comes with multiple projects and experiments that will keep kids learning and playing.

5. Toucan Box

Toucan BoxFor children ages 3-8, the Toucan box delivers a monthly subscription box that is filled with creative crafts for little hands. The craft box comes in three different sizes, delivered fortnightly or monthly. The projects are easy to make and come with more than enough materials for each craft activity. Read my full review of the Toucan Box.

6. KidsStir

KidsStirTreat your little chef to monthly recipes with the KidsStir monthly subscription box for kids. This exciting kit contains three step by step recipes, three educational foodie pages, two kid sized tools, a shopping list and three fun games and puzzles. If you sign up for the twelve month subscription then you will be sent a bonus cookbook binder to hold the recipes.

7. Surprise Ride

Surprise RideFeatured on the TV show Shark Tank, the Surprise Ride box is a fun educational box for kids. This kit comes with all the supplies needed to create a monthly project, a book to read, a snack, fun extras, a parent guide and easy to follow instructions. This is a great gift for kids 5+ and it features a wide variety of fun things they can build, color or create.

8. Groovy Lab in a Box

Groovy LabUnbox exciting STEM based toys with the Groovy Lab in a box. Inside you will find a twenty page lab notebook, all the basic materials that you will need to complete projects, an engineering design challenge and a Beyond the box guide on the company’s website. Single boxes can be purchased through their website if you don’t want to sign up for a subscription.

9. Bramble Box

bramble boxThe Bramble Box is a pretend play subscription box that lets kids explore science, math and art with their imagination. Some of their previous boxes have been themed about a Post Office, Wizard Science, an Ice Cream Shop and a World Traveler. For those kids that like dressing up and imaginative play, this could be a good subscription box to test out.

10. Little Passports

Little PassportsSee the world from the comfort of your home with the Little Passports box. This kit includes high quality stickers, trading cards, a flashlight game, a photo postcard, a letter from Max and Mia (the stars of this monthly subscription box service), fun souvenirs and an activity booklet. You can choose from various boxes depending on your child’s age and interest.

11. STEM Club Toy Subscription

Amazon Stem ClubPartnered with Amazon STEM toy experts, the STEM Club Toy Subscription is a monthly service that will send kits full of toys and experiments that have been hand selected for your little one. You can choose between various age groups to best match what your child is able to understand and complete. The age groups you can choose from are 3-4, 5-7 and 8-13 years old.

12. Green Kid Crafts

Green Kids CraftsGet eco-friendly with the Green Kid Crafts monthly subscription boxes for kids. Each of the boxes offer fun crafts and projects that revolve around a specific theme such as Ocean Science, Space and Geography. Designed for kids aged 3-10 years, each kit uses eco-friendly materials to teach kids about STEAM.

13. Steve Spangler Science

Steve Spangler ScienceJoin this exciting STEM kit of the month club with the Steve Spangler Science boxes. You can choose from one of three kits for your child. The STEM Snack box includes one activity and requires minimal adult assistance. The STEM Lab Kid contains five activities and with all twelve boxes you can build your own STEM lab. The STEM Deluxe kid offers ten activities and is designed for kids and parents to work together.

14. Get Qurious

Get Qurious Explorer BoxGetQuriuos is an augmented reality activity box for kids aged 4-8 years. There are two individual boxes available, The Maker Box and the Explorer Box. Paired with an app, kids explore the adventures of the three little pigs and the alien Manu with story cards, masks, puzzles and stickers. Kids will be able to retell the story through mask role play or with hands on creativity through the storybook.

15. MyEduCrate

MyEduCrateIf you’re looking for educational monthly subscription boxes for kids, then check out this kit created by certified teachers. The MyEduCrate is filled with exciting and hands on activities for kids that will help them learn while they play. Each month has a certain theme and you can purchase previous boxes through their site individually or subscribe.

16. The Preschool Box

The Preschool BoxThis monthly box is a great way to jumpstart your kids for preschool or help them advance as they start going. Made for ages 3-6, The Preschool Box comes with various activities, crafts and worksheets designed around the Montessori/Preschool Ethos. The boxes have a parent instruction guide, a reading book, stickers, flashcards and craft materials.

17. STEM Reads Book Club

stem readsIf your child loves reading, then the STEM Reads Book Club monthly box is something to consider. Designed for kids aged 4-8 years, each box contains two or more kid friendly books, exclusive author notes, learning activities and a few fun surprises. The books focus mainly on science, technology, engineering and math.

18. Cooper & Kid

Just for Dads (or Moms) and their kids, the Cooper & Kid box is a great parent and child activity. Included in these kits are all the tools you will need to build the various monthly themed projects and activities. Cooper & Kid also sends a snack for everyone to try while they are busy at play. Also the box can be turned into a toy or a project.

19. The Story Box

The Story BoxThe Story Box  monthly subscription service sends your child two books each month. You can choose between a board book package for younger ones, a picture book package for older kids, or the family package with one picture book and one board book each month.

20. Genius Box

Genius BoxFor kids from 8-11, the Genius Box offers a fun way for kids to learn more about the STEM curriculum while having fun. Each box includes three or more activities and experiments that illustrate the month’s theme. There are also narrative story and activity cards to explain the topic better and get kids engaged in the activities.

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