Whether you’re homeschooling or just want an educational activity to tackle with kids outside of school, subscription boxes can be so much fun and (surprisingly) frugal. By the time you purchase all the craft supplies, plan the activities and purchase other materials, subscription boxes can save you time and money. Here are some great options recommended by myself, an Oklahoma homeschool mom.
1.) Brainy Box: Homeschooling kits that take the stress out of planning. Written by an American Montessori Certified Guide. For ages 3-9. $39.95 a month.
2.) Surprise Ride: Conveniently pre-planned activities where kids can learn and explore. Recommended for first grade and up independently, or 5-6 years old with help. On my top five list, made possible by the show Shark Tank. $20.95 monthly.
3.) History UnBoxed: Each month you will receive a box explore a new time and place. Website states it’s recommended for ages 5 and up. A terrific way to implement history lessons!
4.) Kiwibop: Each month, Kiwibop sends postcards to your child to engage their reading skills and teach them about the world. A six-month membership is $22.95 but you can get one month to try. Very affordable and fun mail for kids.
5.) Steve Spangler Science Kits: Kits are delivered to your door for ages 7-14 to learn more about principles of science. Starting packages at $9.99 up to $29.99.
6.) Genius Box: STEM Kits available for ages 8-11, each kit includes three activities in one box. Starting at $23 a month.
7.) Adventure Box, Doddle Bags, Little Thinker Bags and even a Mom Box: This brand features boxes for ages 2 and up on a variety of topics. They look like a ton of fun! $15.99 and up.
8.) Kiwi Co: These are great boxes for young learners ages 0-16. Inspire the next generation of scientists, innovators and creators with these crafty boxes. Tinker Crate, Cricket, Kiwi, Doodle for various projects for appropriate ages.
9.) Kidstir: Cooking can teach a variety of lessons. These kits start at $15.95 monthly plus shipping and have a sibling option.
10.) Groovy Lab in a Box: These unique boxes feature STEM experiments for older kids. Recommended for ages 8 and up, this box starts at $27.95 a month for a six-month subscription
11.) Green Kid Crafts: The makers of this box pledge they will banish boredom. They offer a single month trial of their art and science box for $19.95.
12.) Ivy Kids Subscription: Education subscription box with math, science and reading activities for ages 3-8. Starting at $38.95 and you can add $5 to get additional sibling pack. Use Code IVY20 for 20 percent off new subscriptions.
13.) My Pretend Place: Pretend play subscription boxes and crafts starting at age 2. This subscription is the most expensive on the list at $56 a month, but includes larger and more elaborate projects than the others. This would make a great birthday or Christmas gift.
14.) Little Passports: Inspire your child to learn about the world with this subscription for ages 3 and up. Starting at $19.95 per month.
15.) Globe In: The list is not complete without a subscription box for moms. This company sends boxes full of handmade products from around the world to help support artisans and farmers. It’s a great way to find unique products but also talk to your kids about people in other countries. Starting at $10 a month.
Krista currently lives in Hinton, Oklahoma with her husband and their two daughters. She has a degree in Elementary Education and is a certified teacher. Krista first brought up homeschooling to her husband back in 2013 when their first daughter was just a toddler. They've been homeschooling ever since. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.