Every mom out there knows that children love getting mail — so why not give them something to look forward to with a monthly subscription box for kids? But with hundreds of boxes available thanks to the subscription box boom, what's available and what should you be keeping an eye out for? Let's break down the best monthly subscription boxes for kids.
What is in a subscription box for kids?
Between the countless commercials touting the advantages of at-home trials with beauty subscription boxes to (what feels like) the hundreds of podcast ads praising the advent of food subscription boxes for easy at-home cooking, it's safe to say that subscription boxes are having a moment. But when it comes to subscription boxes for kids, do you know what's out there? With an array of boxes for every age and preference, the problem won't be finding one your child will enjoy, it'll be choosing which ones to get in the mail.
From classic children's literature subscriptions and STEM-focused boxes, to ones that allow your kid to throw on their best deerstalker cap and play Sherlock Holmes, here are 13 subscription boxes for kids your child will love as much as you do!
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1. Hooked On Reading Dr. Seuss — Best Children's Literature Subscription Box
Many of the first books children ever read are written by one colorful author in particular: Dr. Seuss! For over 80 years, Dr. Seuss and his books have been a staple in children's literature. In fact, there's a great probability that you grew up reading classics like The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. So what better way to encourage a love of a reading from an early age than by sharing the whimsical, wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss with a child you love? Each month, they'll receive three hardcover storybooks curated by a staff of parents and literary experts. With an arsenal of Dr. Seuss books at your child's fingertips, they're set to enter a world of whimsy and imagination. Oh, the places they'll go!
2. Kiwi Co. Kiwi Crate — Best Educational Subscription Box
One of the biggest names in kids subscription boxes is Kiwi Co. With several boxes on their roster, their crates cater to kids of every age, from 24-months to 16-years-old. What sets this company apart from others is their core focus: STEAM, or a healthy mix of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each month, your child will receive a box filled with hands-on activities formulated to encourage a love of learning, a sense of discovery, and the chance to build something with their own two hands. With a Kiwi Crate, your child can let their creativity take them to new heights, putting them well on their way to becoming the movers and shakers of tomorrow.
3. Sensory TheraPlay Box — Best Subscription Box for Kids with Autism
After finding more and more of her client's parents coming to her for advice on what kinds of toys and activities they should be incorporating into their child's day-to-day lives, pediatric occupational therapist Christina Kozlowski founded Sensory TheraPlay Box. Made for those with developmental delays and autism in mind, each box contains an assortment of toys and activities that fit the following criteria: They're favorites in the "therapy world," items that have had good feedback from parents, everyday toys that have sensory benefits, and — most importantly — are kid-approved products! With each box, your child can collect new toys that will make playtime fun and therapeutic.
4. Just Like Me! Book Box — Best Subscription Box to Support Diversity in Children's Books
According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, of the 3,700 children's books published in 2017, only 340 of them centered on black characters. For children of color, finding characters in children's books that not only look like them, but accurately and appropriately reflect their life experiences, hasn't been easy. The Just Like Me! Book Box is working to make it easier. It's a monthly subscription box that sends two to three African-American-themed books and learning materials right to your doorstep. From classics to new releases by up-and-coming authors, each month's assortment is carefully selected and hand-picked by the Just Like Me! team in the hopes of sparking a love of reading through the proper representation of every child, from infancy onward.
5. Girls Can! Crate — Best Subscription Box for Girls
Walking down the toy aisle in hopes of finding something for your daughter that isn't centered on beauty, princesses, or caretaking can sometimes feel like an impossible task. With toys being more gendered now than they were 50 years ago, it's important to actively encourage girls to be whatever they aspire to be, whether that's a scientist, an engineer, or an artist. The Girls Can! Crate tackles this problem by highlighting some of the world's brightest female role models, showing girls that there are no limits to what they can achieve. From notable figures like Marie Curie and Frida Kahlo to lesser-known groundbreakers like environmentalist and Nobel-laureate Wangari Maathai, each month kids will learn about these historical figures and the industries in which they achieved their acclaim through fun projects and activity books. The best part? Ten percent of all proceeds go to local organizations working to ensure girls everywhere have the resources they need to succeed.
6. Bitsbox — Best Science Subscription Box for Kids
Is your child fascinated by technology? Do you want to give them an opportunity to create something and learn a valuable skill along the way? Then try Bitsbox! Fun and interactive, this subscription box teaches your kid how to code (yes, you read that correctly) in real time. Each month, your child will receive learning materials where they'll pick out their very own app to create! Using that month's materials, they'll not only learn how to build the app, they'll learn ways to customize it using code. Once completed, the app can be run on any computer, tablet, or browser for your kid to enjoy. With no coding experience needed on your part, and over a million apps already made, what are you waiting for?
7. Kid Box — Best Clothing Subscription Box for Kids
Finding fashionable kids' clothing that's also comfortable used to be a hassle, but thanks to Kid Box, it's as simple as click, subscribe, and style! With a little help from a style quiz, each month you'll receive a box expertly curated by Kid Box's team of stylists, filled with six to seven pieces from some of the biggest brands in children's clothing to fit your kid's style. Once your box arrives, simply choose your favorites and return the rest (you only pay for what you keep!) Best of all, with each purchase, Kid Box donates clothing to a child in need through a charity you choose, helping cultivate a spirit of giving back in your child from an early age.
8. Little Passports — Best Geography Subscription Box for Kids
In today's world, an understanding and appreciation of many cultures is integral. With Little Passports, you can foster your child's love of geography, travel, and world knowledge skills from an early age. Each month, you'll receive a package filled with fun surprises, including souvenirs, activity sheets, and pen-pal letters, from new friends Sam and Sophia as they travel from city to city and country to country. Thanks to Little Passports, expanding your child's horizons has never been easier.
9. We Craft Box — Best Creative Subscription Box for Kids
There's only one thing that kids love more than arts and crafts, and that is making them with their parents. Quality time spent with little ones is precious. Why not savor the moment with a fun craft you can make alongside your child and proudly display for all to see? The We Craft Box not only makes this possible, it makes it simple. We Craft takes the stress out of planning your craft by collecting all of the necessary materials needed for three fun crafts (minus scissors) and shipping them right to your door at the beginning of every month. Curated around that month's holidays and season, the possibilities are endless and the memories will be priceless.
10. The Story Box — Best Reading Subscription Box for Kids
Are you looking for a way to satisfy the voracious hunger of your avid little reader? Then the Story Box might be the perfect subscription box for you! Each month, you'll be sent two books, as well as a parent guide filled with tips on how to assist in your child's speech and language development, all curated by a speech-language pathologist. The Story Box also comes in three different varieties: the Board Books (perfect up for ages up to two-and-a-half), the Picture Books (perfect for ages two-and-a-half to six), and the Family Pack (perfect for families with children in both age groups). And, as if it couldn't get any better, Story Box also purchases and donates books to benefit children with disabilities and those from low-income families.
11. Finders Seekers — Best Mystery Subscription Box for Kids
Think you have a junior detective on your hands? Now you can put their sleuthing skills to the test with this fun monthly subscription box from Finders Seekers. With Finders Seekers, your child will explore new cities and immerse themselves in new cultures, one cryptic clue at a time. Every month they'll receive a curious package filled with mysterious puzzles and clues centered around that month's city. Solve the perplexing "find" and you might even win a prize! A fun box for the whole family, Finders Seekers is the most entertaining way to explore the world and exercise your analytical brain from the comfort of your couch.
12. Hoot for Kids — Best Toy Subscription Box for Kids
Are you on the hunt for a subscription box that's filled with quality toys that are fun and engaging? Well, look no further because this box is a total hoot! Hoot for Kids is a customized monthly subscription box filled with an array of toys and activities that promote "purpose-driven play" to "strengthen developmental skills & reach milestones." Each "treasure box" contains three or more toys and a personalized activity card by pediatric occupational therapist and founder, Lisa Cummings. With rave reviews from parents all over the country, it's no surprise this box is a hit, with one parent saying, "Loved the uniqueness of the products included - better quality toys that inspire creativity and engagement."
13. Stitch Fix Kids — Best Fashion Subscription Box for Kids
You've probably heard of Stitch Fix, the clothing subscription box for adults, but did you know they also make a box for your little ones? Like its parent box, the Stitch Fix Kids box comes with a selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories curated by a stylist. Simply answer some questions about your child (personality, style, size, budget) and you'll be sent a box with eight to 12 pieces for him or her to try on, along with a personalized note from the stylist just for your kiddo. With Stitch Fix Kids, there's not upfront payment, and you only pay for what you keep. And with clothing starting from $10 and sizes ranging from 2T to 14, your entire family will be well dressed with your budget still intact.