My twins have a birthday coming up. Friends and relatives are asking what the girls want. They have enough clothes and toys and many of those barely get used. When I think of the best gifts, they are the kinds that create memories and provide experiences. Subscription boxes make great gifts for just those reasons. They provide children with all the tools they need to have an experience. The experience may be educational, artistic or just plain fun. These make great gifts for the kid who has everything. We have had the chance to test out a number of subscription boxes – some great, others not so much. I decided to assemble a list of The Best Subscription Boxes for Kids to help those who might be looking for a perfect gift for a child. What’s better than the gift of creativity and family fun? For more fun gift ideas check out Best Subscription Boxes for Boys and 20 Gifts for the Budding Artist.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2019 Prices are subject to change.
Subscription Boxes for Kids
Most of these subscription boxes include shipping and handling in the cost. When they don’t, I have indicted it under subscription options. All prices were current at the time of this writing, but they may change at any time.
KiwiCo were the first subscription boxes for kids that we ever received. As a former teacher, I was really impressed with the quality of materials found in KiwiCo. These kid tested activities were designed by a community of parents. They are perfect for busy or working moms. Some moms have told me that they want to do activities like I do on Mess For Less with their kids, but they just don’t have to the time to go buy all the supplies and prepare them for the activity. KiwiCo is the perfect solution.
Every month your KiwiCo will focus on a particular theme like Colors, Dinosaurs or Gardening. KiwiCo offers a variety of projects ranging from crafts, imaginative play, science experiments and more.
KiwiCo offers a variety of boxes includes ones for babies and toddlers. You can get boxes focused on art, science and geography and culture.
KiwiCo offers a number of subscription options. Monthly subscriptions are $19.95 per month. A 6 month subscription is $18.50 a month.
This subscription box takes the intimidation out of doing science with kids. The Spangler Science Club delivers amazing hands-on science to your door every month. These make great STEM gifts for budding scientists. Each month, your child will receive the most amazing science experiments delivered to your door. A new theme will be explored every month such as kitchen chemistry, the power of air or bubbling potions. Ideal for kids in grades K-6.
The Spangler Science Club offers a variety of subscription options.
You can get a $14.99 per month box that includes 1 STEM experience.
At $19.99 a month you’ll get up to 5 STEM experiences per month.
For $29.99 a month you’ll get up to 10 STEM experiences per month.
Green Kid Crafts is an earth friendly monthly craft subscription box for kids that sparks creativity while teaching kids a respect and love for the environment. These boxes are themed and each month will be filled with fun projects and creative activities than can be enjoyed by kids from ages 2-10.
Since Green Kid Crafts is an earth friendly company, they use sustainable, safe materials in all of their products. They also give a portion from each sale to environmental non-profits.
A monthly subscription is $17.95 per month.
These boxes are presented in partnership with Popular Mechanics so you know you’ll be getting some great stuff each month. Kids will love Groovy Lab in a Box because it contains everything they need to do experiments focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Kids will get all the supplies they need to complete the activities in addition to a cool lab book.
Monthly subscriptions are $29.95 a month, a prepaid 3 month subscription is $28.95 and a 6 month prepaid subscription is $27.95 per month.
This is like a traditional library, but with toys. Don’t spend lots of money on toys your child will use a few times. Don’t bring in more toys to clutter your home. With Toy Library, you can borrow toys and send them back each month. Each toy is sanitized before being sent out. A free shipping label is included to return the toys when you are done with them.
You’ll find toys for your girl from ages 0 to 10 years old. There are over 500 toys to pick from so you are sure to find something your child will like. I love Toy Library for their awesome Lego sets since my kids usually put them together once or twice and then don’t really play with it anymore.
- $29.95 per month for 2 toys
- When you buy a yearly membership, the cost comes out to $12.41 per month.
Specifically designed with kids ages 3-6 in mind, these magical, imaginative play boxes are perfect for the child who loves to create, learn and explore through dramatic play! Each box includes over 4 educational crafts and activities. They have fun themes such as Crime Stoppers, Junior Chef and Mad Scientist.
$30 per month.
I love these boxes because every three months your child will get a subscription box that comes with 4-6 items. You’ll know that at least one item in the box is there to help creative some quality moments between you and your child. All items in the box are kid tested and mom approved.
- $37.59 per month.
- $135.35 for an annual subscription
Give the gift of reading! With Reading Bug Box, each month your child will receive beautiful books that have been handpicked for your child’s age and interests. With books that range in age from newborn to independent readers, there is something for every kid. In addition to the books, your child will receive gifts and extras that have been matched to the theme of the box.
- Reading Bug Box personalized for a child ages 0-13 – $29.99 monthly, $28.50 6 month prepay, $27.00 12 month prepay.
- Baby Bug Box curated for ages from $18 per month.
Give the gift of coding! Every month, kids will receive a new coding concept. If coding isn’t your thing, you can get unlimited email help with any subscription. Kids ages 6-12 will be able to pick a coding project, then they type the code into the Bitsbox website and watch as they run their app runs on phones and computers. Perfect for creative, techy kids!
Basic Bitsbox from $24.95 a month.
Deluxe Bitsbox from $37.95 a month.
There is also a digital version for $16.95 a month that lets you download PDF’s that you can print yourself.
As a kid who had penpals growing up, I LOVE this box. Each week, your child will get a letter. Think of how important they will feel as they run to the mailbox each week.
We are readers in our house, so this subscription is near to my heart. Bookroo enables and empowers parents to instill a love of reading in their children. Each subscription box contains either 3 board books or 2 picture books. The books are carefully chosen and aim to be hidden gems that you probably haven’t heard of rather than popular children’s books.
One of the things I love about Bookroo is the fact that the combined retail value of the books always exceeds the subscription price!
A monthly subscription is $19.95 a month plus $5 shipping while a six month subscription is $16.33 per month plus $5 shipping.
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