There are so many subscription boxes for kids – are they really worth it? Which are the best? These are just some of the questions that I wanted to address in this post. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
I am a long-time fan of subscription boxes for different purposes, especially for gifting.
Some of the reasons I love subscription boxes for kids:
- Most boxes offer a better value per box than buying products individually
- They keep coming!
- Typically when you get a gift you have a rough budget in mind, right? Here not only do you get more for that budget (see my first point) but you can actually have options to fit your budget – by choosing the subscription length you want.
- As a parent buying it for your OWN child, it can provide continuous entertainment for Sunday afternoons, or throughout the summer. Quarterly boxes can be awesome to have for holidays and breaks.
- As a grandparent, you can get subscription boxes to your home for the grandkids to enjoy when they visit.
- I also love being able to split the contents as separate gifts or incentives for my child, friends’ birthdays, and more!
- Finally, many (but not all) of these are small businesses – so it’s a great way to support fellow moms, dads, and our economy.
As I go through the specific subscription boxes for kids below, I’ll keep the above in mind, highlighting the best use and purpose for each box. That way you will be able to choose what’s a best fit for you! I also tried to find some more obscure boxes that you may NOT have already heard about – and that help support smaller businesses!
Many of these offer a gift subscription option, or even the ability to choose from previous boxes, allowing you to try a single box first.
Educational Subscription Boxes for Kids
Education can be fun and that’s what these subscription boxes for kids provide! They are hands-on way to get your kids to “accidentally” learn!
Kiwi Crate/ Tinker Crate:
If your child is a tinkerer (like M is) you’ll love these! From the Kiwi Co family of boxes, these two include lots of STEM fun for two different age groups, 5-8, and 9-16+. These make awesome gifts and are super affordable.
Whether you are homeschooling or just have a child interested in history, this boxe teaches it in a fun way!
Learn about history with an interactive poster & timeline, crafts,worksheets, age specific coloring sheets, stickers and more!
I love the idea of turning a specific subject into something fun, and this one allows you to choose your time period. Since you can see which subjects you’ll be getting, you can actually build lessons around it.
This might not be categorized in the educational section by default, and it’s not even geared towards kids, but when I saw it I knew it was the perfect subscription box for kids!Growing plants is a hands-on educational experience and this monthly box keeps the gardening coming! Plus, it’s an awesome bonding activity to do with an adult, so if you’re looking for a box to provide “weekend activities with the kids” this is perfect!
Creative Subscription Boxes for Kids:
Get kids creating!
This really is no different than the educational list above (because crafting itself is an educational experience) except that it’s focused more on actual crafting – cutting, gluing, coloring, creating something. These creative subscription boxes for kids are available in every age level and are perfect for weekend crafting, afternoons with grandma, or just recurring gifts for creative kids!
Koala/ Doodle Crate:
These two boxes from Kiwi Co offer creative fun on different topics! Koala is for the younger crowd (geared toward ages 3-4) and is also educational – it’s the precursor to the Kiwi and Tinker crates mentioned above. Since it’s also more crafty, I put it here. Doodle Crate is for the 9-16+ crowd, and since it teaches cool new skills along the way, it’s great for grown-ups too! The crafts are totally doable and include everything you need – down to that permanent marker. The air plant Terrarium below was made using a Doodle Crate.
Green Kid Crafts:
I like this box – it’s less targeted which means it’s more diverse, which can be a good thing if that’s what you’re looking for. It includes educational crafts on specific topics. With 5-8 crafts per box, and the option to get an extra set of supplies for a sibling, this box really gives you a month’s worth of weekend crafts.
Kids LOVE stickers and it’s a great way to work those little fingers! This is one of the most affordable subscription boxes out there. It includes craft paper to use with the stickers, and it’s a great on-the-road activity (any other carpool moms in here?!)
For the budding artist, this subscription box includes 4-6 artist grade supplies. I think it’s a great way to get kids to experiment with different media before going all out on a single one. The Young Artist option is designed for ages 8+ so this is definitely for slightly older kids.
Subscription Boxes for Kids Toys and Play:
Don’t underestimate the power of play! When you want a child to truly be delighted, a new toy is the way to go. And since kids learn best through play, these are developmentally-friendly for kids too! These are carefully curated so you know you get only the best.
Pretend play has so many benefits and this kids’ subscription box has everything you need to immerse your child in that experience! Each box is centered around a dress-up costume and theme, and includes (in addition to a high quality costume) a storybook to go along, plus crafts and activities.
Items encourage the development of important sensory motor skills and are calming/ therapeutic
Whether your child is on the autism spectrum, has sensory processing difficulties, or is just a normal child with normal sensory needs, this box addresses that! You get 5-8 sensory toys which make it perfect for incentives, to split between siblings, as gifts – or even just to keep your child interested!
I confess, when I was researching this post and saw the name of this box, I thought “we don’t need MORE cheap plastic prizes…” But don’t let the name deceive you – this box is filled with HIGH QUALITY toys and has RAVE reviews.
Each box has a theme and the toys are once again the perfect size/price point/quality for taking apart, offering as occasional incentives (which makes the name so appropriate), and using as birthday gifts for classmates. I’ve heard great things about the product value inside the box, which is always a concern with subscription boxes.
It’s Veteran owned so they offer a military discount too.
If you’re looking for something for the littlest family members, you’ll love Cricket Crate from the KiwiCo family! It has a board book, a toy, and a parenting magazine for mom. As a bonus, you get access to an online library of resources and printables. It’s a perfect way to start stocking the play room, and is designed for babies ages 0-2 years old.
Kids Books Subscriptions:
To keep kids reading, keep the books coming! These options are PERFECT for gifting when you want to give more than a standalone book.
We are HUGE fans of personalized books, and this subscription gives it to you monthly. You can design your characters too! Children are encouraged to read more when they can identify with the story. Moka Boka allows you to design the characters’ appearance, and customize their names too.
Moka Boka offered a special discount for Moms & Crafters readers when they heard I will be including them in this list. Use discount code MOMSANDCRAFTERS to get your first book for only $9!!
Bookroo sent me some sample boxes and my boys have been loving them! If you want books, only books, and just books, Bookroo is perfect for you! Choose from 3 board books or two regular books. What I have always loved about the board books we’ve gotten from Bookroo is the diversity and the interactive elements. Young kids can’t always sit through a story, so an interactive book gets them reading from a young age.
Bookroo finds those “hidden treasures” in the book world and sends them over.
For bilingual families, Booklandia offers a variety of English and Spanish options to choose from .
Subscription Boxes for Kids Clothing:
Because kids are constantly outgrowing clothing, these boxes are the perfect way to keep new outfits coming!
Designed for ages 0-4 years, this box lets you keep what you want and return what you don’t for free! You get 7 pieces in a box including mix ‘n match items and basics. And their outfits are too cute for words!
FabKids offers exclusive outfits for boys or girls (you choose, of course!) Their options cover your child from head to toe and offer super cute outfits (check out their selection of shoes!) It’s a great go-to kids’ fashion source because their price-to-quality value is amazing.
There’s nothing quite as versatile as a tee and this subscription box for kids gives you one a month. Choose your gender and size an get a beautifully designed tshirt in the mail!
What are your favorite subscription boxes for kids? Comment below!